In a bid to claim a sizeable chunk in the entry-level premium SUV space, Isuzu has rolled-out its robust offering, MU-X in arena to fight the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Isuzu’s latest stint in the premium SUV space comes at a time when customers are totally besotted by large-sized SUVs. While it has the oomph to lure customers to the showrooms, rivalling models too offer an impressive package that may leave customers puzzled.
Here is a spec-based comparison between the newly launched Isuzu MU-X, 2nd gen Toyota Fortuner and the new Ford Endeavour to help you discern the most suitable car that meets your expectation.
Isuzu MUX Vs Toyota Fortuner Vs Ford Endeavour – Price
|Isuzu MU-X||Rs 23.99 lakh to Rs 25.99 lakh|
|Toyota Fortuner||Rs 26.66 lakh to Rs 31.86 lakh|
|Ford Endeavour||Rs 26.63 lakh to Rs 31.50 lakh|
The new Isuzu MU-X is available in 4×2 and 4×4 variants priced at Rs 23.99 lakh and Rs 25.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively.
The second-gen Toyota Fortuner petrol range starts from Rs 26.66 lakh and goes up to Rs 28.35 lakh. On the other hand, the diesel-powered Fortuner falls in the price vicinity of Rs 28.26 lakh to Rs 31.86 lakh (all-prices mentioned are from ex-showroom, Delhi).
Priced closely, the new Ford Endeavour is available between Rs 26.63 lakh to Rs 31.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Isuzu MUX Vs Toyota Fortuner Vs Ford Endeavour – Specifications
|Specifications||Isuzu MU-X||Toyota Fortuner||Ford Endeavour|
|Engine||3.0-litre, diesel||2.7-litre, petrol& 2.8-litre Diesel||2.2-litre TDCi & 3.2-litre TDCi|
|Power||174bhp @3,600rpm||163.7bhp @5,200rpm & 174.5bhp @ 3,400rpm|
|152bhp @3200rpm & 197 @3,000rpm|
|Torque||380 @1800-2800rpm||245Nm @ 4,000rpm &|
450Nm @ 1,600 to 2,400rpm
|385Nm @1600-2,500rpm & 470Nm @ 1,750 to 2,500rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed AT with 4×2 & 4×4 drivetrains||6-speed MT & AT with 4×2 & 4×4 drivetrains||6-speed MT & AT with 4×2 & 4×4 drivetrains|
The Isuzu MU-X uses a high-capacity 3.0-litre, inline, four-cylinder, turbo diesel engine tuned to develop maximum power of 174bhp at 3,600rpm and 380Nm of peak torque between 1800 to 2800rpm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed automatic unit with a choice between 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains.
Taking a leap into the second generation, the meaty Toyota Fortuner is offered with petrol and diesel engines. The two petrol variants in the range derive power from the 2.7-litre, 4-cylinder, petrol unit good for 163.7bhp at 5200rpm and 245Nm of torque at 4000rpm. Diesel range in the line-up sources power from the 2.8-litre GD oil burner with 174.5bhp at 3400rpm and 450Nm between 1600 to 2400rpm. Transmission duties on the carline are carried over by a 6-speed manual & 6-speed automatic unit with paddle shifters.
The new and meaner Ford Endeavour misses out on the petrol variants with two diesel engines in the carline. The low displacing 2.2-litre engine makes 152bhp at 3200rpm with 385Nm of torque between 1600 to 2500rpm. On the other hand, the high-capacity 3.2-litre mill produces 197bhp at 3000rpm and 470Nm of torque between 1750rpm to 2500rpm. While the 2.2-litre engine gets an option between 6-speed manual & 6-speed automatic gearbox with 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains, the 3.2-litre variants are offered only with 6-speed AT and 4×4 system.
Isuzu MUX Vs Toyota Fortuner Vs Ford Endeavour – Dimensions
|Dimensions||Isuzu MU-X||Toyota Fortuner||Ford Endeavour|
Dimensionally, all the SUVs measure close to 4.9m in length and there is a close similarity in other proportions as well. The Ford Endeavour is the longest at 4,892mm, whereas MU-X and Endeavour are identical in terms of width measuring 1,860mm wide. At 1,840mm, MU-X is the tallest of all three models, while Endeavour offers longest wheelbase of 2,850mm translating into maximum interior space.
To match their huge stance, these SUVs get fat tyres that keep them poised while on the go. The Isuzu MU-X gets 255/65 R17 tyres, whereas the range topping Fortuner & Endeavour carry 265/60 R 18 sized tyres.
Isuzu MUX Vs Toyota Fortuner Vs Ford Endeavour – Features
Brimming with features, Isuzu’s new flagship model packs a 7.0-inch infotainment system with 8-speakers, 6-way power adjustable driver seat, a roof mounted 10-inch DVD entertainment monitor, cruise control and automatic climate control. Additionally, it comes with standard dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, emergency brake assist, ESC, traction control system, hill start assist, 3-ISOFIX for 2nd row seats, ELR for all seat belts and rear parking assist camera.
Slightly ahead of competition, Ford has stuffed new Endeavour with a raft of comfort &safety features. Connectivity features like SYNC3 infotainment system with 8.0-inch display screen, 10-speaker audio system etc are equipped inside. Additionally, it offers 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. It gets 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.
In terms of comfort, the top-spec Fortuner comes 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 is also armed to the teeth with 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.