Zest vs Swift, Zest vs Ciaz, Zest vs Elite i20, Zest vs Dzire, Zest vs Xcent, Zest vs Amaze, Zest vs Bolt, Zest vs Etios, Zest vs Polo, Zest vs Verna, Zest vs Indigo CS, Zest vs Celerio, Zest vs i20 Active, Zest vs Manza, Zest vs Datsun Go Plus, Zest vs Sail, Zest vs Fiesta Classic

1. Zest vs Swift
2. Zest vs Ciaz
3. Zest vs Elite i20
4. Zest vs Dzire
5. Zest vs Xcent
6. Zest vs Amaze
7. Zest vs Bolt
8. Zest vs Etios
9. Zest vs Sail
10. Zest vs Polo
11. Zest vs Figo
12. Zest vs Verna
13. Zest vs IndigoCS
14. Zest vs Celerio
15. Zest vs i20 Active
16. Zest vs Avventura
17. Zest vs Go Plus
18. Zest vs EcoSport
19. Zest vs Liva Etios
20. Zest vs Manza
21. Zest vs Classic (Fiesta)

[1] Tata Zest vs Maruti-Suzuki Swift Comparison



Verdict: Swift is better than Zest

Reliability & After Sales Service: The most important factor, where Tata loses out big time to Maruti is in the area of quality, reliability & After Sales Service. It starts with the product quality itself where Suzuki is able to maintain a far better consistency, lesser manufacturing defects and better fit & finish than Tata. Lesser defects means Maruti's service centres have lesser need for doing repairs under warranty. Maruti goes further and delivers better quality of workmanship at affordable prices than Tata as well. And then there's the unbelieve reach of the 2000+ service centres compared to Tata dwindling network of 300 service points.

Price Difference: Swift is around 30,000 Rs. cheaper than the Zest with same features. But thanks to inferior product reliability and worse After Sales Service, the Zest is bound to fetch around 50,000 Rs. less in resale price after 5 to 7 years than a Swift, which actually makes it far less economical than the Swift. No wonder then that the Swift sells close to 19,000 units every month while the Zest sells just 2000.

Fuel Efficiency: Both Diesel cars have the same engine-gearbox therefore there is hardly any difference in the fuel efficiency, but thanks to a lighter kerb weight, Swift has an ARAI certified mileage of 24.2 kmpl whereas the Zest is rated at 23 kmpl.
The petrol Swift has an ARAI rated mileage figure of 20.4 kmpl, while that of the Zest is 17.6 kmpl, but in the real world, Swift was a good 1.5-2 kmpl more efficient than the Zest petrol in our back-to-back efficiency tests.

Space & Comfort: Zest is way more spacious than the Swift is all the dimensions. Especially the rear seat space is just what Tata is known for, "Club Class". Even the boot-space is a much more useful 350 litres in the zest compared to paltry 200 litres in the Swift.

Drivability & Performance:
Diesel: Both diesel cars have the same Fiat sourced powertrain, which has significant turbo lag making it a pain to pilot in city traffic. But the performance on the freeways is fairly good.

Petrol: Both the petrols are no better in terms of driveability either with hardly any punch at low rpm. But there is one crucial difference. Zest has a turbocharged engine which gives it a decent mid-range punch but it is reluctant to rev and has a weak top-end. Swift's 1.2 naturally aspirated is a bit low on mid-range punch but loves to rev and has an enthusiastic top-end.

Ride Quality & Handling: Zest has been tuned more for ride comfort and with good ground clearance is well suited for Indian roads. Swift on the other hand has a fairly harsh ride. But it is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the market. It has quick and precise steering coupled to a wide track and good grip around the corners.

[2] Tata Zest vs Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz



Verdict: Ciaz is better than Zest

Reliability & After Sales Service: Over the last 20 years Maruti-Suzuki has worked hard to provide a trouble free product and hassle free ownership experience to its customers, while Tata motors has done exactly the opposite. Even today things are no different Ciaz is far more reliable product than the Zest and is backed by Maruti's effective service mechanism. Zest, like all other Tata products is bound to have quality issues from day one and its service network is in a state of decline. Maruti's service network has already grown to more than 2000 touch points, while Tata Motors has shrunk down to just 184, the last time we checked. No wonder then that a Ciaz is expected to retain around 75,000 rupees more of resale value than the Zest.

