Ford EcoSport is a car for the enthusiasts in the segment. It is the first car that made the segment popular and currently, there are numerous models rivalling it. One of them is the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, which was introduced to the Indian market a few years ago and since then, it has been on the top spot of the sales charts. Here is a video by വണ്ടിഭ്രാന്തന്മാർ Vandibhranthanmar that shows a Ford EcoSport stuck on the rough roads towards Ladakh while a Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza sails through without any hiccup. Does that make the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza more capable?
Both Ford EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza offer a similar ground clearance. The older version of the Brezza offered 198mm while the Ecosport offers 200mm. Both these cars also offer a similar wheelbase too. The EcoSport offers 2,519mm while the Brezza comes with a wheelbase of 2,500mm. Both these vehicles are only available in Front-Wheel-Drive format in the Indian market. So how does Brezza cruises without any problems while the EcoSport is stuck?
In such roads, experienced drivers do much better in less-equipped vehicles than a more capable vehicle. In fact, even cars with 4X4 drivetrain can get stuck with inexperienced drivers at the wheels. The video does not how the EcoSport got stuck at this point but w can see that it is on the left most-side of the road while the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza takes the right side of the road and does not stop on the way. The key to not getting stuck in such situations is to find the best line for the car and not to lose the momentum. These are a few things that are key to off-roading driving and take out the car successfully from an obstacle.
Such water crossings are very common in the mountains, especially in the upper Himalayan region. The submerged roads do not give the best idea of the road surface. This is why it is always advisable to take the middle route and not travel on the banks of the roads as they can break due to the running water. This is probably why the EcoSport got stuck. Also, we are not sure if the EcoSport driver stopped accelerating in between, that can cause loss of momentum and the car will get stuck.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was replaced with a new model, which is exclusively powered by a petrol engine. Before that, the sub-4m compact SUV only came with a diesel engine option. This car in the video is powered by a 1.3-litre diesel engine, which means ample lower-end torque. Diesel cars are better during such a situation because of the low-end torque. The car can come out of the most situation with throttle modulation only.
Any car can go to Ladakh if an experienced driver is at the wheels. This is a saying that most of us read or hear from many. In fact, cars like Maruti Suzuki 800 and Tata Nano have conquered the roads to reach Ladakh. But there is a lot that depends on the conditions of the road, weather and the driver too. So always be prepared to get into such situations when travelling through the unknown roads in the mountains or anywhere else.