Review: Alturas G4 vs Endeavour vs Fortuner vs MU-X comparison

First off, apologies for taking time with this comparability. In a great situation, you’d have learn the Autocar India verdict on the most effective of the ladder-frame SUVs to purchase quickly after the Mahindra Alturas G4’s launch in November final 12 months. However with data on the upcoming arrival of the up to date Ford Endeavour, it wouldn’t have been proper to hurry right into a time-bound outcome. The up to date Endy is lastly out and so it’s all techniques go.

The centre level of this comparability is the Mahindra Alturas G4. First impressions of Mahindra’s grandest SUV but have been exceedingly optimistic however we’re simply as curious as you to know if it could actually rub shoulders with the hardest and better of its rivals. Competitors for the Alturas G4 comes from the Ford Endeavour that’s contemporary from a nip and tuck, the Isuzu MU-X that obtained a makeover of its personal a number of months again and, after all, the Toyota Fortuner that’s the default selection within the phase.

To take care of a degree taking part in area, we’ve thought-about the top-of-the-line variations of every of those SUVs. In these avatars, every of those SUVs comes powered by a giant diesel engine, will get the comfort of an automated transmission and likewise the added potential of a correct four-wheel-drive system. Driving expertise and off-road potential apart, we’ll be speaking seems to be, interiors and luxury. Sufficient of the introduction. Let’s get to the primary occasion.

The massive present

Let’s face it. In India, the dimensions of your automobile determines proper of approach. And when you find yourself behind the wheel of any of those hulking SUVs, you’ll discover site visitors parting to allow you to by. Seeing these 4 in a convoy is bound to have made some highway customers a bit uneasy.

The Alturas G4 is the latest SUV right here and it seems to be not like something we’ve seen from Mahindra earlier than. There’s a motive for that. The Alturas is, in essence, a Mahindra-badged model of the fourth-gen (therefore the G4 within the identify) SsangYong Rexton. Sure, the toothy grille is traditional Mahindra however the remainder of the design is new-age SsangYong. The Alturas G4 is wise and properly turned out nevertheless it’s not fairly obtained the highway presence of an Endeavour or Fortuner. Of the opposite issues, the large wheel arches make the 18-inch rims look smaller than they’re, and the chunky D-pillar additionally has implications for third-row passengers. We’ll get to these in a bit.

At first look, the up to date Ford Endeavour’s Subtle Silver paint and slick diamond-cut alloy wheels are all that’s new about it. However for those who actually research pictures of the Endys previous and new, you’ll discover a marginally revised entrance bumper and grille too. The styling tweaks is perhaps refined however there’s nothing refined concerning the design. The excessive bonnet and block-like form make the Endeavour look daring and armour-protected, nearly.

The Isuzu MU-X doesn’t have the identical visible mass because the Endy however the Japanese SUV stands extra assured than earlier than on its bigger 18-inch wheels. The 2018 replace additionally introduced with it reshaped bumpers and extra detailed lights on the entrance and rear, which have completed their bit so as to add some glamour to the Isuzu’s design. In all, the MU-X is a neat SUV however one which’s maybe a bit too conservative in seems to be too.

‘Conservative’ will not be a phrase you’d use to explain the Toyota Fortuner’s look. The second-gen Fortuner is kind of rad as Toyota SUVs go and the beak-like nostril, slim headlights and kinked glasshouse give it a novel visible id. It stands out on this firm however with so many Fortuners on Indian roads, it doesn’t really feel unique sufficient, in case that issues to you.

Dimensions
Mahindra Alturas G4 4×4 AT Ford Endeavour three.2 TDCi Titanium+ Isuzu MU-X 4×4 AT Toyota Fortuner 2.Eight 4×4 AT
Size 4850mm 4903mm 4825mm 4795mm
Width 1960mm 1869mm 1860mm 1855mm
Peak 1845mm 1837mm 1860mm 1835mm
Wheelbase 2865mm 2850mm 2845mm 2745mm
Tyre dimension 255/60 R18 265/60 R18 255/60 R18 265/60 R18

From the captain’s chair

All 4 SUVs sit excessive off the bottom and it’s a step up into their cabins. Oddly sufficient, a footboard will not be commonplace match however a must have paid accent on the Alturas G4. Open the Mahindra’s driver door and the seat will robotically slide again to ease ingress. This welcome gesture is one amongst many parts that make the Alturas really feel correctly luxurious. There’s quilted leather-based on the neat sprint and well-cushioned seats, the window switches are wealthy in look and even the multi-info show within the devices with its switchable themes does its bit to up the atmosphere. In case you poke round, you will discover onerous plastics and a few much less particular supplies however the general sensation is of being in an costly SUV.

