2019 Ford Endeavour Review
Car Tested: 2019 Ford Endeavour; Road Test No. 1064; Test Location: Jaisalmer
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 31.50 – 41 lakhs
The Ford Endeavour is a brilliant SUV offering everything a buyer would want!
The Ford Endeavour has always impressed us and we have had the opportunity to drive this mammoth across different terrains over the last couple of years. It has been the pick of the segment by a considerable margin offering indestructible presence, exceptional capability and unmatched comfort. Now, Ford has put the Endeavour through a mid-life facelift and we have come down to the dunes of Jaisalmer to test Ford’s flagship SUV in some tricky sandy terrain.
Exteriors – The Endeavour has always dominated the road and the new one does that with a little more shine. The changes are subtle and we like it that way. The front grille now gets 3 slats against the previous 2 slat one. The headlamps get a smoked effect and the front skid plates now incorporate the fog lamps. However, Ford has taken out the headlamp-washers which used to be quite handy when you are into some serious mud-plugging. Dimensionally everything is the same and the Endeavour has the typical big and brawny American SUV look. The new wheels also look more rugged than before and we love the new ‘Diffused Silver’ colour we had on our car.From the rear, the Endeavour looks smart and athletic with a large strip of chrome with the name engraved on it. The changes are hardly any but why fix what isn’t broken? Overall the Ford looks as brash as ever and the small yet effective design touches go some way in making it look more premium.
Interiors – You have to haul yourself in the Endeavour’s high cabin but once inside, the cabin is properly upmarket. The beige theme works well and you instantly appreciate the high driving position. The dashboard leather colour has now gone to black from the previous maroon. The cabin also feels airy, thanks to generous sized windows and a large panoramic sunroof. The infotainment system comes with Ford’s brilliant updated SYNC 3 infotainment screen which is a joy to use and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Comfort and convenience is well taken care of with features like auto-dimming rear-view mirror, electric seat adjust, dual-done climate control and electrically foldable third-row seats. Ford has missed on a charging socket and an SD-card slot. But in this wireless world, we doubt if you’d really miss the latter.
The cabin feels very appealing with good quality materials all around
The steering wheel is the right size and cluttered with many buttons but it is not very difficult to navigate once you get used to it. The quality of materials all round is is quite premium. The interiors remain largely unchanged and remain functional with the only major additions being push button start, request sensors on both the front doors and an electronically adjustable front passenger seat. With large bottle holders, a massive glovebox and huge space in the centre armrest, this cabin scores big on practicality too. Space, as you’d expect, is generous. You have ample headroom and legroom and the wide seats mean a person of any frame can sit comfortably. The second-row space is good too but the seats could’ve done with more thigh support. The third-row offers average space and will be mainly suited for children.
Space, as you’d expect, is generous. You have ample headroom and legroom and the wide seats mean a person of any frame can sit comfortably. The second-row space is good too but the seats could’ve done with more thigh support. The addition of AC vents on all the rows is a nice touch. The third-row offers average space and will be suited for full-grown adults for short distances.
Mention must be made of the excellent instrument cluster which gives a host of information via its part-digital layout. You get the usual info like distance to empty along with something more complex like approach and departure angles for the all-wheel-drive model. We also love the ambient lighting feature that goes the distance in making the cabin a soothing experience.