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Tata Sumo Gold 2011-2013

Rs 6.83 - Rs 7.94 Lakh
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Review of Tata Sumo Gold 2011-2013

Overview

The Sumo is an old name in the Tata portfolio and in 2011, Tata gave some upgrades and called it Sumo Gold. Looks wise, it now sports a better looking grille than the Victa, with the word ‘Gold’ etched in a chrome strip on top. The Gold badge can also be found on the tailgate. Apart from that, its design and features are the same as that of the Victa DI. The looks are still overly boxy and not much has changed. A BS III version of the engine is also available as an option in respect of the Gold outside cities. There are six colour options. Inside the cabin, the Gold has fabric upholstery, a music system with four speakers, power windows and cup holders on the inner side of the glove-box lid. The car we drove had a seating capacity of seven. A nine seater option comes with a third row of seats instead of the two at the back, which face each other.

These can be folded to enhance boot space. The back rest of the second row, however, is not collapsible. The seats are slightly stiffer and come with adjustable lumbar support for the bucket ones. The instrument console has analogue speedometer and tachometer dials and a small digital display in the centre for the odometer, two trip meters and a clock. Door-ajar and seat-belt indicators also find place on the console. These are accompanied by acoustic warning. However, Tata could have done a better job of concealing the wiring of the seat-belt warning system near the pretensioner as it can be easily unplugged. Tata have upgraded the Victa DI’s three-litre turbocharged engine to meet the stricter Bharat Stage (BS) IV norms applicable in cities. It comes with a Delphi common rail injection system and has been termed as CR4, like their other BS IV engines.

The power output has been increased from 70 to 85 PS at 3,000 RPM and torque from 223 to 250 Nm at 1,600-2,000 RPM. Transmission is five-speed with an overdrive. Tata claims a fuel-efficiency of 14.7 km per litre which is good considering the size of the Sumo. The Gold has an independent suspension system in the front and leaf springs at the rear, with the result that the front absorbs the bumps and potholes well, but the rear bounces up and down and upset the ride. The Gold’s NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels are not a cause for complaint either. Anti-roll bars have been installed to reduce body roll. They do a fair job, but won’t stop your breakfast and lunch getting mixed while driving on a zigzag stretch.  The braking system has ventilated disc brakes in the front and drum ones at the rear. Vibrations through the seat, pedals and steering are negligible. Priced from 5.4 lakhs to 7.10 lakhs ex-showroom , Delhi, the Sumo Gold still makes sense as a practical car for the large family though there is competition. For a detailed analysis read below.

  • Overview
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Mileage Running Cost
  • Comfort Suspension
  • Engine Performance
  • Braking Safety

Interior

Inside the cabin, the Gold has fabric upholstery, a music system with four speakers, power windows and cup holders on the inner side of the glove-box lid. The car we drove had a seating capacity of seven. A nine seater option comes with a third row of seats instead of the two at the back, which face each other. These can be folded to enhance boot space. The back rest of the second row, however, is not collapsible. The seats are slightly stiffer and come with adjustable lumbar support for the bucket ones. The Gold’s spacious cabin offers ample leg space and headroom. The only inconvenience is the plastic panel below the glove-box, which reduces leg space for the front passenger.

Interiors Details

  • Boot Space

    Tata Sumo Gold offers a large boot space of 2055 litres which is quite enough for a SUV of this size.

  • Speedometer

    The top model of Tata Sumo Gold comes with digital speedometer for your convenience.

  • Gear Lever

    The finish of gear lever is smooth. Leather wrapped gear knob is available in top and trim models.

  • Cup Holders

    Cup holders are present only in the top variant of Sumo Gold.

  • Glovebox

    Sumo Gold comes with large glove box which is spacious.

  • Audio System

    The integrated CD/MP3/AUX-In audio system is available in top variants only.

  • Air Conditioner

    Sumo Gold is blessed with Climate Control AC with HVAC (Heating Ventilation and AC) for all variants except the base variant.

  • Arm Rests

    The arm rests are not available in any models.

  • Air Vents

    Two side and two centre air-vents are present in top model only to ensure proper cabin cooling in car.

  • Seats

    The seats have full luxurious upholstery with leather seats available in trim and top models for appealing looks.

