twinstar sorry for stealing your thread..i was searching a thread to write my exp with sumo gold gx last week end..the trip was from home town neyveli to ooty..let me start here..there were nearly 10 people in the trip we took two cars..tata sumo gold gx cr4( 2012 model without rear ac) and another was Toyota etios..the passengers was split up into 6 on gold and 4 on etios..I liked to take my safari ex for this trip as the beast has recovered from a repair(read Service Related Help Needed For Tata Safari EX
). but my cousing was admant in taking the sumo gold..here is the drive report.
the vechile had amazing pulling power and I can say there is no lag..even better than my safari..with 6 on board..the vehicle was pulling like a mad to 100km..100 kmph comes at around 1800rpm..once you the slot the gears and move on once can realize the 407 engine..it's so toprquey...once we are in NH between salem and avinashi..I decided to push the vehicle and top speed...I was doing at 120@2200 rpm and the etios driven by brother overtook me..i flowered the pedal and the rpm was shouting at 2700-2800 rpm..the speedo was slowly touching 145..i was surprised..i had open roads and so I kept on the pedal..the vehicle hit the top speed of 152 on speedo at 2900-3000 rpm...the speed was more or less accurate as the etios driven my by bro was around 155...it was on neck to neck with the etios..i'm not promoting speeding..just tested the car...
but the story is different is very evident on the ghats..we took the kotagiri ooty road and I never shifted to 1st gear in any of the inclines...it took a very incline near dobabeeta in 2 gear at 2300 with 6 people on board..we took gudalur stretch and here the sumo outshine most vehicle with it's suspension it took bumps and potholes easily...
the vehicle is one year old and has 15000 kms..no squeezes or rattles...okay.
acceleration above 130 is not quick...need to give some time so the engine builds pace..
handling is good not the best..talking curves above 45kmph is not the string point..
brakes are the only sour point here...a think abs
or better brake system is needed..it's okay..but will leave u dumbstruck under emergency braking conditions..
the ride quality is on par with the suvs/muv in 10lakh range..only bigger potholes unsettle this beast...the vehicle didn't scrape underbelly anywhere during the trip..
even under hard driving...the vehicle returned about 12 kmpl( tank to tank method) and while coming back it was a relaxed driving..driving at 90kmph with ac on 1st blower speed...again tank to tank method..we got a mileage of 16-17...
the ac is okay..but a roof mounted unit is needed...can my cousin fit a roof mounted ac?..he is not happy as tata is offering it now..
I can say this is the best sumo right from the day of it's lauch...anyone who says the sumo is slow, need to drive this car....at the end of trip, I fell in love with the 407...pics are coming soon..i will open a new thread and post pics there..when I get the pics from my cousin