While we don’t normally review commercial trucks, these diesel trucklets are available for less than the price of a Japanese hatchback. Low prices, low running costs, and a standard warranty mean they won’t leave you and your small business stranded, as secondhand imports often do. You can get more power and features for the same money from the Chinese, or with Suzuki’s own APV, but the price spread between gas and diesel makes these options nonstarters for many businessmen.
There wasn’t any doubt going into the test that the Super Carry is the superior product, but the Ace HT does have some things going for it. At P369,000 for the base pickup, it’s the cheapest diesel truck on the market. Sure, the Piaggio APE diesel is cheaper, but as a three-wheeler, it isn’t highway-legal. The Ace is—for the brave. Beyond that, the 750kg capacity allows it to cart two workers and 30 loaded jugs of drinking water with ease. Twice the capacity of your regular cargo trike. For an inner-city business, the Ace HT makes all kinds of sense, as long as you have a Tata dealer close by. Over a million Indians can’t be wrong, right?
But for those desiring more flexibility, serviceability, and power, the Super Carry carries the day. It’s no speed demon, but it doesn’t get left behind by traffic, and is infinitely more suited to highway use than the Tata, and even some bigger FBequipped trucks I’ve had the (dis)pleasure of driving over the years.
‘The Super Carry is the superior product, but the Ace does have some things going for it’