2014 Ford Endeavour facelift review test drive

    Fords ageing SUV gets a mild facelift to keep it in the game.

    Published on Jul 29, 2014 03:30:00 PM


    The Endeavour continues to sell with a 4x2 140bhp 2.5-litre diesel mated to a manual transmission as well as 4x2 and 4x4 versions of the more powerful 153bhp 3-litre diesel with a 5-speed auto ’box. With no mechanical changes to the package, the updated Endy unsurprisingly doesn’t feel any different to drive either. Our brief stint in the 3-litre 4x4 version reacquainted us with the engine’s strong pulling power and responsiveness that continue to make the big Ford feel lighter than it is. However, our drive also reacquainted us with some of the Endy’s poorer bits – a bouncy ride and inconsistent steering. It simply isn’t as nice to drive or be seated in as the newer SUVs on the block.

    And that’s what makes it hard to recommend the updated Endeavour to someone looking at an SUV in the Rs 20 lakh plus price bracket. While not bad by any means, in the face of more modern competition, the big Ford feels average and little more. If you must have a big SUV with the Ford badge on the front grille, we’d suggest you hold out till the new one arrives. 

    Nikhil Bhatia


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