Toyota Fortuner 4*4 overall review

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The Fortuner displays the pedigree of a real beast off the road, something it inherits from the LC Prado. High ground clearance, a low-range transfer case and a full-time 4WD system, it's got it all. And now, the auto makes off-roading easier than before.Visually, the only difference between the manual and the auto, apart from the badging, are the new matte-black alloys. Trust us, they look good.

Prons for the Fortuner(baby Prado).

*Its having 4cylinder, 2982cc, 169bhp, 343Nm torque, turbo-diesel, 5A, 4WD. 0-100kph: 11.73 s.

*The Fortuner is a tall, heavy SUV, there's going to be ample body roll. The steering isn't very light, but it weighs up well and offers decent feedback.

*In the fortuner we also like its Butch styling & strong presence, Bulletproof reliability & durability. Built for abuse, User-friendly, spacious interiors. *Competent 5-speed Automatic gearbox. Marries convenience with go-anywhere ability, Offroad capability with 4x4, low ratio transfer case, LSD & lockable difference, Toyota's excellent after-sales service, vehicle stability control, reversing camera, electric driver's seat, GPS navigation and touchscreen.

There are also some cons in fortuner:

*The price just keeps climbing with time. 3.0 AT 4x4 costs 30 lakhs on the road!

*Ordinary, utilitarian interiors are strikingly similar to the Innova's.

*Poor brakes. Still no rear discs! Inadequate stopping power from high speed.

*Many features missing (reach-adjustable steering, auto-dimming IRVM, flippy key etc.).

* Only two airbags in such an expensive vehicle.

*Mediocre fuel economy due to the 2000 kilo weight, AT & big 3.0 engine.

Individually we can judge the car by the following:

*Engines & performance: Slot the 5-speed automatic transmission into drive and put your foot flat down and the Fortuner feels like it could uproot a tree or move a mountain. The torrent of torque, all 343Nm of it is enough to propel this large SUV from 0-100kmph in 11.7 seconds.

*Handling & braking: The Fortuner is never going to scorch the road with its handling prowess but it does have a trick up its sleeve.and a rather nifty one at that. The 2015 Toyota Fortuner comes with all the gadgets and gizmos one can expect from a serious off roader. You get locking diffs, a low range gearbox and all this with the ease of an automatic gearbox mixed into the package.The Fortuner makes do with ventilated discs up front but gets archaic drum brakes in the back and while the vehicle does come with ABS and EBD as standard equipment, disc brakes all around could have been so very welcome and even more effective for in the course of our testing we did find the brakes lose their bite and get spongy under repeated heavy hitting of the pedal.

*Price and Fuel efficiency: Priced at Rs 27.82 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Toyota Fortuner certainly isn't cheap. But then, it is a surprisingly interesting proposition when one looks at the other offerings in the segment. The Fortuner does goes up against the likes of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and SsangYong Rexton, however we think its real competition is in the form of recently launched Ford Endeavour. According to ARAI test figures, the Toyota Fortuner 4x4 automatic returns 11.9kmpl which for a car that weighs 2000kg is quite impressive.

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