Back in the years, full-size SUVs weren’t very popular in India. Apart from the fact that the market’s emphasis was more on smaller cars, even the enthusiasts and aficionados would give more preference to a sedan. But over the course of time, this trend changed. With the launch of the Pajero in the early 2000’s, people’s perceptions regarding SUVs had completely transformed. They went from impractical off-road focussed vehicles to luxurious possessions that personified power and strength. While the Pajero is still present in the market, two other cars have almost completely stolen its mojo namely, the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. Today, we will compare the latest generations of both these butch SUVs to find out which one is better. So let’s find out who triumphs in our Fortuner vs Endeavour face-off.
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|265/65 R17, 265/60 R18
|1855 to 2140 Kg
In person, both these SUVs look huge, and buff in proportions and their size is indeed intimidating. However, comparing the dimensions, the Ford Endeavour emerges as the clear victor. It has a significant advantage in length and just marginally wins over the Fortuner in terms of width and height. Even in terms of wheelbase, the Endeavour wins and effectively stands more stable on the road compared to the Fortuner. Both cars surprisingly have the same ground clearance and at 225mm are up for some generous off-roading. Boot space is another aspect where the Endeavour has a strong upper hand. The only area where the Endeavour loses out is in terms of weight where it is a good 200 kilos heavier than the Fortuner.
|5-Speed Manual/6-Speed Auto
|420Nm@1400-2600RPM (MT)/ 450 Nm@1600-2400 RPM (AT)
|12 kmpl (11 kmpl)
Both SUVs are drastically different in terms of performance and pack in entirely different engine variants. The Fortuner is the only full-size SUV in its segment that comes with a petrol option as well. The Endeavour continues on the existing tradition of having diesel only powerplants. It makes up for the lack of options by offering two diesel variants, a smaller 2.2-litre and a bigger 3.2 litre.
It is quite strange to associate a petrol engine with an SUV this big, but surprisingly enough the Fortuner’s petrol mill is quite potent. It is the same 2.7-litre unit that is used on their Innova Crysta MUV. The petrol engine is exceptionally refined as you would expect and has enough power to make sure you’re not revving the nuts out of the engine at all times. It is very tractable for both highway and city use. The only downside is the extremely poor mileage.
In comparison, the 2.8 diesel feels much more conventional. Highway riding is bliss with the waterfall of torque available. The turbo lag is also very minimal and well-managed and doesn’t hamper your city driving experience at all. The engine is very versatile and will see you through city-drives or highway-drives with similar ease.
Unlike the Fortuner, the Endeavour sticks to the usual segment diesel only powerplants but offers two displacement variants. The 2.2 litre is the more affordable, fuel-efficient and user-friendly option. Despite its small displacement, it packs a lot of punch and is almost close to the Fortuner’s 2.8 diesel. It feels neither underpowered nor explosive. It’s just sufficient for getting the job done.
In contrast, the 3.2 is the jacked-up cousin of the 2.2. The 3.2 puts out torque with a generous “Holy Shit” factor. It gets a variable geometry turbocharger, a high-pressure direct injection fuel system, and a variable flow oil pump. All these gizmos give it some genuinely exciting performance with almost zero turbo-lag, just like the 2.2 variant.
Both cars come with a manual as well as automatic options and different permutations for 4×4. The Fortuner gets automatic and manual options on petrol as well as diesel cars. But the petrol version only gets 4×2 options while the diesel gets 4×2 and 4×4 options for both automatic and manual variants. On the other hand, the Endeavour just gets an automatic gearbox for all variants. The 2.2 variant comes in 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive while the 3.2 is limited only to 4-wheel drive. The Fortuner’s manual comes with an intuitive iMT technology (diesel only) which automatically does the rev matching when you are shifting gears. This works for both up and downshifts. The automatic variant gets a lovely set of paddle shifters which feel lovely to operate.
The Endeavour gets the good ol’ torque converter type automatic. Similar to the Fortuner, the Endeavour’s gearbox gets a driver-adaptive software which understands the real-time driving pattern of the driver and shifts accordingly. The Endeavour’s gearbox is permissive on manual mode. Even if you are aggressively shifting down, it doesn’t jump up a gear automatically when the revs increase. It allows the downshift to happen also if the RPM gets very close to the redline. It will enable you to redline even while upshifting which is the exact necessity when you are in the mood for shenanigans.
The Toyota Fortuner is the newer car of the two and recently got a thorough revamp in 2017. It boasts of the following features:
As expansive as the Fortuner’s equipment list is, the car looks gorgeous in its latest rendition. While its size is imposing, the front face of the Fortuner looks quite sophisticated and futuristic as well courtesy the headlamp cluster. The Fortuner looks good in every perspective you view it from. The side profile has a very prominent recessed area running across the lower side of the doors which give it a bit of character. Coming to the rear, the SUV continues to maintain its flare. This one of the few cars where the tail section looks very well integrated with the front and almost looks like an extension of the same.
All in all, full marks for the way the Fortuner looks. Once you step into the car, it feels very premium. The interiors are doused in leather and wooden panels giving it a very upmarket and luxurious feel.
The Ford Endeavour also received a thorough revamp, but it got the same a year prior to the Toyota Fortuner. It consists of the following equipment:
Unlike the Fortuner which tries to fit both sides of the spectrum, the Endeavour has a clear-cut design approach. It looks imposing and aggressive like a jacked up bodybuilder. View it from any angle, and the Endeavour oozes the same intimidating overview. Only the rear section is a little subtle compared to the rest of the vehicle. The flared wheel arches and the high-profile fat tyres make it look imposingly muscular which are sure to make the SUV’s presence felt on the roads. The interior is surprisingly plush for a butch SUV like this. There are tonnes of creature comforts present inside which make it a quite welcoming experience. A special mention to that beautiful panoramic sunroof as well.
Pricing for the Toyota Fortuner starts at Rs.27.27 lakhs for the 4×2 Petrol Manual and goes all the way up to Rs.32.97 lakhs for the fully loaded 4×4 Diesel Automatic. Pricing for the Ford Endeavour starts at Rs.26.32 lakhs for the 2.2-litre 4×2 Diesel and goes up to Rs.32.81 lakhs for the decked out 3.2-litre 4×4 Diesel.
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