With a high SUV demand in the country, car manufacturers have introduced new contenders in this segment. The recently introduced Hyundai Tucson might just upset the sales of the reigning champion, Toyota Innova Crysta, the heavy duty Ford Endeavour and the much-acclaimed Honda CR-V. We do a specification comparison of new-kid-on-the-block with existing players .
The third generation Hyundai Tucson has been introduced in India with two engine options, a 2.0-litre Nu petrol engine and 2.0-litre CRDi diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 153 hp of power and 192 Nm of torque while the new R e-VGT (electronic Variable Geometry Turbo) 2.0-litre CRDi motor churns out 183 hp of power and 400 Nm of torque. Both the engines have the option of a 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. According to the recent first drive review of the car, diesel engine is a refined unit, although the gear shifts on the automatic transmission aren't for the spirited driver. (Read the first drive review of the Hyundai Tucson diesel here)
On the other hand, the Honda CR-V is the only car here which is powered only by petrol engines, a 2.0-litre unit for the base version and a 2.4-litre engine for the higher variants. The 2.0-litre i-VTEC motor produces 154 hp of power and 190 Nm of torque, while the 2.4-litre i-VTEC engine churns out 187 hp of power and 226 Nm of torque. The 2.0-litre unit comes with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 5-speed automatic transmission, however, it is available only in a two-wheel drive format. The CR-V which is powered by the larger engine has a 5-speed automatic transmission and is also available in 4WD mode.
That said, the Ford Endeavour variants which are powered by the 2.2-litre, TDCi, inline, 4-cylinder diesel engine produces 155hp of power and 385Nm of torque. The engine is available with options -speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with two-wheel or four-wheel drive formats. The recent price cut through all Ford models also makes it an enticing option over others. The Ford Endeavour 2.2 AT Trend 4X2 version has a sticker price of Rs 23.78 lakh while the price tag of the Tucson diesel Automatic GLS trim more expensive by Rs 1.21 at Rs 24.99 lakh (Both prices are ex-showroom, Delhi)
In case you are looking for an MPV, another option to consider is the Toyota Innova Crysta. It comes with three engine options, 2.4-litre GD VNT Intercooler diesel, a 2.8-litre GD diesel and a new 2.7-litre dual VVT-i petrol. The 2.4-litre unit produces 146 hp of power and 343 Nm of peak torque, and the 2.8-litre GD diesel churns out 174 hp of power and 360 Nm of torque. The 2.7-litre petrol engine produces 166 hp of power and 245 Nm torque. These units have the options of a 5-speed manual and the 6-speed automatic transmissions depending on the variant chosen.
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In terms of dimensions, Hyundai Tuscon measures 4,475 mm in length, 1,850 mm in width and 1660 mm in height while the Honda CR-V is longer at 4,545 mm, but thinner at 1,820 mm in width and taller at 1,685 mm.
When compared to the Innova Crysta which measures 4,735 mm in length, 1,830 mm in width and 1,795 mm in height, the Hyundai Tucson has considerably lesser dimensions. That said, the Innova Crysta is an MPV with seven seats while the Tucson is an SUV that can accommodate up to five occupants.
The Ford Endeavour has the highest numbers in this regard that measures 4,892 mm in length, 1,860 mm in width and 1,837 mm in height. This would make parking the behemoth in tight parking spots cumbersome over the other. The Tucson in this regards is compact, however, the other rivals can seat more occupants.
Safety is paramount in Hyundai's approach to a vehicle and the Tuscon gets active safety features such as six airbags, front parking sensors (first-in-segment), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), DBC (Downhill Brake Control), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management).The Tuscon achieved the 5-star EURO NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) safety rating.
In comparison, the Toyota Innova Crysta has also achieved a 5-star rating at the ASEAN NCAP for South-east Asian Countries thanks to a host of safety features. These include rear parking sensors, dual front airbags and driver knee airbag, ABS (anti-lock braking system), EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), vehicle stability control (VSC) and hill-start assist control (HAC) as standard. The ESC (Electronic Stability Control) equipped trim has received the 5-star rating in for Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) while other versions have received four stars. The top-end version of the Toyota Innova Crysta also has additional airbags for added safety.
Additionally, the Honda CR-V is equipped with 6 airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, Anti-lock Braking System( ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Hill Start Assist. The Ford Endeavour get safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Traction control, Hill Launch Assist, Hill Descent Control and Ford Mykey. So, in terms of safety, all cars in comparison here have safety as a priority and one can be reassured that occupants in any of the cars will remain safe during an impact.
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Hyundai launched Tuscon from Rs 18.99 lakh to Rs 24.99 lakh. Although it is unable to undercut the Toyota Innova Crysta which has a huge price bracket that starts from Rs 13.70 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs 19.62 lakh for the petrol and some diesel variants.
Comparably, the Honda CR-V is the least value-for-money in this regard as it does not have an option of a diesel engine and is priced between Rs 22 lakh and Rs 26 lakh. That said, the SUV from Honda's stable will be more reliable owing to its 2 years standard warranty. Hyundai Tucson also comes with 5 years standard warranty and 24 hour roadside assistance.
Coming to the Ford Endeavour, it is available in 4x2 and 4x4 versions, however, it has a close competition in terms of price with the Hyundai Tucson as the American SUV starts from Rs 23.63 lakh to Rs 28.15 lakh. That said, there is no option in the Ford Endeavour's portfolio of a petrol engine powered SUV.
If you are looking at a five-seater, tall car, the Hyundai Tucson will fit your budget easily. That said, if you are looking for a seven-seater, the Hyundai Tucson would be a let down over the other cars which is the only possible limitation of the new offering from the Korean carmaker.