Fuel Efficiency: Both, the diesel Zest and Ciaz are powered by the same Fiat made 1.25 litre diesel engine. The ARAI certified mileage of the Ciaz is 26.2 kmpl, while that of the Zest is 23 kmpl. But in our back-to-back tests, the Ciaz returned just half a kpl more than the Zest.
In the petrols, the Ciaz has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.73 kmpl, while that of the Zest is 17.6 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests though, the Ciaz was consistently more than one kmpl more fuel efficient than the Zest.

Pricing & Features: Due to a better resale value as well as better efficiency, the Ciaz (VDi) which cost 1 lakh rupees more than the Zest (XT) is bound to have the same cost of ownership over a period of 5-7 years. That is why we have compared the top-end Zest with the base Ciaz here.
Drivability & Performance:
Diesel: In spite of being a full sized sedan and almost half a metre longer than the Zest, the Ciaz has a lighter kerb weight, therefore the diesel Ciaz it is able to manage the turbo-lag slightly better than the Zest. Outright performance is also marginally better in the Ciaz.

Petrol: In petrols, the Ciaz has a 200cc bigger engine, while the Zest has an added turbocharger. Neither of those measures remedies the fact that both of them still remain underpowered cars. Both cars suffer from a very weak low-end, Zest is able to just about match the Ciaz in mid-range torque, but has a rev-shy engine whereas the Ciaz has a much stronger top-end performance, and comparatively a significantly free revving engine than the Zest.

Ride Quality & Handling: Both cars are tuned for ride quality and to have adequate ground clearance to tackle the crater filled Indian roads. However with a longer wheelbase and a tad more progression in the steering rack, Ciaz feels more at home around the curves.

Space & Comfort: Both cars have spacious cabins, but the Ciaz has an upper hand in terms of ergonomics thanks to a better driving position, with a lower dashboard supportive seats. Also the Ciaz has a much bigger boot than the Zest, which is quite obvious.


[3] Tata Zest vs Hyundai Elite i20
Verdict: Elite i20 is better than Zest
Reliability & After Sales Service: Hyundai deserves to be applauded for accomplishing the immense task of establishing a capable and widespread dealer network in a country like India in less than two decades! Tata on the other hand continues to squander its legacy by being stubborn, complacent and overconfident about the quality of it's products and loyalty of it's customers. Tata is slightly cheaper but extremely low on quality, whereas, Hyundai offers reliable products and systematic service, albeit at a high price. Clearly, people have favoured the latter approach. Rest assured that the difference in resale value of an Elite i20 after 5-7 years will more than make up for whatever extra Hyundai may have charged for maintenance as well as for a slightly higher pricing than the Zest.
Pricing & Features:
Drivability & Performance:
Diesel: Both diesel cars are a nuisance to drive in the city due to turbo-lag below 2000 rpm. However, the Elite i20's 150cc larger powerplant does make a difference on the highways, by making overtaking even more easier than the Zest.
Petrol: Neither of the cars have a good petrol engine. Both petrol cars feel distinctly under-engined with no turn of speed even at higher revs. Even the turbocharger does not help matters in the Zest. Although it does give the Zest some much needed advantage in mid-range punch over the Elite, which comes in handy while pulling overtaking maneuvers on the highway.
Fuel Efficiency: Diesel powered cars return decent fuel efficiency, but both the petrols are quite thirsty compared to other competitors in this segment
Space & Comfort: Both cars are impressively spacious with spacious boots adding to the practicality factor.
Dynamics: Both cars have decent ride quality, with the Zest having a slight advantage over the Elite in terms of bump absorption and ground clearance. Neither of them are great handlers with both cars having lifeless, overlight steerings, but here too the Zest feels slightly better thanks to slightly lesser understeering tendency than the Hyundai.

