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2019 Ford Endeavour test drive review – Simply the best

2019 Ford Endeavour test drive review – Simply the best

Snapshot: A slew of small changes ensure that the Ford Endeavour remains the best large-sized SUV for the price.

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The Endeavour is the quintessential SUV. It has strong road presence, the option of strong diesel engines and a large and roomy cabin. Ford has now decided to upgrade the car with some minor updates to make it more desirable than before and also ensure it feels more rounded now than before and make for a compelling buy.

Exteriors

The big and boxy shape of the car is largely retained because that adds to the strong looks. But you get a new set of foglamps in the heavily revised front bumper. The skid plates are new too as is the grille. The fresher grille looks much stronger than before adding to the presence. The side profile is similar but you get a new set of alloy wheels. The new ‘diamond cut’ alloy wheels look cool. The rear profile is similar though but you get the addition of foot operated tail gate release, a handy touch. Puddle lamps are also a thoughtful touch that adds to the sense of attention to detail.

Interiors

Buyers will appreciate the arrival of the new Ford Sync 3 infotainment system, which now offers Apple Carplay and Android Auto.  This is by far the nicest system available on any car in the market. The menus, submenus are all easy to navigate through. It also offers great clarity even when the sun is beaming brightly. Other than that the car remains largely unchanged. There is a slight modification to the shades of the dashboard as well. Cabin quality is top notch and all the switchgear feels solidly put together. But what buyers will appreciate the most is the amount of space inside the cabin, especially in the second and third row of seats. The cushioning is generous too.

Engine, performance and gearbox

You get the same set of diesel engines. A 2.2-litre diesel and a 3.2-litre unit. The big change is the arrival of a manual gearbox on the 2.2. Ford has done this to ensure a relatively low entry point for buyers. The bigger 3.2 is great for power delivery and ideal for long distance journeys too. What buyers will truly appreciate though is the additional refinement on the car. Ford has improved the refinement of the engines even further. When you start it from cold the car seems to be as good as silent. It feels only like a distant murmur on the go as well.

The automatic unit is a six-speed unit, offering nice and slick shifts. The gears can be used manually also and you will appreciate the quick shifting action too. Performance is brisk from both the engines as well.

Ride and handling

The ride is brilliant for such a large sized SUV. The wide section tyres simply soak up all the bumps and potholes on the road with no fuss whatsoever. The endeavour handles adroitly as well, with good body controls and sharp chassis dynamics. In fact, if you want to buy an SUV for sheer driving pleasure, then the Endevaour is the best bet at this price.

Summary

Though the changes on the Endeavour are miniscule, they help make a good car even better. The updated version feels more premium, upmarket and classy than before and remains a great choice for a large sized SUV. In fact, we would recommend it over compact SUVs from the luxury German trio, it is that good.

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