The Endeavour’s cabin won’t be as plush because the Alturas’ however its forte lies in making you’re feeling cocooned from the surface world. You simply can’t tire of that reassuring thunk on door shut, and all the things on the within has a built-to-last look to it. Entrance seat consolation is basically good and there are additionally sufficient soft-touch supplies to make you’re feeling that your cash’s been properly spent. The sprint is user-friendly and the part-digital instrument cluster is cool too. Simply want the tachometer wasn’t relegated to one of many small screens.

It’s disappointing to know Isuzu handed up on the chance to jazz up the up to date MU-X’s cabin to carry it in keeping with the worldwide mannequin’s dual-tone sprint, which might have given the cabin some a lot wanted color. As is, the neat and well-finished sprint stands out for its round local weather management console, and its low top additionally aids visibility. Seat consolation is truthful however you will discover your self reaching out for the lumbar alter (which isn’t supplied) on lengthy drives. Additionally, the driving force’s seat is a contact too excessive, even at its lowest setting. 

Drivers sit comfortably within the Fortuner however the feeling is of being in a hardy SUV moderately than an opulent one. There are many common plastics in plain sight, many buttons really feel like they belong to the 1990s and even the roof lining is fundamental. Positive, it’s not all unhealthy information however you’d count on far more, given the Fortuner is the costliest SUV right here. Then once more, with this being a Toyota, what you don’t get in perceived high quality you get by means of longevity.

Desk for seven

Shifting focus to the center row, the Alturas begins off sturdy with the widest cabin and glorious legroom, and that too with out the pliability of a sliding seat. The seats are well-padded as properly however you sit low and the ensuing seating place is a bit knees-up. Not splendid. As compared, it’s the Endeavour with the nicer center row seats. Whereas the Endy’s seats are additionally low set, the seating place is best and cushioning is very well judged. Nonetheless, its inside doesn’t give the identical sense of area because the Alturas and headroom might be a difficulty for taller occupants as properly; accommodating the mechanism for the panoramic sunroof has resulted in a decrease headliner.

Just like the Alturas, the Isuzu MU-X’s middle-row seats don’t slide again. Nonetheless, area is affordable and the seats are good sufficient, although the Isuzu will not be class-best on both rely. The Fortuner sneaks in a number of factors on this space. Its center seats are a contact agency however the seating place is definitely the most effective. Additionally, with the seats pushed all the best way again, there’s greater than ample legroom. Occupants taller than 6ft might discover their heads touching the roof lining, nonetheless.

And what of the third-row seats? Lengthy story brief, consumers searching for a snug seven-seater would possibly discover that an MPV fulfils their wants higher. That’s as a result of the third row of every of those SUVs have their very own set of idiosyncrasies. Within the Alturas, as an illustration, you’re nearly sat on the ground together with your knees pointed skywards. The thick D-pillar additionally means exterior visibility is strictly restricted, which makes you’re feeling cooped-in. The Endeavour has comparatively bigger home windows however the seating place is awkward and ingress-egress is outright cumbersome – the middle-row seats merely slide ahead and don’t tumble ahead as on the others, in impact, leaving a small aperture that it’s a must to work your approach by. Comparatively talking, third-row occupants have it good within the Isuzu and Toyota. There’s a one-touch mechanism to tumble their middle-row seats out of the best way, and the rearmost sections don’t really feel like punishment postings both. That stated, the choice to unlock legroom (due to the sliding seats) and alter the backrest for the third row ideas the scales within the Toyota’s favour.

It is possible for you to to slot in some, however not a lot, baggage into these SUVs, with all seats up. All include the choice to fold the third-row seats to unlock extra baggage room however the Endeavour makes
the duty simpler with its energy fold/increase perform.

