Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > Team-BHP Reviews > Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 31st December 2006, 17:37   #1
Senior - BHPian
 
drifter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 1,469
Thanked: 13 Times
Default Driven: Zen Estilo

Drove the Estilo for a few hundred kilometres. Here are my observations.

Exteriors

Looks like the logical step up from the Wagon R. Being built on the same platform as the Wagon R, it has inherited the bad qualities as well. But looks quite good in my opinion. Much better than the Wagon R. The side profile looks the best. The front end is not to my liking.

Interiors

Well executed, loads of headroom, but seats uncomfortable and you are likely to experience back pain after a long drive. Good choice of colours, but in all probabilty, rattles will set in like most marutis.

Driving Experience

The engine feels woefully out of breadth on the highway. Good for the city only. Maxes out at 155 kmph. The stability at these speeds is anything but nice. The EPS has no feedback from the road and the wheels tend to follow the irregularites on the tarmac. Also the car rolls quite a bit. The ride isn't great either but acceptable.

Summary

Has lost the charm of the old zen. Really good in the city due to its size. Competent city car, but not for the highway!

Drifter
drifter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st December 2006, 18:11   #2
BHPian
 
BunnyPunia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 800
Thanked: 187 Times
Default

Exteriors

In the showroom i went to, the new zen was parked next to the wagon r and frankly speaking, it is smaller and it shows too much. yeah lines are cute but it doesnt look like a 4.05 lakh rupee car (OTR VXi in delhi)

Interiors

for people like me, ie big, the new zen is quite narrow, narrower than the wagon r too. but better interiors no doubt


Driving Experience
it felt more refined and silent than the wagon r for sure and the gear box is way way better

Summary

Has lost the charm of the old zen. Really good in the city due to its size. Competent city car, but not for the highway! yep, but.... time will see.. i somehow really felt bad that we cudnt take it just coz of one reason - its small from inside. a tight fit for even four big adults
BunnyPunia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st December 2006, 18:17   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
drifter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 1,469
Thanked: 13 Times
Default

You are right about it being better refined than the Wagon R. The gearshift although slightly better than the wagon r, still leaves a lot to be desired...there's just too much play even when engaged.

Drifter
drifter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st December 2006, 18:20   #4
BHPian
 
BunnyPunia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 800
Thanked: 187 Times
Default

did you notice one more thing - the amount of space above the dash, extending all the way upto the windscreen. In delhi, there are no discounts and LXi sells for 3,77,000 , the Vxi for 4,05,000 (otr delhi)
BunnyPunia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st December 2006, 18:27   #5
Senior - BHPian
 
drifter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 1,469
Thanked: 13 Times
Default

Yeah but its pretty useless....anything that you put on it slides towards the windscreen and you really have to stretch to get them. Also the VXI comes with driver's airbag and ABS which is really good.

Drifter
drifter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2007, 05:36   #6
Senior - BHPian
 
mithun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Cochin
Posts: 1,950
Thanked: 49 Times
Default

@drifter : So if given a choice, which one do you prefer WagonR or Estilo taking into consideration the pros & cons of both the cars ?
mithun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2007, 09:06   #7
Senior - BHPian
 
drifter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 1,469
Thanked: 13 Times
Default

I would go for the estilo, the shift quality is just slightly better and the interiors are better as well. Plus its a newer look...

Drifter
drifter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2007, 11:18   #8
Senior - BHPian
 
DCEite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NCR
Posts: 3,044
Thanked: 475 Times
Default

I had a look at the new Zen at a showroom when i went to get my wagonR serviced.
It definitely looks better in exteriors specially the side profile with skirting. However, the front and rear didn't impress me that much. Looks very feminine. On the other hand the new wagonR with Cadillac like front has a slightly macho look. Interior wise, the seats are no better than the wagonR, being narrow and unsupportive. However, the quality of plastic seemed to be slightly better. Rear looks surprisingly cramped even compared to the Santro. I dont think anyone with height around 5'11 ~ 6 can sit comfortably at the rear even with the front seats pulled all the way. The front seat travel is also lesser than the wagonR, in which the front seats can pull all the way back almost touching the rear seats. The boot is smaller than both wagonR and Santro.

However what i did notice that there was a lot of people thronging the showroom for test ride. Even Maruti claims it has made more than 15,000 bookings so far!
Unfortunately i didn't get to test drive the car, but whatever i have heard is it isn't too different from the wagonR as far as performance is concerned.

So, it seems the 1.1L A+/B segment is hotting up,which had hitherto only two tall boy cars, with cars like:

1. WagonR 1.1
2. Santro 1.1
3. Estilo 1.1
4. Palio 1.1 (to be launched soon)

Looks like customers have a lot of choices now!

Last edited by DCEite : 4th January 2007 at 11:32.
DCEite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2007, 14:27   #9
BWN
BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Toulouse
Posts: 114
Thanked: Once
Default

I too happened to drive the Estilo a week back when i was in India.In my opinion

Exteriors :
It's just about OK.Its definitely not as cheeky as the Old Zen nor its ugly looking, but Yes, it does look cross breed of an Innova with Wagon-R/matiz.It has simple lines and curves but definitely not a head turner.Infact i missed to notice it in traffic thinking it was the new Wagon-R.I am not sure about the liking of our people but i suspect the speculation of maruti on this.

