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Rs. 5.75 lakh
Discontinued Model since 3 Mar 2020

About Tata Zest

The Tata Zest is a premium sub-4 metre sedan that has been on sale since 2014. It competes against other compact sedans such as the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze and the Hyundai Xcent. The Zest is loaded with features, powerful petrol and diesel engine options and good looks. The compact sedan is safe too. The Global New Car Assessment Program (Global NCAP) awarded four stars to the Tata Zest equipped with two airbags in a crash test. The Tata Zest range is priced between Rs 5.50 lakh and Rs 8.93 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Tata Zest Overview

Tata has launched the Zest 'Premio' special edition to prolong the life of the slow-selling compact sedan.Priced at Rs 7.74 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi), the special edition celebrates the sale of 85,000 units of the Zest on Indian roads. Exclusively available with the diesel engine only, the Premio Edition sits right under the top-spec diesel XT trim (Rs 8.13 lakh).

Earlier, the Zest had scored a respectable 4-stars in the NCAP crash tests. Two models of the Zest were crash tested last year - one without airbags and one with two airbags. The standard non-airbag variant scored zero for adult occupant protection and one star for child occupant protection. The dual airbags version with two pretensioners performed considerably well. Together with the seatbelt reminder for the driver, the sub-4 metre sedan from Tata scored an impressive four-star rating for adult occupants.

The Zest is available in 11 different variants, covering two engine and transmission options each. Prices for the sub-4 metre sedan start at Rs 5.50 lakh and go all the way up to Rs 8.93 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). While 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine is tuned to produce 90PS/140Nm, the 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel is available in two different tunes - 75PS/190Nm and 90PS/200Nm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual unit or a 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT).

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Q. I'm planning to buy swift vdi and a bit confused whether to go for tata zest or swift vdi or toyota etios GD which are priced nearly same .....which of them would be better?
  • Tiago best
  • Go for swift or tata zest. Not the other model which is old fashioned now.
  • Gor for swift.for its unmatched after sale services and low operating cost
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Q. Which is good to buy Zest or Tiago - Altroz?
  • Tata Zest has been discontinued and no longer available in the new car market. The Tata Altroz fits right into the mix of the premium hatchbacks. But because it does not deliver a step-up or wow experience over its rivals, it fails to set a new standard in the segment. The diesel does feel like a versatile unit and delivers a good drive on both highways and in the city. But the lack of punch and refinement from the petrol limits it use to mostly in the city. Also, both the transmission and shift quality should have been better. But, what impressed us is the long feature list is the practicality of the cabin with loads of storage and a good fit and finish. The balance of the Alpha Apc platform too raises the bar on comfort and handling in the segment. And finally, the looks, which definitely set a new standard in the segment.
  • It would be wise to go with Altroz. Older car spares are difficult to find in the market or even at Tata workshops. However, all three cars are good in all departments.
Q. My Zest XM petrol vibrates after 100km/hr. What might be possible cause?
  • Vibration is usually caused by an out of balance or defective tire, a bent wheel or a worn driveline U-joint. You may find that the car shakes the car in an up and down motion. You may feel the vibration through the seat, the steering wheel or even in the brake pedal. So we would suggest you to have all of the tires carefully inspected at the authorized service center as they will be the better person to assist you - Car Showrooms.
  • Wheel alignment is not correct. Please get your car to the workshop and get a wheel balancing done. It generally costs around 300 rupees.
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Q. Which is the best between swift dzire and zest?
  • The Zest is a big step up for Tata Motors be it design, interior look and feel or quality. The new 1.2-litre turbo petrol works well and with an AMT transmission for the diesel variant, Zest now becomes the cheapest diesel automatic one can buy. It is definitely worth a look in. On the other hand, Dzire, compact sedans don’t get any more polished than this. A spacious cabin, comfortable ride, feel-good features and a hassle-free ownership experience - the Dzire promises it all! 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire - First Drive: Review- https://bit.ly/2qSpvty Tata Zest Scores Four Stars In Global NCAP Crash Test - https://bit.ly/2x65NdS We would suggest you to take a test drive in order to clear your all doubts. Click on the given link to get your nearest dealership details: https://bit.ly/2rJrRu2
  • WHAT A JOKE . ALWAYS DZIRE. ITS RESALE VALUE IS MORE THAN TATAAND IT HAS LOW MAINTENANCE. AND I SUGGEST YOU HAVE TO BUY USED CAR. YOU TAKE DIFFERENCE OF NEAR 1 TO 2 LAKH
  • Actually sir zest is best ( it's my opinion) because the suspension on zest is very much better then Dzire... The milage of zest is more then Dzire ( YouTube opinion ) and zest is value for money... Not depends on you... ThanksSatyam Kumbhare
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Q. Which car is best zest or Tigor?
  • The Tigor comes loaded with most features buyers look for though its engines are not as powerful, especially the diesel. However, it actually betters them in two key areas that matter to buyers in this segment, namely space and comfortable ride. With these virtues and its eye-catching design, the Tigor thus creates a new niche for Tata Motors. Tigor should thus make for a good buy if you want a comfortable, spacious and efficient city car that can also manage short weekend trips. Whereas, Zest’s premium touchscreen infotainment system, ride quality and spacious cabin work in its favour. It is an easy car to drive as well. Hence, the affordable price tag makes it a good contender in the segment. That said, it is getting a bit long in tooth now and Tata is expected to discontinue the model very soon.
  • If you are thinking of a Diesel car you can buy a zest, because it is a more established car. If petrol you have many options other than Tata. Since the on road cost is aruound 9.5 lakhs
  • Both r diff, Zest is quite big, n petrol milage 13-17 kmpl,Tigor is quite small in width compare to Zest, gives milage 14-21 kmpl in petrol
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Q. Hi,I have Tata Zest XM model, and its timing chain was not changed at 60000km, now it is about to reach 80000km. Can you suggest if I can run more with its existing timing chain? Actually, I'm planning to change the same at next service which is due around 85000km.
  • Tata Motors suggest that the timing chain for the 90PS version is to be replaced at 60k kms and if I don't get it changed there will be trouble for my warranty. (Estimate of around 10-12k pre GST)...The seller , recommended since Zest has a timing chain instead of a timing belt, it needs to be replaced at 90,000 kms.So...Regarding, the timing chain, it is a fact that Tata Motors recommends change at 60,000Kms for the Fiat sourced 90PS Quadrajet engines. Manufacturers make such recommendations based on the wear and tear recorded by them during the extensive developmental testing. Usually they have good reasons for such recommendations and it is best to comply with them.
  • Tata Motors suggest that the timing chain for the 90PS version is to be replaced at 60k kms and if I don't get it changed there will be trouble for my warranty. (Estimate of around 10-12k pre GST)...The seller , recommended since Zest has a timing chain instead of a timing belt, it needs to be replaced at 90,000 kms.So...Regarding, the timing chain, it is a fact that Tata Motors recommends change at 60,000Kms for the Fiat sourced 90PS Quadrajet engines. Manufacturers make such recommendations based on the wear and tear recorded by them during the extensive developmental testing. Usually they have good reasons for such recommendations and it is best to comply with them.
  • Once ask in showroom or a mechanic it's better to take their suggestion
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Tata Zest User Reviews

4.3 /5
316 reviews & ratings
  • Mileage
    3.9/5
  • Performance
    4.3/5
  • Maintenance Cost
    4.2/5
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  • Comfort
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.3/5
  • Features & Styling
    4.3/5

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  • 2.3

    Previously I had Tata Indigo and that was the Best Car from Tata, so I thought that this new Zest will be better than Indigo, but I am sorry that I am fail and my trust and faith to Tata Motors spoiled. I am travelling by car and I had to go for far distance from My Place Bhuj to Ahmadabad, Baroda, Gandhinagar capital of Gujarat. and other places. I thought that new Zest will be have good Average of Mileage then Indigo !!

  • 4.3

    very comfortable car. city mileage is a concern. but highway mileage is great, with ABS, DUAL AIR BAGS ,EBD , good safe feeling. may not be very smooth but a great car to drive on the highways. very comfortable seats, rear seat for 3 people is comfortable. has a good ground clearance, over all i am happy with the car.

  • 3.0

    मुझे बहुत पसंद है, इस सेगमेंट मेंइसका मुकाबला कोई और कार नही कर सकती,माइलेज और मेंटनेंस, पिकअप, स्पेस इसका लाजवाब है

  • 3.7

    Good car, may not be as smooth as honda s or Hyundai s, but it is very comfortable and sturdy. Great mileage on highway, city mileage is not convincing. Very comfortable for 3 people at the back seat. Good looking car according to me. Comfortable to drive.

  • 5.0

    Its an Awesome car Much Stronger than Swift Dzire Comfort is Awesome Excellent Drive and Suspension with no words is Best in class its more than 4 years i own this car and haven't yet visited agency except regular servicing.Awesome Choice by me.

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