Ford Endeavour Long Term Review
Long Term Test No. 143
Car Tested: Ford Endeavour 2.2 AT
Kms Done: 2108 kms
Test Started at: 29,997 kms
Test Concluded at: 32,105 kms
Mileage: 8.4 km/l, 11.8 km/l (best), 5.2 km/l (worst)
Fuel Consumed: 250.90-litres
Fuel Cost: Rs. 18,571/-
Rs. per km: Rs. 8.81/-
The Ford Endeavour is huge in size but also easy to drive and has a go-anywhere ability
I love SUVs and my story with the Endeavour dates back nearly 10 years ago when I tested the previous generation of this mighty Ford. I did love it that time due to its capability but it did fall short on comfort. However, with the current generation Endeavour, Ford has given its flagship SUV in India a giant leap in each and every department. It is not only more capable but also offers oodles of comfort. My real love for this SUV blossomed when we drove it in very treacherous terrain at Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines. Now, the Endeavour has been a part of the MotorBeam garage and it’s time to find out how it fared as a daily drive.
The thing which strikes you first is the size. This big and brawny SUV is sized to perfection. It is longer than its closest competitor and looks the part too. I won’t lie, it did cross my mind if it is just too big for the city? In a city like Mumbai, where parking is scarce and small cars is what most prefer, I wasn’t quite sure if the Endeavour would cut it. It was actually a mixed bag. It was a struggle to park this monster in most places in South Bombay but am I complaining? No, not at all. Where there is a will, there is a way and you can always find a place for it after a bit of looking around.
You have to love the commanding driving position, in fact you can practically see over the top of other hatchbacks and sedans. Even usual irritants such as rickshaw drivers keep away in their best interest. Build quality speaks for itself and even after using the car through really rough roads (it was monsoon in Mumbai and we literally search for roads), there was no squeak or rattle from any part of the car. The interiors have a premium feel to it and it’s not only show. Long drives, especially in traffic proved to be very comfortable for the driver and passengers alike.