Here is a spec based comparison between the new VW Tiguan, Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour
After biting dust in the mid-size premium SUV space with Touareg, Volkswagen has spawned another model to claim a spot in the highly competitive segment. To ensure success for its new SUV, Volkswagen has brought it via CKD route. While VW has packed Tiguan with a plethora of tech, the run up to the top is going to be strenuous with models like Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner accounting for a large chunk of the total sales in the segment. As Tiguan debuts in India, we stack it against arch rivals Endeavour and Fortuner in a spec-based comparison to determine if could bring glory to Volkswagen.
|Model||Price Range (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Volkswagen Tiguan||Rs 27.98 lakh to Rs 31.38 lakh|
|Toyota Fortuner||Rs 26.66 lakh to Rs 31.86 lakh|
|Ford Endeavour||Rs 25.49 lakh to Rs 31.50 lakh|
After a public display, last year at the 2016 Auto Expo, Volkswagen launched the second-generation Tiguan in India with a single diesel option in automatic version. The India-spec model is available with a five-seat layout in Comfortline and Highline variants priced at Rs 27.98 lakh to Rs 31.38 lakh respectively.
Toyota Fortuner, that witnessed a generation leap last year, gets a raft of aesthetic and mechanical changes along with new tech. With these changes, the SUV receives slight bump in pricing that falls between Rs 26.66 lakh to Rs 31.86 lakh. Read More – Toyota Fortuner Vs Ford Endeavour
While the new Ford Endeavour with radically changed looks, refreshing interior and a host of goodies inside is retailed between Rs 25.49 lakh to Rs 31.50 lakh. (please note all prices mentioned are from ex-showroom, Delhi)
Routed to India via CKD, the base trim of Tiguan is substantially overpriced compared to arch rivals. On the other hand, with minimal difference, the top-spec Highline trim is the most affordable of all the SUVs, priced at Rs 31.38 lakh.
|Specifications||VW Tiguan||Toyota Fortuner||Ford Endeavour|
|Diesel Engine||2.0-litre TDI unit||2.8-litre Diesel||2.2-litre TDCi & 3.2-litre TDCi|
|Power||143bhp||174.5bhp||152bhp & 197bhp|
|Torque||340Nm||450Nm||385Nm & 470Nm|
|Transmission||7-speed DSG auto box||6-speed MT & AT units||6-speed MT & AT|
|Drivetrain||2WD & AWD||4×2 & 4×4||4×2 & 4×4|
Volkswagen Tiguan carline derives power from the 2.0-litre TDI unit that pushes out 143bhp of top power and 340Nm of torque. It uses VW’s 7-speed DSG automatic transmission for directing power to wheels via a 2WD in lower and AWD in higher grade.
Toyota Fortuner on the other hand gets an option between a 2.7-litre petrol and 2.8-litre oil burner. In terms of power, the diesel unit makes 174.5bhp with 450Nm torque, whereas the petrol engine pips out 163.7bhp with 245Nm of torque. Transmission choices on the Fortuner carline include six-speed units in manual and automatic options. While 4×2 is standard, the 4×4 drivetrain is available on select variants.
Ford Endeavour is offered with two diesel engines, missing out on the petrol unit. The lower displacing 2.2-litre powertrain belts out 152bhp with 385Nm as against the 197bhp and 470Nm produced by the high capacity 3.2-litre unit.
Please note that Toyota Fortuner is the only model out of three to offer petrol engine.
|Dimensions||VW Tiguan||Toyota Fortuner||Ford Endeavour|
|Seating Capacity||5 seats||7 seats||7 seats|
Dimensionally, Endeavour is the longest, widest and tallest at 4,892mm, 1,860mm and 1,837mm. With the longest wheelbase of 2,850mm, Endeavour offers the most spacious cabin of all three. While in terms of ground clearance, Fortuner and Endeavour are alike, albeit Tiguan is slightly lower at 200mm. Similarly, Fortuner and Endeavour get seven-seat layout opposed to Tiguan that is launched with 5-seat layout.
The Comfortline grade sports auto LED headlamps, 17-inch alloys, three-zone auto climate control, cruise control, drive model select, paddle shifter, heated front seats, power-operated driver’s seat with memory function, heated wing mirrors with power adjusting/folding & memory functions. In addition, it gets touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility, smartphone-based navigation function. The top-spec Highline offers additional goodies like LED tail-lamps, panoramic sunroof, 18-inch alloys, keyless entry and go, self-sealing tyres, reverse parking camera and easy open boot with one-touch closing function etc.
Toyota Fortuner with 7-seat layout is armed to the gill with 8-way power-operated driver seat, an infotainment system with satellite navigation, woodgrain cabin trims, digital audio broadcasting & radio, 220V accessory socket etc.
The second-gen Fortuner gets as many as 7 airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control with brake assist, hill assist control (missing on 2WT MT trims), child restraint system, speed auto lock with emergency unlock, airbags manual cut-off switch, 3-point ELR seat belts across rows, whiplash concept front seats etc.
Apart from boasting largest dimensions, Endeavour packs plethora of tech. It gets connectivity goodies like SYNC3 infotainment system with 8.0-inch display screen, 10-speaker audio system. The seven-seat layout with 8-way adjustable driver seat, power adjustable 3rd row seats, remote keyless entry & central locking, one touch up/down with anti-pinch, rear parking sensors, terrain management system with pre-adjust settings makes Endeavour more desirable. The safety brigade comprises dual front airbags, driver side knee-bag, side-bag and curtain-bag in range-topping model. In addition, it also comes with ABS with EBD, ESP, traction control system, hill launch assist, Ford MyKey & emergency assistance, semi-auto parallel parking assist, rear view camera etc.