Mahindra Alturas, the rebadged version of new SsangYong G4 Rexton, has been launched in India. With its stylish design, plush interiors and various best-in-class features, Alturas G4 is expected to emerge as a formidable rival in the premium SUV segment.
Alturas G4 will compete with the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Isuzu MUX and Ford Endeavour, all of which enjoy positive perceptions of delivering top quality and superior performance. The battle will be tough, but Alturas G4 has plenty of firepower to take on segment leaders. Here’s a quick comparison between Mahindra Alturas and rivals to help understand which SUV will be most suitable for you. Mahindra Alturas vs Toyota Fortuner vs Ford Endeavour vs Isuzu MUX.
Dimensions: With 4,850 mm length, Mahindra Alturas is longer than Toyota Fortuner (4,795 mm) and shorter than Ford Endeavour (4,892 mm). Isuzu MUX is shortest at 4825 mm. In terms of height, width and wheelbase, Alturas G4 is biggest SUV in the segment.
Alturas G4 is 1,960 mm wide and has a wheelbase of 2,865 mm. Fortuner’s width / wheelbase measure 1,855 mm / 2,745 mm and Endeavour’s are 1,860 mm / 2,859 mm. Since Alturas G4 is wider and has a longer wheelbase, it will have more space on the inside. Take a detailed look at dimensions of all four SUVs in the table below.
Engine and transmission: Mahindra Alturas G4 will be launched with only diesel option and automatic transmission. However, petrol and manual transmission options may be introduced at a later date. Ford Endeavour also has only diesel and automatic, but Toyota Fortuner offers both petrol and manual transmission options.
Mahindra Alturas G4 is powered by a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine that delivers 183 bhp of max power and 420 Nm of max torque. Engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission that has been sourced from Mercedes. In comparison, Toyota Fortuner diesel variant is powered by a 2.8-litre turbocharged engine that makes 177 bhp power. Engine is mated to either 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Max torque is 420 Nm for manual variant and 450 Nm for automatic transmission variant. Ford Endeavour offers two diesel options, one powered by a 2.2 litre engine and the other powered by a 3.2-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. The smaller engine makes 158 bhp and 385 Nm whereas the larger one makes 195 bhp and 470 Nm. Both engines are mated to 7-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota Fortuner petrol variant is powered by a 2.7-litre engine that makes 166 bhp power and 245 Nm torque. Isuzu MUX is powered by a 3 liter diesel generating 174 hp and 380 Nm. Transmission is taken care by a 5AT. Only Fortuner is offered with petrol engine.
Mileage: It is estimated that Mahindra Alturas G4 will give mileage of 13 kmpl. If we look at Toyota Fortuner, its diesel MT gives mileage of 14.24 kmpl, followed by diesel AT (12.9 kmpl), petrol AT (10.26 kmpl) and petrol MT (10.01 kmpl). In case of Ford Endeavour, its 2.2-litre engine gives 12.62 kmpl whereas the 3.2-litre engine gives 10.91 kmpl. Isuzu MUX delivers 13.8 kmpl. Fuel efficiency may not be a major factor in premium SUV segment, but it may still be important for entities that may be planning to use these SUVs for commercial purposes.
Price: Starting price of Alturas G4 is about Rs 3-4 lakh less than diesel variant of Toyota Fortuner, which is the best selling car of the segment as of now. This will provide significant cost benefit to potential buyers. Base variant of Alturas is Rs 26.65 lakhs, top variant is Rs 29.95 lakhs. Below are ex-showroom prices of all 4 SUVs.
Verdict – Best SUV in Rs 30 lakhs? One of the best things about Mahindra Alturas is that it offers various best-in-class features such as 9-airbags, ESP with Active Rollover Mitigation, 360 surround view parking camera, electric parking brake, and ventilated seats. These are compelling reasons to go for Alturas. From the above comparison, we also see that Alturas offers more space and comfort to passengers, and almost equal power and performance. It is also competitively priced, which is icing on the cake. Other three cars in the segment are tried and tested over the years. These are trusted and recommended by SUV enthusiasts. Will Alturas manage to find the same trust from consumers? We will have to wait and find out how the SUV ages in Indian road conditions.