Tata Sumo Gold Review

By Amithash Bhatt   |  July 11, 2013


Combating competition in a vast market like that of India is pretty difficult for any automobile maker. Upgrading cars to give them a refreshed look has been one of the major strategies, most marques have relied on while taking on competitors. For a similar situation, Tata has taken similar upgrades to next level by adding functional features along with refreshing the looks of its popular MUV, the Sumo Gold. The new car gets about 19 features on both exterior and interior and has a refined and reliable powertrain for higher power and fuel economy. Tata Sumo Gold looks dashing with two new colours added in its portfolio, threatening the position of one of its serious competitors the Bolero along with other new compact wagons which have created a huge buzz in auto sector.

The new Tata Sumo Gold is available in both BS III and BS IV engine types and has multiple variants in its list. Along with inspiring colours like Arctic Silver and Porcelain White two more shades have been added namely Blazing Red and Twilight Grey making the automobile even more adorable.

Powertrain & Performance

Tata Sumo Gold is known for efficiency and durability of its engines which have created strong trust for the brand in India. The 2956 cc engine of the MUV uses common rail injection and is turbocharged to deliver superior torque and enough power at all engine speeds. Maximum power for BS IV compliant engine is 83.1 bhp @ 3000 rpm while a similar sized BS III compliant motor generates 69.7 bhp @ 3000 rpm. Peak torque for BS IV compliant engine is 250 Nm @ 1000-2000 rpm and the same for BS III compliant unit is 223 Nm @ 1600-2200 rpm. The vehicle takes 9-12 seconds to cross 60 km/h mark from stand still.

The 5-speed manual transmission system with sporty gear knob and High Performance Clutch finely meld with the character of powertrain delivering a commanding drive. The double wishbone type suspensions of Sumo Gold is designed to be solid on all kinds of roads with heavier loads and assures great balance of the vehicle while running around corners.

Build & Styling

The overall personality of Sumo Gold has been its major plus point with its solid build and wide commanding stance. The car gets a host of new features to uplift this authoritative personality. Attractive new decals add more juice to hulky looks of the automobile along with its chrome tipped bonnet and bold headlamps. Blackened pillars uplift the executive appeal of the MUV while a tailgate mascot at rear distinguishes it from competition. Blazing Red and Twilight Grey colours make this sturdy vehicle livelier and more athletic. The footsteps also get aesthetic upgrades to suit the refreshed outlook of automobile.

The spacious and versatile cabin of Sumo Gold has turned even more thrilling because of new features and finish. The tidy design of dashboard now becomes eye-captivating because of wooden finish on centre console. Audio system now gets Bluetooth connectivity to keep the car competent with other newer generation models. Ergonomically designed seats with fabric upholstery and newly equipped dual AC with separate roof mounted air vents for 2nd row make the interior more comfortable and pleasing. Sumo Gold is available in 7 and 9 seater arrangements making it apt for larger Indian families.

On the safety end this people carrier does have some crucial components to provide greater protection to passengers. All doors have specially designed intrusion beams for higher crash protection. Seat belt warning device in the cabin alerts driver about not fastening seat belts. Fog lamps on front and rear Sumo Gold improve visibility in poor lighting conditions.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • High Performance Clutch
    •  Bluetooth Connectivity
    •  High Ground Clearance
  • Cons

    • Safety Could Have Been Improved