Ford Endeavour vs Toyota Fortuner: Spec Comparison

By Abhishek Chaliha | on January 27, 2016

We take a look at how the new and rather capable Ford Endeavour challenges India’s favourite premium SUV, the Toyota Fortuner

The new Ford Endeavour has moved the goal posts for premium SUVs with its imposing stance, butch design, potent engine options and a feature-rich equipment list. Add to the matter, the Ford’s attractive pricing and the segment-leading Toyota Fortuner has been left with a lot to worry about.

Here is a look at how the two pioneering premium SUVs stand against each other, on paper that is.

Exteriors

The Ford is clearly the larger car here by being longer and wider than the Fortuner which is slightly taller. But the Endeavour has a class leading 225mm of ground clearance and a whopping capability of wading through 800mm of water! This makes the Endeavour combined with all of its clean contemporary design cues quite an attractive vehicle to look at. And while the Fortuner has always been a good looking vehicle, the Ford has now moved past on the overall design aspect.

  Ford Endeavour Toyota Fortuner
Length 4,892mm 4,705mm
Width 1,860mm 1,840mm
Height 1,837mm 1,850mm
Wheelbase 2,850mm 2,750mm
Ground Clearance 225nm 220mm

Interior

With its dual tone layout, large seats, numerous (30) storage spaces and chunky steering wheel, the cabin of the new Endeavour is as good a place to be as any. To further convenience, the Endeavour comes with electric adjust for the driver’s seat (like the Fortuner) but gets electric folding third row seats as well. Combine this with a semi-automatic parallel park assist, cruise control, auto dimming IRVM, heated ORVMs, etc and the new Endeavour is significantly better equipped than the Fortuner which has been around for a long time now.

Here is a closer look at the feature list of both these SUVs.

  Ford Endeavour Toyota Fortuner
One touch up/down power windows Yes No
Electrically adjustable driver's seat Yes Yes
Power socket Yes - 4 Yes
Leather upholstery Yes Yes
Interior ambient lighting Yes No
Electric folding ORVMs Yes Yes
Front & Rear arm rests Yes Yes
Dual zone climate control Yes Yes
Infotainment system Yes Yes
Steering mounted audio controls Yes Yes
Cruise control Yes No
Auto dimming IRVM Yes No
Heated ORVMs Yes No
Rear view camera Yes Yes
Rear Parking sensors Yes Yes
Front parking sensors Yes No
HID headlamps with jet wash Yes Yes
Automatic head lamps Yes Yes
Automatic wipers Yes No
Tyre pressure monitoring system Yes No
Puddle lamps Yes Yes
Semi automatic parallel park assist Yes No
Power folding 3rd row seats Yes No
Electric panoramic suroof Yes No
Terrain management system Yes No

Engine and Gearbox

Both the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner come with two powertrain choices, a slightly smaller capacity engine in the more affordable variants featuring two-wheel drive and a manual gearbox while the higher end models get a bigger engine with all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox.

Here is a look at the different powertrain versions of the Fortuner and Endeavour.

  Ford Endeavour 2.2 Toyota Fortuner 2.5 Ford Endeavour 3.2 Toyota Fortuner 3.0
Engine 2198cc/4 cylinder/4-valve DOHC/

turbocharged

2494cc/4 cylinder/

turbocharged

3198cc/5 cylinder/4-valve DOHC/

turbocharged

2982cc/4 cylinder/4-valve DOHC/

turbocharged

Power 158 bhp @ 3200 RPM 142 bhp @ 3600 RPM 197 bhp @ 3000 RPM 169 bhp @ 3600 RPM
Torque 385 Nm @ 1600 RPM 343 Nm @ 1400 RPM 470 Nm @ 1750 RPM  343 Nm @ 1400 RPM
Transmission 6-speed MT & AT 5-speed MT & AT 6-speed AT 5-speed MT & AT
Drive Type RWD/4WD RWD 4WD RWD/4WD
Fuel Type Diesel Diesel Diesel Diesel
Fuel Economy 14.12 km/l 12.62 km/l 12.55 km/l 10.91 km/l 11.9 km/l
Fuel Tank size 80 litres 80 litres 80 litres 80 litres

Chassis, Suspension and Brakes

Considering the nature of these vehicles, both of them are underpinned by ladder frame chassis. The Fortuner has a double wishbone front suspension while the Endeavour has an independent setup at the front. At the back, the Fortuner sports a four link setup while the Endeavor gets a Watts link type suspension. The Endeavour is offered with front and rear disc brakes while the Fortuner has drum brakes at the rear.

  Ford Endeavour Toyota Fortuner
Chassis Ladder Frame Ladder Frame
Front Suspension Independent suspension Double wishbone front axle
Rear Suspension Watts linkage type suspension Four link with lateral rod
Front Brakes Disc Ventilated Disc
Rear Brakes Disc Drum
Tyre Size 265/60 R18 265/65 R17

Safety

Being a newer model, the Endeavour comes loaded with a host of driver aids and safety features to become one of the best safety equipped vehicles in its price range. Here is a look at what it has to offer.

  Ford Endeavour Toyota Fortuner
ABS with EBD Yes Yes
Dual Front Airbags Yes Yes
Curtain airbags Yes No
Driver knee airbag Yes No
Traction control Yes No
Electronic stability programme Yes No
Hill launch assist Yes No
Hill descent control Yes No
Engine immobilizer Yes Yes

Verdict

The Toyota Fortuner has been India’s favourite premium SUV with its extremely reliable nature, road presence, low running costs and overall value. Now though, the new Ford Endeavour has taken the fight to its arch rival with ferocity. The Endeavour is better equipped, looks imposing and has been priced very well. It sure looks like there will be a tough battle between these two. Keep a look out on the sales charts to see which one takes the crown.

Also read: Ford Endeavour Review, First Drive

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