New Fortuner 2016 vs Endeavour Comparison Review

Updated on: Jan 05, 2017
Toyota Fortuner vs Ford Endeavour Comparison:

"It's the Ford Endeavour which ingrains in us with the performance we all crave for. Better feature content and a more refined ride quality, at a much lower price makes it a better overall package"

Styling and Dimensions Comparison:
The facelifted 2016 versions of the mighty brutes, the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour, are fresh as ever as compared to their earlier avatars. Beginning with the Fortuner, the intimidating ‘bouncer’ look, its former self bore is minimized, thanks to its narrow and sharp headlamps and tail lamps, raised cheeks, higher bumper, the continuous rear windowline and the smart use of chrome on and around the grille as well as fog lamps, which gives it a more premium look. The Endeavour which was launched way back in 2003, had a really boxy look which did not appeal to many. However the revamped version has got gentle corners, rounded surfaces, and is even more muscular. This in addition to the large grille and logo in front make it look real commanding. Now coming to its dimensions, the Endeavour is 4892 mm long and stands 1837mm tall. Its width stands at 1860mm and it is marginally wider than its nemesis by 5mm. Fortuner is 4795 mm long and 1835 mm in height. The Endeavour’s large wheelbase of 2850 mm and 225mm ground shadows Fortuner’s corresponding dimensions of 2745 mm and 220 mm, and also gives a slight inkling of better off roading capabilities. Overall, no direct comparison can be made as each look stunning in their own respect.

Performance & Drivability:
This is an area where both models need to excel as the class name itself demands it! 'Sports Utility Vehicles'. Both their engines are much more powerful and torquier, as compared to their predecessors. The petrol variant of the Fortuner is really smooth and the cabin’s quietness even with increase in rpm, contributes to its luxury feel, as compared to its diesel counterpart.

The diesel version on-road, is really responsive from as low as 1000 rpm, which is quite surprising given its weight and mammoth size, and on highways it is thoroughly impressive. The Endeavour has a bigger engine and is heavier than the Fortuner by around 275 kilos but it still has the grunt and feels like it is always hungry for more. It seems a little sluggish under 1500 rpm, which is typical of all diesel cars, especially during gear shifts. But once it crosses this mark it leaves the Fortuner biting dust.

Both the cars come with 2 engine options. The engine line up of the Fortuner consists of a 2694 cc (2.7L) mill which churns out 164 bhp at 5200 rpm and produces 245 Nm at 4000 rpm whereas the second option is a 2755 cc engine (2.8L) develops 174 horses at 3400 rpm and 450Nm torque at 1600rpm. Both the options come mated either to a manual or an automatic six speed gearbox. At the same time only the 2.8L engine gets an option of 4X4 drive. A highlighting factor, the Fortuner is the only SUV of this class at present which offers a petrol option and is available with the 2.8L version.

The Endeavour too offers two diesel engines, a 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre TDCi unit. The smaller unit produces 158 hp of power at 3,200 rpm and 385 Nm of torque between 1600-2500 rpm. The bigger 3.2 litre unit develops 197 hp at 3,000 rpm and 470 Nm of torque between 1750-2500rpm. The 2.2 litre engine offers a choice between a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the larger 3.2 litre engine is only offered with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Fortuner (diesel) - 91, Fortuner (petrol) – 90, Endeavour 2.2 (diesel) - 71, Endeavour 3.2 (diesel) - 84
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Fortuner (diesel) - 216, Fortuner (petrol) – 134, Endeavour 2.2 (diesel) – 172, Endeavour 3.2 (diesel) – 196

Interior Space and Comfort:
The inside of both these cars have been improved greatly, and are quite impressive, credit to their posh and premium looking interiors. The steering, dashboard and the instrument panel are all designed and stationed appropriately, making it look real plush and upmarket. The interior material and seat quality and the leather paddings in different areas, add to the luxury quotient one gets to experience. Being full sized SUVs, the Fortuner and the Endeavour are generous when it comes to interior space and are genuine 7-seaters. The front row is significantly higher than the dashboard, giving the driver better view of the road ahead and thus instills better confidence and judgement, in case any kind of roads or traffic challenges are thrown at him. The driver’s seat in both vehicles is 8-way electrically adjustable, adding to the the convenience factor. Additionally, the Noise Cancellation Technology does away with a lot of the ambient noise in case of the Endeavour.

Coming to the second row, accommodating three adults is no big deal, thanks to their wide bodies. Headroom and knee room is fair enough even for taller adults, but here, the Endeavour just edges past the Fortuner. Taking the case of the third row, the spacing in the Endeavour is fairly better than the Fortuner, but it has a slightly more difficult third row accessibility as compared to the Fortuner. Hence once again the Endeavour just manages it to snatch it away from the Fortuner, although an average sized adult wouldn’t want to find himself on the third row for long journeys in case of both the vehicles. Regarding practicality and the luggage that can be accommodated, once the middle and rear rows are downed, it just burrows into a cavernous tunnel. You might not need a mini truck if in case you plan to change your neighbourhood!

