VW Tiguan Vs Isuzu MU-X Vs Toyota Fortuner Vs Ford Endeavour – Beasts Meet!
Volkswagen India launched the Tiguan SUV on May 24 at Rs 27.98 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). To be frank, the pricing isn’t very aggressive. In fact, it’s the highest among its rivals. With the Fortuner, Endeavour and the recently launched MU-X facelift controlling things in the SUV segment, the newly introduced Tiguan has to create that space for itself. Besides the cost, are there any other interesting bits in the VW SUV that we should talk about? Let’s find out in this spec comparison.
Size Matters – Dimensions
Speaking of dimensions, the Ford Endeavour not only appears gigantic, it is in fact, the lengthiest and the widest in the competition, whereas the Tiguan is the shortest and the narrowest SUV. The Toyota Fortuner is the tallest at 1835mm, whereas, the Tiguan, yet again comes last in terms of height. The Endy tops the wheelbase section and is marginally (5mm to be precise) ahead of the Isuzu MUX, followed by the Fortuner and the Tiguan. The American and the Japanse SUVs have same ground clearance of 225mm, while the MUX stands second at 220mm. There’s only one aspect, as far as dimensions are concerned, where the Tiguan impresses the most is the shortest turning radius of 5.75m whereas, the Endeavour takes 6.1m to turn.
The Endeavour, the MU-X and the Fortuner come with seven seat options, while the VW Tiguan gets only a five-seat option. With all three rows up, the boot space of the Fortuner, MU-X and the Endy is 296 litres, 235 litres and 450 litres, respectively. Whereas, the Tiguan gets a massive boot space of 615-litres.
The Bee Under The Bonnet - Performance
As far as engines are concerned, all the four SUVs come in diesel avatars, except for the Fortuner which is also offered with a petrol engine. Continuing the trend of being small in dimensions, here too, the Tiguan gets the smallest motor, a 2.0-litre unit, while the Endeavour gets the biggest one – a 3.2-litre turbocharged engine. Among the rivals, it’s only the latter that’s offered with two diesel motors, another being a 2.2-litre mill. It also generates the maximum power of 200PS with its bigger pot while with 143PS, the Tiguan stands at the last spot.
The automatic transmission and a 4x4 option is offered across the four SUVs. However, the manual option is available only in the Fortuner and the Endeavour. On a positive note, the Tiguan triumphs all in the crucial fuel economy department by returning a fuel economy of 17.06kmpl.
A Little Extra Is Always Good - Features
With a premium tag, the VW Tiguan comes loaded with features which include panoramic sunroof, 3-zone climate control, heated front seats with memory function, LED headlights and front fog lamps with cornering lights. The Ford Endeavour offers dual-zone climate control, AC vents for 2nd and 3rd row seats, active noise cancellation, 7-airbags, power-folding third row seat and many more. The Fortuner shares most of its equipment with its rivals and gets smart entry and push button start/stop, eight-way power adjustable driver seat, fully automatic power back door, etc.
The MUX feels dry when compared to the features on offer in its competition, but that justifies its affordable tag. However, it gets ABS with EBD, dual-airbags, electronic stability control, traction control system, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, automatic climate control, stop/start button, roof-mounted 10-inch DVD entertainment monitor and cruise control.
The Deal Breaker - Money
For an Indian buyer, among other aspects, cost is the ultimate decision enabler. In the subcontinent, people go by head over heart and choose vehicles that offers ample of features, comfort, style and power and are easy on the pocket. The Isuzu MUX clinches the top spot with an aggressive pricing starting at Rs 23.99 lakh, while the Tiguan is the costliest at Rs 27.98 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
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