If you are in the market for a 7-seat off-roading SUV, the choices are limited.
In this video, a Jeep Meridian owner explains why he replaced his Toyota Fortuner. We all know that the options for a 7-seat SUV with off-roading capabilities around Rs 40-50 lakh budget are limited. This is even more prominent after the departure of the Ford Endeavour from our market. Now, there is just the Fortuner that could be classified as a proper off-roading SUV. Since this man already had a Fortuner, he decided to ‘upgrade’ to the Meridian. Here are his reasons for it.
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Toyota Fortuner Replaced with Jeep Meridian
The video has been uploaded by Arun Panwar on YouTube. He interviews the owner of the Meridian. When asked about the reason for replacing the Fortuner with the Meridian, he lists out the reasons. Firstly, the owner had booked the top variant of the Mahindra XUV700. However, the waiting period for it was over 1 year which is a common problem people are facing with it since last year. Also, he didn’t like the quality of the interior as much.
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Thereafter, he says that he doesn’t find the MG Gloster to be a capable off-roading vehicle. He mentions that he was looking for an SUV that rides and feels like a regular car as he was already tired of the high seating position of the Fortuner that he owned for 5 years. Eliminating all these options left him with Meridian. Since he plans to go on trips with his family, he opted for the 4×2 variant. He is particularly impressed with the ride quality and handling of the SUV.
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Negatives of the Jeep Meridian
Talking about the few negatives of the Meridian, the owner reveals that the mileage of the SUV is quite poor. While the sales executive at Jeep claimed a mileage of around 20 km/l, the owner is barely able to get around 10 km/l. In fact, when he drives a bit enthusiastically, he is only able to get around 6 km/l. Moreover, the 3rd row of seating of the Meridian is quite rubbish and even the children would feel uncomfortable after a while, says the owner. Finally, the owner feels that Jeep could’ve done a bit more to distinguish it from the Compass at the front. What are your thoughts on the 7-seat version of the Jeep Compass?
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