Wednesday, January 9, 2013

ABC Wednesday - Z. Zx90 reviewed


Last week I had the pleasure of driving the latest offering from the TATA stable – the ZX90. 


I had her with me for 3 days during which I took her to Karla, a distance of around 100kms from Mumbai. 


Blogadda and TATAMOTORS loaned me the car so that I could review it from a traveler’s and a travel photographer’s point of view. Hence, you might not find much of technical details here.
Incidentally I have been owning an Tata Indica for the past 6 years and have been extremely happy with its performance yet when I got in to this beauty, I was pleasantly surprised at all the little and not so little modifications. Firstly the silence within, when I turned on the engine. Had to rev to find out if the engine is on! And the minute I stepped on the pedal, she surged forward showing her power generated with a 1.3L Quadrajet engine that produces 90 hp (93 PS) of peak power and 209 Nm of peak torque! Drove to get her fuelled and ready for the long drive to Karla, as the Driver Information system showed that she would travel only 200kms with the existing fuel in the tank! Loved that feature! She was tanked up courtesy TATA Motors and we were ready to go. Just asked Anirudh from Tata Motors regarding the fuel efficiency (FE) of the car. He just smiled and pointed to the Driver Information System which showed the fuel efficiency on the


 run and also the overall FE. A very useful feature indeed to obtain optimum FE.
Off we drove to Karla on a not so early morning hence got some traffic and soon were on the Mumbai Pune expressway. She performed beautifully! No vibrations or any body roll. Climbing up the ghat was a breeze! Did it in top gear! Touched 140 just to check how she handles. Perfect. No evidence except on the speedo to show the speed. The overall average obtained was 19.2kmpl after driving a total distance of 200kms of which 100kms was on the expressway and 100kms of driving in city traffic.


As far as the space inside is concerned well it is one of the best amongst hatchbacks!  Even the boot seemed deeper than the older version.
The steering wheel and the driver’s seat are adjustable to suit your comfort level. Both the Outer Rear View Mirrors are adjustable from the driver’s seat. I also liked the fact that there is additional lumbar support for the driver which can be adjusted with a lever. A very thoughtful input for the traveler who does the driving him/herself.


The central console has the music system that has additional controls on the steering wheel for convenience. I found it useful to change FM channels on the go. It also has a Bluetooth that can be paired with five mobiles. The microphone is discreetly placed above the rear view mirror and your conversation can be heard by all the occupants in the car via the stereophonic speakers, except for the traffic cop outside.   
I wish there was a dead pedal to rest the foot on long drives. Else for the price it is a steal with all bells and whistles!


This review is part of the Product Reviews Program at Blogadda


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42 comments:

  1. What a terrific car!! Never seen one of those, but would like to!!! Fun post for the day!!

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  2. It's nice that they loan it to you for three days!

    Z is for...
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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  3. Nice car! And great post for our Z week!

    Leslie
    abcw tesm

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  4. to quote another car company's ad: zoom ZOOM
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  5. Wouldn't mind having that car for three days....Great pictures and post.

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  6. Ah! She is a looker! Super red! :-)

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  7. VERY handsome car!
    Aloha
    from Waikiki,
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    1. You must. Will be launched at the end of this month.

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  9. Nice care and post.Thanks for the post.

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  10. Super! Looks to be a promising car going by your pictures etc.

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  11. Looks and sounds like a very beautiful car. I bet you enjoyed driving it around for those 3 days!
    Duncan In Kuantan

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  12. It seems to be great car! nice post and pictures!

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  13. As I am featuring our new german shepherd puppy for the next round of ABC Wednesday I must find out if there are any products I can review! lol!
    Denise ABC Team

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  14. Forgive me--me and cars, no go! Dont understand them. I only know if they are pretty. So there-pretty pretty car! Love the second pic of the car parked by the house!

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  15. This is so interesting. I've never heard of that make of car - made in India? Looks very nice and not unlike the vehicles offered here (many, if not most, of which are from Japan or Korea!)...

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    1. Yes Lowell. Made in India by TATA the people who bought Land Rover and Jaguar companies :)

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  16. Looks like a nice car. Tata's are not sold here in the U.S.

    An Arkies Musings


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  17. Seems like a winner to me...the gadgetry is world class...

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  18. wow they loaned it to you for 3 days ! don't know much about cars but it does look smart .

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  19. i don't know anything about cars and bikes but from your review i could figure out that this one is cool and it looks cool as well! enjoyed reading the post!!

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  20. Pretty...I LIKE snazzy red cars!! This one looks like a lot of fun to drive.

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  21. I'm not much of a car person Deepak, but this does look like it would be a zappy little car to buss around town in..good colour too!

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  22. If this 'review' was paid for by Tata Motors, it has no credibility for me.
    Achin Juneja

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    1. Hi Achin,
      I know a lot of people will not treat it credibly but it is an honest account of my experience with the car.

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  23. Aah the car. I took her sister to Pune. :)

    She behaved exactly like her sister. :)

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