[4] Tata Zest Automatic vs Maruti-Suzuki Dzire
Verdict: Dzire is better than Tata Zest
Reliability & After Sales Service: There is a huge difference in the Ownership experience of a Tata & a Maruti-Suzuki. Over the past 25 years, we have seen that Suzuki's little cars have been reliable, durable and long lived, with minimum breakdowns and hardly any need for maintenance apart from servicing. Tata's cars have been exactly the opposite, with plenty of niggling issues that just won't go away and some fundamental ones that just don't have any solution. Not to forget Maruti's 2000 strong dealer network which continues to grow and Tata's shrinking network of just 200.
Fuel Efficiency, Drivability & Performance: What could have been Zest's standout advantage, the AMT gearbox is still a work-in-progress. It does not have the "creep" functionality i.e. the car does not start moving forward slowly on releasing the brakes, which is quite a big oversight since it has already been implemented in any automatic car launched after 1960. Both cars are powered by the same diesel engine and hence are ridden by the common problem of turbo-lag anywhere below 2000 rpm. Petrol engine is a different story altogether. Zest's 90PS, turbocharged engine might tick all the boxes on paper, but in the real world it is no match for the gem of an engine that powers the Dzire. Suzuki's K12 might be a bit lacking in terms of low-end torque, but it is delightfully quick to rev and has a potent mid-range followed by a delicious top end performance. Aided by a lower kerb weight it leaves the Zest far far behind, be it in terms of performance as well as in terms of fuel efficiency
Dynamics: Zest's dynamics are more in sync with Indian road conditions. It has much better ride quality and importantly a higher ground clearance. Dzire feels more precise in corners thanks to better steering response, but Zest too is fairly good around corners, body roll and lifeless steering being the two chinks in it's armour
Space & Comfort: Dzire's weak point remains its inadequate rear seat space and it's hatchback sized boot and this is where the Zest is able to catch up half way with it. Zest has outstanding leg room as well as generous shoulder room for 3 passengers a the rear. Even it's boot is a decent 350 litres. But Dzire has a much better driving position with wide, supportive front seats and great visibility all around.

[5] Tata Zest Automatic vs Hyundai Xcent
Verdict: Xcent is better than Zest
Reliability & After Sales Service: In the last 15 years Hyundai has worked really hard and has established a stellar reputation for itself, while Tata has remained adamant and unresponsive towards it customers, who have rightly rewarded and punished the two brands respectively. Over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years, the Xcent is bound to depreciate around 50,000 Rs. less than the Zest.
Fuel Efficiency: ARAI rated mileage of the Xcent diesel is 24.4 kmpl which is 1.4 kmpl more than the Zest. The Xcent maintained that lead in our back-toback efficiency tests as well. The petrol burning Xcent has an ARAI rated mileage of 19.2 kmpl which is 1.6 kmpl more than the Zest. Even the petrol Xcent maintained its lead over the Zest in our real world tests. This makes the Xcent around 30,000 Rs. cheaper to run than the Zest over a 5 year period.
Dynamics: In terms of engineering fundamentals, Zest certainly has an edge over the Xcent. It has a more pliant ride and higher ground clearance than Xcent, which makes it more suitable for Indian roads.
Drivability & Performance: Both cars feel distinctly underpowered, Zest struggling with turbo-lag & Xcent struggling with overtaking manoeuvres.
Space and Comfort is exemplary in both the cars. Both are good products & are extremely well priced, but if you consider that Hyundai has thrown in one country's best after sales service experience for free, then there remains no doubt that the Xcent deserves to be crowned the winner of this comparo.
Price Difference: Before we compare similarly priced variants of the Zest and Xcent, lets not forget that an Xcent will be around 80,000 Rs. cheaper than the Zest over a 5 year period of ownership, thanks to better resale value and higher fuel efficiency.
[6] Tata Zest vs Honda Amaze
Verdict: Amaze is better than Zest
Reliability & After Sales Service: Over the last 15 years Honda has undoubtedly proven that it makes extremely reliable & dependable cars, while Tata has proven to be the exact opposite. So over the next 5-7 years if you chose the Amaze, then you are statistically likely to get a far better, hassle free ownership experience as well as better resale price when you eventually decide to upgrade. Roughly you can expect a difference of 75,000 Rs. in depreciation after a period of 5 to 7 years between these two cars.
Fuel Efficiency: Amongst the diesel powered cars, the Amaze has an ARAI certified mileage of 25.8 kmpl compared to Zest's 23 kmpl. In our back-to-back fuel efficiency runs, the Amaze was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the Zest. In petrols, Amaze has an ARAI certified mileage of 18 kmpl, compared to the Zest's 17.6, but the actual difference in our fuel efficiency tests was much higher at close to 2 kmpl.
Price Difference: Amaze is roughly 40,000 Rs. more expensive to buy than the Zest. But thanks to lower fuel cost and higher resale value, it will actually end up being 40-60k less expensive than the Zest over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years.
Drivability & Performance: Honda's 250cc bigger engine makes it far more easier than the Zest to drive in city traffic, thanks to the absence of any turbo-lag whatsoever. It also gives the Amaze a stronger mid-range punch than the Zest, making it far easier to overtake at highway speeds as well as it's 100 bhp output gives it better outright acceleration than the as well.
Ergonomics: Amaze's low-set dashboard and supportive seats cause much less fatigue, be it on long journeys or lengthy commutes. Zest's high set dash with a steering which is still a bit too high, even in its lowermost position coupled to overly soft seat foam make you feel tiresome after long duration in the saddle.

