While Ashok Leyland Dost and Tata Ace (Chota Hathi) have been doing extremely well in the commercial vehicle market, it becomes rather difficult to draw a comparison between the two. Since we are doing this, let’s consider different parameters and compare the 2 on the basis of those ideals.
Reliability is an essential aspect in the case of commercial vehicles. It takes around 3 or more years to prove one’s reliability. ‘Ace’ has proven itself. On the contrary, the way ‘Dost’ is going strong day by day in sales makes people appreciative of its worth.
Coming to fuel efficiency, both return almost the same FE in real-world situations. However, the ‘Dost’ does tend to give slightly better FE, just slightly. Who has better resale value? The ‘Ace’ has the highest selling 0.75- 1-ton vehicle.
While the ‘Dost’ has the benefit of being a newer vehicle, ‘Ace’ gets an edge over the ‘Dost’ because of its reliability. Considering the cost-benefit aspect, the ‘Ace’ overshadows ‘Dost’ as the former is economical to maintain and service. It can easily take the load.
Let’s consider the mechanic aspects as well:-
- Dost is a 1.25 T while the Ace is 1.0 T.
- Dost is 58 Hp and the Ace is 70 Hp.
- Tata Ace has better gradability compared to the ‘Dost’
- Max speed of Ace is 125 kmph while that of Dost is 90 kmph.
- The turning radius of Dost is lesser as compared to that of the Ace.
- Dost has a higher number of variants to select from, and BS III and BS-IV engines.
Depending on use i.e. personal or commercial use, the ‘Ace’ ergonomics are far superior to ‘Dost’ and being a 4 cylinder engine, the NVH is also better.
Do you live in a city? If yes, then the ‘Ace’ is a better option. You can service the vehicle at a much lesser cost. The ‘Dost’ only comes with a CR engine. If no, (which means BS-IV), then there is no choice between the two as both will have CR engines where you lose the flexibility of servicing anywhere.
It has been more than a year since Dost launched. More than 35000 ‘Dost’ mini trucks were sold in the last year. This is much more than the ‘Ace’ which is sold pan India as against ‘Dost’ which is sold only in 9 states. Today, the ‘Dost’ stands as second in the Market share next to the Mahindra Maxx truck.
If you have a huge share of highway use in a full-throttle operation, the mini beast with a snout in the front and mildly tuned engine can prove more helpful i.e. the ‘Dost’. For a major share of city operations, the ‘Chota Hathi’ with superior acceleration and car-like ergonomics will be a better option.
According to some users, the way ‘Dost’ performs makes them attracted to it. After driving both the ‘Ace’ and ‘Dost’, one will feel that the ‘Dost’ is not a conventional CV and is more of a car- like CV. The independent wishbone in the front makes the cabin ride comfortable whereas the ‘Ace’ is comparatively truck-like.
The cargo loading area seems quite similar for both the vehicles and so does the power. Though the ‘Ace’ stands more powerful according to the figures.
After comparing the two beasts based on some of the most random parameters, we can say that both the trucks have their own pros and cons and are successful in providing comfort and satisfaction to its users. Though according to our research and majority, the ‘Ace’ emerges victorious over an equally competitive ‘Dost’.