With the new player in the premium full-size SUV space, which one makes the cut? Let’s find out in this spec comparison.
The battle at the top for premium and practical SUV aspirants usually revolves around the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. And to some extent, the Mahindra Alturas G4. We have a new player in this space, the MG Gloster. The MG SUV looks mammoth and packs in a plethora of features inside its cabin. Under the hood too it gets powerful diesel motors. However, has it got enough to pin its rivals? Let’s dig deep into its specs to know how it fares on the paper.
Design & Dimensions
The Gloster is massive but it does not look like one from the moderate front. It gets clichéd trapezoidal grille dipped in chrome flanked by wing-shaped full LED headlamps. MG has given just the right chrome treatment to its SUV. The bonnet gets nice creases which run from the windshield and merge with the grille. It gets no-fuss design with traditional SUV stance. The rear end too is plain jane with nothing highlighting except for the G L O S T E R lettering which looks cheap. It runs on 19-inch alloys.
Toyota Fortuner looks distinct from its rivals with aggressive looks. The latest generation features sleek headlamps, LED projector lamps with LED DRLs, loud chromed fog lamp housing and three-slat chrome grille. The pronounced wheel arches with 18-inch alloys accentuate its go-anywhere attitude. Muscular side-step and all-around black cladding give it a hard-core SUV appeal. The rear looks nice too with wraparound LED tail lamps, neatly integrated rear spoiler and F O R T U N E R embossed on the chrome strip above the number plate.
The Endy follows regular styling with signature SUV stance. It isn’t boxy but isn’t too curvy or sharper as well. However, the pleasing design goes well with most kind of buyers. Upfront, it gets silver trapezoidal grille with Ford’s logo neatly tucked in the centre. Full LED headlamp cluster with squarish projector lamps looks appealing. The side profile is unmistakably SUV. Whereas the rear is just perfect despite any dramatic cuts or creases. The split rear tail lamps are joined by a thick chrome strip with E N D E A V O U R embossed. It looks neatly chubby from the rear.
Coming to the silent observer in the segment – Mahindra Alturas G4. It too gets mammoth proportions and a large family grille which makes its presence imposing. While others get horizontal slats, the Mahindra gets vertical slats. You get HID projector headlamps, LED tail lamps and class-leading ground clearance with Alturas. It rides on 18-inches.
|Gloster||Fortuner||Endeavour Sport||Alturas G4|
|Length||4985 mm||4795 mm||4903 mm||4850 mm|
|Width||1926 mm||1855 mm||1869 mm||1960 mm|
|Height||1867 mm||1835 mm||1837 mm||1845 mm|
|Wheelbase||2950 mm||2745 mm||2850 mm||2865 mm|
The bulky MG Gloster turns out to be the longest, tallest and the one with the longest wheelbase in the full-size SUV segment. The Mahindra Alturas G4 is the widest of the lot. The Endeavour is the second-longest in the competition followed by Alturas and Fortuner. The second widest SUV here is the Gloster trailed by Endy and Fortuner.
As soon as you step in the cabin of the Gloster, you are sure to be gripped by the opulent factor. It feels rich in every perspective. Right from the soft-touch material on the dash, door pads to uber premium looking seats, the MG SUV has oodles of lush effect. The captain seats further elevate the oomph factor. All seats offer excellent space, including the third-row seats. In fact, it gets the segment-leading last row space. Seats are well bolstered and feel rich. It, indeed, has the best in class cabin in its segment.
Toyota has taken a more practical approach with the Fortuner. Its cabin is also decently kitted and offers adequate room for each row passengers. The mid-row legroom is more than the Endeavour but taller passengers may brush their head against the roof. The seats are nicely positioned and you sit in a relaxed posture. Moreover, the reclining feature further adds to the comfort factor. It also features backrest recline in its third row!
Surprisingly, the massive proportions of Endeavour do not impart the kind of space that they should in each row. It gets the shortest shoulder room and legroom than its rivals in the second row although seats are comfortable. Access to the rear is a tricky affair in the Endy as you don’t get mid-row tumble trait. The space at the rear isn’t very comfortable compared to the Fortuner, Alturas or Gloster. However, the build quality is where Endy has an edge above the competition.
You need to climb up the Mahindra Alturas G4 thanks to its segment-leading ground clearance of 244 mm. It soft textured leather bits on doors and dash which underline its premium quotient. Seats are comfortable. Unlike its rivals, it gets fixed middle row seats with enough legroom and shoulder room. Do note it is the widest car in the segment. However, the third-row seats have a very limited room which may feel cramped even for shorter journeys.
