Cartrade Comparison Test
Affordable utility vehicles are big sellers for their makers in the country. UVs offer low running costs and have the ability to carry up to eight adults. UVs are more popular among semi-urban and rural markets of the country. In order to enhance its market share, Tata Motors introduced new entry-level utility vehicle - the Movus - which targets the buyers looking for a comfortable yet affordable 7-8 seater vehicle.
ICML also introduced a new multi utility vehicle - the ICML Extreme - which is seen as the logical successor of the ICML Rhino. The new model gets advanced features and offers improved comfort level.
In case you are looking to buy either one of these two vehicles, here’s our brief comparison
Exteriors and Interiors
With the Movus, the homegrown automaker targets fleet operators. This utility vehicle has very basic and boxy design. Based on the Sumo Grande, the Movus UV is equipped with black bumpers, triple-slat grille, simple headlamps, steel rims, and body graphics. There are black coloured outside rear view mirrors and door handles on offer.
Like the Movus, the ICML Extreme too gets a boxy design and tall stance. The lower half of the body, which includes front bumper, side cladding, wheel arches and rear gets silver colour combination. The bonnet scoops with silver shade further enhances the overall looks, while the body decals, rear panel adds to its aggressive appeal. It is equipped with body coloured door handles and wing mirrors, wheel caps, silver roof rail and nice looking headlamps.
Just the like the exterior, the Movus MPV shares its cabin with the Sumo Grande. The vehicle comes with a large 2,550mm of wheelbase, which results in fairly spacious cabin with three row seating. It comes with flexible seating options in the 7,8 and 9 seater configuration with front facing, side facing and captain seats. On the other hand, the ICML Extreme gets decent looking yet functional interiors with dual-tine fabric, three row air conditioning, music system, power windows, etc. This UV also offers flexible seating, and each variant offers different kinds of seats to accommodate 7 to 10 passengers.
The Tata Movus is powered by a 2.2L VARICOR diesel engine that churns out a maximum power output of 120bhp and a peak torque of 250Nm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels of the MPV via a five-speed manual gearbox. It is claimed to return an ARAI certified fuel economy of 15.16kmpl.
ICML Extreme is powered by a 2.0-litre Common Rail Direct Injection Turbocharged engine that offers two states of tunes - 120bhp and 98.6bhp. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels of the UV via a five-speed manual gearbox. It is claimed to return a decent mileage of 14.7kmpl.
It is quite difficult to choose among the two affordable UVs. While the Movus offers slightly high fuel efficiency, the ICML Extreme gets better looks. Both the models offer decent power delivery, and are spacious enough to accommodate 7-9 adults.