Characteristic presentation

As you’d think about, it’s fairly an assortment when speaking options and gear. In a nutshell, it’s an in depth match between the Alturas and Endeavour – they provide probably the most goodies. The Fortuner and MU-X are considerably down on frills.

The Alturas distinguishes itself with its class-leading 9 airbags, driver’s seat reminiscence, ventilated entrance seats, digital parking brake and a helpful 360-degree parking digicam. Whereas the Ford misses out on the final function, it’s the one one with auto parking that may steer the SUV right into a detected parking spot. Gesture-controlled boot launch is frequent to the Mahindra and Ford SUVs, as is a sunroof, although the Endeavour goes one-up with its bigger panoramic unit. Configurable ambient lighting can be distinctive to the Ford.

The Fortuner and Endeavour are the one ones with auto-dimming inside mirrors and likewise the one ones to supply energy alter for each entrance seats, versus the Alturas and MU-X that get solely powered driver’s seats. Of the opposite issues, the Fortuner and MU-X function LED headlights, whereas the Alturas and Endeavour use HID items.

Within the battle of the touchscreens, as soon as once more it’s an in depth match between the Alturas and Endeavour’s Eight.Zero-inch items. Each provide Android Auto and Apple CarPlay assist, but when requested to select, it’s the Endeavour’s system that’s nicer to make use of. The Fortuner’s touchscreen seems to be aftermarket, whereas the MU-X’s monochrome show is just outdated.

Options
Mahindra Alturas G4 4×4 AT Ford Endeavour three.2 TDCi Titanium+ Isuzu MU-X 4×4 AT Toyota Fortuner 2.Eight 4×4 AT
Headlights HID HID LED LED
Tyre strain monitor Sure Sure NA NA
Cruise management Sure Sure Sure Sure
Touchscreen Eight-inch Eight-inch 7-inch 7-inch
Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Sure/Sure Sure/Sure NA/NA NA/NA
Powered driver’s seat Sure Sure Sure Sure
Ventilated entrance seats Sure NA NA NA
Sunroof Single Panoramic NA NA
Auto-dimming mirror NA Sure NA Sure
Entrance/rear parking sensors Sure/Sure Sure/Sure NA/Sure NA/Sure
Digital camera 360-degree Rear Rear Rear
Auto parking NA Sure NA NA
Handsfree boot open Sure Sure NA NA
Airbags 9 6 6 7

May is true

A fast take a look at the specs will most likely lead you to imagine the Mahindra Alturas’ comparatively small 2.2-litre diesel engine received’t be as much as scratch. However right here’s the massive shock. The Mahindra is simply milliseconds slower than the Endeavour three.2’s class-best Zero-100kph, 20-80kph and 40-100kph occasions. Positive, the Alturas is an effective deal lighter besides, we didn’t count on it to be this fast. What makes the numbers tougher to imagine is that the Mahindra Alturas by no means feels as fast as it’s. The engine delivers its 181hp and 420Nm of torque in such a linear method that the sense of urgency is sort of lacking. What additionally masks the Alturas’ efficiency is the engine’s terrific refinement. It’s the quietest at idle and makes the least noise beneath load too. The Alturas’ engine does sound its protest for those who rev it onerous however on condition that the unit provides its finest by the mid-range, you received’t be tempted to increase it in any case. The Mercedes-sourced 7-speed automated gearbox can be not the quickest on the draw (guide shifts are doable through buttons on the gear lever) so it’s finest to drive the Alturas in a relaxed method.

The Ford Endeavour three.2 (a lower-priced 2.2-litre albeit 4×2 model can be obtainable) is exclusive for its five-cylinder engine and likewise shines for its class-leading 200hp and 470Nm figures. And as talked about, it is usually the quickest of those SUVs. The very fact is, the Endeavour feels highly effective from the second you press down on the accelerator. Energy is available in rapidly and there’s a robust sustained thrust till the latter a part of the mid-range, after which energy tapers off. The 6-speed auto isn’t tremendous fast however general efficiency is sweet and makes the Endeavour really feel notably snug on the freeway. The Ford additionally cruises moderately silently, recording the bottom decibels at a gentle 80kph. Its distinctive lively noise cancellation function does its bit for probably the most half however can’t fairly silence the three.2 engine’s roar beneath load.

