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A user review on Toyota Fortuner. Written by faris.212 on 22 January, 2010

Price: ₹ 22.25 - 24.28 lakhs
Ex-showroom, New Delhi
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Version Reviewed : 3.0 MT
Purchased As : New
Familiarity : It’s my mate since ages
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Good : good off roader,wanna-mess-me looks,the brand itself
Bad : Poor interiors,noisy and vibrations all over

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My reviews on Toyota fortuner is also based on my 4 year driving experience of Toyota fortuner in Dubai.First of all talking about the exterior,i really loved the menacing build and sheer size and greater ground clearance which enables you to take it anywhere you wish.The fortuner is a decent desert offroader provided you have deserts in your neighbourhood for camping and other fun.As far as India is concerned,you dont need a desert offroading performance which toyota stables boast of in Middle East.If you have a decent ground(140cms) clearance and nice set of tyres you can take any car anywhere in India.But more importantly the toyota fortuner in Dubai is a real value for money SUV as it cost only as much as 10 lakh rupees.You wont believe it!!For this price this SUV is outright the best in the world!!No second thoughts!!

 

Coming to the over 20lakhs price tag in India,your fortuner is not at all worth it.Definitely please do not buy it as there are other options for you as of today.

When you consider 20 lakhs,you need at least auto gear.You are not paying 20 lakhs to sit in an Innova cockpit.The manual gear in Fortuner will give plenty of noise and vibrations to the whole body.Even my fortuner in Dubai which has auto transmission gets vibration on four-wheel gear which is irritating.But in Dubai these things can be swallowed as the price is really worth it.

You dont have electronic seats,auto ride level control,rain sensors,mileage warner,posh interior and a good audio or dvd player which other competitiors in India provide for much lesser price.

 

As far as engine is concerned,it wont disappoint you,sure trademark.Ride quality and handling in Indian roads is really going to be bumpy as fortuner is a little taller SUV and gravity will play its part.But overall it wont be bad.

My final verdict is that for this price tag of RS 20 LACS,its definitely a turn off.

 

Toyota should have sold this SUV under 15 LACS.

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Faris on 27 Mar, 2010 at 12:39 PM

S Menon on 09 Feb, 2010 at 12:38 AM

DUPLICATE POST, PLEASE DELETE

S Menon on 09 Feb, 2010 at 12:38 AM

This review is written almost entirely from the POV of a user in DXB.

The environment in India is very different - both the market and the competition.

For starters, you get the 2.7 litre I4 or the 4 litre V6 in the versions there.  A very vast majority of the Fortuners sold here (i.e., DXB) are the highly underpowered 2.7.  It still manages to do quite well offroad with that anaemic engine.

What you get in India is a 3.0 D4D.  The diesel makes more BHP and tonnes more torque than the 2.7 - do not compare the two engines.

DXB is a city of lazy lumps, where everyone wants an autobox.  Especially those that have to do the Dubai-Sharjah crawl everyday.  An autobox is not even considered in this market.

Finally, lets see what you get for your money in DXB:

Prices in DXB (multiply by 12.8 for INR prices):

Honda CRV - Starting AED 90k

Mitsubishi Pajero - Starting AED 85k for sick 3.0, AED 110k for usable 3.8 V6

Toyota Fortuner - Starting AED 85k for anaemic 2.7, AED 110k for usable 4.0 V6

Nissan X-Trail - Starting AED 70k

Mitsubishi Outlander - Starting AED 84k

Prices in INDIA (Approx, but it will give you an idea of who stands where):

Honda CRV - Starting Rs.22.4 lakhs EX SHOWROOM

Mitsubishi Pajero (Montero here) - Starting Rs.43 (!!!!!) Lakhs

Toyota Fortuner - Starting Rs.18.9 Lakhs

Nissan X-Trail - Starting Rs.21 lakhs

Mitsubishi Outlander - Starting Rs.21 lakhs

 

NOW FIGURE OUT WHO IS OVERPRICING STUFF IN THIS MARKET.  ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE FACT THAT YOUR DXB PRICES HAVE NO TAXES, YOUR PRICES HERE INCLUDE CUSTOMS DUTY, EXCISE DUTY, SALES TAX, SERVICE TAX, EDUCATIONAL CESS, OCTROI AND WHAT NOT.

 

Please review vehicles objectively.

 

Vkramsinha on 08 Feb, 2010 at 08:13 PM

Brakes of Fortuner is horrible. And dealer narrates a story saying SUV brakes will be with poor response!

Faris on 28 Jan, 2010 at 03:11 PM

Dear Friends,

I have written a review on Toyota Fortuner and look forward to your comments on it.

Review Link: Must read this review before you go buy!! 

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