[7] Tata Zest vs Tata Bolt
Verdict: Zest is better than Bolt
Features & Pricing: Overall Bolt is just 20,000 rupees cheaper than the identical variant of the Zest. Considering Zest comes with Alloy wheels & Dual tone dashboard from XE variant, and projector headlamps from XM variant and Angel Eyes in the XT variant.
Automatic Gearbox: Only the Zest comes with the option of the ingenious AMT gearbox, albeit without creep functionality i.e. unlike Celerio or Alto K10's AMTs, Zest does not start moving forward slowly when you take your foot off the brake pedal, which makes it slightly less convenient than other automatics, but still more convenient than other manuals.
Boot-space: Bolt's tiny little 200 litre excuse for a boot is not even adequate for carrying 5 people's luggage for a weekend trip. Zest's 350 litres on the other hand is just the right size.
Space and Comfort: Both cars have identical cabins with excellent space in all directions and flawed ergonomics in terms of high set dashboard and squishy soft seat foam. At least in the Bolt Tata should have judged the trade-off between rear leg-room and boot-space, increasing boot volume to at least 250 litres.
Drivability & Performance: Bolts' 75PS version of Fiat's 1250cc Diesel engine has noticeably lesser turbo-lag than the 90PS version, which is used in the Zest's XM & XT variants. Other than that, there is hardly any difference in terms of drivability or performance between the Bolt & the Zest. The petrols are absolutely identical.
Fuel Efficiency: ARAI certified mileage for the Bolt diesel is 22.95 kmpl, which is just 0.05 kmpl less than the Zest, but in actual testing, it was the Bolt which was fractionally more frugal than the Zest. The Bolt petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 17.57 kmpl, which again is just 0.03 kmpl less than the Zest. There was no significant difference in our fuel efficiency tests either.
Ride Quality & Handling: Both cars have excellent ride quality and decent ground clearance as well. The Bolt corners with slightly more enthusiasm than the Zest, but the difference is hardly noticeable.
Reliability & After Sales Service: is pathetic, getting worse.

