The Indian car market has been a good platform for manufacturers of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). Demand for such vehicles has been rising consistently over the years as a high number of buyers are drawn towards it. There are certain aspects about utility vehicles that attracts car buyers, such as its space, comfort, road presence, driveability and solidarity. A utility vehicle has the capacity to accommodate a high number of persons and is also ideal for long journeys. In addition, it has the capability of travelling to rugged terrains and perform well in unfavourable weather conditions.
Also, utility vehicles are divided into sub-categories, namely entry level, compact and premium. A lot of buyers in India have developed a penchant for compact SUVs like Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Mahindra Quanto. As far as entry level utility vehicles are concerned, Mahindra Bolero and Tata Sumo Gold are listed at the top. Powerful engines, solid built and masculine looks are some of the common features in the Mahindra Bolero and Tata Sumo Gold. As a result of these similarities, the Bolero and Sumo Gold provide stiff competition to each other.
Mahindra & Mahindra is famous for manufacturing strong and durable products, be it passenger cars or commercial vehicles. This naturally implies that Mahindra Bolero is a tough car that can perform well under unfavourable conditions pertaining to the weather or the terrain. On the other hand, the Tata Sumo has been one of the most celebrated vehicles in the country, enjoying great success over the years. The Tata Sumo Gold, like its predecessors, is a solid car that is suitable for all terrains and performs well on long routes.
Powered by a DiCR diesel engine with a displacement of 2523 cc, the Mahindra Bolero ZLX has a maximum output of 58 bhp at 3200 rpm. The car produces a torque of up to 195 Nm at low 1400-2200 rpm. In terms of technology, Bolero is quite advanced as a lot of features have been included in the model. The m2DiCR powertrain is a combination of the DI unit and the modern rail technology, which helps in maintaining a balance between power and consumption of fuel. Apart from this, Bolero has low noise and vibration levels, rendering a peaceful experience. Other advanced technologies in this car are intelligent driver information system, voice messaging system, micro-hybrid system and engine immobiliser.
On the other hand, the Tata Sumo Gold (BS-IV) is equipped with a CR4 engine that has a capacity of 3-litre. This powerful engine churns out a maximum power of around 84 bhp at 3000 rpm and torque of up to 250 Nm. It has an impressive pick-up, which helps in battling through congested areas. There is a double wishbone suspension with an adjustable camber and toe, which enhances dynamics and reduces wear-tear. If one has to list down the positives of Tata Sumo Gold and Mahindra Bolero to choose a winner, it would be difficult. In terms of power, Tata Sumo Gold is better than the Mahindra Bolero as it churns out a higher power output. However, the Mahindra Bolero is equipped with many modern-day technologies that help in rendering a safe drive and high class performance.