Tata Zest Review & Pictures: Zestful Endeavour


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Tata Zest || Revotron XT || Rs.5.99 Lacs || August 12, 2014 Launch

Past few years have witnessed a slew of new products from Tata Motors which were a substantial leap ahead of their predecessors. Be it the Indigo Manza, Safari Storme or all-new Aria. Yet all have one aspect in common: none of them could dethrone the leaders of respective segments. In the crisis situation for a manufacturer which underwent numerous top-management rejigs within a short span, the Zest brings a promising ray of hope pointing towards a brighter future which lies ahead for the Indian major. It's a part of project ‘Falcon’ that also includes Bolt hatchback which will soon go on sale. Literally speaking, both models will serve as a stop-gap solution before the company is all-set to roll out cars on entirely new platforms as developing something from scratch demands a fair amount of time. That said, in other words, Zest not only depicts the gradual evolution Tata Motors is going through but can also be seen as a preview of what is yet to come.

However, let’s not be too much worried about this hoopla of stop-gap matter at this point of time. The car was launched just a couple of months ago and has garnered unprecedented attention than any other Tata car lately since the debut of.....well, the Nano. Thanks to a new-thought approach right from the product itself to marketing as well as renovating the dealerships, Tata has grabbed hold of the nerves of Indian car buyers by offering them exactly what they seek. Sweet price tag actually ensured those pre-bookings turned into buying conversions at the end. As obvious as it may sound now, Zest stands among one of those fresh models in market today which is here to stay. Even though it utilizes an old platform, there’s clearly an extensive amount of work that has gone under the skin.

First look at the Zest unmistakably makes it feel like a part of Tata’s family design. Although the core essence of the front design is borrowed from Vista, the visual aesthetics are completely different than one. Projector equipped headlamps provide it a serious persona while daytime running lamps (DRLs) add to the modernity that Tata Motors craves to reflect with its new cars. There’s a subtle usage of sporty black and chrome combination too. It’s the effects like thin chrome stripe at bottom of ‘wide-smiling’ grille which neatly unify into headlamps, signifying high attention to detail and also make the car more agreeable to look. Side profile is largely carried over from Vista with same set of front fenders and doors (save for the multiple strong creases) but then it’s rear that’s the real talk.

Designing a sedan which is squeezed under sub four meters is always a challenge for any car-manufacturer. Some manage to accomplish it without letting others realize so (Hyundai Xcent for example) while for some it’s no more than a mere cut-paste job (Read Maruti Suzuki Dzire). Zest ain't a part of either of the extremes. It’s noticeably better than Indigo eCS but high-rise boot and tall ground clearance takes a toll on proportions when viewed from side. Milking each millimeter out of the four meters becomes crucial in hatchback derived sedans because of which the super-light rear bumper seems almost inexistent. Though what sets the Zest apart from the rest in terms of rear design is a set of livelier taillamps that offer a far more mature look when following the car from straight behind.
 
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Tata Zest: Interiors and Comfort


Just about the time when Aria launched, people believed that the interiors of a car by Tata Motors couldn’t have been any better. Same company again recently took the market by storm with the work it has done on the inside of Zest. The interiors of this compact sedan are a quantum leap ahead of Tata’s any production car seen ever before. Quality of plastics and overall finishing is truly superior yet some rough edges still exist. Poor plastic fitting around the horn pad area is particularly annoying. The future-proof dashboard is well-laid out and offers enough equipment to fiddle around. There’s a highly balanced use of chrome, silver, beige and piano black colors along with sober texture on upholstery which is bound to delight everyone. Plus, an excellent amount of space that Tatas have always been known for.

Front doors are solid to hold and door pads in fact remind me of the Volkswagen Polo. Having the biggest height in its segment, ingress and egress is an absolute breeze in Zest. Driver’s seat is height adjustable with sufficient range which would be an essential feature for short drivers considering high-mounted dashboard. The nicely cushioned seats are large and comfortable too. Even though Zest scores decent grades in terms of ergonomics, there’s an area which has been surprisingly overlooked. i.e. cubbyholes. There’s severe shortage of practical space to keep everyday tidbits. The dashboard is flat and so is the central console (apart from the area under parking brake which isn’t too convenient to access). As a matter of fact so are the door pockets which can carry a magazine or newspaper at best.

