Sunday, July 27, 2014

#TataZest and the drive

I had the privilege to drive the all new Tata Zest over the weekend as a part of their blogger review program in Goa. Over 50 top blogger were invited for the event to witnessed the unveiling of the Tata’s new Game changer i.e The ZEST.

The first impressions,
The car is a total head turner. Nothing like anything  you’ve seen from Tata before. It’s evident that Tata’s have put in a lot of thought into this vehicle and that they are here to change the dynamics of the compact sedan market. It won’t be surprising if we see that happen because they have a fab product and an aggressive HorizonNext philosophy to turn the game around. Competitors are you listening?
The cars exterior is pretty neat and futuristic. The use of LED lights is first in its class and gives the car a nice finish. The touch of chrome on the trimmings gives a nice appeal . The mesh grill in the front  adds that little kink to the face of the car. And the detailing on the bonnet gives it a muscular look. To sum it up everything works in unison to give the Zest a swanky new appeal.

The cabin,
It’s sure to bowl you  over,
With the quality of fabric and trimming, with the quality of plastics and the impeccable space in the car, its sure to win you over. The main console is not just swanky but also means business , with an 8 speaker technology from Herman, it’s your own private little genie in the car. It can read your text,  take calls, play music from your Cell ,SD card, USB and Bluetooth and more. Agreed, that a lot of car these days come with the above features but the best part about the Voice recognition system in the Zest is that they have tweaked it to understand the Indian accent. Now that’s a first.

The drive,
I drove the mid segment automatic diesel version and boy was I in love. Having just bought an automatic transmission back home I had something concrete to compare it with. The car drives like a dream and am not just saying that. The steering is responsive and the engine just glided through the winding Goan roads.
Though it was a diesel it didn’t feel heavy, and was pretty quiet for its characteristics.  There was zero body roll as I took a back seat from the second pit stop, something that you otherwise experience from tall cars. The legroom for the passenger seat is generous. The seats, both front and back brace you with comfort. And the fact that they have Bosch’s breaking system and a baked steal body onboard the car makes it a safe choice for the mad driving on the Mumbai streets.

With so many features on board the Zest, it demands a test drive today.
I just hope they can price is competitively and its sure to break some records.


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