Tucson vs Endeavour Comparison Review

Published on: 5 Dec 2016
Ford Endeavour vs Hyundai Tucson Comparison Review:

"The Endeavour is a fatso! It is a mind boggling 750 kilos heavier than the Tucson. What makes matters worse is that the Endeavour with the 2.2 litre engine is 25 horses less powerful than the Tucson's diesel."

Pricing & Features:
Ford Endeavour’s 'Titanium 2.2 4x2 AT’ variant costs 32.5 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi. Hyundai Tucson’s 'GLS 4x2 AT' diesel retails for 29.6 lakh, which is just 2.9 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the Endeavour.
Not to forget, there’s a basic, ‘Trend 2.2 4x2 AT’ variant, available in the Endeavour range, which retails for 28.1 Lakh Rs. which is just 40,000 Rs. more expensive than the cheapest diesel-automatic variant of the Tucson, the ‘GL AT’, costing 27.8 Lakh.

Both cars have some top-of-the line features that are absent in the other car. Tucson 'GLS' has Gearshift Paddles, LED Projector Headlamps, LED Cornering Lamps, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Electric Park Brake and Telescopic Steering Adjustment. Endeavour 'Titanium' on the other hand has Terrain Response, Adjustable Speed Limiter, Xenon HID Projector Headlamps, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Parallel Park Assist and Electrically Folding Third Row Seats, which are absent in the Tucson.

Pricing of other Variants (on road Delhi):
Tucson '4x2 petrol-manual’ – 22.05 Lakh
Tucson 'GL 4x2 petrol-automatic’ – 25.25 Lakh

Tucson '4x2 diesel-manual’ – 25.55 Lakh
Endeavour ‘Trend 2.2 4x4 diesel-manual’ – 28.1 Lakh
Endeavour ‘Titanium 3.2 4x4 diesel-automatic’ – 35.1 Lakh

Common Features: ABS, Airbags - 6, ESP, Hill Descent Control, Hill Assist, Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Parking Camera, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 6 Speakers, Touch-screen, Navigation, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Parking Sensors, LED DRLs,  Cruise Control, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers, Automatic Light Sensing Headlamps, Electrically Opening Tailgate with Memory Function, Eco & Power Modes, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels, Electrically Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Leather Upholstery, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror, Front Parking Sensors, Heated Outside Mirrors, Electric Sunroof

Extra Features in Endeavour (Titanium): Terrain Response, Adjustable Speed Limiter, Xenon HID Projector Headlamps, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Parallel Park Assist, Electrically Folding Third Row Seats

Extra Features in Tucson (GLS): Gearshift Paddles, LED Projector Headlamps, LED Cornering Lamps, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Electric Park Brake, Telescopic Steering Adjustment

Performance & Drivability (of 4x2 variants only)
The Endeavour is a fatso! It is a mind boggling 750 kilos heavier than the Tucson. What makes matters worse is that the Endeavour with the 2.2 litre engine is 25 horses less powerful than the Tucson's diesel. This gives it a 40% lower power-to-weight ratio than the Tucson. Even the 3.2 litre engined Endy is 30% down on power-to-weight ratio than the Tucson diesel. The difference is acceleration and drivability throughout the rev-range is significant. Endeavour's engines also fall short on refinement compared to Hyundai's incredibly refined diesel mill.

In fact, even the petrol powered Tucson has a much higher power-to-weight ratio than both the Endeavours, giving it better outright acceleration, but its torque-to-weight ratio is lower than the Endys making the Endeavours more drivable than the petrol Tucson.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Endeavour 2.2 (diesel) - 71, Endeavour 3.2 (diesel) - 84, Tucson (diesel) – 124, Tucson (petrol) – 110 

Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Endeavour 2.2 (diesel) – 172, Endeavour 3.2 (diesel) - 196, Tucson (diesel) – 274, Tucson (petrol) – 136

Power (PS@rpm): Endeavour 2.2 (diesel) - 160@3200, Endeavour 3.2 (diesel) – 200@3000, Tucson (diesel) - 185@4000, Tucson (petrol) – 155@6200

Torque (Nm@rpm): Endeavour 2.2 (diesel) - 385@1600-2500, Endeavour 3.2 (diesel) – 470@1750-3400, Tucson (diesel) - 410@1750-2750, Tucson (petrol) – 192@4000

Kerb Weight (kg): Endeavour 2.2 (diesel) - 2238, Endeavour 3.2 (diesel) - 2394, Tucson (diesel) – 1495, Tucson (petrol) – 1415

Fuel Efficiency:
The Tucson diesel-manual has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.4 kmpl, which is 4.9 kmpl more than the corresponding 2.2-litre engined Endeavour. In our back-toback tests the Tucson was consistently 3 kmpl more efficient than the Endy. This translates to a saving of over 1 lakh Rs. over a usage of 75,000 kilometers. The difference between the automatic versions of the two cars is slightly lesser.

The interesting thing to note here is that the petrol Tucson is just as fuel efficient as the 2.2 litre engined diesel Endeavour, which means when the petrol and diesel prices converge, a petrol Tucson will require the same money as a diesel Endeavour for fuel.

