Full-size SUVs are a blend of power, comfort, luxury and the overall road presence. Well! This might be the prime reason for the increased demand for the SUVs in the Indian market these days. Further, this body type is also capable of taking the roads that are less travelled. Ofcourse, we are talking about the offroad capability these big ladder on frame and large SUVs has got to offer.

Apart from this, “The bigger, the better” is the exact phrase used by the people who are hardcore SUV enthusiasts. If you are someone who thinks the same way, we have covered the top five full-size SUVs available in India right now only for you.

Toyota Fortuner

Toyota Fortuner is one of the most popular ladder on frame SUVs in India and with the introduction of the 2021 Toyota Fortuner, it is even more exhilarating. The dimension figures of the updated SUV stand at 4975mm in length, 1855mm in width and 1835mm for height and it seems like a perfect choice for city, highway as well as off-road use. With an ample number of features on offer, the 2021 Toyota Fortuner now comes with a new pair of sleeker-looking LED headlamps with DRLs, a redesigned grille, ventilated seats, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, 11-speaker JBL surround sound system, wireless charging pad, ambient lighting and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system among others. Meanwhile, the best part about this infotainment system is that it now supports Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay.

Coming to the safety bit, the all-new Toyota Fortuner comes equipped with stability control, cruise control, multiple airbags, hill start assist, hill descent control, etc. Meanwhile, the top-end sporty variant that is also known as the Fortuner Legender is available with a diesel AT configuration and two-wheel drive powertrain. Further, even the 2021 Toyota Fortuner misses a sunroof.

 

Toyota-Fortuner Top Five Full Size SUVs
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Key Specs

  • Engine – 2755cc (Diesel), 2694cc (Petrol)
  • Mileage – 10kmpl to 15kmpl
  • Power – 201BHP (Diesel), 163BHP (Petrol)
  • Torque – 500Nm (Diesel), 245Nm (Petrol)
  • Transmission – Automatic and Manual

Positives

  • Multiple variants are available
  • One of the best after-sales service

Negatives

  • Hefty price tags
  • Petrol engine feels flat

Ex-Showroom Price, New Delhi: Rs.29.98 Lakh to Rs.37.58 Lakh

Ford Endeavour

Looking for a spacious, muscular and sporty looking SUV? Well! Ford Endeavour is there for the rescue. With the best in class ride quality, Ford Endeavour has got an ample amount of features on offer including a panoramic sunroof. Meanwhile, to be precise, it comes with dual-zone climate control, Ford Pass Connected Car tech, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system alongside a more refined 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine. This motor on the other hand can churn out a massive 167BHP of power while the peak torque stands at 420Nm. Further, it comes mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox that does its job quite well off the road.

With a tough build quality along with 7 seven airbags, the cabin feels like one of the safest places to be in. That’s not enough, Ford is also offering multiple electronic aids on the Endeavor including ABS with EBD, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, tyre pressure monitoring system, terrain selector, etc. Further, the feature list also includes automatic headlamps, a hands-free tailgate and automatic park assist. Apart from this, Ford Endeavour is also available in a special edition avatar known as the Endeavour Sport.

Ford Endeavour
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Key Specs

  • Engine – 1996cc (Diesel)
  • Mileage – 13.9kmpl
  • Power – 167.62BHP (Diesel)
  • Torque – 420Nm (Diesel)
  • Transmission – Automatic Only

Positives

  • Refined 2.0L diesel engine
  • Strong build quality

Negatives

  • Interior requires an update
  • Third-row space is marginal

Ex-Showroom Price, New Delhi: Rs.29.99 Lakh to Rs.35.45 Lakh

MG Gloster

BIG in terms of everything, the all-new MG Gloster offers value for money to its customers at this price point. Can’t really comment on the after-sales service but the amount of luxury, space and road presence it has got to offer seems unrivalled. Also, the feel and feedback from the steering wheel make the MG Gloster one of the best SUVs in its segment. Meanwhile, in terms of features, it offers slim projector LED headlamps, 19-inch alloy wheels, 64 colors ambient lighting, powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof, massage function for the driver seat and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display among others. Further, this infotainment system on the Gloster supports multiple features such as voice commands, connected car tech, Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto.

