This is my first post on theautomotiveindia.com, and is very glad that my first post is going to be an ownership review!!!
About 6 months back we decided to get a new vehicle. We wanted it to be an SUV as we already had a car. Before short listing my dad had a chance to drive the Fortuner and he was quite impressed, so the vehicle had a preference..
The vehicles that we considered were
1: Toyota Fortuner
2: Tata Safari
3: Mahindra XUV 500
4: Mahindra Scorpio
We wanted a real SUV and not a MUV so didn’t go for the Captiva, Innova, Aria etc.
Exception being the XUV500.
And , we had a budget of something max 25L!!
We first went to the toyota showroom, kalamassery, Kerala. Took a test drive of the Fortuner 4X4. Was quite impressed by the drive quality and comfort. was satisfied and Dad was about to book the vehicle without checking out the other vehicles!!!!
We then went to a Mahindra dealer to check out the XUV500 and the scorpio. But, was so sad to hear that the bookings for the XUV was closed for 6 months!!! So striked off XUV500. Scorpio was also striked down because the 2nd row seats were really cramped!! (My family has 3 6footers!!!)
WE actually owned a Safari until 2006 when we sold it to buy a new car. We checked it out the dealer said the 2012 Safari was not yet out and would have to wait another 6-7 months!!!..
So we were finally left with the Fortuner!!!
Booked a white fortuner 2X2 MT (paid 1L toward booking, EX showroom was 21 L), and then the wait started!!!
(Waiting time was 120 days)
And exactly on the 110th day, received a call from the Showroom saying the vehicle has arrived and the other formalities should be taken care off!!
Went to the showroom, paid the rest amount, insurance and on the 116th day the vehicle was ready for delivery!!!
The onroad price for the vehicle was 27L!!
The vehicle was a real SUV just as it looks!!! High seats, light steering wheels and everything made driving really really easy!!! The interiors were really comfortable !!( the 3rd row suitable for short people and children).
The problem that if felt was that the suspension of the vehicle was not smooth!! Travelling through pocket road and roads that are not tarred properly will give the passengers a feeling that the vehicle does not have a suspension itself!!!! The quality of the plastics are just of medium or maybe low quality. Expected more from a vehicle costing 27L!!!
We got a decent FE of 12-12.5 (avg in highway and city). The highway FE comes upto even 14-14.5 at time and the city FE drops to almost 5-7 in city!!!