  • Leg Room

    An impressive legroom is available in all variants best seating.

  • Knee Room

    Knee room available very spacious for comfortable seating in the all variants of this big car.

  • Shoulder Space

    Shoulder space is very impressive which provides you utmost comfort in all variants of Sumo Gold.

  • Head Room

    Generous Headroom is available both in front and rear for your comfort in all models with 1925mm available in front.

  • Steering Wheel

    The 3 spoke steering wheel is present in all models for driver's comfort. The power steering is present only in top model for enhanced performance.

  • Power Windows

    Only the top models of Tata Sumo Gold are blessed with power windows.

  • Keyless Entry

    The remote keyless entry is available only in top models along with anti theft alarm.

  • Driver Information Display

    Digital Tachometer and trip meter is available in trim and top models.

  • What we like

    Lots of space and practical.

  • What we dislike

    Its drab looking and basic.

Exterior

 It sports a better looking grille than the Victa, with the word ‘Gold’ etched in a chrome strip on top. The Gold badge can also be found on the tailgate. Apart from that, its design and features are the same as that of the Victa DI. There are four different trims: CX, LX, EX and GX. The GX comes fully loaded with clear-lens headlights, fog lights, tinted window glass, rear wash/wipe system and defogger, foot-boards and wheel covers. The spare wheel has now found a niche under the body to improve rear visibility.

Exteriors

  • Front Design

    Each and every detailing of front sheds masculine and tough stance. The Tata Sumo Gold has an imposing poise, broad stable posture and a visual blitzkrieg of stylish body graphics. The simple looks compliment the SUV which is mostly used for commercial purposes. The long body color grille is refreshed and has black mesh under it that houses the Tata logo to give a tough look.

  • Rear Design

    The wide rear with a clean back adds not only to the dominant presence of Tata Sumo Gold but also to its functionality. The rear of Tata Sumo Gold is much stylish and sporty with its stylish tail lamp cluster and a spare wheel below the cabin. Also the large wind screen adds to the overall sporty look of the car.

  • Side Profile

    From the side profile Tata Sumo Gold offers muscular look with the side profile being the best part with body graphics on them. The printed graphics are indicative of the sporty appearance of this SUV which go well with the overall image.

  • Ground Clearance

    Tata Sumo Gold offers a good ground clearance of 190mm.

  • Bumpers

    The body colored new over-rider bumper adds to the style and looks of the Sumo Gold making it sportier.

  • Head Lamps

    The aggressive Head-Lamps with sporty design stretch from front of the hood to back and cover a wide range keeping your car in the spot-light.

  • Tail Lamps

    The stylish and prominent tail lamp cluster is designed nicely and gives a distinctive look to Tata Sumo Gold.

  • Fog Lamps

    High power forward and rear circular fog lamps on the bumpers not only light up the path but enhance safety in Tata Sumo Gold ensuring proper illumination on road even in adverse climatic conditions which is available only in top variant.

  • Tyres

    The tyre size used in the different variants of new Tata Sumo comprise of 215/75 R 15 in top models and 185/85 R 16 in the trim and lower variants for proper gripping on road .these puncture resistant radial tube less tyres offers great off-roading capability with it.

  • Alloy Wheels

    The sporty 15'' or 16" alloy wheels add to the aesthetic value of Sumo Gold and enhances its sportier look. The alloy wheels are present in all models.

  • Outside Mirrors

    Both side body color ORVMs are available in trim and top models. These ORVM are internally adjustable.

  • Colors

    Tata Sumo Gold is available in six color option and the colors are dew white, Sardinia Red, Arctic Silver, Arctic White and light Gold.

  • Rear Wiper

    The rear wash/wiper option is available in top variants only.

  • Roof Rails

    The satin silver roof rails increases the sportier look of Sumo Gold and adds to the aesthetic value. The roof rails are present in top models only.

  • Sun Roof

    Sun roof is unavailable in all models.

  • Spoiler

    The body colored rear spoiler adds to the sportier look of Sumo Gold and is available in top models only.

  • Side Steps

    Sumo Gold is adorned with stylized side stepper in all the models.

  • Spare Wheel

    An alloy spare wheel is available with lockable spare wheel cover in all the models.

  • What we like

    Has presence due to size.

