Which variant of Toyota Fortuner should I choose, 4 ×2 Petrol AT or 4 ×2 Diesel AT?
By: K Ramesh on 23 november 2016
Fortuner Petrol AT is powered by a 2.7 litre naturally-aspirated engine and offers 164 bhp of peak power and peak torque of 245 Nm, although the torque is not much if we consider more than 2 ton weight of the car but it doesn’t feel underpowered.
The Diesel AT is powered by 2.8 liter turbocharged engine that discharges peak power of 174 bhp and a healthy torque of 450 Nm.
The claimed mileage of Petrol AT is 10.2 kmpl while of Diesel AT is 12.9 kmpl. The engines of both the variants are linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission, which transmits the power to the rear wheels.
Petrol Fortuner is smoother than diesel one, it is inaudible at idle and quite pleasing to the ears while running, But cruising on the highway is very easy with Diesel AT as the engine offers added torque. Petrol AT doesn’t feel under powered but it is not really fun to drive car like Diesel AT. In terms of handling too, there isn't any notable difference between both variants but the petrol one does feel a little more agile and the low-speed ride quality too felt marginally better. Talking about the features, they are nearly the same in both variants.
So finally it depends on your need, if you don’t travel much on a daily basis, the Fortuner Petrol AT makes good sense, but if you travel much then Diesel AT would be a better choice, though its price is around 1.5 lakh more than Petrol AT but it will offer better value in long run.
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