The cabin is undeniably the place where one spends most of the time in a vehicle's lifespan. It goes without saying then that the cabin design, feel, and creature comforts are as important to a manufacturer as the exterior or any other aspect of a vehicle during its development. The same holds true for the 2016 Ford Endeavour and the Toyota Fortuner, which have upped the game significantly in terms of cabin design and features on-board. Here’s a quick look at what these SUVs have to offer on the inside.
The interiors of both the SUVs have matured a lot over their past-generations and offer a modern layout with the generous use of soft-touch materials, tech on-board and finally, the look and feel of it.
When it comes to the Fortuner, one may say that it has an asymmetrical layout and sports a rather dark theme for the cabin, courtesy the black and dark brown upholstery. The Fortuner's instrument cluster offers a dual-dial setup with the MID (multi-information display) sitting at its centre. It is a straight lift from the Innova Crysta with subtle changes and offers information such as inputs for the navigation unit, compass, and others. The steering wheel has wood-like inserts and features paddle shifters (on the automatic variant).
Contrary to the Fortuner, the Endeavour features a symmetrical layout and with a lighter black and beige theme. The Endy comes with a futuristic looking analog-digital instrument cluster sporting a big central speedometer flanked by two large screens. The screens offer a lot of information such as the selected drive mode, the vehicle’s pitch and roll, information from the infotainment system, among others, and also includes a digital tachometer.
If you look at the dashboards of both the SUVs, the one on Endeavour is more lavishly laid out. Unlike the Fortuner, the Endeavour comes with a massive area between the central console and the windscreen, and that top part is wrapped in a chocolate brown leather with contrasting stitching. This imparts a big car feel to the Endy's occupants, which it indeed is!
When it comes to features, the Ford Endeavour gives the pricey Toyota Fortuner a run for its money. After the launch of the second-gen Fortuner, Ford perhaps patted itself on the back as the Endy has clearly emerged as the winner in this aspect.
Starting with the infotainment system, the Fortuner features a system that is borrowed from the Innova Crysta. It is a seven-inch unit and the main connectivity option is only the Bluetooth phone integration. Rest of the options include a single USB port along with an auxiliary input. The system also offers Toyota's T-Connect support (telematic services) and comes with navigation (SD card maps). The unit is coupled to a six-speaker system which is disappointing, considering that even a lot of hatchbacks nowadays come with an eight-speaker sound system.
The Endeavour, on the other hand, offers an eight-inch SYNC 3 infotainment system (an inch larger than the Fortuner’s) – Ford’s latest unit around the globe. It comes with state-of-the-art connectivity options and support for both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. In terms of navigation, one can use Apple/Google maps just like we use on our smartphones. Besides this, the system also comes with two USB ports (one more than the Fortuner), an auxiliary input, and Bluetooth phone integration. The Endeavour comes standard with an eight-inch screen (the lower variants feature SYNC 2 unit) along with a 10-speaker sound system, which features active noise cancellation (keeps the cabin quieter by cancelling unwanted engine sound notes with anti-sound waves). Additionally, the unit features Ford’s Emergency Assistance (calls emergency services in case of any casualty and shares the vehicle’s GPS location) and Ford’s AppLink (offers selected smartphone apps integration with the head unit which can be accessed using voice commands).
Both SUVs come with rear camera support along with rear parking sensors. However, the Endeavour features front parking sensors as well and comes with Ford's Semi-Parallel Park Assist (all you have to do is control the throttle, gears and brake, while it steers itself in). Also, both the vehicles come with an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat and power tailgate along with sliding and reclining second-row seats with 60:40 split. But the Endeavour pampers its owners additionally with a power foldable third-row.
The cabins of both the SUVs offer a total of seven airbags, including a driver knee airbag. In both the cases, the side mirrors are electronically foldable and adjustable, and offer puddle lamps. However, the Endeavour comes with a key safety feature - heated side mirrors - which is missing in the Fortuner (even the Tata Safari and the Hexa have it). It really comes handy in bad weather conditions and kicks in whenever the rear defogger has been activated. Taking its safety quotient further, the Endeavour also comes with a tyre pressure monitoring system, which is missing on the Fortuner.
All in all, as aforementioned, the Ford clearly trumps the Toyota and the former's value-for-money quotient is incomparable to the latter. But wait, that's not all. The Endeavour deals another major blow to the Fortuner in the form of the gigantic panoramic sunroof it offers. Not only does it make the cabin airy, but also gives the car a touch of plush luxury!
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