Cruiser in city, beast in the jungles

Written by Rajat Guha | Rajat Guha | Updated: Aug 1 2010, 05:17am hrs
It had been some time since I drove an SUV, so when I got a chance to test drive the Endeavour 4WD, I grabbed the opportunity and was a terrific experience. This was my first drive in an automatic transmission, 4WD SUV, and the experience was overwhelming and a little scary.

The contemporary looks with the extended headlights, new grill and front bumper enhance its appeal. The butch square look is now gone. The doors get side cladding and the rear has received a few changes in the bumper and rear lights.

The Endeavour promises to give its closest rival, Toyota's Fortuner a run for its money.

An automatic gearbox might not be a bad thing at all. At the heart of the Ford Endeavour lies a 2.5 L turbocharged diesel engine. Even in the 4x4 model, you have an option for 2WD which is good for city drives. If you are an off-roader, 4WD gives you superb handling and super-efficient drive.

At Rs 19 lakh, the Ford Endeavour is a family SUV. The aggressive fascia is quite impressive and the front grilles look nice against the silver colour, headlamps and a huge bonnet added to the grandeur. The silver side steps were quite imposing.

Huge tyres and bigger chassis make handling easy. I only drove the car in the city, it handled bumpy roads well. After a few minutes of driving, automatic driving was a pleasure and the feel was quite good. This vehicle is definitely made for long drives. Even on hilly terrains one can feel that the power assisted steering wheels offer superb responsiveness.

The dashboard is done in dual tone with black and beige with streak of wooden panel finish. There is enough storage space in the side panels of the doors and the three rows of seat can comfortably seat seven people.

The in-car DVD system that supports USB. The 4x4 model comes with cutting-edge theft protection system and advanced active and passive features. The GPS system was impressive. Ford Endeavour is food for city driving, where one can cruise on 50-70 km/hr.