In engine displacement, the Isuzu MU-X’s three.Zero-litre engine is second solely to the Ford Endeavour’s three.2 unit. However for its dimension, the engine isn’t notably sturdy. Its 177hp energy determine is at par with the smaller-engined Fortuner’s whereas the Isuzu’s 380Nm peak torque output is the least right here. To high all of it, the MU-X’s 5-speed gearbox additionally provides the fewest ratios to work with. On the town and in easy-going driving, nonetheless, you received’t be left wanting for energy and also will discover the gearbox to do its work easily. It’s while you wish to overtake that the MU-X’s powertrain will get caught out. The gearbox turns into indecisive and the engine bellows with out a corresponding enhance in pace. All of it feels a bit last-gen to be trustworthy.

First impressions of the Toyota Fortuner’s engine aren’t sturdy both. The two.Eight-litre engine clatters to life and is the noisiest at idle. The din fades into the ambient noise at part-throttle however makes a loud comeback each time you press down onerous on the accelerator. And that could be a disgrace as a result of the 177hp and 450Nm engine is in any other case fairly likeable. There’s prepared entry to energy (particularly in, properly, Energy mode) and it helps make the heavy Fortuner really feel gentle on its toes. The Toyota will not be the quickest however certain feels so. Additionally it is the one SUV right here with paddleshifters, which assist make the driving expertise that little bit extra involving. In full auto mode, the shifts are nice and well timed.

Specs and efficiency
Mahindra Alturas G4 4×4 AT Ford Endeavour three.2 TDCi Titanium+ Isuzu MU-X 4×4 AT Toyota Fortuner 2.Eight 4×4 AT
Engine Four cyl, 2157cc, diesel 5 cyl, 3198cc, diesel Four cyl, 2999cc, diesel Four cyl, 2755cc, diesel
Energy 181hp at 4000rpm 200hp at 3000rpm 177hp at 3600rpm 177hp at 3400rpm
Torque 420Nm at 1600-2600rpm 470Nm at 1750-2500rpm 380Nm at 1800-2800rpm 450Nm at 1600-2400rpm
Gearbox 7-speed auto 6-speed auto 5-speed auto 6-speed auto
Zero-20kph 1.04 sec Zero.77 sec 1.08 sec Zero.98 sec
Zero-40kph 2.48 sec 2.33 sec 2.76 sec 2.59 sec
Zero-60kph Four.67 sec Four.66 sec 5.08 sec Four.85 sec
Zero-80kph 7.49 sec 7.32 sec Eight.25 sec 7.94 sec
Zero-100kph 11.24 sec 11.22 sec 12.57 sec 12.02 sec
Zero-120kph 16.05 sec 16.20 sec 18.38 sec 16.90 sec
Zero-140kph 23.01 sec 23.06 sec 28.67 sec 24.26 sec
20-80kph (in kickdown) 6.41 sec 6.34 sec 7.30 sec 7.49 sec
40-80kph (in kickdown) Eight.62 sec Eight.58 sec 9.54 sec 9.06 sec

Ain’t no mountain excessive sufficient

Over to different sides of the driving expertise. Within the on a regular basis grind, you’ll like how gentle and simple
it’s to twirl the Alturas G4’s steering however, sadly, the lightness stays even at larger speeds. Bump absorption is respectable however there’s that trademark body-on-frame lumpiness to the trip at low speeds. Actually unhealthy stretches taken at larger speeds additionally spotlight that the Alturas will not be constructed fairly as powerful because the others.

The up to date Endeavour, however, feels stable and is just in a category of its personal when speaking bump absorption. You get not one of the judder within the cabin that you’d count on from a body-on-frame SUV, and you actually don’t must decelerate for potholes and the like. However at excessive speeds, the Endy feels softer than we keep in mind it to and doesn’t really feel as settled because it did both. The steering too is lighter now; nice on the town, however a bit missing in really feel for the freeway.

A heavy steering makes life with the MU-X a bit taxing within the metropolis and the vagueness on the straight-ahead place isn’t splendid at excessive speeds both. Trip consolation is a blended bag too. At low speeds, the mushy trip is a (distant) second to the Endeavour’s. However at larger speeds, the MU-X strikes about greater than you’d like.

