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2021 Isuzu mu-X Vs Rivals: Price, Features, And Specifications Comparison

After a year-long gap, Isuzu Motors has recently introduced its BS6 product line-up in the Indian market that includes D-Max V-Cross lifestyle pickup truck and mu-X full-sized SUV. While the V-Cross is enjoying its solitary in its segment, the mu-X has to face a tough fight with Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, MG Gloster, and Mahindra Alturas G4. So, the updated mu-X is proficient enough to take on these stalwarts? Let's find out.  

MG Gloster Vs Toyota Fortuner Vs Ford Endeavour Vs Mahindra Alturas G4 Vs Isuzu muX

Dimensions 

 

Isuzu mu-X

MG Gloster

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Toyota Fortuner

Length 

4825mm

4985mm

4903mm

4850mm

4795mm

Width

1860mm

1926mm

1869mm

1960mm

1855mm

Height

1860mm

1867mm

1837mm

1845mm

1835mm

Wheelbase

2845mm

2950mm

2850mm

2865mm

2745mm

Fuel Tank Capacity

55-litres

75-litres

80-litres

70-litres

80-litres

Tyre Size

255/60 R18 Alloy

255/55 R19 Alloy

265/60 R18 Alloy

255/60 R18 Alloy

265/60 R18 Alloy

Seating Layout

7 seater

6/7 seater

7 seater

7 seater

7 seater

The 2021 Isuzu mu-X doesn't get any design updates, so its proportions are similar to its previous model. That said, it is the second smallest car in its segment after Toyota Fortuner. However, its wheelbase is quite a par with the Ford Endeavour. On the other hand, the MG Gloster has the advantage in most of the dimensional paraments, except for the width where Mahindra Alturas G4 has an edge. 

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Engine Specifications 

Specifications

Isuzu mu-X

MG Gloster 

Toyota Fortuner

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Turbo

Bi-Turbo

Engine Displacement (cc)

1898cc

1996cc

1996cc

2755cc

1996cc

2157cc

Gearbox Options

6-speed AT

8-speed AT

8-speed AT

 6-speed MT/AT

10-speed AT

7-speed AT

Max Power  

163PS

163PS

218PS

204PS

170PS

180PS

Max Torque 

360Nm

375Nm

480Nm

420Nm (MT) / 450Nm (AT)

420Nm

420Nm

Drivetrain Options

4×2, 4×4

4×2, 4×4

4×2, 4×4

4×2, 4×4

4×2, 4×4

4×2, 4×4

*AT:- Automatic Transmission, MT:- Manual Transmission.

  • All the SUVs in the segment are only available with diesel engine save for the Toyota Fortuner, which also gets a petrol engine option. However, we have only compared the diesel powertrains here.
  • The Isuzu mu-X and MG Gloster's single-turbo engine are the least powerful among all whereas Gloster's bi-turbo motor is the most powerful & torquiest of the lot, followed by the Fortuner automatic.
  • The Fortuner is the only SUV in the segment to offer a manual gearbox option. Interestingly, it also gets a rev matcher (Toyota calls iMT) that helps to meet the engine speed with the transmission speed so that gear change can be done smoothly and with minimal disruption. It also helps in heel-and-toe. 

Off-roading Characteristics 

 

Isuzu mu-X

MG Gloster

Toyota Fortuner

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Approach Angle

30.1°

28°

29.22°

30°

Departure Angle

25.1°

25°

25.21°

25°

Break Over Angle

22.6°

20°

21°

Max Gradeability

4×2 mode – 25°, 4×4 mode – 30°

Off-Road Features

  • ‘Shift-on-the-fly’ 4×4 select dial with 4×4 select dial with 2-High,4 -High and 4 -Low range
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Multiple driving modes (Eco, Auto, Sport, Mud, Sand, Snow and Rock)
  • Electronically locking rear differential
  • TCS
  • Roll Movement Intervention
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Electronic lockable differential
  • high [H4] & low [L4] range,
  • Auto limited-slip differential, 
  • Active Traction Control (A-TRC)
  • Electronic Drive Control
  • Terrain Management System (sand, snow, mud, rock)
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Traction Control
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Rollover mitigation
  • Electronic lockable differential
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Traction Control
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Active rollover protection
  • ESP

We don't have enough data to compare the off-roading characteristics of these SUVs. However, with the multiple terrain modes, the Gloster & Endeavour seems to have an upper hand over their rivals. But it's the Isuzu mu-X that has the highest approach & departure angle. Also, it is important to note that an accurate assessment of the off-roading capability of any vehicle can only be done through a practical analysis.

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Features

All these full-size SUVs are well loaded with notable features like a touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, rear AC vents, powered driver’s seat, leather upholstery, engine start/stop button, ABS with EBD, hill-start assist, traction control, electronic stability control, hill-descent control, multiple airbags, etc. But the mu-X once again lacks in terms of convenience & feel-good features, and the MG Gloster leads the chart.

Here's a quick look at the key features of all these SUVs: – 

 

Isuzu mu-X

 

MG Gloster

Ford Endeavour

Toyota Fortuner

Mahindra Alturas G4

Headlamps

Bi-LED with auto-levelling

LED with auto-levelling

Bi-LED

Split Quad-LED headlamps

HID

Infotainment

7inches

12.3-inches 

8-inches

8-inches

8-inch

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

X

Connected Car Tech

X

X

Auto park assist

X

X

X

Ambient lighting

X

64 colour options

Climate control

Single

Tri-zone

Dual-zone

Dual-zone

Dual-zone

Electric parking brakes

X

X

X

X

Wireless charging

X

X

X

Sunroof

X

Panoramic

Panoramic

X

Standard

Cruise Control

Adaptive

Power adjustable driver seat

6-way 

12-way

8-way 

8-way 

8-way 

Powered front passenger seat

X

8-way adjustable

8-way 

8-way 

X

Memory function for driver seat X ✓ (2 set) X X ✓ (3 set)

Ventilated seats 

X

X

Seat Massage Function

X

X

X

X

Powered tailgate

X

Hands-Free Tailgate

X

X

X

No of airbags

6

8

7

7

9

Auto emergency braking

X

X

X

X

Blind Spot Detection

X

X

X

X

360-degree camera

X

X

X

X

Forward Collision Warning 

X

X

X

X

 

Price Range

Model

Price (ex-showroom)

Mahindra Alturas G4

Rs 28.73 lakh – 31.73 lakh

Ford Endeavour

Rs 29.99 lakh – 36.25 lakh

MG Gloster

Rs 29.98 lakh – 36.08 lakh

Toyota Fortuner

Rs 30.34 lakh – 38.30 lakh

Isuzu mu-X

Rs 33.23 lakh – Rs 35.19 lakh

Verdict

The sparse features list and underpowered engine of the Isuzu mu-X clearly not justify its high price tag. However, its 4×4 trim is more affordable than all the other offerings, except for the Mahindra SUV. In our opinion, buying Alturas G4 over mu-X will be more beneficial. However, if budget is not a bar for you, then MG Gloster and Ford Endeavour will be the most desirable options.