However, as we know that with great power comes great responsibility. And to prove that true, MG Motors is offering multiple safety features on the Gloster including 6 airbags, ABS, ESP, tyre pressure monitoring system, traction control (TC), hill descent control, etc. Meanwhile, there is this ADAS feature available on this SUV which again a first-in-segment feature.

MG Gloster
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Key Specs

  • Engine – 1996cc (Diesel), 1996cc (Twin Turbo Diesel)
  • Mileage – 12.4kmpl to 14.5kmpl
  • Power – 160BHP (Diesel), 215BHP (Twin Turbo Diesel)
  • Torque – 375Nm (Diesel), 480Nm (Twin Turbo Diesel)
  • Transmission – Automatic Only

Positives

  • First in segment ADAS features
  • Most powerful engine with twin turbochargers

Negatives

  • Not a hardcore offroader when compared to the rivals
  • Low-speed bumps can be felt inside the cabin

Ex-Showroom Price, New Delhi: Rs.29.98 Lakh to Rs.35.58 Lakh

Mahindra Alturas G4

Also known as Ssangyong Rexton in the international market, Mahindra Alturas G4 has its own fanbase. It looks premium on the road with so many chrome elements across that enhances its road presence to a massive extent. Design-wise, the SUV comes with a signature Mahindra grille, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, 18-inch alloy wheels and a powered tailgate among others. Inside the cabin, Mahindra Alturas G4 feels luxurious and offers its customers multiple features such as ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control, electric parking brake, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 7-inch MID display and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display as well. On the other hand, this infotainment system is compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

Meanwhile, other features such as 9 airbags, ESP, hill start assist, active rollover protection and hill descent control offer an overall safety to the occupants inside. Further, the Mahindra Alturas G4 has already scored a 5-star rating at the Korean NCAP.

Mahindra Alturas G4
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Key Specs

  • Engine – 2157cc (Diesel)
  • Mileage – 12.05kmpl to 12.35kmpl
  • Power – 178BHP (Diesel)
  • Torque – 420Nm (Diesel)
  • Transmission – Automatic Only

Positives

  • Road presence
  • Refined BS6 compliant engine

Negatives

  • Third-row space not enough for adult occupants
  • Average surround sound system

Ex-Showroom Price, New Delhi: Rs.28.72 Lakh to Rs.31.72 Lakh

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

Not exactly a ladder on frame SUV, but it still manages to make it to this list. Yes, the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace offers you a 7-seater layout, all sorts of luxury as well as a premium feel. What is not so good about this SUV is that it is only available with a petrol powerplant and misses out on that proper off-road capability. Looking for the features? It offers you 3-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers, powered tailgate, handsfree parking, paddle shifter, front heated seats and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system among others. Apart from this, Tiguan AllSpace runs on a set of 18-inch alloy wheels.

There are ample amount of safety features present on the Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace and the list includes 7 airbags, ABS, anti-slip regulation, rearview camera, tyre pressure monitoring system and hill descent control.

Volkswagen Tiguan All Space Top Five Full Size SUVs
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Key Specs

  • Engine – 1984cc (Petrol)
  • Mileage – Upto 17.01kmpl
  • Power – 187.74BHP (Petrol)
  • Torque – 320Nm (Petrol)
  • Transmission – Automatic Only

Positives

  • Neatly designed cabin
  • Built quality upto the mark

Negatives

  • No diesel engine on offer
  • Only a single variant available

Ex-Showroom Price, New Delhi: Rs.33.24 Lakh Onwards

Verdict 

If you are looking for a reliable full-sized SUV we would suggest you to go for the Toyota Fortuner. Meanwhile, for strong build quality, there is the Ford Endeavour that would make you feel on top of the world. Further, the most affordable ladder on frame SUV in this list is the Mahindra Alturas G4 following which is the Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace. Still, looking for the VFM factor? The best choice you can make right now is the MG Gloster with the modern features and a powerful twin-turbocharged engine.

 

 


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