It comes as a little bit of a shock that the Toyota Fortuner is probably the most participating at excessive speeds, on condition that there’s a Ford on this combine. The Fortuner feels probably the most composed, with well-contained physique actions, and it’s obtained probably the most direct steering too. The comparatively agency setup does make the Fortuner really feel stiff-kneed at low speeds, nonetheless, and the heavy steering (hydraulic, just like the MU-X’s) makes the Toyota really feel its dimension on the town.

And the way are they off-road? That’s a pertinent query to the small breed of consumers who intend to make use of these SUVs as SUVs. All 4 fashions include hill descent management, four-wheel drive and low-range for the extra hardcore stuff. The Endeavour goes one-up on the others with a lockable rear differential and its Terrain Administration System that alters throttle and transmission responses, traction management setting and four-wheel-drive traits, relying on the mode (particularly Regular, Sand, Rock and Snow/ Mud/Grass) chosen.

We’ll must put the 4 by our annual 4×4 torture check for a full report however we did get sufficient of an concept of their capabilities on the rocky path we tried. Whereas all 4 SUVs managed the path in Four-Low, there have been some factors of distinction. On paper, the Alturas has the most effective floor clearance however the optionally available footboard takes its toll (it notably impacts the ramp breakover), and the departure angle will not be nice both. The Endeavour makes use of its electronics to nice impact and the rear diff lock is a boon in actually low-traction circumstances, however the mushy suspension means the Ford additionally rocks about while you don’t need it to, say on a boulder-laden path. The Isuzu MU-X won’t have the Endy’s digital aids however crawls its approach out of hazard with ease. However it’s the Fortuner that’s the mountain goat right here. It’s probably the most succesful SUV within the wild and that reassurance interprets into a whole lot of confidence.

Cheque please

The Isuzu MU-X was the underdog on this contest however couldn’t fairly come collectively to spring a shock on its rivals. It’s a rugged SUV that does many issues properly however merely lacks the flash, options and refinement to be considered a viable different. The Rs 29.31 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) makes the MU-X probably the most reasonably priced SUV right here however even on value-for-money, it’s been upstaged.

At Rs 33.60 lakh, the Fortuner is the costliest SUV right here. Nonetheless, issue within the Fortuner’s sturdy resale worth and issues even out. Truth is, you may’t go unsuitable with a Fortuner. As a product, it has its strengths in a comparatively cozy third row, good high-speed manners and real off-road potential. On the similar time, it’s onerous to miss its lesser factors of a loud engine and common cabin high quality.

Ford’s Endeavour has been our choose previously and it’s put up a robust present this time round as properly. It’s constructed powerful, trip high quality is superb and the highly effective engine additionally makes it pleasant to drive. It’s dear at Rs 32.97 lakh, however its in depth function set helps justify the outlay to an extent. A quieter engine and higher third row would have made the Endy onerous to beat.

If third row consolation is a deciding issue, the Alturas G4 won’t be the SUV for you. And reality is, it’s not probably the most hardcore of SUV choices both. However to the standard giant SUV purchaser searching for an opulent expertise, with the added versatility of some off-road potential, the Alturas is a straightforward promote. Its wealthy cabin, glorious general refinement and prolonged options listing give it a decidedly premium air. Positive, there might be many who will scoff on the concept of spending Rs 30.70 lakh on a Mahindra, however see the Alturas G4 for what it’s, and it’s onerous to not see it for the nice worth proposition it’s. And if there’s one factor Indian consumers like throughout the board, it’s good worth.

Verdict and value
Mahindra Alturas G4 4×4 AT Ford Endeavour three.2 TDCi Titanium+ Isuzu MU-X 4×4 AT Toyota Fortuner 2.Eight 4×4 AT
Verdict Not hardcore however wins for its combo of luxurious and worth. Sturdy and comfortable Ford is the selection for self-drive consumers. As soon as the VFM selection, it’s outdone by the Alturas. An SUV you may’t go unsuitable with however not particular sufficient.
Ranking Eight/10 Eight/10 6/10 7/10
Worth Rs 30.70 lakh Rs 32.97 lakh Rs 29.31 lakh Rs 33.60 lakh

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