Ideally, the interior designers expect a car that can accommodate five to use only a single cupholder that too in center console on the front! Although at the same time the vacant space under co-driver’s seat has been put to good use by adding a drawer for storing relatively bigger items such as a laptop. Glovebox too offers generous amount of space with ability to easily carry a full-sized A4 folder. There are separate compartments for ownership manual, pen holder, coin holder etc. as well but glovebox skips cooling inlet which is available in the Xcent. In middle of wing-shaped center console lies what could perhaps be called as a USP of the Zest. This much touted head unit is a result of Tata Motors’ collaboration with Harman to provide in-car entertainment system for its future vehicles.


Being a segment first, it’s more than just a part of music system. This multi-faceted touch screen 5” head unit can also be used to operate the climate control in an Airbus A320 fashion, apart from serving as rear parking sensor display on tap of a button. While you could listen to favorite audio tracks through FM / AM / USB / Aux-in etc., the built-in Bluetooth technology enables users to pair their Smartphones, allowing access to their phonebook, call logs, read SMS etc on the go using car’s infotainment system. Like most of the modern-day cars, certain features in Zest such as calling, changing tracks, climate control can be controlled using a simple voice command (only pre-defined sentences though) which is activated by pressing a dedicated steering-mounted button.

Possibilities seem quite endless with Tata’s new ConnectNext multimedia system. You can play with it all day long and still miss out on a few features! The customizable home screen houses options to include various shortcuts as per own requirements. There’s also a provision to view images via USB or SD Card with instant image viewer. Earlier this year at Auto Expo, the company even showcased the likelihood of it functioning as a GPS in sync with your Smartphone. Note that this specific feature isn’t officially announced on units in the production cars yet but could very well be incorporated in near future. Nowadays audio remote controls are a vanishing breed in new cars but gladly, this one is an exception.

Jump onto the rear seat and you’ll be welcomed with similar amount of room as on the front. The wide curvy windows make the cabin feel roomier whilst large seat can easily accommodate three people without a fuss. There’s an ample of legroom and transmission tunnel isn’t too protruded up either. Oddly enough though, Tata has offered only two rear headrests and no center armrest. Zest is in fact the only sub-four meter sedan so far which has earned the laurel of actually accommodating five persons in comfort. Passengers having an approx height of 5’10” wouldn’t be troubled with the headroom that is restricted due to sharply raked rear windscreen glass but taller passengers need to mind their heads. It’s because of this; the movement of rear headrests is limited too. The 390 liters bootspace is a healthy 70 liters more than the Dzire but 17 and 10 liters lesser than the Xcent and Amaze respectively. Zest’s rear seatback doesn’t folds at all yet nevertheless; boot compartment has a practical capacity for weekend tours.
 
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Tata Zest: Performance and Fuel Efficiency


“Turbocharged Petrol Engine” is a latest buzzword in the Indian automobile industry. Just as the Zest in itself is a highly transformed avatar based on the proven platform of Vista, Tata Motors’ engineering department team has attempted to make more out of the classic 1.2 Liter Xeta engine too with the help of a turbocharger and plonked it straight into the Zest. Named as Revotron, this 1193CC turbocharged motor is apparently the first ever indigenously developed turbo-petrol engine in India. As evident from the marketing campaigns, the company is going all gaga over it by putting a claim that Revtron is capable to deliver the power of ‘three engines in one’. Apart from the Revotron, Tata Motors has played it safe by offering a set of renowned Quadrajet Diesel engines which also does duty on Manza and are expected to account for majority of the sales. The base XE Diesel receives a 75 PS version while rest of the variants receive 90 PS version of same. Best part is, the latter (90PS Diesel) also offers an option of 5 speed automated manual transmission (AMT). Yet another segment first and a move worth round of applause.

The four cylinder, turbocharged, Revotron (Petrol) delivers 90 PS @ 5000 RPM whereas the peak torque of 140 Nm is spread between 1750 – 3500 RPM. This unit has three modes on offer, namely: City, Eco and Sport (Now you get the connection why it’s marketed as so-called power of three engines in one) which can be switched using buttons located on central console. By default, the car automatically toggles to ‘City’ mode everytime the ignition is turned on. Since there’s no push start-stop button (a possibility in future), you’ve to manually twist the key in a traditional manner and then press the clutch. As a safety feature and good for the health of engine too, Zest cannot be turned on without depressing the clutch pedal. The engine comes to life with extremely limited noise levels and negligible amount of vibration. New car drivers will be particularly delighted because of soft operating clutch, gearshift and a commanding view of the road from driver’s seat.