Pricing & Features (all prices on road Delhi):
2.7 4X2 Manual Petrol – Rs.29.78 lakhs
2.7 4X2 AT Petrol – Rs.31.71 lakhs
2.8 4X2 Manual Diesel – Rs.32.57 lakhs
2.8 4X2 Automatic Diesel – Rs.34.48 lakhs
2.8 4X4 Manual Diesel – Rs.35.55 lakhs
2.8 4X4 Automatic Diesel – Rs.36.82 lakhs

Trend 2.2 4X2 Manual – Rs.28.15 lakhs
Trend 2.2 4X2 Automatic – Rs.28.15 lakhs
Trend 3.2 4X4 Automatic – Rs.30.69 lakhs
Titanium 2.2 4X2 Automatic – Rs.32.55 lakhs
Titanium 3.2 4X4 Automatic – Rs.36.01 lakhs

As seen from the pricing, the Endeavour is cheaper than the Fortuner and also has more features as compared to the Fortuner making it better value-for-money than the Fortuner. Coming to the features, the two do a pretty decent job of justifying the deep hole created in the pocket, with the features on offer. Both cars have a few extra features that are absent in the other car. The Fortuner '2.8 4X4 AT' has Paddle Shifters, Push Button Start & Smart Key, LED headlamps, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchor Points and Telescopic Steering Adjustment. The Endeavour 'Titanium 3.2 4x4 AT' has slightly more number of extra features over the Fortuner like Parallel Park Assist System, Terrain Management System having 5 modes – Normal/Grass/Gravel/Sand/Rock, HID Xenon Projector headlamps, Active Noise Cancellation Technology, Panoramic Sunroof, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Power Adjustable Rear Seat(3rd Row), Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Common features:  Eight-way electrically adjustable drivers’ seat, touchscreen infotainment system, LED headlamps and tail lamps, reach/recline adjustment for second row, downhill assist control, ABS with EBD, traction control system, hill launch assist and hill descent control, Electrical Tailgate, Seat Belt Warning, Tilt Steering, Electrically Adjustable ORVMs, Rear Defogger, Rear Wipers, Front and rear disc brakes, Leather Upholstery, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers, Automatic Light Sensing Headlamps, Steering mounted controls, LED DRLs

Extra features in the Endeavour:
Parallel Park Assist System, Terrain Management System having 5 modes – Normal/Grass/Gravel/Sand/Rock, HID Xenon Projector headlamps, Active Noise Cancellation Technology, Panoramic Sunroof, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Power Adjustable Rear Seat(3rd Row), Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

Extra features in the Fortuner:
Paddle Shifters, Push Button Start & Smart Key, LED headlamps, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchor Points, Telescopic Steering Adjustment

The Fortuner gets 7 airbags as standard across all the variants, whereas the Endeavour only provides it for its top trimmed models

Ride Quality & Handling:
In case of the Fortuner, the undulations on the road are soaked up with ease thanks to the large tyres and improved suspension system as compared to the earlier Fortuner. But however much it may have improved, it is still no match to the Endeavour's dynamics. Endeavor's steering feels quite light at city speeds which gives it some much needed help to execute quick manoeuvres, and on highways it feels stiff enough, thus shedding light on its better feedback abilities. 

Body roll is present in both cars because of their weight and high ground clearance, which is a characteristic of all SUVs. But both of them manage to shrug off its discomforts and handle corners with ease. Coming to extreme off-roading, the Ford Endeavour stands out because of its Terrain Management System which enables the driver to choose between five options in addition to the Hill Descend / Ascend control. Once set in the Rock mode of the system, the Endeavour takes on slopes and the rocky terrain with a lot of confidence and comfort. In fact the Endeavour reigns supreme in off-road driving and it can be compared with some SUVs much above its segment. The Fortuner too, does a pretty good job in case of mild off-roading but falls behind the Endeavour in the extreme case. However, braking is better in the Fortuner and it comes to a standstill in much shorter distances than the Endeavour.

Kerb Weight (kg):
Fortuner – 1880-1970
Endeavour – 2238-2357

Tyre size:
Fortuner – 265/65R17 (4x2), 265/60R18 (4x4)
Endeavour – 265/60R18

Fuel Efficiency:
As seen from the figures both vehicles fail to impress in spite of the fact that the Fortuner is much more fuel efficient as compared to the Endeavour. These vehicles appear to be fuel thirsty mainly because of their huge engine and enormous size.

The ARAI mileage values of all models of the Fortuner and Endeavour are shown (kmpl)
Fortuner (petrol, manual) – 10.01, Endeavour (4x2, diesel, manual) – 13.5
Fortuner (petrol, automatic) – 10.26, Endeavour (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 12.62
Fortuner (4x2, diesel, manual) – 14.24, Endeavour (4x4, diesel, automatic) – 10.91
Fortuner (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 12.9

After-sales-service and Reliability
Toyota cruises ahead of Ford in India when it comes to after-sales service and reliability. The Japanese have maintained a beautiful record of bringing out ultra-reliable products which seldom fail, along with an impressive after-sales service network. World over, they are almost the leaders, but due Toyota's smaller foothold and sales in our country, it isn’t on the top out here. Ford has been improving steadily in this field with the launch of each new product but they still haven’t been able to keep up with the Toyotas. Its inability to provide a hassle-free ownership and the heavy maintenance costs continue to add to its woes. The Fortuner turns out to fetch around 4- 5 lakh Rupees more than the Endeavour, after 5-7 years of ownership on resale.

First of all, we would recommend these SUVs only to those who would want to explore the untraveled paths instead of just sticking to city driving, as they can get really nasty on the pocket with its purchase, subsequent maintenance and its uncomfortable handling on tiny congested roads. Both the SUVs are quite closely matched as both of them push each other to the limits to prove their superiority. The thing which the Fortuner boasts of, is Toyota’s bulletproof reputation for reliability and quality, the world over along with its marginally better fuel efficiency. But it’s the Ford Endeavour which ingrains in us the performance that we all crave for. The better features and the more refined ride quality at a much lower price make it a better overall package and thus the deserving winner of this heated comparo!

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