Tucson vs Fortuner Comparison Review

Published on: Jan 02, 2017
Toyota Fortuner vs Hyundai Tucson Comparison Review:


"Fortuner looks big and brawny, but its the Tucson which makes more power than the Fortuner in addition to being almost 500 kg lighter than the Fortuner. This makes the Tucson 36% more powerful and 27% more torquey than the Fortuner in terms of power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratio."

Pricing & Features: 
Fortuner’s '4x2 AT’ diesel-automatic variant costs 34.7 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi. Hyundai Tucson’s 'GLS 4x2 AT' diesel retails for 29.6 lakh, which frankly, is just 5 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the Fortuner.

In typical Hyundai fashion, the Tucson is filled to the gills with gadgetry like Front Parking Sensors, LED Cornering Lamps, Dual Zone AC, Heated Outside Mirrors, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Electric Park Brake, all of which are absent in the Fortuner, in spite of the Fortuner being quite an expensive car than the Tucson.

Pricing of other Variants (on road Delhi)
Fortuner ‘4x2 petrol-manual’ - 30.0 Lakh
Tucson '4x2 petrol-manual’ – 22.05 Lakh

Fortuner ‘4x2 petrol-automatic’ – 32.0 Lakh 
Tucson 'GL 4x2 petrol-automatic’ – 25.25 Lakh

Fortuner ‘4x2 diesel-manual’ – 32.8 Lakh 
Tucson '4x2 diesel-manual’ – 25.55 Lakh

Fortuner ‘4x4 diesel-manual’ – 35.9 Lakh 
Fortuner ‘4x4 diesel-automatic’ – 37.2 Lakh

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

Extra Features in Fortuner (4x2 AT): none

Extra Features in Tucson (GLS 4x2 AT): Front Parking Sensors, LED Cornering Lamps, Dual Zone AC, Heated Outside Mirrors, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Electric Park Brake

Performance & Drivability (of 4x2 variants only):
Diesel:
Looks can be deceiving. The Fortuner and the Tucson are a perfect example of this. Fortuner looks big and brawny, but its the Tucson which makes more power than the Fortuner in addition to being almost 500 kg lighter than the Fortuner. This makes the Tucson 36% more powerful and 27% more torquey than the Fortuner in terms of power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratio. this gives an obvious and significant advantage to the Tucson in terms of performance across the rev-range. But thats not all, the Tucson is also noticeably more refined and rev-happy compared to the Fortuner.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Fortuner - 91, Tucson – 124 (difference – 36%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Fortuner - 216, Tucson – 274 (difference – 27%)

Power (PS@rpm): Fortuner - 177@3400, Tucson - 185@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Fortuner - 420@1600-2400, Tucson - 410@1750-2750
Kerb Weight (kg): Fortuner - 1945, Tucson – 1495

Petrol:
Amongst the petrols, the Fortuner puts out big numbers on the spec sheet, but it's enormous bulk makes it more than 400 kilograms heavier than the Tucson, negating all its advantage. Overall, the Tucson ends up with a 22% higher power-to-weight ratio than the Fortuner. This gives it a considerable advantage in terms of performance over the Fortuner. However, both cars are pretty equally matched in terms of their refinement and drivability.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Fortuner – 90, Tucson – 110 (difference – 22%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Fortuner – 134, Tucson – 136

Power (PS@rpm): Fortuner – 166@5200, Tucson – 155@6200
Torque (Nm@rpm): Fortuner – 245@400, Tucson – 192@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Fortuner – 1835, Tucson – 1415

Fuel Efficiency: 
Tucson diesel-manual has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.4 kmpl, which is a jaw-dropping 4.2 kmpl more efficient than the corresponding Fortuner's mileage of 14.2 kmpl. Tucson diesel-automatic has an ARAI certified mileage of 16.4 kmpl, which is 3.5 kmpl more than the equivalent Fortuner. In our back-to-back tests, the both the manual as well as automatic Tucsons were consistently 3 kmpl more efficient than the respective Fortuners.

The petrol powered Tucson manual has an ARAI certified mileage of 13.3 kmpl, which is 3.3 kmpl more than the corresponding Fortuner's average fuel economy of 10 kmpl, The Tucson petrol-automatic has an ARAI certified mileage of 13 kmpl, which is 2.7 kmpl more than the equivalent Fortuner. In our real-world tests, both the petrol Tucsons were just over 2 kmpl more efficient than the respective Fortuners.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): 
Fortuner (petrol, manual) – 10.01, Tucson (4x2, petrol, manual) – 13.3
Fortuner (petrol, automatic) – 10.26, Tucson (4x2, petrol, automatic) – 12.95
Fortuner (4x2, diesel, manual) – 14.24, Tucson (4x2, diesel, manual) – 18.42
Fortuner (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 12.9, Tucson (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 16.38

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh): 
Fortuner (petrol, manual) – 7.05 Lakh, Tucson (4x2, petrol, manual) – 5.35 Lakh
Fortuner (petrol, automatic) – 6.95 Lakh, Tucson (4x2, petrol, automatic) – 5.50 Lakh
Fortuner (4x2, diesel, manual) – 4.15 Lakh, Tucson (4x2, diesel, manual) – 3.20 Lakh
Fortuner (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 4.55 Lakh, Tucson (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 3.60 lakh