For enthusiasts though, expectations from a turbocharged motor could be a letdown in this case. Greatly so if you tend to compare it with Volkswagen’s rocket-like 1.2 GT TSi. In default city mode, Zest tweaks torque and power output through ECU to maintain an optimum balance between performance and fuel efficiency. The turbo kicks in a linear manner at around a couple of hundred RPMs below 2K mark. But the car takes its own sweet time to pick the pace. Unfortunately, the throttle response ain’t too prompt at various speeds either as we would have preferred. Past 2000 RPM mark, in mid-range Zest remains humble for a turbocharged car and isn’t too glad to be revved high. Cruising on the NH-08 amidst massive trucks, it demanded a downshift of gear or two for safe overtaking. At three digit speeds, although car remains very stable, there comes a certain point where it’ll nearly runs out of breath and denies speeding any further (on city mode).


On the other hand, ‘Eco’ mode or to put it in a different way, Mrs.Daisy driving mode, is strictly suitable for bumper-to-bumper traffic conditions or if you’re overtly conscious about the fuel efficiency figures and don’t mind putting a stake on decent performance over it. Sport mode is the only mode where a driving-oriented person can use the maximum potential out of Revotron. Transition between these modes take place gradually but is surprisingly noticeable when switched from ‘Eco’ to ‘Sport’ though not as much if switched from ‘City’ to ‘Sport’. Out of all three modes, Zest certainly feels livelier and liberated to drive in ‘Sport’ mode albeit at the cost of lesser fuel economy. Cornering with the Zest is an absolute fun; however the body roll exists, this car feels miraculously planted on the surface. Needless to mention, this electronic power steering unit is among the better ones that I’ve experienced of late.

There’s a remarkable balance between ride and handling characteristics of the Zest. It gulps over the potholes in a true Indian car fashion. Big or small patches won’t make a sheer difference inside (unless driven fast) and ground clearance is sufficient to conquer them without scrapping the belly. But I observed a peculiar issue in our test car. You could sense a slight rattle in steering wheel each time the car ran over rough roads. Likewise, although gearshifts are light but the lever feels spongy and vibrations can be felt if you’ve the habit of driving with one hand on gearlever. Brake pedal is perfectly manageable and nothing specific to point about. In jampacked areas, making U-Turns is very convenient, thanks to a short turning radius of 5.1 meter. Only nitpick being the thick A-Pillar which becomes obtrusive at times. On the safety front, multiple front airbags are limited to XMS and XT variants but ABS (Antilock Braking System) + EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) and CSC (Cornering Stability Control) along with front and rear foglamps are standard on all except base variant.

Going solely by average fuel efficiency numbers shown on MID, our test car delivered 11.3 Kmpl in city and 13.3 Kmpl on highway driving (combined with a part of city driving) with air-conditioner on. However, official ARAI claimed figures for 1.2 Revotron (Petrol) stand at optimistic side of 17.6 Kmpl. Following are the recommended speeds with appropriate gears to make out the most (Tip: No harm in peeking at instant fuel consumption gauge on MID once in a while):

Revotron / Quadrajet:

  • 1st Gear: 15 Kmph / 15 Kmph

  • 2nd Gear: 25 Kmph / 25 Kmph

  • 3rd Gear: 40 Kmph / 35 Kmph

  • 4th Gear: 55 Kmph / 50 Kmph

  • 5th Gear: 70 Kmph / 70 Kmph
 
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Tata Zest: Likes, Dislikes and Report Card



You'll Love:
[thumbsup]

  • Brilliant package at a mouth watering price tag.

  • Several miles ahead of any Tata car ever seen before.

  • Plenty of segment-first features and technological advancements.

  • Complementary '333 Confidence Program' is a wise strategy to regain the trust.

  • Improved dealership experience. Aftersales network almost as wide as of Maruti Suzuki and more than of Hyundai.

You'll Loathe:
[thumbsdown]

  • Turbocharged Revotron is a plain disappointment for the enthusiasts.

  • Lack of practical storage spaces inside the cabin + slim door pockets.

  • Standard airbags and ABS throughout the range will be a good-to-have.

  • Overall a nicely finished product but certain rough edges still need to be sorted out.

  • Long term ownership and quality is still questionable for a Tata car. Actual reliability will be proved only after a while.

