Grumbler. Toyota Fortuner SUV test.

Grumbler. Toyota Fortuner SUV test.

For seven hundred kilometers in the directions of the South Urals, which I drove in the new Toyota Fortuner SUV, I have seen cars more than half a million more expensive a few times. And if you consider that Fortuner costs from 2.6 million rubles, then he will live with us mainly in large cities. How appropriate is it on asphalt?

Is this a Land Cruiser Prado, only cheaper? After all, that after restyling has risen in price by 50-200 thousand rubles – if you, like me, want a version with a rear differential lock, then prepare three million three hundred thousand! And Fortuner is 700 thousand cheaper.

Although both the lock and the power unit are exactly the same: a 2.8 turbodiesel (177 hp) and a six-speed “automatic”.

Moreover, in March next year in Russia there will be an anti-crisis Fortuner with a 2.7 petrol engine (163 hp) and simpler equipment. I hope that the price will be reduced to two million three hundred thousand.

But for now, all Fortuneers have climate control, heated steering wheel, seven airbags, and an electric tailgate. And there are also many cup holders, two small compartments in the front panel, a convenient slot for a smartphone and a socket for second-row passengers, hooks in the backs of the front seats. I would also add a heated rear sofa.

And there would be more space in the back – after all, the wheelbase here is 45 mm shorter than that of the Prado.

The trunk is unpretentious, although spacious. Hanging on the walls of the third row seats are easy to remove and leave in the garage. But neither underground (instead of it, a spare wheel is fixed under the bottom), nor curtains.

Thanks for the outlet and light.

The tailgate has a slow electric drive, and the compartment itself is unpretentious, there are no separate niches and organizers here. But the volume is decent, the third row seats can be removed with a tool. The salon does not transform into a bed, but it is quite possible to spend the night in nature with the rear seats folded down.

I didn’t like driving. Yes, the usual for frame cars feeling that you are sitting on the floor does not arise, but the chair is rustic, its pillow is short, and there is not enough normal lumbar support. The steering wheel is adjustable for reach and height, but the ranges are small.

The multimedia system is like the new Corolla, without a single physical button, so it is easier to control the “music” from the steering wheel. But all the other switches are huge, including the washer of transmission modes 2H-4H-4L.

Stop, 2H-4H? Yes, almost the key difference from Prado is the absence of a center differential. In the Russian office of Toyota, without hesitation, they are allowed to drive with a hard-wired four-wheel drive anywhere.

But in the meantime, the instructions clearly state that you can use 4H mode only in conditions that allow wheel slip!

The key keys are arranged on the central tunnel: the choice of modes of the power unit, locking the rear differential and disabling the stabilization system.

Nevertheless, I took our word for it – and cut the front end on dry asphalt. Like the Hilux pickup, a temperature sensor is installed in the front gearbox, and in case of overheating, a warning icon will light up on the panel. But for fifty kilometers, the oil did not heat up before the alarm went off.

How much excess fuel I spent during this time due to the circulation of power in a rigidly closed all-wheel drive transmission, how this mileage affected the wear of tires and gearboxes are open questions.

And despite the fact that the Fortuner is lighter than the Prado, it is subjectively even more dynamic. We will wait for full measurements at the test site, but the first estimates show that acceleration to 100 km / h for a diesel Fortuner takes 15 seconds. Horror horror?

No, in the city of Fortuner, let it be unhurried, but quite predictable, and the six-speed “automatic” works slowly but gently.

And on the track, the Fortuner turns into a Grumbler: each overtaking takes place to the loud accompaniment of a diesel engine. And I want not only noise, but also traction. However, if you drive at a constant speed and do not raise the tachometer needle above two thousand rpm, then you will not notice the grumbling.

But the consumption of diesel fuel will not be taken into account: in total on asphalt and primers I got 14 l / 100 km. Taking into account the 80-liter tank, the cruising range does not exceed 550 kilometers – not enough for a potential expeditionary.

In terms of handling in normal modes, there is no crime: Toyota slowly but adequately reacts to the actions of the steering wheel, rolls as expected and does not create any difficulties. There is even a normal reactive effect. However, in emergency situations, I was surprised by the free adjustment of the stabilization system: if on a Prado or a Hilux pickup, during a sharp change of lane, it immediately extinguishes the speed and sometimes even interferes with returning to its lane, then there is no interference in the developing drift!

Until you adjust the steering wheel, the electronics are silent.

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