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Used Toyota Fortuner vs New Jeep Compass vs Compition | The 30 Lakh Affair!

From bare luxury to a desperate necessity cars have come a long way now. With that, the prices of vehicles have also skyrocketed in the last decade. But despite that there are cars that still are among the top told in a carmaker’s portfolio, it is indeed the Toyota Fortuner. After multiple facelifts and generation changes, Fortuner now costs a dime, somewhere around Rs. 60 lakh. Even in the used carmaker, the car still retains its value. One can buy a used good condition Fortuner somewhere around Rs. 30 Lakh. But that too is expensive.

Why do you love the Toyota Fortuner?
Toyota Fortuner

This price opens a whole new vehicle category as many new cars around this price seem to be more value for money than used Fortuner. So, if Rs. 30 Lakh is your budget, you could pick, the Mahindra XUV700, Tata Safari, Jeep Compass, or maybe the next generation of Hyundai Tuscon. Although the prices of the Hyundai have not been unveiled, we expect it to be priced somewhere around Rs 30 Lakh mark. Now, with that out of the way, let’s have a look at which vehicle you should pick. Used Fortuner or a New car at Rs. 30 Lakh.

Used Toyota Fortuner

The Toyota Fortuner that is sold in India is from 2016 and has been witnessing some tweaks here and there until 2021. So, it’s been 6 years since we Indians are still obsessed with this behemoth of a vehicle.

2020 Toyota Fortuner BS6 to launch soon, Bookings Open
2020 Toyota Fortuner BS6 to launch soon, Bookings Open

To date, Toyota Fortuner has been among the most overhyped cars in India. Hence, even the prices of this vehicle in the second-hand market are not cheap. That said, the 2017 – 2019 Model costs somewhere around Rs. 30- Rs.36 Lakh depending on the condition and kilometers on the odometer.

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Well, it’s not even the price that is the problem, it is the vehicle that is a lot expensive and as a complete package is a little too steeply-priced. There are some necessary features that are missing and the engine too is a little too old now. For instance, new at Rs. 60 Lakh, the Toyota Fortuner doesn’t come with features like ventilated seats, tyre pressure monitoring system, and others. Although there is a valid explanation for the absence of a sunroof, still that too is not there. Then why people are still buying it, one word! Image!

Toyota Fortuner
Toyota Fortuner

Nevertheless, if you are a person like us, you’d definitely go for a completely different vehicle or a used Fortuner. Hence, let’s have a look, does a used Fortuner stand a chance against new vehicles?

Used Toyota Fortuner and Rivals | The Engine

2021 Jeep Compass Facelift Launched
2021 Jeep Compass Facelift Launched

Toyota in 2021, updated the engine with a different tune, meaning more power and torque. But the engine that is available pre-2021 generated a lot less power and torque and this is what you’ll be getting if you are in the market for a used fortune in or around 30 Lakh.

Engine Comparison

SUV Toyota Fortuner Jeep Compass Mahindra XUV700 Tata Safari
Engine 2.8-litre Diesel 2.0-Litre Diesel 2.0-Litre Diesel 2.0-Litre Diesel
Power 174bhp 168bhp 182bhp 168bhp
Torque 420Nm 350Nm 450Nm 350Nm
Transmission 6MT/6AT 6MT/6AMT 6MT/6AT 6MT/6AT
Fuel Tank Capacity 80L 60L 60L 50L
Fuel Economy* 14.24kmpl 16.4kmpl N/A 16.14kmpl

Powering the vehicle is a 2.8-Litre turbo diesel that is capable of generating a peak power of 174bhp of power and 420 Nm of peak torque. The engine was either mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. Toyota Fortuner is not the most powerful among the lot. Also, if you are not aware, Tata Safari and Jeep Compass share the specifications as they both are similar engines.

2021 Jeep Compass Interior
2021 Jeep Compass Interior

Used Toyota Fortuner | Features

This is another department that new Fortuner cannot at all compete with its rivals. For instance, all the cars mentioned here come with not just a sunroof, but a panoramic sunroof. That’s just the beginning.

Features Comparison

SUV Toyota Fortuner Jeep Compass Mahindra XUV700 Tata Safari
Cruise Control 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩
Ventilated Seats 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟩
Auto Headlights 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩
Powered Tailgate 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟥
TPMS 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟥
Driving Modes 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩
Dual Zone Climate Control 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟥
Reversing Camera 🟩 360° 360° 🟩

Indeed Toyota Fortuner does come with many features, but when compares to its competition the SUV is down on some crucial features. Not to forget, the used Toyota Fortuner costs over Rs. 30 Lakh.

Here are the 10 Features We Find Missing On The Toyota Fortuner

The Verdict!

Well, Toyota Fortuner is a tank choice, meaning, nothing can go wrong with a Fortuner that is well maintained. And if you are in the market to buy a Fortuner, nothing can offer the road presence and the dignity this car comes with. But if you are in the market for a vehicle that costs Rs. 30 lakh and more, we’d say look somewhere else.

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Let us know in the comment section, what do you think of the Toyota Fortuner, is a used Fortuner worth Rs. 30 Lakh. Also, if not that, what you’d pick for this amount.

Utkarsh Bhardwaj
Technical Content Strategist at GoMechanic | Big Time Petrolhead with the passion for building cars and driving those beauties.


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