Tata Zest Star Ratings:

  • Design and Quality.................:

  • Comfort and Features.............:

  • Engine and Performance.........:

  • Handling and Ride Quality.......:

  • Safety and Security Levels......:

  • Overall Fuel Consumption.......:

  • Sales and Service Network......:

  • Value For Money Factor..........:

  • The Automotive India’s Verdict:

Here's how to interpret above ratings: The Automotive India Reviews Star Ratings Explained.
 
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Tata Zest: Price, Misc Points and Feedback


Tata Zest Price (Ex.showroom, Delhi):

Petrol

  • XE: Rs.4,64,694

  • XM: Rs.5,25,694

  • XMS: Rs.5,43,694

  • XT: Rs.5,99,694
Diesel

  • XE: Rs.5,64,694

  • XM: Rs.6,27,694

  • XMS: Rs.6,45,694

  • XT: Rs.6,99,694

  • XMA: Rs.6,99,694


Prices in Lakhs INR. Ex.showroom, New Delhi.


TAI Exclusive:


  • There’s a strong possibility of Tata Zest coming with CNG and features like Start-Stop button and tyre pressure monitoring system in future.

  • On a very close look, you’ll find non-functional icons of same on the instrument cluster. Now guess what? You’re reading this first on TheAutomotiveIndia. :smile:

Zest Tips and Tricks:


  • The distance to empty meter updates with new value ONLY if more than 4 liters of fuel is filled at a time.

  • Gearshift indicator on MID shows the ideal gear the car should be running in along with an up / down arrow.

  • Power windows can be operated for three minutes even after the car is turned off and the key is taken out.

  • The controller mechanism cuts off the supply to washer motor if wiper wash is operated for more than 15 seconds.

  • The fusebox and OBD port is situated below the steering wheel behind a plastic cover which is secured by four lugs.

  • Press ‘Lock’ and ‘Unlock’ button simultaneously to activate panic alarm. Press one of the keys again to deactivate the same.

  • The doors autolock when the car reaches speed of 10 Kmph. Once the ignition key is taken out, the doors unlock automatically.

  • An audible warning sounds if the driver’s door is opened with key left in the keyhole. Thus, you’re unlikely to forget the key in car.

  • For those who don’t fancy daytime running lamps (DRLs), they can be completely disabled on request at any Tata Motors workshop.

  • If any of the doors is intentionally unlocked when the car is in motion, door locks itself again automatically. Great touch.

  • Just as fuel gauge mark blinks on very low fuel level, temperature gauge blinks on very high level. Immediately stop the car in either case.

  • Make sure that bar of the instant fuel consumption meter remains atleast half way up in order to extract optimal fuel efficiency figures.

  • To adjust illumination level of instrument cluster + infotainment, turn on the parking lamps and press ‘set’ stick on the instrument console.

  • An alarm buzzes in any of the following situations: Headlamps left on after turning off the car, parking brake applied when car is running.

  • An alarm buzzes if car is doing 25+ Kmph and driver hasn’t buckled up and continues for 90 seconds. But stops if car goes below 4 Kmph.

  • If seatbelt is unbuckled for over 90 seconds, second alarm turns on for 90 seconds and will stop if the car goes below speed of 20 Kmph.

  • If an attempt to unlock / start the car is made with any key other than car’s original key, theft detection alarm automatically turns on.

  • Perimeter alarm switches on if car is locked with remote and ignition is turned on with actual key without unlocking the car with remote.

  • If lock button on remote is pressed with driver's door open, an audible warning is heard. But if any other door is open, the car gets locked.

  • In event any of the keys on remote is pressed accidentally for over 25 seconds, remote stops functioning until a remote button is pushed again.

  • Tata recommends idling for 30 seconds before switching off the car in order to allow engine oil to lubricate the turbocharger until its speed is fully reduced.

Road Tester's Notes:

  • The A-Pillars are thick and hinder the view in certain situations.

  • The ‘angel eyes’ doesn’t light up completely from some sectors.

  • Daylight running lamps switch off upon turning on the parking lamps.

  • Music system voice gradually fades off whenever it’s muted. Feels premium.

  • Child lock for windows applies on the co-driver side window too. Useful feature, again.

  • Central locking operates only when the driver’s side door is unlocked from inside (Not so with any other door).

  • Infotainment settings screen remains unaffected if you switch the audio tracks through remote or HU buttons.