[8] Tata Zest vs Toyota Etios
Verdict: Etios is better than Zest
Reliability & After Sales Service: Over the last decade Toyota has demonstrated why they are the best in the World, when it comes to bulletproof reliability and impeccable after sales service. While Tata's pathetic service experience makes us question whether it bears the same brand name which used to be synonymous with 'trust'. Toyota's dealer network has also spread to respectable number now, while Tata's continues to shrink. This will have a substantial effect on the resale value of both these cars, with the Etios retaining far better value than the Zest.
Price Difference: Etios is roughly 1 lakh rupees more expensive than a Zest with similar features (eg. GD & XM). But because of Toyota's legendary after sales service, the Etios is bound to depreciate 1 lakh rupees less than the Zest over the next 5 to 7 years, which is why we have compared Zest's variants to the variants of Etios which are costing around 1 lakh more.
Fuel Efficiency: Both diesel cars were neck-to-neck in our efficiency runs and have similar ARAI certified figures as well. The Etios is rated at 23.6 kmpl and the Zest at 23 kmpl. Same was the story with petrols as well. ARAI certified mileage of Etios is rated at 16.8 kmpl, while that of Zest is 17.6 kmpl. In our back-toback efficiency runs, the difference was not even 0.1 kmpl.
Drivability & Performance: The Etioses, both petrol and diesel, have bigger engines than the Zests and in spite of being bigger, the Etios is actually lighter than the Zest. The diesel Etios has none of the turbo-lag that the Zest has and is much easier to drive in city traffic. Zest has an AMT option as well for city dwellers, but be warned that the automatic does not have the creep functionality and may cause accidents by rolling back on inclines. The petrol Etios isn't turbocharged like the Zest, but has a 300cc bigger engine, which practically works much better the Zest's unit, it has a stronger low-end torque, revs freely and has much better outright acceleration than the Zest.
Ride Quality & Handling: Both cars have been tuned keeping ride quality as their primary goal and in that sense the Zest performs slightly better than the Etios. Handling of neither cars is anything to write home about. However, the Etios' steering response is certainly a notch up on the Zest.
Space & Comfort: Both cars have roomy cabins be it at the front or the rear. But the Etios has much better driving position with a lower dashboard than the Zest and excellent visibility in all four directions. Etios' boot is almost twice as big as the Zest, and is one of the biggest of all sedans sold in the country.

[9] Tata Zest vs Chevrolet Sail
Verdict: Zest is better than Sail
Price Difference: The Zest is 65,000 rupees cheaper than a Sail Sedan with similar features. Which means that for the same money as the base Sail Sedan, you can buy the Mid (XM) variant of the Zest, which has much more features than the Sail.
Fuel Efficiency: Amongst the diesels, the Sail Sedan has an ARAI certified mileage of 22.1 kmpl, which is slightly lower than the Zest's ARAI certified mileage of 23 kmpl. But in our back-to-back tests the Sail actually delivered marginally better fuel efficiency than the Zest, thanks to stronger low-end response than the Zest. Amongst the Petrols, the sail has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.2 kmpl as compared to the Zest's 17.6 kmpl, but in our real world fuel efficiency runs both cars were equally fuel efficient inefficient as each other.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Perhaps the only brand having as bad a reputation for after sales support as Tata Motors is Chevrolet and vice-versa. Neither of the cars are reliable products nor are they supported by a well trained service staff. No wonder both these brands have the highest depreciating cars in the segment.
Space & Comfort: Both cars have roomy and comfortable cabins. Neither of them have good ergonomics though, they should really learn a thing or two from the Germans or the Japanese. Sail being longer than 4 metres, has a bigger boot than the sub 4-metre Zest.
Drivability & Performance: Both the diesels are powered by the same 1.25 litre diesel engine. This engine was developed in the GM-Fiat alliance era, which is why General Motors has a right to develop it further. That is why Chevrolet's fixed geometry version of the Multijet pumps out more horsepower than all other competitors.
Ride Quality & Handling: Both cars are tuned more for ride quality than handling. Neither of them are great at carving corners, although the Zest fares better on broken roads thanks to a slightly higher ground clearance than the Sail.

[10] Tata Zest vs Volkswagen Polo
Verdict: Polo is Better than Zest
Space & Comfort (Sedan vs Hatchback): One one hand there's the Zest which has managed to liberate a couple of inches more legroom and elbow room than the Polo. While on the other hand there's the Polo which has better ergonomics and thus is actually a more comfortable and fatigue free car than the Zest. Even the Polo's boot is only slightly smaller than the Zest in spite of being a hatchback.
Pricing & Features:

Performance & Driveability:
Diesel: The Polo is far superior than the Zest be it in terms of the drivability around town, the overtaking ability on the highway or outright acceleration.
Petrol: In Petrols, Zest's affordable turbo-charged engine is far better than the non-turbocharged 3 cylinder engine of lower priced variants of the Polo. But the top-end 1.2 TSI petrol is no short of a revelation. It has an amazingly potent mid-range and ballistic top-end performance. It is without doubt the best petrol engine available in the premium hatchback segment, but the problem is that a TSI Polo is more expensive than many a mid-size sedans which do come with even better engines than the TSI.
Handling and Ride Quality: Polo is by far a better handling car than the Zest. It's sheer mechanical grip, well weighted steering and keen chassis makes it one of the best handling cars in the country. Zest's inconsistently weighted steering and excessive body roll play spoilsport to an otherwise well sorted dynamic setup with the added advantage of excellent ground clearance and great prowess at isolating the occupants from rough road situations.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Neither of the cars have a good reputation for providing decent service backup. However, Polo as product is well sorted compared to the Zest in terms of durability, reliability and longevity.

[11] Tata Zest vs Ford Figo
Verdict: Figo is better than the Zest
Price Difference: Ford Figo is 75,000 Rs. cheaper than the Tata Zest if we compare the variants having similar features. So the question really is whether the addition of tiny boot to an inferior car than the Figo (Tata Vista) suddenly become worth so much more money than a Figo.
Boot-space: Don't be fooled by the Zest's sedan bodystyle. It has only 60 litres more boot-space than the already spacious 290 litre boot of the Ford Figo.
Ergonomics: Figo's distinct 1.5 box design and a low set dashboard gives it far better all-round visibility than the Zest. Figo's driving position also feels much more natural and comfortable over long distances than the Zest. However, the rear seat space of the Zest is significantly better than the Figo. The Figo itself has more than adequate room for 3 full-size adults at the rear, which makes us question whether Tata should've moved the rear seats a bit forward and liberated some additional boot-space.
Performance & Drivability: Amongst the diesels, Figo has far lesser turbo-lag than the Zest, which makes it one of the easiest cars to drive in city traffic. Outright acceleration is also evenly matched between the two cars, with a Zest having a miniscule advantage in terms of highway performance. But in the petrols, the Zest fights back with a turbo-charger, giving it far better performance than the Figo, be it in terms of a gutsy mid-range or in terms of performance at the redline.
Ride Quality & Handling: The Zest is no match to the impeccable road manners of the Figo. The sheer suppleness with which the Figo rides over bumps ad ruts is extraordinary. But at the same time, the way it corners flat, with hardly any body roll at all is just unbelievable. The European Fiesta's DNA distinctly shines through every time you get behind the wheel of the Figo. The Zest feels mediocre in comparison. Although it rides soft, it feels disconnected to the surface underneath, with the steering lacking the exquisite feel and precision of the Figo's unit.
Fuel Efficiency: Figo diesel has an ARAI certified mileage of 20 kmpl, which is 3 kmpl less than the Zest. But in our-back-to-back efficiency tests, both cars returned identical numbers. The petrol Figo's mileage is rated at 15.6 kmpl by ARAI which is 2 kmpl less than the Zest. But in our mileage tests the difference between the two cars was absolutely nil.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Ford has really turned a leaf over it's reputation for service support post the launch of the Figo and continues to improve even after the fantastic response to the EcoSport. Tata's service quality on the other hand has deteriorated further with every launch after the Marina, be it Aria, Nano or Manza, which makes us question the longevity of the Zest & Bolt as well. Ford continues to gain on the service availability side as well with a slowly expanding dealer network, whereas Tata's network continues to shrink.

