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2016 Ford Endeavour 3.2 Automatic 4x4 Review
We get our hands on the massive new Ford Endeavour to see if the Americans can still
get the big brash SUV formula right. Read on to find out....
The Americans have an uncanny knack to do big, giant or mammoth things well. Be it food,
buildings, roads or their monuments, if it is on a gigantic scale, they can probably pull it off
better than anyone else. And the same goes with their cars too. Back in the 30s, the American
made massive luxury cars like the Duisenberg, in the 50s Cadillac was king of the hill with its
huge tail fins and then of course, everyone remembers the 60s and 70s where horsepower was
everything and American cars had close to 400PS for next to no money at all and enough
testosterone to last a lifetime.
Fast forward to the 90s when the SUV bug really started to catch on and the likes of the
Hummer H1 and the Cadillac Escalade were more desirable than the run of the mill sportscar.
And in India too, Ford brought us the Endeavour; a large bulky and if I dare say, manly SUV that
quickly became the favorite of the ‘well to do gunda (thug)’ and ‘politician’ alike. Sadly though,
the Endeavour did not evolve with the times as well as it should have and it soon became a
footnote in the history of the SUV in India with sales at an all time low and appeal to match. Now
though, the Endeavour is back. And it brings back everything great about the American SUV in
one word: SIZE!
Let’s get one thing straight out of the way. The new 2016 Ford Endeavour is massive! It is
Huge! In fact, the Endeavour parked next to the likes of the Hyundai Creta, it makes the latter
look like a hatchback. And it isn’t all boxy and square like it used to be earlier either. We
particularly like that large and imposing front grille that is true to Ford’s design language but still
looks apt for this massive car. The headlights too get a very detailed daytime running light and
projector package and even on the whole the design looks very aggressive which bodes well for
the car. The side profile has a few well placed design cues like the engine badge on the front
fender and the large chunky door handles. The 18-inch wheels, finished in a grey and polished
finish combination tie up the design well.
At the rear, the first big difference in the new Endeavour as compared to all the old ones is the
fact that there is no spare wheel mounted on the tail gate which instantly makes the car a lot
more current looking. The new Endeavour also gets a set of LED tail lamps that look really
smart in general as well as when they are lit up. Of course, if you do want to remind everyone
what your shiny new SUV is called, there is always that big large stamped chrome accent piece
on the tailgate which displays the Endeavour name proudly. The front and rear bumper also get
a very useful and well styled set of scuff plates which have been finished in a shade of matte
silver. On the whole then, the Endeavour not only looks much better than what it used to but
also much better than anything else in its category.
Interior, space and Features
The new Ford Endeavour gets a brand new interior that includes a new dashboard, new seats
and pretty much everything else in between. The dashboard is typically American with a large
horizontal slab like design with a gloss grey finish that offsets well with the beige lower half and
the dark brown leather wrapped upper half. The Endeavour also gets a large touchscreen
infotainment display that has been set within a similar gloss grey surround and flanked with two
large chrome AC vents. The lower part of the dashboard gets basic controls for the audio and
the climate control system. You also get two 12-volt adapters and two USB slots that can be
used to charge your phone, iPad, etc.
Coming to the seats, the Endeavour comes with beige interiors on all variants and comes as a
seven seater as standard. The front seats are large and comfortable and come with ample
support. When it comes to space, there is no surprise that the Endeavour offers more than
enough of it in the front and mid rows. The middle row seats are also quite supple with soft
leather and recline to add to the comfort levels. The last row of seats is a little cramped but one
could adjust the centre row to get a lot more space. The third row also has enough headroom
due to scooped out spaces in the headliner which makes sitting at the rear a better proposition
that usually applicable.
The driver’s seat is controlled electronically while the passenger seat in the front and all other
seats are controlled mechanically with the exception of the last row. On the larger 3.2-litre
engine versions of the last row of seats come up and down at the touch of a button which
makes storing things really easy. The larger engine versions also get an electronic tailgateshutting feature. The top of the line version also gets a large panoramic roof and sunroof. The
new Endeavour also comes with noise cancelling technology, which cuts out major chunks of
ambient noise and is a segment first. What is missing though are features like a Start-Stop
button which in a car of this segment should definitely be a standard feature.
Engines & performance
The Ford Endeavour we drove here is the top of the line version with the 3.2-litre, 5-cylinder,
turbocharged diesel engine that makes 200PS of peak power and 470Nm of peak torque. The
engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox and comes exclusively with an all-wheel-drive
package. The 3.2-litre engine is great to drive and putting your foot hard down on the throttle
makes the Endeavour accelerate like a train! The 6-speed gearbox isn’t slow and shifts well
going through the gears without much lag or loss in revs. The engine does seem a tad bit loud
when revved hard but in the city at normal speeds, it does feel rather well sorted for overall NVH
levels which was one of the biggest issues of earlier Endeavours.
Although most people who buy the Ford Endeavour will never really take it off road, the
Endeavour does come with a whole bunch of gadgets and gizmos that let you tackle almost any
terrain. Adapted from the Land Rover terrain response, the Endeavour offers modes like gravel,
sand and snow apart from hill descent control. You also get a conventional low range option
along with a locking differential option that help you tackle slightly more hair raising terrains. All
in all, the Endeavour does still stay true to its off-road capabilities.
Ride, Handling and Braking
Ford learnt a lot of things from its ownership of Jaguar and Land Rover and ride and handling
was definitely on top of that list. Where the old Endeavour was more like a boat with wheels, the
new one is a huge step up both in terms of ride quality and handling. Let us start with ride first.
The Endeavour is a high riding SUV and with most modern SUVs is quite comfortable. It does
gobble up potholes and other undulations in the road with its massive 265/60 R18 tyres and well
set up damping but we think on the whole, Ford has done a mighty good job with setting up the
new Endeavour for the Indian audience.
At the same time, the handling has not been compromised to make it floaty and ungainly around
bends. Yes, being a high riding SUV there is a fair bit of body roll, especially considering its
sheer bulk, but the Endeavour does behave well when asked to corner at moderate or high
speeds. We also think the all-wheel-drive system has become far more intelligent that anything
else in the segment (barring the likes of the Audi Q3) and does keep the mass of the vehicle in
check. The Endeavour gets disc brakes all around and although we would have liked to brakes
to have been a little more responsive and more powerful, the ones on the car are not
Price and Fuel efficiency
With two engines on offer, a 2.2-litre making 160PS and a 3.2-litre making 200PS of power, the
Ford Endeavour will certainly not return magical fuel economy figures. Although we think
manufacturers should be claiming figures in the early teens, realistically, the Endeavour will
return single digit figures when used in start-stop city traffic. And do not expect Ford to price the
Endeavour anywhere near the kind of prices that the old one demanded. With so much tech and
looks to match, we expect the Ford Endeavour to be priced between Rs 25-30 lakh when it is
launched in India soon.
The Ford Endeavour is one of those rare cars that everyone in the ZigWheels team
unanimously likes and finds hard to fault. We do not know if the new styling and aggressive
current looks strike a cord or whether it is a good performance, there is certainly something
about the new Endeavour that makes us sit up and notice. So does that mean that the Toyota
Fortuner finally has something to worry about? Well, with the kind of package Ford is putting up
on the table and with the Endeavour brand to fall back upon, we think this is the first real threat
to the Fortuner’s outright superiority in this segment. Would we recommend you go out and buy
one? Well, if you were in the segment for a big large SUV that is well equipped, drives well and
looks great, the Ford Endeavour might just be the new king of the segment. But for that, tune in
to ZigWheels.com soon for an indepth comparison review.
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