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MG Gloster vs Toyota Fortuner vs Ford Endeavour

 

MG Gloster

What you'll like:

  • Huge & imposing size! Bigger than even the likes of the Fortuner and Endeavour
  • Splendid long-distance mile muncher. The Gloster is built for expressway cruising. Just set the adaptive cruise control and let the Gloster waft along
  • ADAS safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor and lane change assist are cool & work well
  • Suspension is tuned for comfort. Gloster owners will enjoy its ride quality
  • Spacious cabin with captain seats at the back and a usable third row too!
  • Interior ambience is nicer vs the competitors which are utilitarian in comparison
  • Loaded with features - panoramic sunroof, 12.3" touchscreen ICE, driver seat with massage function, 360 degree camera, three zone climate control, PM 2.5 air filter etc.
  • 343 liter boot even with the 3rd-row seat being used

What you won't:

  • Engine and gearbox tuning are shockingly terrible inside town. Turbo lag and the gearbox's reluctance to downshift make things awful in city traffic
  • Massive size can be a handicap in urban India. Quite cumbersome in tight areas
  • While the interior looks premium, you know it is not as well-built as a Toyota or Ford
  • Top-end Savvy variant is optimistically priced at par with the well-established Fortuner & Endeavour
  • Savvy variant doesn't get the 3-seater bench option for the middle row. Captain seats = 2 occupants
  • 4,000 rpm redline is too early. Engine has a very narrow powerband
  • Urban fuel economy is mediocre due to the power & fat kerb weight
  • Twin-turbo diesel, 8-speed AT & gizmos bring a lot of complexity. Long-term reliability is unknown (unlike the Fortuner & Endeavour)

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Toyota Fortuner

What you'll like:

  • Contemporary styling & imposing street presence
  • Tough build. Toyota body-on-frame UVs are known to have very long lives
  • Powerful diesel and smooth petrol, with user-selectable driving modes too
  • Interiors are much improved. Cabin is practical & user-friendly
  • Loaded with features like Bi-beam LED headlamps, powered tailgate, paddle shifters & more
  • Impressive offroad capability ([i]by big SUV standards[/i])
  • Top-notch safety kit. 7 airbags, ABS, ESP, TC, hill assist, ISOFIX & 3-point seatbelts for all
  • Toyota's excellent after-sales quality, fuss-free ownership experiences, low service costs & up to 7 years of extended warranty coverage

What you won't:

  • Pricey! More expensive than the better-equipped & equally-competitive Ford Endeavour
  • Missing sunroof, auto-dimming IRVM, lumbar adjustment, front parking sensors, auto-wipers etc.
  • Ride quality – [i]although improved[/i] – is still far from plush. You’ll feel the bumps
  • Cost-cutting in a couple of areas; some interior plastics, ICE audio quality, camera display…
  • Diesel’s short service interval of merely 5,000 km! Inconvenient for those with high usage
  • Petrol variant is a guzzler. We saw merely 6 – 7 kmpl on the AT
  • No longer a full-time 4x4. Also, 4x4 carries a Rs. 2.5 lakh premium on the MT ([I]3 lakhs on the road[/I])

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Ford Endeavour

What you'll like:

  • A big all-rounded SUV with no real deal breaker. Fair pricing too
  • Macho styling packs appeal. Solid build quality matches the butch presence
  • Cabin is a nice place to be in. Likeable design, comfy seats & lots of storage
  • The 2.0L diesel engine has “adequate” power and improved refinement levels
  • New 10-speed AT is fantastic! And very smooth too
  • Good balance between ride & handling for a body-on-frame SUV. Sweet steering as well
  • Offroad ready - Terrain Management System, rear diff lock, 225 mm GC & 800 mm of water wading
  • 5 star safety: ESP & TC, 7 airbags, roll stability control, hill launch assist etc.
  • Loaded to the gill with features! Panoramic sunroof, 10 speaker ICE, powered tailgate & more
  • Owners of the current-gen Endeavour have reported good reliability with their steeds

What you won't:

  • 2.0L diesel simply doesn’t have the muscle, punch & soundtrack of the old 3.2L motor
  • India doesn’t get the twin-turbo 210 BHP / 500 Nm version. Period
  • Fortuner's cabin is roomier, offering more headroom & overall space
  • Annoying feature deletions ([i]e.g. headlamp washers[/i]) over the years
  • Missing essentials ([I]steering reach adjustment, tumbling 2nd row seat, paddle shifters[/I])
  • Ingress is difficult for the elderly / short folk. 3rd row access is terrible!
  • Urban fuel economy is ordinary due to the fat 2410 kg kerb weight & AT
  • No manual gearbox anymore. The Fortuner 2.8L 4x4 is available with an MT
  • Weirdly, it’s now gotten heavier ([i]despite a smaller engine[/i]) & has just 3 colour options!
  • A bit uncertain of how the long-term after-sales will be, with the Mahindra-Ford JV

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