Space & Comfort:
The Tucson is no match to the sheer space on offer inside the Fortuner. The difference is especially evident in the middle row, where the Tucson falls short in terms of shoulder-room making it quite uncomfortable for seating three adults. Fortuner on the other hand can easily accommodate three adults in comfort. Tucson's thick C-pillar and rising waistline makes the rear occupants feel even more claustrophobic than it actually is. Fortuner's third row of seats though is good only for small kids, its low seat height results in total lack of under-thigh support and makes it uncomfortable over long distances. However, once folded, the third row liberates a massive 716 litres of boot-space which is over 200 litres more than the Tucson. The Tucson claws back some lost ground by giving better quality plastics and nicer materials inside the cabin compared to the Fortuner.

Boot-space (lit):
Fortuner - 200, 716 (with 3rd row folded), 1080 (with middle row folded)
Tucson - 488

Length (mm): Fortuner - 4795, Tucson - 4475
Width (mm): Fortuner - 1855, Tucson - 1850
Height (mm): Fortuner - 1835, Tucson - 1660

Ride Quality & Handling:
There is world of difference, in the basic architecture of both these cars. The Tucson has a monocoque construction in which the chassis and the body is one integral unit. Just like any other regular hatchback or sedan available in the market. The Fortuner, is basically a pick-up truck! It is based on the Toyota Hilux platform, with a body-on-frame structure. This makes the Fortuner rugged and highly capable off-road, but puts limitations on its ride comfort and handling ability around the bends. Its rudimentary suspension setup and high centre of gravity makes it highly susceptible to body roll and gives a hard edge to its ride. The Tucson on the other hand, drives like a car. Ride quality is extremely absorbent at low speeds and handling though not in the same league as Skoda Yeti or Honda CR-V, is still far better than the Fortuner.

Ground Clearance (mm): Fortuner - 220, Tucson - 172

Tyre Size:
Fortuner – 265/65R17 (4x2), 265/60R18 (4x4)
Tucson - 225/60R17 (MT), 225/55R18 (AT)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
When it comes to customer service, both these brands haven't put a foot wrong in their 15+ year history in our country. Both Hyundai & Toyota are well known for their hassle free ownership experience and strong service support. But even then, Toyota has a considerable edge over Hyundai, thanks to its surprisingly low service costs and indestructible reliability of its vehicles. Hyundai's small car portfolio has helped it proliferate into smaller towns and villages, giving it an edge over Toyota in terms of service reach at the moment. But mark our words, Toyota will definitely catch up and surpass Hyundai in all all aspects within a few years.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
Fortuner is known for its unbelievable residual value in the market. Tucson on the other hand will also retain decent residual value, but still nowhere even close to the levels of the mighty Fortuner. What this translates to is almost identical Overall Ownership Costs for both the vehicles. No wonder then that the Fortuner alone sells more than the entire range of cars offered by the big three luxury brands, Mercedes, BMW or Audi every month, the Tucson never really had a chance at competing in the sales charts with the Fortuner anyways.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Fortuner ‘4x2 petrol-manual’ - 18.0 Lakh
Tucson '4x2 petrol-manual’ – 11.25 Lakh

Fortuner ‘4x2 petrol-automatic’ – 18.20 Lakh 
Tucson 'GL 4x2 petrol-automatic’ – 11.15 Lakh

Fortuner ‘4x2 diesel-manual’ – 18.70 Lakh 
Tucson '4x2 diesel-manual’ – 11.35 Lakh

Fortuner ‘4x2 diesel-automatic’ – 18.85 Lakh 
Tucson 'GLS 4x2 diesel-automatic’ – 11.80 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Fortuner ‘4x2 petrol-manual’ - 19.05 Lakh
Tucson '4x2 petrol-manual’ – 16.20 Lakh

Fortuner ‘4x2 petrol-automatic’ – 19.75 Lakh 
Tucson 'GL 4x2 petrol-automatic’ – 19.60 Lakh

Fortuner ‘4x2 diesel-manual’ – 18.25 Lakh 
Tucson '4x2 diesel-manual’ – 17.40 Lakh

Fortuner ‘4x2 diesel-automatic’ – 20.45 Lakh 
Tucson 'GLS 4x2 diesel-automatic’ – 21.45 Lakh

Verdict:
As a personal vehicle, Tucson is a far more sensible car than the obnoxious mafia-chariot, the Fortuner. The Fortuner just reeks of black money and corruption, and subsequently the rotten mindset, with which its owner chose his car. The type of people who buy the Fortuner, have never even heard about things like handling, drivability, performance or refinement in their entire lives, so they continue to throw their bundles of ill-gotten cash on the car which sorely lacks these qualities. Since you, dear reader are taking the efforts to actually do some research before buying your next car. We urge you to get acquainted with the delightful little details, which will really make your driving experience more fulfilling. By that measure, the Fortuner is nowhere as good as the Tucson and thus is the deserving loser of this comparison.

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