Mahindra Bolero and Tata Sumo Gold represent one of the fiercest competitors in the entry level Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment of the Indian auto market. At present, the two models are recording some impressive sales in the country. The rivalry between Bolero and Sumo Gold is growing everyday, with both Mahindra and Tata Motors claiming their product to be best in the segment.
The stylish Mahindra Bolero is rugged and classy in terms of looks that explains its high demand in the Indian metropolitans and small cities. The USP of this entry level SUV is its ground clearance and an attractive price tag. On the other hand, the Tata Sumo Gold looks a little boxy and dated in terms of its exterior appearance. However, Tata Motors claims its entry level SUV to be the safest and most reliable model in its class.
Coming to under-the-hood specifications of Tata Sumo Gold, the entry level SUV is powered with the acclaimed 3.0 litre CR4 diesel powertrain that rolls out a peak power output of 83 bhp at 3000 rpm. The Sumo Gold's 3.0 litre CR4 engine is rated with a highest torque delivery output of 250 Nm between 1000 and 2000 rpm. On the other hand, the Mahindra Bolero SUV is powered with a 2.5 litre, m2DiCR diesel power-mill, which churns out peak output power and torque equations of 62 bhp at 3200 rpm and 195 Nm at 1400-2200 rpm, respectively. Evidently, the Sumo Gold has the edge over Bolero in terms of engine performance.
Mahindra and Mahindra has put its Bolero model with prices in the range starting from Rs. 5.7 lakhs that go on till Rs. 7.3 lakhs, in the Indian auto market. On the hand, the Sumo Gold entry level SUV is offered to domestic car enthusiasts in a price bracket of Rs. 5.6 to Rs. 7.2 lakhs in the country. Accordingly, from a price perspective no winner can be declared between Bolero and Sumo Gold. However, experts believe that performance oriented buyers might go for Sumo Gold, whereas those looking for a classy SUV could opt for Bolero.