[12] Tata Zest vs Hyundai Verna
Verdict: Verna is better than Zest
Reliability & After Sales Service: Over the past 15 years Hyundai has put in consistent efforts to build a stellar reputation for reliable products backed by a diligent service network, which has taken it to an unchallenged second place in the Indian car market. Tata on the other hand has ignored the decay and dilapidation of it's once widespread network as well as the reliability of it's products for the last 2 decades. Even holding on to the 6th place is becoming increasingly difficult for Tata nowadays.
Resale Value: This has had a direct effect on the resale price of the cars from the two brands. Five year old used Vernas currently retail for around 4.5 lakhs, while 5 year old Manzas currently retail for around 2.5 lakhs, which means that the Verna will at least fetch 2 lakh rupees more than a similarly priced Zest after 5 years.
Fuel Efficiency: Both the 1.4 & 1.6 engined Diesel Verna has an ARAI certified mileage of 24.8 kmpl, which is 1.8 kmpl more than the Zest. But in our real-world tests the difference was almost nil.
The ARAI rated mileage of the 1.4 as well as the 1.6 petrol powered Verna is 17.4 kmpl which is 0.2 kmpl less than the Zest. But in our back-to-back fuel efficiency runs, the 1.6 Verna was actually half a kmpl more efficient, while the 1.4 was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the petrol Zest.
Price Difference: The Verna is almost 3 lakh rupees dearer than a Zest with similar features. But taking resale price into consideration, a Verna which is 2 lakh Rs. more expensive than the Zest is bound to "cost" same over the span of a 5 to 7 year ownership period. In that case, Zest XT diesel costing 7.23 lakh has much more features like Airbags, Parking Sensors, 5" touch-screen, Alloy Wheels etc. over a 1.4 Base diesel Verna which cost 9.03 lakh (all prices Ex-showroom, Delhi).
Performance & Drivability:
Diesel: Both the Vernas as well as the Zest are riddled with turbo-lag at low rpm hampering their drivability in city traffic. But in terms of performance Zest's 90PS engine is no match for the 126PS output of the 1.6 litre Verna. Even the 1.4 litre Verna easily out accelerates the Zest & even has a better overtaking ability, in spite of its identical 90PS output.
Petrol: In spite of the added turbo-charger, the Zest remains a much sluggish car compared to both the 1.6 & 1.4 Vernas. The 1.6, especially has much stronger low-end torque as well a potent mid-range which has endowed it with far better overtaking abilities than the Zest. Even the 1.4 petrol engine outperforms the Zest despite the lack of a turbocharger. But that's not all, the Verna engines are also far more refined than the Zest's engine, which is actually based on a 15 year old Indica Diesel's engine block, shrunk from 1.4 litres to 1.2 litres for the Xeta, and strapped with a turbo for the Zest & Bolt.
 Ride Quality & Handling: Neither the Zest nor the Verna is any good at cornering. However, both cars have soft, cushy ride quality, thanks to overtly soft sprung suspension setups. The Zest has one crucial advantage over the Verna, that of a higher ground clearance, giving it far better ability to tackle the daily dose of potholes and speed humps mountains.
Space & Comfort: Zest's cabin is no less spacious than the Verna's, but it is not as comfortable and ergonomically designed as the Verna. Verna's boot-space is also much bigger than the Zest, but Zest's 350 litres itself is more more than adequate.

[13] Tata Zest vs Indigo eCS
Verdict: Zest is better than Indigo eCS
Fuel Efficiency: The Diesel Indigo eCS (CR4) has an ARAI certified mileage of 25 kmpl which is 2 kmpl more than the Indigo eCS. But in our back-to-back fuel efficiency tests the Zest was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the Indigo eCS. Zest's Fiat sourced 1250cc powertrain has a higher output than Indigo eCS' Tata developed 1400cc unit. This means that the Zest's engine is able to burn fuel far more efficiently than the Indigo eCS' engine giving it an advantage in real world scenario. This means that the Zest will save around 20,000 Rs. over a span of 5 to 7 years in fuel costs.
Price Difference: The Zest is just 25,000 Rs. more expensive than the IndigoCS with similar features (Zest XE Diesel vs Indigo eCS LS CR4 BSIV). However this difference is negated due to Zest's fuel efficiency advantage. Moreover the Indigo eCS has far too deficient in terms of dynamics, performance, ergonomics and safety compared to the Zest, which means it is absolutely not worth buying the Indigo eCS as a personal car anymore.
Drivability & Performance: 
Diesel: The Indigo CS has lesser turbo-lag than the Zest and is easier to drive around town, but it is no match for the top-end performance or even the excellent mid-range of the Fiat sourced engine. Zest is also far more refined and quieter than the Indigo eCS.
Ride Quality & Handling: Both cars are characterised by the typical Tata suspension setup, with a high ground clearance that is necessary for the Indian roads, soft ride quality and slightly vague handling. Although it must be said that the Zest is a significant improvement over the IndigoCS in terms of cornering abilities.
Space & Comfort: The Indigo eCS has slightly bigger cabin as well as a bigger boot than the Zest. But the Zest itself is one of the roomiest cars in the segment. However, Indigo eCS's ergonomics really suck. It has a stratospherically high dashboard, low driver's seat and a high-set steering even in the lowermost position which makes a complete disaster of driving position. Compared to it, the Zest is much improved.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Tata has more or less become synonymous with horrible After Sales Service. Neither are its cars any good in terms of reliability. However, amongst the two cars here, the Indigo eCS has better reliability as it is a less complex machine and has been around for a long long time in which some of its issues have been rectified. The Zest in spite of being a brand new product is not up to the mark in terms of reliability and reflects really badly on the company's priorities.