The Endeavour 3.2 automatic was almost 5 kmpl less efficient than the Tucson diesel-auto, in our back-to-back tests.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Tucson (4x2, petrol, manual) – 13.3, Tucson (4x2, petrol, automatic) – 12.95
Endeavour (4x2, diesel, manual) – 13.5, Tucson (4x2, diesel, manual) – 18.42
Endeavour (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 12.62, Endeavour (4x4, diesel, automatic) – 10.91, Tucson (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 16.38

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh): 
Tucson (4x2, petrol, manual) – 5.35, Tucson (4x2, petrol, automatic) – 5.50
Endeavour (4x2, diesel, manual) – 4.35, Tucson (4x2, diesel, manual) – 3.20
Endeavour (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 4.65, Endeavour (4x4, diesel, automatic) – 5.40, Tucson (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 3.60

Space & Comfort: 
The Endeavour's third row is an obvious plus point compared to the Tucson. Endy's enormous length has resulted in surprisingly good boot-space even with all three rows occupied. If you pack real light, or if your road trip is just for a couple of days, you can genuinely accommodate 7 occupants and their luggage inside the Endeavour. The Tucson would be quite tightly packed, even with just five occupants on-board. The problem with the Tucson is that its rear seat is a bit lacking in terms of width, and the rising shoulder-line gives a claustrophobic feeling to the rear passengers. Boot-space though, will not be an issue, given its capacious 488 litre volume.

Length (mm): Endeavour - 4892, Tucson - 4475
Width (mm): Endeavour - 1860, Tucson - 1850
Height (mm): Endeavour - 1837, Tucson - 1660

Ride Quality & Handling: 
This is one of those rare occasions where a Hyundai fares better than a Ford, in terms of dynamics! The Endeavour does not have European underpinnings, unlike the EcoSport, the Figo or Fiesta. It is true-blue Yankee effort. Trapped underneath the Endeavour is a pick-up truck, which longs for its natural habitat in Texas. The body on frame construction of the Endeavour does not stand a chance against the monocoque construction of the Tucson. The Tucson feels more like a car around the turns, which is not surprising, since it is basically a SUV version of the Elantra. The Tucson also rides a bit better than the Endeavour, especially at low speeds. However, Endeavour's super-strong chassis-suspension makes it effortless over the pothole infested Indian roads. However, Tucson itself isn't as bad on rough roads as its 172 mm ground clearance suggests. It is roughly in the same league a Creta or EcoSport when it comes to tackling bad-roads and is immensely better than C & D Segment Sedans available in the market today.

Ground Clearance (mm): Endeavour - 225, Tucson - 172

Tyre Size: 
Endeavour – 265/60R18
Tucson - 225/60R17 (MT), 225/55R18 (AT)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Hyundai has built a stellar reputation for Product Reliability and Service Support in our country, by putting in tremendous hard work, over the past 20 years. Ford on the other hand had screwed up it's After Sales reputation quite badly in the Escort-Ikon days. Slowly, but steadily Ford has been making amends with its reliability improving by a few notches with every new launch. Even then it still has quite a long way to go to get to the Hyundai levels of Customer Service in the near future.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh)
Tucson (4x2, petrol, manual) – 12.15, Tucson (GL 4x2, petrol, automatic) – 11.40
Endeavour (Trend 4x4, diesel, manual) – 14.05, Tucson (4x2, diesel, manual) – 12.80
Endeavour (Titanium 4x2, diesel, automatic) – 14.65, Endeavour (Titanium 4x4, diesel, automatic) – 15.80, Tucson (GLS 4x2, diesel, automatic) – 14.80

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value) 
Tucson (4x2, petrol, manual) – 15.3, Tucson (GL 4x2, petrol, automatic) – 19.4
Endeavour (Trend 4x4, diesel, manual) – 18.4, Tucson (4x2, diesel, manual) – 16.0
Endeavour (Titanium 4x2, diesel, automatic) – 22.6, Endeavour (Titanium 4x4, diesel, automatic) – 24.7, Tucson (GLS 4x2, diesel, automatic) – 18.4

As a personal vehicle the Tucson is a better choice than the Endeavour. It may not have the space and practicality of a mini-van like the Endeavour, but it is easier to maneuver and park around town. It may not have the dune-bashing abilities of the Endeavour, but it is more comfortable over the speed breakers as well as more fun to pilot around mountain roads. It has far better performance than the Endeavour and yet it also quieter inside the cabin. It is also more efficient and is bound to have a more hassle free ownership experience than the Endeavour. The Endeavour intimidates, the Tucson impresses.

If this was a automotive forum or magazine, the Tucson wouldn't stand a chance against Endeavour's Leh-Ladakh conquering abilities in the hands of delusional journalists. If this was a political rally, the Tucson wouldn't stand a chance against the Endeavour's gangster-chariot image. But this is not either of those things. This is a car buyer's guide for the rational car buyers, where practicality, frugality and long term ownership aspects are given highest importance. That is why the Tucson is the winner of this comparison.


  1. Awesome comparison, keep the good work, particularly liked the verdict part awesome