Skoda Kodiaq vs Toyota Fortuner vs Ford Endeavour vs Volkswagen Tiguan: Specifications Comparison

carandbike Aug 12, 2017 06:33 am
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The Skoda Kodiaq will be launched in India in the last quarter of the calendar year

Highlights

  • The Skoda Kodiaq is the automaker's first full-sized SUV
  • The Toyota Fortuner & Ford Endeavour are much larger & better off-roaders
  • The Volkswagen Tiguan shares the same underpinnings as the Kodiaq

The Skoda Kodiaq has been in the news for quite some time. When it was first showcased last year, it was the personification of a new, bold and evocative design language from Skoda and was the flag-bearer of the company's strategy with regards to SUVs in general. Taking its name from a species of bear found in Alaska, the Kodiaq is the first ever seven-seater SUV from Skoda and the company believes that it will be something of a game-changer once it is launched in India. But it is not going to be easy. The Skoda Kodiaq will have to take on established rivals such as the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Kodiaq's cousin, the Tiguan. We take a look at how the Skoda Kodiaq stacks up against its primary competition.

Skoda Kodiaq

₹ 25 - 30 Lakh *
( Expected Price )
Expected Launch : Oct 2017
skoda kodiaq first drive

(The Skoda Kodiaq gets brawny lines with the automaker's familiar design theme)

Looks and Design

Quite a tough one here! All four SUVs in comparison here are good-lookers. The Endeavour is the oldest SUV here while the Kodiaq is the newest kid on the block. Honestly, in this case, it all boils down to personal choice. We will try and make it easier by the simple process of elimination. Between the Endeavour and the Fortuner, it is the former one that is the brawnier of the two. The front end is massive and exudes solid road presence. The Toyota feels a tad more sophisticated with its sharper business like front end.

Also Read: Skoda Kodiaq Prices, Specifications, Launch Details Revealed

On the other hand, choosing a better looking SUV between the Tiguan and the Kodiaq is akin to choosing the better looking kid from a pair of identical twins. Both these SUVs are made from the same mould and make use of the same platform, which is the VW Group's MQB or Modular Transverse Matrix platform. In my opinion, the Skoda Kodiaq looks a tad better with its sleek, angular headlamps and the gloss black grille. Not that the Tiguan is not a good-looking car, but its Skoda cousin is the better looker. You are most welcome to disagree with me on that!

Between the Endeavour and the Kodiaq, my vote still goes to the Kodiaq. The reason being, it looks every bit as muscular as the Endeavour and still retains its air of sophistication. Imagine Jason Statham in a dapper suit, that's the Kodiaq for you.

volkswagen tiguan review

(The Volkswagen Tiguan is only a 5-seater)

Practicality

If you are spending close to ₹ 30-35 lakh for an SUV, you might as well want oodles of space and a whole lot of practicality in it, making your experience as comfortable as possible. In that regard, we are happy to say that all the SUVs in this on-paper comparo are practical enough to serve as your choice of daily ride. The Skoda and the Volkswagen SUVs make full use of their MQB platform and have the option to seat seven people and being compact at the same time. Bear in mind that the Fortuner and the Endeavour are bigger SUVs. The Kodiaq and the Tiguan also have rear seats which can be adjusted in multiple ways, in order to liberate space as required. The only catch is that the Tiguan is a 5-seater while the Kodiaq can be bought in a 7-seater avatar.

Dimensions Skoda Kodiaq Volkswagen Tiguan Ford Endeavour Toyota Fortuner
Length 4697 mm 4486 mm 4893 mm 4795 mm
Width 1882 mm 1839 mm 1862 mm 1855 mm
Height 1676 mm 1672 mm 1836 mm 1835 mm
Ground Clearance 190 mm 149 mm 225 mm 225 mm
Wheelbase 2791 mm 2677 mm 2850 mm 2745 mm
Seats 7 seats 5 seats 7 seats 7 seats