Interiors :
Cabin is a nice place to be in as a driver or a co passenger.Dash is huge and engine intrudes half of the dash.If u want to see the bonnet, please come out of the car , but it should not be a problem as its same as the santro or the old matiz.
Beige trim is a good thought and gives you a Expensive car feel at Dawn or dusk, but in broad day light, the tacky plastic quality might nag you a bit.Overall, its a nice effort at this cost.
Switch gears are probably from the wagon-R and the swift.They fulfill the purpose of a 4 lac car.
Seating is good for the driver and co passenger.Tall view is likeable for short driver.It better not to talk about the rear seat.They are again a cross breed of Child seats of a Reva and a Bajaj auto rikshaw.3 mediu built adults can seat comfortably and shoulder room is better than santro.Leg room is ok.
Boot is huge(for a hatch) but they could have spared it for the rear seat space.
Engine :
Not much difference for those who drive the wagon-R, but it somehow feels much coarse than the Wagon-R.response and performace at city levels is good.Not much noticeble difference with AC On but take her to the highway and you will beg for more.She catches speed but not like the santro Erlx.Torque is not so feelable above 3k RPM and top end is somehow not like wagon-R.
I will not discuss about the gear shift as its nothing to mention about.People who crip about Indica/Go, pls take a spin in Estilo.I bet, your opinions will change.Its well above pathetic and rubbery.I would prefer an AT if available as in santro.Maruti... Wake up.....
Ride & Handling :
City performace is good.Its infact above expections.But on speeds above 80 noticeble body rol is there.But she glides well over the potholes.
Efficiency:
I drove the car for around 85 Kms with 50:50 in city/Highway.She gave me around 14.5Kmpl.This is before the first service.
BWN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2007, 17:04   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: pune
Posts: 2,088
Thanked: 48 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BWN View Post
I will not discuss about the gear shift as its nothing to mention about.People who crip about Indica/Go, pls take a spin in Estilo.I bet, your opinions will change.Its well above pathetic and rubbery.
Now that is a very bold statement, may I say. I should visit Maruti showroom for test drive.
RX135 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2007, 17:09   #11
Team-BHP Support
 
Vid6639's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 14,467
Thanked: 19,372 Times
Default

It comes as no surprise as it's the same as the WagonR. The shift quality is bad.
Some people dont mind as the shift is fairly effortless.
Vid6639 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2007, 17:15   #12
BANNED
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Bangalore / Madras
Posts: 1,980
Thanked: 14 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BWN View Post
I will not discuss about the gear shift as its nothing to mention about.People who crip about Indica/Go, pls take a spin in Estilo.I bet, your opinions will change.Its well above pathetic and rubbery.
I test drove the Zen Estilo over the weekend. The gearshift was as good or as bad as my Indica. Or vice versa. Think about it.

(With due apologies to Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull)
hrag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2007, 17:20   #13
BHPian
 
ramki067's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: BANGALORE
Posts: 561
Thanked: 25 Times
Default

I was at Pratham today to just have a look at it. I was looking for rear seat leg space(one of my requirement) and surprisingly the Estilo's rear leg space is much much more than WagonR and Alto and even Swifts'. Is the space really more than WagonR and alto or were the front seats pulled front? I don't know! and the boot space was huge compared to Alto or Swift.
Didn't take any test drives but i think the utilities in Estilo aren't their as much as the WagonRs'. They could have provided with more utility stuff on dashboard...and such...
ramki067 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2007, 18:20   #14
BWN
BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Toulouse
Posts: 114
Thanked: Once
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RX135
Now that is a very bold statement, may I say. I should visit Maruti showroom for test drive.
As a matter of fact, I shifted to 3rd after 4th (twice out of 5 times) instead of 5th.The longish gear lever is to be pulled tooo much towards the driver to shift into 5th.I had my seat pulled considerably forward to accomodate a friend who is 6.2 tall.So the gear lever wasnt falling into the proper slot due to seat cushion.

I think i should go back to a driving school to practice in a trekker for being able to shift in an estilo (just kidding)
BWN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2007, 18:41   #15
Senior - BHPian
 
DCEite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NCR
Posts: 3,044
Thanked: 475 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ramki067 View Post
I was at Pratham today to just have a look at it. I was looking for rear seat leg space(one of my requirement) and surprisingly the Estilo's rear leg space is much much more than WagonR and Alto and even Swifts'.
Now that is surprising. Whoever i talked to, and my own personal opinion was that rear legroom was lesser than wagonR/Santro.

Last edited by DCEite : 4th January 2007 at 18:47.
DCEite is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo - First Impressions basilmabraham Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 55 31st October 2011 22:25
Basic ICE for Zen Estilo - Rs. 10,000 vebmetal In-Car Entertainment 53 9th August 2010 13:37
Rear speaker mounting options in Zen estilo choolan Modifications & Accessories 1 19th July 2007 04:23
New Zen Estilo Launched GeekSrik The Indian Car Scene 230 27th December 2006 09:16
New WagonR Vxi or Zen Estilo Vxi?? ramki067 Hatchbacks 22 20th December 2006 16:32


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 21:53.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks