Hello, Background and Buying Overview
We have 1999 Zen, its very zippy and fun to drive car, one of best design by Maruti. With roads improving at rapid pace and rising petrol prices, we decided to buy a new diesel car. Budget was set at 5 Lakh OTR, we wanted spacious hatch, we are well built family.
We considered Chevrolet Beat and Tata Vista. My BIL has Vista QJD, we found it more spacious. Beat was good package, but its strictly city car IMO
, its highway manners are not in same league.
Dealership experience was nice, we got car in less than 45 mins, it was in ready stock, Salesman working there was familiar, he lives in my neighbourhood. We got 10k discount on ex showroom price. TDi was 4.37L
last year, now its 4.64L, we got free mats etc, totally useless stuff, I use these mats now in boot. Got free perfume, its also yuck, Paid for 2 years extended warranty at 4.2k, I also wasted 2k+ on body color protection. Got 10,000 discount from dealer. Initial Ownership Impressions Exteriors and Design:
Vista refresh sporty black strip at rear, it looks good. Paint quality is top class. No fog lamps in LS variant, IIRC they quoted me Rs. 1200 including installation. Got door handles and ORVM's body color painted at Rs. 2000. Vista has huge glass area, windows roll down fully. Headlamps are good, even tail look much better now with smoked effect and dark outline, from safety point of view, Vista has very high lights. Interiors and Features:
Interiors quality, fit and finish is vastly improved. Design is also not offending. Its black and beige combo similar to VW Polo, upper portions in back, lower in beige so it doesnt get much dirty compared to likes of new Dzire where its overdone. A/C effectiveness is good but its most spacious hatch with huge glass area, North Indians in May-June dry 46c afternoon heat will crave for rear blower, with sunfilms or in other months its not a problem. Space can beat some sedans from 2 segments up, Ingress / Egress is easy, boot space is similar to Swift at 230L~ with high loading point. Engine and Performance:
The TDi is fantastic value for money. Over the years Tata has been able to refine this engine and the gearbox on this is vastly improved too. The pick-up of the car is good, Its torquey, its better than other diesels at this price point (only 3 pot diesel engines are offered in 4.5L segment by other manufacturers). The gear-shift doesnt feel rubbery like the previous gen Indica.
FE = 17-18kmpl AC 100% ON mostly highways.
Braking inspires confidence, I have upgraded to 185/65 R14 Bridgestone B250's with alloy wheels. Ride and Handling:
NVH isn't much prominent, Perfect engine noise insulation. Bridgestone tyres are bit noisy on rough roads. Light clutch and light steering make for effortless city driving. Front seats have good thigh support and seating position provides good view of the road ahead, Steering provides good feedback, car is fully stable at 140kmph, body roll is very minimal wide tires have helped, Soft suspension setup that results in absolutely no rattles pin drop silence. Road undulations at high speeds on highways are gobbled up by this car. Overall it provides absorbent, comfortable ride quality. Aftermarket stuff -
Sony CD/USB HU, Boston 6.5" Speakers on MDF rear parcel tray
14" Chrome Alloys
Wider 185/65 R14 Bridgestone B250 Tyres
LX Variant Minda Central locking system
Body colored ORVMs and door handles
Llumar 50% VLT Sunfilm on rear and side glass
Packy Poda floor mats beige color
Door Step Plates
Door Sill Plates Pending -
Garware Icecool 70% VLT on windscreen Future planning -
Components at front
Art Leather Seat covers
3D Kaggu Mats