Toyota is famous for producing premium quality SUVs. From the iconic Land Cruiser to the hugely popular RAV-4, they deliver versatile, reliable, and effortlessly stylish SUVs that perform as good as they look.
Add another name to that growing list of Toyota excellence – theToyota Fortuner. This luxury SUV has everything you could possibly wish for from a high-performance SUV, and more. But is it a good buy? At Al-Futtaim Toyota, we think it is, and here’s why.
Let’s start with the powertrain. The Fortuner comes with two options. The smaller of the two is a feisty 2.7L, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder SUV paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Its bigger brother has a 4.0L V6 engine, also married up to a six-speed automatic gearbox for smoother, more refined power delivery.
The 2.7L option comes with Auto Disconnect Differential while the 4.0L variants come with mechanical differential locking system. All Fortuner models have part-time 4x4 capabilities, so you can switch from two-wheel drive on the highway and city driving while the four-wheel drive for off-road terrains.
All variants of Fortuner in the U.A.E. ensure that SUV luxury is taken to the next level of excellence. The build quality is, of course, exemplary, as you would expect from Toyota. The switches are positive and robust without feeling clunky, and the seats are ergonomically designed to give you maximum support and comfort. Even the back row in this seven-seater is roomy, and the higher cabin gives you and your passengers plenty of headroom too.
The Fortuner is stocked full of high-tech features, from the infotainment with large display screen and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Ready functionality. Safety features are plentiful, from air bags and ABS braking through to Vehicle Stability Control, Hill-Start Assist and Tyre Pressure Warnings. For city driving, the Fortuner’s blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert makes getting into and out of tighter spaces safer. A panoramic view monitor gives the driver a greatly enhanced awareness of everything around the vehicle, helping to avoid those low-speed scrapes and impacts.
There has been no compromise on interior comfort, either. Leather seats in the VXR model add an opulent feel to the cabin, and ventilated options keep passengers and driver cooler and more refreshed on those longer drives. Accessing the luggage area is easier with a power back door (an invaluable addition when you have your hands full of bags for the weekend beach trip), while tri-zone climate control means that everyone can choose their own setting.
If you want to buy an SUV in the UAE, looks are just as important as performance, and the Fortuner doesn’t disappoint. It’s one of the best-looking big SUVs on the road, with a dominating road presence and a rugged, utilitarian-meets-urban chic persona. 18” alloy wheels, day time running lamps and bi-beam LED headlamps add just the right amount of bling to the look. It’s a tall car with good ground clearance for off-road driving, but without the body roll issues that can plague some big SUVs.
Auto Disconnect Differential on the 2.7L option and full Differential Lock on the 4.0L version enhances the off-road experience, making even the most challenging trails do-able for novice off-road drivers.
If you buy an SUV in the UAE, you expect it to be a little thirsty on fuel. However, the Fortuner is amazingly economical, delivering 10.4km/L from the 2.7L version, and 9.6km/L from the bigger 4.0L engine. That means with an 80-litre tank, the long drives are worry free, with more than enough range for a weekend trip to the coast or up to the mountains.
Depending on the age, condition and mileage, the Fortuner offers up fantastic resale value should you wish to trade it in or sell it on. Pre-owned Fortuners are sought after, and depreciation is reasonably low compared to some other makes. This makes the Fortuner a great choice for economy, safety, comfort, performance and resale value. What more could you ask for?
If you’d like to experience the Toyota Fortuner for yourself, why not book a test drive online with Al-Futtaim Toyota today? We have a great choice of both new and pre-owned options to choose from. Book your test drive online or drop into your nearest Al-Futtaim Toyota dealership and talk to one of our friendly, professional team.