Also Read: Toyota Fortuner vs Ford Endeavour

In comparison, the Endeavour and the Fortuner have always been 7-seaters and SUVs with proper off-road creds. In terms of size, the Endeavour is the biggest amongst the four cars here, with the Fortuner coming in at close second. The Kodiaq and the Tiguan are compact SUVs in comparison. As far as interior space is concerned, it is the Endeavour which wins the round.

skoda kodiaq cabin

(Skoda Kodiaq Cabin)

Interior and Equipment

The overall layout of the cabin is somewhat similar in the Kodiaq and the Tiguan. Both cars have well-appointed interiors and get an all-black treatment. The top spec models for each will get leather upholstery as well. The Fortuner too follows an all-black treatment but it does get some visual relief in the form of leather pillars guarding the centre console but it looks out of place if you really ask us. The Endeavour is the only SUV here which gets a dual-tone brown and beige colour scheme for the interior. Of course, the Fortuner and the Endeavour get leather upholstery as well.

Some common features to all the four cars in question are LED lighting elements, leather upholstery, touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration and ABS with dual airbags at the least. The top spec models of all the four SUVs get at least 6 airbags. Plus there are other creature comforts such as cruise control, rain-sensors, parking sensors, reverse parking camera and so on. Oh and both the Skoda Kodiaq and the Volkswagen Tiguan have scored 5-star ratings at the Euro NCAP crash tests, which is one of the most important 'features' of these two cars.

ford endeavour vs toyota fortuner

(The Ford Endeavour gets the biggest engine in this comparison)

Engines

The Ford Endeavour gets the most powerful engine amongst this lot, as it is the biggest SUV in this group as well. It gets two engine options which are the 2.2 litre diesel and the 3.2 litre diesel mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.2 litre engine makes 158 bhp while the 3.2 litre engine makes almost 200 bhp. There is no manual on offer for the Ford Endeavour. Up next is the Toyota Fortuner with a 2.8-litre diesel engine makes 174 bhp and is mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The Tiguan gets a single engine option which is the 2.0 litre TDI, making 141 bhp and getting a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission unit. As far as the Skoda Kodiaq is concerned, it gets multiple engine options globally and the exact engine variant for India hasn't been revealed yet. But, it will get both petrol and diesel engines in India.

Engine Specifications:

Specifications Skoda Kodiaq Volkswagen Tiguan Ford Endeavour Toyota Fortuner
Displacement 1998 cc 1968 cc 2198/3198 cc 2755 cc
Max Power 147 bhp/187 bhp 141 bhp @ 4000 rpm

158 bhp @ 3200 rpm

197 bhp @ 3000 rpm

174 bhp @ 3400 rpm
Peak Torque 240 Nm/400 Nm 340 Nm @ 1750-2750 rpm

385 Nm @ 1600-2500 rpm

470 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm

420 Nm (MT)

450 Nm (AT) @ 1600-2400 rpm

Transmission 7-speed DSG AT 7-speed DSG AT 6-speed AT 6-speed MT/6-speed AT
Claimed Efficiency NA 17.06 kmpl 12.62 kmpl/10.91 kmpl 12 kmpl (MT)/11 kmpl (AT)
Drivetrain AWD/4x2 AWD 4x2/4x4 4x2/4x4
Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi) ₹ 25-30 Lakh (exp.) ₹ 26.56-29.83 Lakh ₹ 23.91-31 Lakh ₹ 24-30 Lakh
new toyota fortuner

(The Toyota Fortuner & Ford Endeavour shine with their off-road credentials over the European SUVs)

Off-road Credentials

This is where the Fortuner and Endeavour shine, as they always did. With superior ground clearance and 4x4 system with lockable differentials along with 4x4 low, these two SUVs are leagues ahead of the Kodiaq and the Tiguan in terms of outright off-road ability. You wouldn't mind dipping your toes in the water or getting the SUVs down and dirty. The Tiguan though, does get VW's 4Motion AWD system and also has a rotary selector to toggle between different driving modes such as normal, off-road, snow and individual. At this point in time we do not quite have details about whether Skoda India will bring the Kodiaq with an AWD or not. The company will reveal all the India-specific details about the Kodiaq SUV at the time of the launch, which is due in October 2017.



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