XUV vs Storme:Which One to choose?
Well XUV vs Storme is not only comparing two SUVs,but 2 entirely different type of vehicles.One is a full blooded traditional,old school,real(call it what ever) BOF SUV,whilst the other one is a psuedo SUV,a cross-over or in popular terms a Soft-roader.
Now why do people primarily choose SUV:
1.For off-road work.
2.For higway cruising.
Now,a real SUV should do far better in off-road conditions,while the monocoques usually would run rings around the real ones in normal road dynamics.
Generally,monocoque SUVs have better ride,handling,braking,and overall comfort,while ladder frame SUVs have that innate toughness that makes them preferred choice to venture off-beaten paths.
So is Storme a better off-roader than XUV,is XUV a better normal road friendly vehicle,lets find out shall we! Which is a better off-roader? Which one to choose? XUV5OO:
XUV has "on demand" All wheel drive system,which powers the front wheels by default,but if required can supply 50% power to the real wheels.This system only activates when it senses tyre slippage.
Apart from this,the front bumper placement(especially fog lights),really hinder its off-road prowess.So you can use it only as a mild off-roader,that's about it. Storme:
Storme on the contrast has part time shift on the fly 4x4 mechanism,which gets a separate transfer case,low ration gear and Limited Slip Differential,along with short overhangs,high front bumper,it's indeed a very capable off-roader NO TWO WAYS about it.
So which SUV wins the firstt round: well it's Storme all the way. Not looking to venture off-beaten paths,only want an SUV for comfortable highway cruising,which one to choose then?
As I said earlier normally a soft-roader would run circles around a BOF SUV in ride,handling,braking etc,but is it the case here? LETS find out shall we: 1. RIDE:
Well since XUV is monocoque soft-roader,hence you may think that it rides better than old skool Storme right? WRONG!
It is actually Storme that has far better ride than XUV testified by XUV owner "Iron Rock", and XUV lover "TSIVipul".
Hell,Vipul was left speechless when SR asked him to name one SUV under 20 lakhs which has better ride quality then Storme.
None! That's practically the answer.
Now for a person like me this could be a deal breaker,since I don't like bumpy cars,and looking at the state of most Indian roads,you better get yourself a car that rides well,IMO
. 2. Handling:
Now this is quite interesting,even after reading a plethora of online reviews,I am yet to find out which car has better handling,lol.
But lets divide this into three sub-categories:
- Lane Cutting: According to all the reviews lane cutting in Storme at 120kmph is a breeze,XUV on the comparision is also good.
- High Speed Stability: According to most reviews,Storme feels well planted on a straight line at high speeds,so does XUV.
- Cornering: Surprisingly a lot of the online reviews,like ICB and on cars.com etc, say that Storme has got lesser body roll when pushed into a corner at high speeds.But I think Vipul has explained it best: on well paved 4/6 lanes XUV is more eager to turn,while on the normal 2 lanes where the road is not very perfect XUV tends to get unsettled and it is actually Storme which corners on these undulating roads with confidence.
Hence we can say that although being monocoque XUV should have beaten Storme clearly in this criteria,but it's not actually the case here.Storme is far closer to XUV if not better even when it comes to handling. This tells you how well Tata have tuned the Storme's suspension.
Far better ride and very good handling,simply amazing! 3.Brakes:
First of all lets clear the air regarding braking distance.Storme 4x4
comes to complete hault for 80-0 in 30 meters and 2.67 seconds. While
XUV 4X2 (with older discs) does 80-0 in 29.01 meters and 2.64 seconds.
Now Storme 4x2 which is full 95kgs lighter than 4x2,should easily match XUV's braking distance without a muster.But since we don't have Storme 4x2's V-BOX numbers,so lets leave it for another day.
Infact lets leave all these figures,lets talk about brakintg in general.XUV though has all wheel disc brake setup,yet the brakes have been upgraded by Mahindra atleast 3-4 times and rumour has it that they are working upon a new brake system and the supplier may not be MICO or BOSCH this time around.
On starch contrast,every single review praises Storme for its brakes.And the fact is you can quote the figues as much as you want,but in RWUP
(Real World Usage Patter),Storme will impress any tester far more than XUV. 4.Performance and Safety:
XUV is ahead,but Storme is not that far behind.Infact if we are to believe the Autocar review of Storme 4x4, then it's is deceptively fast
.Not to say that 4x2 Storme would be even better.
Storme though BOF meets the EURO Safety norms,no surprise as it is based upon Aria cross-over which has scored 4 stars in E NCAP tests.
But still with features like ESP,6 a'bags,XUV definitely is better in safety and has extra 6th gear for highway cruising,having said that even Storme is not that far behind as you may think. So who wins this round?
To be honest,it should have been XUV which should have won this as normal road driving favours the soft-roaders.But surprisingly even as a highway cruiser Storme impresses as much as XUV if not more. What if I need an on-off roader:
Option 1. Buy one XUV(15 lakhs) and one THAR(8 Lakhs),OR
Option 2. Buy Storme 4x4(15 lakhs) and not only travel the distant places on well pave roads,but go to your farm house,cross rivers beds,ruts,quarry all by this real SUV. THE X-OVER