The New Ford Endeavour vs The New Toyota Fortuner: The Arm Wrestle Between Two Butch SUVs

We compare the New Ford Endeavour and the New Toyota Fortuner on various aspects and decide which SUV is more value for money.

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The SUV segment in India is growing at a rapid pace. The market has picked up again after a brief ban on vehicles that are equipped with diesel engines over 2000cc and one SUV that has managed to take potential of the situation was the recently launched Ford Endeavour.

Another potent competitor that has been in the market for a while was the Toyota Fortuner. The carmaker wanted to launch the newer version of the vehicle, but the diesel ban and other factors hindered the launch. Now, after a long wait, Toyota managed to launch the vehicle in India and the SUV has gained a lot of interest.

Now, for those out there who are eagerly waiting, or confused which one of the two SUVs are worth buying, here's something to help you decide. Let's get a couple of factors straight: Both SUVs are capable off-roaders and can seat 7 occupants.

Ford Endeavour Pricing (ex-showroom Delhi)

  • 2.2-litre 4X2 MT Trend: Rs 23.63 lakh
  • 2.2-litre 4X2 AT Trend: Rs 24.39 lakh
  • 2.2-litre 4X4 MT Trend: Rs 25.49 lakh
  • 2.2-litre 4X2 AT Titanium: Rs 26.14 lakh
  • 3.2-litre 4X4 AT Trend: Rs 26.54 lakh
  • 3.2-litre 4X4 AT Titanium: Rs 28.15 lakh

New Toyota Fortuner Pricing (ex-showroom Delhi)

  • 2.7-litre 4X2 MT: Rs 25.92 lakh (Petrol)
  • 2.7-litre 4X2 AT: Rs 27.61 lakh (Petrol)
  • 2.8-litre 4X2 MT: Rs 27.52 lakh
  • 2.8-litre 4X2 AT: Rs 29.14 lakh
  • 2.8-litre 4X4 MT: Rs 30.05 lakh
  • 2.8-litre 4X4 AT: Rs 31.12 lakh

Ford Endeavour Design

The new Ford Endeavour has shed its boxy design to take on a modern look. The design does remind one of the EcoSport, but quickly reminds you that the Endeavour has its own characteristic lines. The new Ford Endeavour features a very sporty look, keeping the SUV DNA in mind.

New Toyota Fortuner Design

The new Toyota Fortuner has come a long way as well in terms of its design. Spy pictures did reveal a lot about the upcoming vehicle's overall profile. The Endeavour too has shed a bit of its butch looks to take on a sleeker, modern design.

Ford Endeavour Engine Specifications And Gearbox

The Endeavour comes with a choice of two diesel engines: a 2.2-litre unit and a 3.2-litre option. The 2.2-litre diesel engine makes 158bhp and 385Nm of peak torque, while the bigger 3.2-litre mill produces 197bhp and 470Nm of peak torque. The Endeavour is available in 4X4 trims and also comes with a choice of either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox options.

Toyota Fortuner Engine Specifications And Gearbox

Toyota offers the Fortuner with two engine options as well, which includes a petrol mill. The petrol engine is a 2.7-litre unit that makes 164bhp and 245Nm of torque. The petrol Fortuner gets a 5-speed manual gearbox while a 6-speed automatic is also optional.

The diesel powered fortuner has a 2.8-litre engine under the hood, capable of producing 174bhp and 450Nm of torque. Transmission duties are taken care of by either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The petrol variants are restricted to two-wheel drives while the customer has a choice to opt for a two-wheel drive or a four-wheel drive variant when it comes to the diesel option.

Ford Endeavour Features

Features are abundant aboard the Ford Endeavour. The top of the line variant comes with 18-inch wheels, sunroof, electrically adjustable seats, climate control, 10-speaker audio system with SYNC, park assist, terrain management system, powered tailgate, power folding seats, leather upholstery, and LED lighting to name a few.

New Toyota Fortuner Features

The Fortuner comes equipped with a cooled glove box, 7-inch infotainment system with navigation, leather upholstery, pitch and bounce control, cup holders with retractable cover, projector headlamps, 18-inch wheels, electric tailgate with three memory options, and climate control.

Safety Features

Both vehicles are at par when safety is concerned. The Endeavour and Fortuner come with ABS, EBD, airbags (6 in the Endeavour, 7 in the Fortuner), and hill hold and descent control to name the key safety aspects.

Verdict

Picking one is a difficult choice as both the SUVs are neck and neck. The Toyota Fortuner comes with paddle shifters which makes it tempting, but the Ford Endeavour's performance is also something to crave about. In terms of road presence, both vehicles have equal amounts, and is the same when it comes to features and safety.

Both vehicles are equally good choices and one cannot go wrong with the either of them. So now it boils down to pricing, where the Endeavour makes more sense as an overall package.

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Story first published: Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 18:20 [IST]
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