Originally Posted by THE XOVER
Why don't you drive that Gold of your friend and give us a mini shootout kinda comparo between Bolero and Gold.It will definitely be fun to read.What say 'King' Raja?
xover you called me a kind so your wish is my command
here is my mini test drive report of the sumo gold.
my friend is a hotelier and has many cars innova, bmw 3 series and i10 auto he bought sumo just because they are planning a resort near nashik so for rough use , since he was comming to mumbai and visiting me i met him he bought this sumo some 20 days back he was going gaga over it so i thought let me drive so i can belive if what he is saying is true or just hype.
mini report starts-
now first what i dint like was the colour he has this beige golden sumo and with those stickers it was looking not upto my taste.
i sat inside and i felt great because the seats are comfertable ,the seating position is superb you get to see all the edges of the bonnet steering feel is also nice and i found the interiors good better then premier rio seriously ,
i started the engine and surprisingly the clatter was not that loud atall ,but from out side the noise is typical what you can expect from such cars .
the gear lever is more like a truck then a car and ergonomicaly its not that great , i just dont understand who in tata desgins the center console for all their cars like safari ,sumo, grande and slotting the first gear is somewhat same like safari to your extreme left but it slots perfectly and smoothly way way better then the bolero , but in gear 1,3,5 you wont be able to opreate the music system.
the fun started the momment i released the clutch the car has superb power i mean it pulls pulls and just pulls like crazy , infact in 3rd gear at 30kmph i was driving the sumo like a automatic car no input from me and the car was moving just superbly.my friend told me to infact start the car from idle in second gear and it started without any fuss .
i managed speed upto 90 since i dint get proper roads to stretch her and the sumo was crusing effortlessly without any problems atall it was just so easy and fun .the steering dosent give right feedback and is bit vague .
the short turning radius is fun and gives the car toy like nature .
i did drive in some small and medium pot holes and the suspension was good not great but not bad atall .
i sat in the middle row then and belive me its very comfertable then the bolero.
in space, ease of driving , comfort and initial pickup in my view it scores a lot then the bolero hands down the nvh levels inside the sumo are also super its really very silent inside and there is no effort involved in driving the sumo which i seriously dint find in the bolero .
bolero scores big time in looks department and the eye candy of digital console and all for me the quality of plastics is same like the sumo infact i found the sumo to be good but just old fasihoned .
if tata changes the look say and target the urban buyers by making it more sporty and stylish and modern with new age stlying i will close my eyes and buy 1 . i was seriously so impressed with it the way it drives the way it pulls and pulls and pulls there is nothing called turbo lag in the sumo .
imho most of the people who are not liking the sumo is because they have not driven it keep the looks part aside drive the bolero and sumo back to back iam sure the sumo will be super super comfertable then the bolero in every sense .
iam attaching the pics here for you i just dint like colour atall and yes in looks deparment it loses big time to the bolero ,but for some 1 who dosent care for looks the sumo gold is way better vehicle then the bolero atleast in my book .