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More than the exteriors, Tata’s objective of building a family MUV can be felt once you get inside the Sumo Grande. Space, space and space is the one word which describes the new Sumo Grande. Plenty of headroom,shoulder room, knee room and storage spaces for all passengers inside the car. This is all possible because of the increased wheelbase (up by 150mm). But similar to the exteriors which has few design flaws, interiors too have some fair bits. Let’s start with that.
1) Tata Sumo Grande: The large four spoke steering wheel, rectangular glove box and generation old gear knob dominates the dash. Dashboard is more upmarket but every thing is squarely placed which makes it look like a pick-up dash. Cubbyholes in the blocky central console provides lots of storage space. Faux wood on central console and on the doors feels good. Cup holders inside the glovebox is a nice touch. The use of poor quality plastics spoils the rich feel.
2) Tata Sumo Grande: Getting behind the large steering wheel is not a boring one. The rake adjustable steering wheel and height adjustable seats makes the driving a pleasant one. Both the driver and passenger seats features lumbar adjust. Controls are easily reachable except for the gear knob which we find it hard to hold on. Instrumentation is simple and the dials are easily readable.
3) Tata Sumo Grande: There are plenty of space under the front seats adding to it is the new reclining second row seats. Roof mounted air conditioner is really a nice feature. Even a third row passenger can adjust the air con vents according to his requirements. Foldable arm rest and head rest gives a luxury feel to the grande. Chat or hear music, the cabin is well insulated from external noise. Best thing you can do in the new sumo grande is occupy the second row seats, recline it, stretch your legs and start dreaming. Seats are comfy and provide good support.
4) Tata Sumo Grande: Similar to other cars in this segment getting into the third row is a muscle burning exercise. But unlike other MUVs, where third row seats are meant only for children three adults can sit comfortably inside the grande. I believe this is the only car available in India to feature full sized third row seats. Butterfly type windows at the rear provides good ventilation for the third row passenger. Second and third row seats can be folded to provide more space. Only few storage spaces are provided at the rear door and the rear door can be opened horizontally.
photo: sitting comfortably in the third row boys chill out
photos: rear door/ butterfly type rear window, roof mounted air-con vents
5) Tata Sumo Grande: Fit and finish has never been the Tata’s strongest selling point, sumo grande is no exception. The flimsy plastics and panel gaps spoils the overall rich nature of the car. Hand grips and plastics at the rear door
6) Tata Sumo Grande: Top of the line of the line Gx variant features rake adjustable steering wheel,powered mirrors,remote locking,rear wipers and integrated CD player. The Sumo Grande is available in 3 variants – Lx, Ex and Gx — all of which have two seating configurations – 6+1 and 7+1. On the road, the top of the line Sumo Grande Gx 8 seater variant comes at Rs8,36,717 (Chennai).
Sumo in its grande avatar comes with attractive design and sets a new standard in comfort and convenience. The new DICOR is also much more refined and its performance is commendable. But it is not without any flaw, it suffers from the decade old chassis and suspension set up. Also, it is devoid of ABS and airbags similar to the earlier sumos. Pricing is where Tata scores full. This whole package comes at a very attractive price nearly 2lakh rupees less than its rivals which easily makes the sumo grande an attractive buying option.