[14] Tata Zest vs Maruti-Suzuki Celerio

[15] Tata Zest vs Hyundai i20 Active


[16] Tata Zest vs Fiat Avventura
Verdict: Avventura is better than Zest
Handling & Ride Quality: Avventura is quite simply the best handling high ground clearance car in India. Zest has excessive body roll and the steering is not properly calibrated. It feels too light at city speeds and suddenly weighs up north of 60 kph.
Performance & Driveability: Frankly, both the Zest and Avventura diesel versions are irritatingly underpowered and have quite a bit of turbo lag. The petrols are even worse than the diesels. In spite of an added turbo and a claimed 90PS output on paper, Zest's petrol engine feels weaker than its own diesel, be it in city drivability, overtaking or outright acceleration. Avventura's petrol engine doesn't even have a turbocharger and feels worse to drive than even the Zest's petrol mill. It is downright pathetic decision making that has prevented Fiat from plonking the Linea's fantastic 1.4 litre t-jet into the Avventura.
Fuel Efficiency: Since both cars are powered by the "National Diesel Engine of India" and weigh the same as well, both returned very similar mileage figures in our road tests. Both petrols also were similarly thirsty as well returning one of the worst fuel efficiency among sub-4 metre cars in India.
Reliability and After Sales Service: Avventura is a more reliable product with lesser issues reported by owners so far. But Zest is backed by a more widely available service network in India. However, it needs to be said that these two occupy the bottom rung when it comes to reliability, after sales service and crucially the resale value in India and we would like to take this opportunity to recommend you to stay away from both these cars if you donot wish to gamble on a hassle free ownership experience.
Both cars are equivalent in terms of Ergonomics, Boot Space, Build Quality and Maneuverability

[17] Tata Zest vs Datsun Go+
Verdict: Datsun Go+ is better than Zest

Space & Comfort: Datsun Go + has better ergonomics than the Zest. It has a lower set dashboard which gives better visibility all round and more supportive seats unlike the Zest's soft foam units, which feel more comfortable when you sit in but cause more fatigue on long drives. Rear seat space however is slightly better in the Zest, both in terms of leg room and elbow room. Although the Datsun Go+ itself has a roomy second row as well.

[18] Tata Zest vs Ford EcoSport
Verdict: EcoSport is better than Zest

[19] Tata Zest vs Toyota Etios Liva
Verdict: Liva is better than Zest
1. Reliability & After Sales Service: Over the last 15 year we have seen that one one hand Toyota has delivered outstanding dependability through their products starting with the Qualis, whereas Tata on the other hand has struggled to improve its pathetic track record in this regard. The effect this will have on the resale price of these 2 cars after 5 to 7 years of usage will be close to or perhaps even more than a lakh rupees.
2. Drivability: Liva's diesel engine is 150cc bigger than Zest's and on top of that it is a good 200 kgs lighter than the Zest, which makes much easier to drive in city traffic thanks to minimal turbo lag unlike the Zest. What's surprising is that even the petrol engined Liva feels more sprightly than the Zest, in spite of the Zest having the humungous advantage of being turbocharged. 200 kg lighter kerb weight difference proving to be more valuable than forced induction.
3. Fuel Efficiency: Both Diesel's were equally fuel efficient in our tests but the Petrols were seperated by a fair margin, Zest being a good 2 kpl less efficient than the Liva.

[20] Tata Zest vs Manza

[21] Tata Zest vs Ford Classic (Fiesta)

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