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We expect much better Vehicles from Toyota

A user review on Toyota Fortuner. Written by Ganesh Vaideeswaran on 14 March, 2010

Price: ₹ 22.25 - 24.28 lakhs
Ex-showroom, New Delhi
Fortuner Details | On Road Price
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  • Looks
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  • Value For Money
Version Reviewed : 3.0 MT
Purchased As : Not Purchased
Familiarity : Have driven for a few hundred kilometres
Fuel Economy : 5.8 kpl
Good : Great Looks, High Ground Clearance ( forget the necessity ) a REAL KING on Indian Roads
Bad : Uncomfortable Seating, Unbelievable Vibration ( your whole body shudders ), Extremely High Priced

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Exterior

Looks wise there is no other SUV that comes close to this REAL KING on Roads.  Its Massive, Majestic and indeed looks very very Sexy....

Interior (Features, Space & Comfort)

Nothing great considering the price you pay for it... the seats are so cramped and uncomfortable considering your leg position ( the platform is so high that the seats look as almost they are attached to the same ), very little boot space considering the size and poor quality seats ( again considering the very high price of the vehicle ), Basic Music System, No Reverse Parking Sensors, No Reverse Parking Monitor ( No provision for this too and in case one requires this will have to fix it at the corner of the dashboard which will look awful ).

Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox

Once you are inside and switch on the Vehicle you start shuddering.... such is the vibration and about the gearbox less said the better.... Can't imagine why there must be so much noise and vibration inside....What is the need for a full time 4WD in a country like India where 4WD is hardly going to be used...Fuel Economy is botched because of this...About Engine Performance too early to say but considering its a Toyota should not be a major problem I guess though very scared to make a guess....

Ride Quality & Handling

Disappointing to say the least mainly because of the vibration inside the cabin and the discomfort.  One is sure to get cramps because of the uncomfortable seating position and hence long drives are going to be difficult I suppose.

Final Words

Having been a Toyota User for the last so 15 years ( including my overseas stint where was using a Lexus 4WD ) this is a big let down by Toyota. When someone is going to pay such an huge amount one would expect basic features and not such a skeleton version with so much riding discomfort.

Areas of improvement  

Everything except possibly the Exteriors and the Looks. 

 

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Ganesh Vaideeswaran on 15 Mar, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Dear Friends,

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

Review Link: We expect much better Vehicles from Toyota 

Thanks.

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