Isuzu has recently launched the BS6 compliant versions of its pick-up range which includes the V-Cross and mu-X. While the V-Cross is an off-roading focussed utility vehicle with a lifestyle pick up the truck-type body, the mu-X is a more conventional ladder frame 7-seater SUV with similar off-roading capabilities. However, the one key difference is that it is catered to someone looking for a family SUV with practicality, comfort and features, along with hardcore off-roading capabilities. This makes it a direct rival to something like a Ford Endeavour which has been one of the most popular products in this segment for quite a long time now. Therefore, it is only natural to compare these two on various fronts including exterior dimensions, features, engine, transmission, specs, safety and more. So, without any further ado, let us get into this comparison to find out which one suits you the best.
Isuzu mu-X vs Ford Endeavour – Exteriors and Dimensions
The Isuzu mu-X, being the latest launch in the country, comes with an imposing design and exteriors. The front of the SUV is dominated by a ton of chrome in the form of the chunky front radiator grille, Bi-LED projector headlamps with auto-levelling, Sharp & sleek headlamp & taillamp design, Recessed front fog lamps with chrome garnish, LED DRLs & light guide integrated into headlamps, Two-tone metallic grey-body coloured front bumper and much more. The sides are accentuated by Multi-spoke Diamond Cut 18-inch alloy wheels, Chrome Door Handles, Aluminium Side Steps, Wrap-around rear glass – quarter glass & rear windshield and Roof Rials. The rear features LED Taillamps, Dual-tone rear spoiler, Dual-tone metallic grey rear bumpers, Shark Fin Antenna and a chunky Chrome Bar on the boot lid. The overall appearance is very modern and aggressive.
The Ford Endeavour, on the other hand, is a hardcore off-roading vehicle that has a ton of focus on the luxury and comfort of the passengers as well. It is trying to strike a balance between being a lifestyle vehicle and a hardcore machine with some serious off-roading capabilities. The front end features a Chrome Radiator and Fender Grille, Bi-LED Headlamps, LED DRLs, Front Skid Plates on the bumper and bright roof rails. The sides indicate the long almost 5 m length of the car with large wheels arches and premium 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome door handles and much more. Coming to the rear, there are LED tail lamps, Rear Roof Spoiler, High mount stop light and skid plates on the sporty bumper down below. Overall, the dimensions and rugged build quality represent a proper full-size SUV that extends an imposing road presence to the Endeavour.
In terms of the exterior dimensions, both these SUVs are almost identical apart from a few mm. here and there. The Endeavour is a bit longer but the mu-X is a bit taller. The wheelbase of both these SUVs is almost identical which means that the interior space for the passengers is somewhat similar.
Isuzu mu-X vs Ford Endeavour – Interiors and Features
The Isuzu mu-X comes with a ton of modern comfort and convenience features. This includes a 7-inch Digital Infotainment Touchscreen Display with USB, AUX and Bluetooth Connectivity, 3D Electro-luminescent meters with Multi-Information Display (MID) & chrome rings, Live Surround Sound roof-mounted sound system with 8 speakers, Steering wheel with easy-select cruise and audio controls, Climate control air-conditioning with integrated heater & demister, Soft pad on all side door armrests, door trims & front floor console armrest, Premium finish dashboard with soft-touch panels, 6 -way power-adjustable driver seat and much more.
The list of equipment and features on the Endeavour is pretty extensive as well. This includes features like an 8-inch DIgital Infotainment Touchscreen System with Advanced SYNC 3 system, Vehicle Connectivity With FordPass, Bluetooth Connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with embedded Navigation, Voice Controls, Multi-purpose Steering Wheel, 8-speaker and Tweeter Audio System with Sub-Woofer Amplifier, Premium Leather Upholstery, Ambient Lighting, 8-Way Power-Adjustable Driver Seat with Lumbar Support, Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control, Hands-Free Power Liftgate with Anti-Pinch Sensor, Advanced Multi-Information Instrument Cluster, Panoramic Sunroof, Semi-Auto Parallel Park Assist, Terrain Management System, Rear Airconditioner Switch & Ceiling Vents for 2nd & 3rd Row and much more.
Isuzu mu-X vs Ford Endeavour – Safety
The safety features include 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD and Emergency Brake Assist, Traction Control System, ESP, Shift-on-the-fly 4×4 system, All-four disc brakes, Hill Ascent and Descent Control, Cruise Control, Pre-tensioners with load limiters for front seat belts, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, Rear Parking Sensors with Camera to name a few.
On the safety front, the Endeavour comes with Dual Front, Side and Curtain Airbags, Driver Knee Airbag, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control with Rollover Stability and Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist, Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiter, Rear-View Camera with Active Parking Guideline, Driver and Front Passenger Seat Belt Reminder with Pretensioner, All-Wheel Disc Brakes, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Front Parking Sensors, Electrochromic Inner Rear-View Mirror, Hill Descent Control and much more.
Isuzu mu-X vs Ford Endeavour – Engines, Transmission and Prices
The Isuzu mu-X comes with a 1.9-litre BS6 compliant diesel engine with a Variable Geometry Turbocharger making 163 hp of peak power and 360 Nm of peak torque. The transmission options include a 6-speed Automatic transmission with Sequential Shift which holds the gear in high RPMs if it detects ascent or descent. The prices for the Isuzu mu-X range between Rs 33.23 lakh and Rs 35.19 lakh, ex-showroom.
The Ford Endeavour also comes with a 2.0-litre diesel engine making 175 PS of peak power and 420 Nm of peak torque. The transmission duties are carried by a 10-speed automatic gearbox which allows for an efficient drive because of options of 10 gear which enables the vehicle to be in the ideal operating range at all times. The prices of the Ford Endeavour range between Rs 29.99 lakh to Rs 36.25 lakh, ex-showroom.
Isuzu mu-X vs Ford Endeavour – Verdict
So, the verdict time is upon us and as always, this is a pretty close fight between these two immensely capable SUVs. To start with, the Isuzu mu-X has been the latest in entry (or re-entry) into the segment, but that doesn’t necessarily reflect in the way it looks and feels on the outside or the inside. On the flipside, Isuzu has focussed more on making the mu-X more rugged and tough with strong material used in the overall construction of the SUV. That makes you feel relaxed while you are taking the mu-X off the trail. If you are someone who is more inclined towards taking your SUV to far-flung areas with no tarmac, you can opt for the mu-X. However, if you are someone who is a bit more interested in features and a richer cabin feels along with a larger SUV overall, Ford Endeavour is your ride.