  • Missing boot lock / unlock key on remote control means you’ve to manually insert the key to unlock the boot.

  • Handbrake lever is placed higher than usual. First time when I was driving Zest, I had to cross-check whether it was fully disengaged or not.

  • Multi-information display stands true to its name and shows very helpful information. Tells exactly which door is open (rare on entry level cars).

  • The reverse parking sensors are super-sensitive. Detects obstacle approx 0 cm – 50 cm from bumper (Range shows up on infotainment screen).

  • Instrument cluster performs a clean-swipe (all meters move to max position and back to normal) whenever the car is turned on. It's a self-check feature.

Service Details:

  • Zest is covered under warranty of 3 Years or 1 Lakh kilometers (whichever comes earlier).

  • First three services are free of labour charges (3 months / 5500 Kms, 1 Year / 15500 Kms, 2 Years / 30500 Kms).

  • Tata Motors is also offering free annual maintenance contract (AMC) and 24x7 roadside support for 3 Years as a part of its 333 Confidence Program (More).

Revotron Engine Points:


  • Made up of cast-iron block instead of aluminum

  • Gearbox mated to it is a revised version of TA65 borrowed from Indica.

  • It utilizes a low friction crank case for reduced noise, vibration and harshness.

  • The design optimization is done with the help of global engine consultant: AVL, Austria.

  • On a different note, F-Tronic (AMT) transmission on Diesel is developed in collaboration with well-known Italian giant, Magneti Marelli.

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Tata Zest: Comparison, Technical Specifications and Brochure

Comparison: Tata Zest vs Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Hyundai Xcent vs Honda Amaze


Note: Only manual transmission variants compared.

Tata Zest Specifications:

Petrol

  • Engine: 1193 CC, 4 Cylinders, Turbocharged

  • Power: 90 PS @ 5000 RPM

  • Torque: 140 Nm @ 1750 - 3500 RPM

  • Transmission: 5 Speed Manual

  • ARAI Fuel Efficiency: 17.6 Kmpl

Diesel (75 PS)


  • Engine: 1248 CC, 4 Cylinders, Turbocharged

  • Power: 75 PS @ 4000 RPM

  • Torque: 190 Nm @ 1750 - 3000 RPM

  • Transmission: 5 Speed Manual

Diesel (90 PS)


  • Engine: 1248 CC, 4 Cylinders, Turbocharged

  • Power: 90 PS @ 4000 RPM

  • Torque: 200 Nm @ 1750 - 3000 RPM

  • Transmission: 5 Speed Manual, 5 Speed AMT

  • ARAI Fuel Efficiency: 23 Kmpl

General

  • Front Brakes: Discs

  • Rear Brakes: Drums

  • Front Suspension: Dual Path Independent McPherson Strut

  • Rear Suspension: Twist Beam with Coil Springs

  • Fuel Tank: 44 Liters

  • Boot Space: 390 Liters

  • Length: 3995 mm

  • Width: 1706 mm

  • Height: 1570 mm

  • Wheelbase: 2470 mm

  • Turning Radius: 5.1 M

  • Tyre Size: 185/60 R15

  • Ground Clearance: 175 mm

  • Kerb Weight: 1115 - 1135 Kgs

Exterior Color Options:

  • Sky Grey

  • Buzz Blue*

  • Dune Beige*

  • Pristine White*

  • Venetian Red

  • Platinum Silver
Asterisk (*) denotes our choice of colors.
 

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Tata Zest: Video Clips

Tata Zest Interiors NVH

A video showing the noise, vibration and harshness levels of Zest upon turning on the ignition.
Tata Zest Interiors NVH
Tata Zest ICE Features

A neat video by TAI-Ger Harish showing the features of Harman infotainment unit.
Tata Zest In-car Entertainment Features
The Making of Zest

An official video shared by Tata Motors about the making of Zest.
The Making of Tata Zest
Tata Zest TV Commercial

An apt TVC precisely targeted towards the potential buyers of Zest.
Tata Zest Television Commercial
 
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Tata Zest: Pictorial Review

Headlamps identical to Vista yet so different.



Projectors with angel eyes are a pleasantly welcome addition.



Great attention to detail.



Good ol’ ‘wide-smiling’ grille retained but slightly modernized.



Muscular ‘Power bulge’ on the hood, as Tata prefers calling it.



Dual washer jets on single nozzle for an effective wash-wipe.



