It is about my long term review of my Zen Estilo 2007. Covered 69000+ Kms so far. What I like:
Good visibility all around.
High sitting for easy ingress and egress for all ages.
Front PW and light steering.
Good effective AC.
Good boot space for small / short weekend breaks (Not very generous but I found appropriate.)
Good supportive front seats
Mileage: City (Delhi) – Summer 15+ with AC and winter 17+. On highways: summer 18+ with AC and winter around 19+. Why am I quoting winter and not without AC because in winters it gives that much avg. but without AC during summer she does not (around 17+).
No scientific reason to support above statement though, just my person observation. What I dislike:
Steering at high speed above 100 is very light and one would also see a little play beyond 100KMPH. Dangerous on high speeds or highway drives.
Cramped back seats and lack of under thigh support. (It is just for a small family city car and nothing much)
Hmmm, from where should I start it? Thinking process:
Around Aug’07, we were expecting our second child and due to some medical problems doctor has advised to restrict movement on bike for any purpose. I was planning to buy a car from a very long time but just did not have time to seriously think about it.
So after the news, hunt for a second hand car started and I started discussing with friends / colleagues about their cars and performance. Primarily, we discussed about Alto and Wagon R as many suggested first car should be from a Maruti with no scientific reason behind it. During the course of searching of a used car, an idea struck my mind that let us have a new car rather a pre-owned on. People also suggested the same and advised for a new car.
I contacted few dealers and got different quotes and discounts which I do not remember now. During that time I did not know how to drive a car so couching classes were also included in the budget.
One of my best office buddy suggested not to buy an Alto (no offense intended) rather go for a Wagon R because of the space constraint in Alto + 200 CC more would help in drivability of the car with AC on as compare to 800 CC Alto. Please be informed that he himself owns an Alto. Finalizing the deal:
We took test drive of Wagon R and it was as good or as bad a Wagon R as it was during that time. In fact, my brother took the test drive and I was just sitting at the back.
During that time I saw a Zen Estilo at the showroom and enquired about it. Engine was same + it was Rs. 4K cheaper + I was getting front PWs. So, after a lot of “maatha-pachi” (discussion) with wife, I booked my Estilo in the month of Oct’07 some time and delivery date was 1st Nov’07.
During that time I did not know what was VIN or PDI. So I did not check anything, just negotiated with dealer for the discounts and freezed it at Rs. 3.50 lakhs with following items as complementary. I booked it from Magic Auto Dwarka.
Gear lock / Steering cover.
Side protective bidding.
Corp dis. Of Rs. 3500/-.
Wheel covers (set of 4 - of course) Cont.