2019 Ford Endura Titanium v Toyota Kluger Grande Comparison | carsales

2019 Ford Endura Titanium v Toyota Kluger Grande Comparison | carsales


SUVs are the new black as far as moving the
family is concerned buy let’s not call these two people movers. There’s no sliding doors or funky pop-up
moon roofs here. In fact, the Endura and the Kluger are about
as about as far from the humble Tarago as it gets. And while this pair is strikingly close where
price and equipment levels are concerned, there’s enough differences to make one a
far smarter choice than the other. Let’s start inside the cabin. For Toyota, there’s seven seats which is
pretty generous as far as passenger accommodation goes. The Ford only offers seating for five but
is more comfortable and quieter, irrespective of where you sit. Technology is strong in both rivals with dual-zone
climate, heated and ventilated seats, SATNAV and adaptive cruise control as standard. Importantly, both also score a reversing camera
and parking sensors as well as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure, blind spot
monitoring, seven airbags and rear cross traffic alert, while the Endura adds self-parking
technology. Further back and it’s the Endura that wins
again. In five-seat mode it offers 33% more cargo
space than the Kluger. That number jumping by almost 40% in two-seat
mode. What’s funny is that the Endura is actually
shorter in overall length when compared to the Kluger. And because there’s two fewer seats, there’s
more cargo room for growing families. Besides the number of seats, it’s what’s
at the other end that’s the biggest difference between the Ford and the Toyota. The Kluger packs a V6 petrol engine without
the option of a diesel in the range. Conversely, the Endura offers only turbo-diesel
power with no petrol engine available. And of course that brings us to the pros and
cons of both. The Ford is obviously more fuel efficient
and offers loads of readily accessible torque. But the Toyota accelerates more quickly and
has plenty of power for overtaking. Otherwise, there’s little else to split
this pair. They both use an 8-speed automatic transmission
and are both available with the choice of frontal or all-wheel drive which brings the
remainder of our assessment back to that all important question of value. Warranty for both of these SUVs is the same,
though the Kluger needs servicing twice per calendar year, the Endura just once. Both offer capped price servicing, but only
Ford provide a free loan car and include roadside assistance as part of the deal. Ford won’t offer a seven-seat Endura for
another couple of years which already gives the Kluger quite an advantage. But if that’s not a priority for you, and
refinement, drivability, efficiency and after-sales support are, then the Endura is our pick of
the pair.