  • What we dislike

    Looks dated now.

Mileage Running Cost

The Sumo has a 85 PS engine and efficiency is important for customers in this class. Tata claims a fuel-efficiency of 14.7 km per litre which is good considering the size of the Sumo.

Mileage Running Cost

  • City Fuel Economy

    The city fuel economy of Sumo Gold is 10.3 kmpl approximately under standard testing conditions, offered by all the variants.

  • Highway Fuel Economy

    The highway fuel economy of Sumo Gold is 14.07 kmpl approximately, offered by all the models of Sumo Gold under standard testing conditions.

  • Arai Rated Economy

    The ARAI rated fuel economy for all variants under standard testing conditions is impressive at 14.03 kmpl

  • Tank Range

    The fuel tank capacity is of 65 litres and the tank range is about 910kms approximately.

  • What we like

    Good economy is welcome.

Comfort Suspension

The Gold has an independent suspension system in the front and leaf springs at the rear, with the result that the front absorbs the bumps and potholes well, but the rear bounces up and down and upset the ride. The Gold’s NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels are not a cause for complaint either.

Comfort and Suspension

  • Comfort

    In term of Comfort Sumo Gold scores 3 stars. it is a mighty SUV and is a good choice for off road drivability and has been engineered ergonomically and gives passenger a comfortable driving experience.

  • Front Suspension

    The independent double wishbone with coil spring and anti roller bar is used in front suspension in all models.

  • Rear Suspension

    The non-independent progressive linear rate leaf springs type suspension with low friction pads is used in rear suspension in all models.

  • What we like

    Good low speed ride.

  • What we dislike

    High speeds get bouncy.

Engine Performance

Tata have upgraded the Victa DI’s three-litre turbocharged engine to meet the stricter Bharat Stage (BS) IV norms applicable in cities. It comes with a Delphi common rail injection system and has been termed as CR4, like their other BS IV engines. The power output has been increased from 70 to 85 PS at 3,000 RPM and torque from 223 to 250 Nm at 1,600-2,000 RPM. Transmission is five-speed with an overdrive.

Engine Performance

  • Acceleration

    Tata Sumo ensures the driver finest in class acceleration with power, assisting it to better pull and pick up.

  • Top Speed

    The top speed of lower variants with manual transmission is 156 Kmph under test conditions and for automatic is 152kmph approximately whereas top speed of high end variant is 149kmphapproximately in manual and 145 Kmph in automatic transmission.

  • In Gear Acceleration

    In-gear acceleration for lower variants for 40-60kmph is 3.77 seconds whereas in-gear acceleration for top variant for 40-60kmph is 2.7 seconds.

  • Gearbox

    5-speed manual gearbox is used in all variants.

  • Power

    The peak power for all models 85Ps @ 3000rpm.

  • Torque

    The peak torque of 250Nm @ 1000 to 2000rpm is delivered by the models.

  • NVH Levels

    The NVH levels are good in all the variants and once the doors are closed you can hardly feel any noise inside the cabin but once you rev the engine at higher speeds The NVH is level can be felt inside the cabin.

  • What we like

    Better to drive now.

  • What we dislike

    Still lacks punch.

Braking Safety

Anti-roll bars have been installed to reduce body roll. They do a fair job, but won’t stop your breakfast and lunch getting mixed while driving on a zigzag stretch.  The braking system has ventilated disc brakes in the front and drum ones at the rear. Vibrations through the seat, pedals and steering are negligible.

Brakes and Wheels

  • Handling

    Sumo Gold scores good in terms of ride and handling and assures you to give a comfortable plus luxurious ride on Indian roads. It scores 4 stars in handling in all models.

  • Braking Performance

    The front ventilated disc and self adjusting rear drum brakes perform their job efficiently and score good in terms of braking.

  • Safety Features

    Sumo Gold lacks ABS, EBD and Dual airbags but seat belts with warning are present .Door ajar warning, side intrusion beams on all doors for side protection against collisions and rear high mount stop lamps while applying brakes are added as the safety features.

  • Abs

    The ABS along with EBD is unavailable in all models of Tata Sumo Gold.

  • Traction Control

    Traction Control is not available in any model.

  • What we like

    Handling is better now.

  • What we dislike

    Still has tons of body roll.

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