Daylight-running lamps (DRLs) are an attention grabber for many.



Thick ORVM gels well with character of the Zest. Though prone to scratches in congested driving condition.



Thankfully it's biker proof though...



Revotron Petrol is already fairly noise-free. Sound insulation under the hood makes the situation even better.



Unconventional hood unlock lever. You’ve to slide it to unlock, not pull. (iPhone inspired!)



No Tata battery on a Tata car? :biggrin: Exide battery is nicely secured with a strap.



Our test car suffered from the 'mud under the hood' issue, too.



Exhaust pipe isn't exposed. Notice 'Falcon-5' written under the body.



A sign of Tata's attempt to keep the Zest 'newbie-proof'.

 
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Tata Zest: Pictorial Review

No roof beading.



Bridgestone rubber wrapped 185/60 R15 wheels



Some cars have stunning front looks but a lame rear. Zest can be safely counted as an exception.



Super-thin bumpers are practically good for nothing. Can be pressed in with gentle finger touch.



Short boot + small boot door = more bending to access the boot space.



Uniquely patterned rear defogger grids.



No boot unlock button on remote means you’ve to manually unlock it using the key.



Full sized spare wheel is not an alloy.



Multiple rods behind the rear seat add to the structural rigidity.



All mechanisms exposed on the boot door. Looks outright cheap.



Number plate lamps light up white, not yellow. Tata's out of the box approach at various places in this car is truly impressive.

 
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Tata Zest: Pictorial Review

The interiors look highly premium and inviting.



Use these steering mounted controls to change audio tracks, adjust audio volume and cancel calls.



This button enables voice commands / receives calls.



Headlamp / wiper stalks are made up of good quality plastic and feel good to hold.



View of the instrument cluster in day and night. First snap shows it performing a clean-swipe upon turning on the ignition.

No 'redline' whatsoever. Tachometer needle illuminates red on redline.




MID Modes (L-R): Distance to empty, time, outside temperature, average fuel efficiency of 'Trip-A', average fuel efficiency of 'Trip-B'.



Air-conditioner promptly cools the cabin.



Vents are pretty effective in accurately directing the airflow.



The multi-facted 'Harman' head unit. Screen has an annoying glare though.



'Eco' and 'Sport' mode buttons. 'City' mode is default. Parking sensors can be separately activated regardless of gear.



Virtual parking sensor display. 0 - 50 cm: Red Zone (Continuous beep). 51 - 100 cm: Yellow zone (Fast beep). 101 - 150 cm: Green zone (Slow beep).



Lack of adequate storage spaces is a major concern in Zest. This is the only practical place to keep your everyday tidbits (under the handbrake).

 
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Wide glovebox easily swallows an A4-sized folder. Has separate compartments for owner's manual, coin holder, pen holder etc too.



Light shade of beige a safe choice for interiors but prone to be soiled easily.



Drawer under the co-driver's seat.



Door pockets are super slim.



Parcel shelf raised to match with the high-positioned boot. Borders stuck out to prevent your items from falling off.



Illuminated ignition key ring. Small yet a helpful feature.



ORVMs aren't too wide. Offer a limited view.



Rear headrests completely hinder the view when raised.



The warning note isn’t a sticker but permanently embossed in all major languages: English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Turkish.

 
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Tata Zest: Pictorial Review

No compromise here. Ticket holder on driver's side sunvisor while vanity mirror (with cover) on co-driver side.



Only a single interior lamp.



Driver's side window is one-touch down (but unmarked).



Either unlock the boot through this lever or manually with key.



Well-spaced pedals but dead pedal missing.



Surprisingly decent grade hood unlock lever plastic. Generally some manufacturers cut costs on these bits.



A full-fledged toolkit. Yet another area where Zest left us in a pleasant surprise.



Speakers + tweeters equipped on all four doors.



Front seats are wide and provide a good under thigh support.



Seatbelt buckle is fixed.

 
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No height-adjustable seat belts.



A look at behind from driver's perspective. Thanks to thick C-Pillars, view is restricted.



Rear headrests can't be taken out / moved up completely due to raked rear windscreen.



Minimum and maximum rear legroom.



Low beam and high beam.



Volkswagen-like keyfob. Headlamp button on key not only serves as a follow-me feature but also helps to figure out your car in parking lots.



Font of 'Zest' logo is simplified on production model than what it was on preview units shown at Auto Expo. Seems to be a last-moment branding strategy



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