The ride on the new Endeavour is fantastic. This is especially true when one goes over badly ravaged monsoon roads of Mumbai. The ride is supple, consistent, quiet, and comfortable. The handling on the other hand, isn’t the Endeavour’s forte. It can go around a corner, no doubt. But it rolls and understeers, and it isn’t very happy about quick direction changes either; especially since it struggles to keep its rear under check. But, in a straight line and even off-road, it is nice and able.
Back to ride quality and it must be said that the Endeavour does move a little from side to side and bit front to back over mildly undulating roads at slower speeds. But, there’s nothing alarming or uncomfortable about it. And as the speed picks up, undulating roads, broken roads, bumpy roads, and what have you, are all dealt without a jolt or thump being transmitted to its occupants.
In fact, it rounds the bumps and the potholes so well – even the scary looking ones – that you might wince on seeing them, but nothing really happens when the Endeavour flies over them. Furthermore, the rear hop one used to get on the previous Endeavour is history as well. So, not spotting speed breakers now, isn’t a problem.
Off the road, the Endeavour has the ground clearance, the engine torque, and the wheel articulation to handle it all. Well, almost. Be it a bit of rock climbing, taking on gravel roads, or simply going up and down some slippery inclines, the Endeavour is clearly up to the task. Helping it along is the Terrain Management System. It has pre-programmed computer aided modes that help deliver the most amount on traction for a given surface or condition.
As for living with it in the city; the good news is that the visibility all round isn’t bad. Even via the rear windscreen. And the steering on the Endeavour is light too. It doesn’t require too many turns lock-to-lock either. And, of course, there are parking sensors, a reversing camera, and a self-park feature to further sort out things.