Engine and Specifications
The most interesting part of the engine comparison section is that the Fortuner is the only car to be offered with a petrol engine – a 2.7L motor. Rest of the cars are only offered with a diesel powertrain. We are comparing only the diesel engines of the SUVs. MG Gloster gets two iterations of the 2.0L diesel engine – turbo and twin-turbo.
|MG Gloster||Toyota Fortuner||Ford Endeavour||Mahindra Alturas G4|
|Power||163PS/ 218PS (twin-turbo)||177PS||170PS||181PS|
|Torque||375Nm/ 480Nm (twin-turbo)||420Nm/ 450Nm (AT)||420Nm||420Nm|
|Transmission||8-speed AT||6-speed MT/ 6-speed AT||10-speed AT||7-speed AT|
|Ground Clearance (unladen)||210 mm||220 mm||225 mm||244 mm|
The Fortuner packs in the highest capacity engine – 2.8L, however, the Gloster is the one which is the most powerful and torquiest here. The Alturas G4 is the next best followed by the Fortuner and Endeavour. The 10-speed automatic of the Endeavour is the sleekest of the competition. While the Alturas G4 leads in ground clearance, the MG sits last with 210 mm measurement. All vehicles are offered with 4×2 and 4×4 drive type options.
The latest to the party, Gloster is laden with features such as LED lighting, power-adjustable front seats, 3-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, powered tailgate with kick-to-open, ambient lighting, large panoramic sunroof, auto start/stop, captain seats in 6-seater layout, PM 2.5 built-in air purifier, wireless charging, 12-speaker audio, auto parking assist, heated ORVMs, 7 drive modes (4WD) and driver seat with memory, ventilation and massage functions. It gets a large 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and connected tech with remote functions.
Fortuner gets adequate frills which include LED lighting, power-adjustable front seats, leather seats, one-touch tumble for 2nd-row seats, 6-speaker audio, powered tailgate, dual auto AC, cruise control, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, one-touch easy space-up and recline for 3rd-row seats.
The Endeavour is a more feature-rich SUV compared to the Fortuner. It gets leather seat upholstery, ambient lighting, dual-zone auto AC, power-adjustable driver’s seat, powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof, tip and slide 2nd-row seats, semi-auto parallel park assist, power-folding 3rd-row seats, cruise control with adjustable speed limiter, active noise cancellation, 10-speaker audio system, 4WD terrain management system. It gets an 8.0-inch touchscreen system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity along with the connected tech.
The Mahindra Alturas G4 is equipped with LED lighting, power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated seats, cruise control, fold and tumble 2nd-row seats, ambient lighting, sunroof, dual-zone auto AC, heated ORVMs and a powered tailgate. The 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and 6-speaker audio.
The Gloster gets 8 airbags, ABS with EBD, roll movement intervention, 360-degree around-view camera, hill hold control, blind-spot detection, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, ISOFIX child seat anchors, driver fatigue reminder, tyre pressure monitoring system and front and rear parking sensors.
Toyota Fortuner is padded with safety features such as 7 airbags, electronic stability control, hill assist control, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, rear camera and ISOFIX child seat anchors in 2nd row.
For the safety of its occupants, the Ford Endeavour is embraced with 7 airbags, ABS with EBD, hill launch assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, stability control with rollover mitigation, front and rear parking sensors and rear camera.
Mahindra Alturas G4 offers an excellent range of protective equipment which include segment-best 9 airbags, ABS with EBD, active rollover protection, electronic stability control, hill descent control, tyre pressure monitoring system, front & rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat mounts and 360-degree view camera.
To sum up, the Gloster is for the one who wants a premium SUV with top-notch quality materials and segment-best features. However, if you want road presence, which you expect from a Rs 30 lakh plus SUV than you have to look elsewhere (read Fortuner). The Toyota Fortuner may be short on features but gets immense presence with a frugal engine and decent off-roading capabilities. While the Alturas G4 too offers good presence, however, the third-row seat is cramped. On the upside, it gets impressive creature comfort and safety features. If you want a no-nonsense companion which is eager for off-road activities, is safe and offers adequate features, the Endy should be your choice. Although there is seating comfort, the space is little compromised compared to Fortuner and Gloster.