I have been a quite follower of this thread, quite follower since I never posted anything on this thread.
The thread purpose is to help people choose between Storme vs XUV and not to declare a winner or drag the thread into a Monocoque V/S Ladder Chassis. Every one here has his/her personal view which is respected by me. But what I canít take and accept is when people try to defame a vehicle for a vehicle which they like. You have the right to make a decision for yourself not others.
Now this part might hurt a lot of people but thatís the truth and a practical thing which many of us wonít agree to. None of these SUVís is a winner and on the other hand both are. It just comes to your needs, requirements, budget, practicality, what the vehicle is offering, what you want in a vehicle, which vehicle is more VFM
for you etc. All these things make you buy a vehicle, NOT
how many units are being sold, how much R&D cost has the manufacturer incur, how the monocoque and ladder chassis design is being built (by hands or extreme use of robotics). Leave these things to the manufacturer, thatís why they are the Manufacturers and we are the customers. We can easily sit at home, office etc and type anything we want and point our finger to the manufacturers for doing this and not doing that. But those guys are no fools, they have their own plans, budgets, resources and they have worked hard to become what they are. You donít like their product move on to next one. They are not forcing you to buy their products.
Now coming back to the topic well I have not driven either of them but I am huge fan of Safari and will always be BUT I own a XUV. Now does it mean that Storme is not a good buy. No the simple reason we went for XUV over Storme was our requirements and budget. We had the budget so we went for the XUV W8, if our budget was low then definitely I would have gone for Storme.
First Iíll put the reasons why we choose XUV over Storme:
1. Our budget was 14.5L (which covers Storme LX, EX, VX, W6 and W8)
2. Storme had only 2 airbags even if I would have gone for VX it had only 2.
3. Lack of features (Steering mounted controls, 2din, automatic climate control, cooler under center console etc) and some safety features as well.
4. Inbulit navigation
5. Not going for any serious off-roading
6. Car will be used extensively for highway trips.
So in short for me if I am spending 14L then why would I compromise on safety and if for that price I am getting some extra features whatís wrong with that
. And if our budget was bit lower than we would have gone for Storme VX or EX.
Now let me put up some points which might help a prospect buyer looking to buy one of these amazing beasts:
1. Storme has a proper 4WD option whereas the XUV has a AWD option therefore Storme is definitely a better offroader here. But that doesnít mean you canít take XUV off the road.
If people can take Nano to Leh-Ladak then XUV can easily make it. So if you are looking to do extreme off-roading activities Storme is the way to go. But if you are looking for a SUV which will be used extensively on highways and cities than both are great SUVís for that and it comes to your budget and other requirements you have.
2. Storme starts with a mouthwatering price tag of 9.95L for the LX model which definitely is the best and more VFM
amongst the competition whereas XUV w6 starts at 11.88L but then it does provide some extra stuff compared to LX.
3. Both have good cabin but XUV wins since it has a better designed dash with loads of features to play with. So when it comes to features and if one has a budget than whatís wrong in putting your money in a product which gives you more comfort, entertainment and helps you navigate easily on different routes (Navigation). But if you are ok with a simple interior then Storme is for you and the plus point with Storme interiors is that the quality is better than XUV.
4. Now talking about handling I wonít comment since I have not driven either of them. But I liked the way Safari used to handle and after reading so many reviews looks like handling has been even better in Storme. But yes since quite a few members have claimed that itís scary to change lanes in XUV at 120 is something I donít buy. My brother had done this and he had no problems, even one of my friend who owns a 2.2 Dicor didnít have any problems doing that and was quite comfortable. Rest I will update when I actually try the same personally.
5. Looks are subjective so wonít comment on that. But I personally like the looks of Storme and I like the XUV from front but the back might have been better. Overall both the vehicles have a good road presence and gain respect on the road. XUV has more sporty kind of a look whereas Storme has more of a elegant look on its face.
6. Talking about performance both are great but XUV is bit quicker than the Storme and has a good pickup pulls really well whereas Storme does feel like running out of breath on the higher side of speedometer compared to XUV but that doesnít mean Storme is not capable of touching 170-180. (Not safe speeds just mentioning them for the sake of performance)
7. XUV is a clear winner when it comes to safety features. I have no idea why TATA didnít provide 6 airbags as an option for the higher end like XUV did with W8.
8. Visibility is better in Storme as compared to XUV but then it doesnít mean that visibility is cramped in XUV. Itís good in XUV as well but better in Storme
So at the end it's a machine with a particular purpose and the buying decision depends from customer to customer, requirements and BUDGET. PEACE
Originally Posted by Gurrala74
My dear I never Said that ESP useless, but think of it in real driving terms that how many times it will work for us in what type of conditions it will and I still stick to the theory of safe driving first and all those examples given in the data sheets and experiences of members are most of the times were self created and I stick to this point here.
Gurrala Sir i know that you don't compromise on safety but it's not about how many times will ESP work for us instead it might be that one time only scenario when ESP would help us but absence of ESP might lead to an unfortunate incident in that particular scenario.