I felt to post this new thread after driving my friends XUV 500 for 200 km yesterday in all type of roads, also drove Storm twice in different roads.
My request to you is please do not think this as a official comparison of TAI
, it is just my effort to present what is what in real world and of course it is subjective too, so if any prospective buyer for storm or XUV can take the details from this thread which may be useful.
In this comparison, I am not willing to compare their specifications or some numbers on paper, which are already available on the web in so many places and I do not want to duplicate the same here, I am just going to present a view of a first time some body drive both the vehicles and what kind of things he notice, that's it.
I have already posted my test ride review of XUV on some other thread and the views expressed here may change, because my earlier test ride was a very short one !!
Storm : LX 4x2
XUV 500 : W8
STORM : Excellent to me from all the angles, some many not like its rear as a wheel is missing when they compare it with old safari
XUV : Excellent from front , superb work by M&M design guys here, Also ok from side angle and disappointed from rear view
STORM : I cannot say excellent, but for me they look rich, but most of the people may not like its dash without anything special there. seat quality , size, and others are good and well placed, but steering could have been little up side as I felt bad on this, but while driving it is not a major concern
XUV : I could say better than Storm in their color and fit and finish wise and dash is filled with so many things and I think this is only the plus point for XUV
front seats are bit comfortable and 2nd is just ok without thigh support and 3rd is really cramped.
Ride quality :
STORM : Excellent, in 2nd row it is just like heaven, we cannot sit on jump seats bit comfortably so it is just for kids. The suspension take lot of abuse on the road and will never transfer to you. Really impressed with its ride quality.
XUV : Always bumpy except for driver seat, it transfer all the bumps of road and surprise is on a good NH also it is the same feeling, hence very bad ride quality. front seats are bit spacious and have some support to thighs but 2nd row though the legroom is ok, but the seats are on bit higher position than front row and there is no thigh support and always bumpy. completely dissatisfied.
Storm : gears are ok, but has some long travel, brakes are just excellent and very confident to stop, NVH is really impressive and less
XUV : gears are good as they are bit short, but the position is not comfortable as one has to twist their arm, the knob could have been placed little near to the dash board. brakes are really scary and no confidence at all, NVH levels are high and lot of tyre noise present.
Brake test at 100kmph speed :
Storm : excellent as they stop quickly and no scary feeling
XUV : there is lot of scary feeling before the vehicle stops and if you sit in 2nd row then you just feel like falling on driver suddenly
Lane change at 120kmph speed:
Storm : very easy without any issues and no scary feeling
XUV : not easy and feel like loosing control of the beast
STORM : good amount of boot space left either we fold the jump seats or we doesn't
XUV : if 3rd is not folded then, no space at all, one has to fold the 3rd row to create the boot space. The 3rd is not suitable for adults of some 5'10", it is just like sitting in a share Auto.
Speed and Pick up
Storm : Speed is good, but not so fast like XUV till it reaches some RPMs
XUV : very quick pick and good speeds is a plus point for it
Visibility of road:
Storm : excellent visibility in the front and sides, rear visibility is bit less
XUV : difficult to watch the bonnet, something like my Ritz and sides and rear visibility is poor and for reverse we need a good cam
Except speed and pick up and some dash board features, XUV never looked me like a 16+ lakhs car and disappointing in all other aspects
On other hand, except bit slow pick up and plain dash board, Storm has everything in it and really justifies the money spent and Road presence is excellent than XUV 500.
First I thought of adding Scorpio in this comparison , but to be very frank I am not at all convinced to place scorpio in this comparison as it never suits to this category of vehicles at all and its dated,short,cramped, nothing much to talk about it in these days till a upgrade comes.