India offers a host of affordable off-roading vehicles. There are quite a few options for the off-roading enthusiasts who want a daily driving vehicle too. However, most of these vehicles offer a similar level of equipment on the paper. To see how capable they are and how do they differ from each other when they go off the road is quite interesting. Here is a video by Anshuman Bishnoi that shows various off-roading spec vehicles taking on the off-road terrains. The vehicles seen in the video includes Renault Duster AWD, modified new-generation Toyota Fortuner, old-generation Ford Endeavour, new-generation Ford Endeavour, Isuzu D-Max V-Cross and a Toyota Land Cruiser.
In the first challenge, only the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross was able to go through. It was a tough challenge and even the Isuzu V-Cross took some time and attempts to reach the top All other vehicles including a modified new-age Fortuner, modified old Endeavour, and stock new Endeavour could not reach the top. The main reason behind it can be the surface of the challenge. The Isuzu V-Cross took the challenge first and created a few ruts that became a problem for all the other vehicles that followed the V-Cross.
The second challenge in the video was straightforward and every other car did it except for the Duster AWD. Now, this shows the stark difference between the AWD and 4X4 drive layouts. The AWD drive systems simply send the power to all the four wheels while the 4X4 systems also get an extra low-ratio transfer case that increases the torque output to help the vehicle to get out of the sticky situations. AWD vehicles are good for light offroading and driving on slippery surfaces like snow but for serious off-roading, 4X4 set-ups are always recommended. Even the Duster eventually completes the challenge, which shows how capable it can be on some of the off-roading surfaces.
In the third challenger, the Renault Duster and the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross fail to climb up the challenge. The Isuzu V-Cross even gets stuck royally and had to be recovered by the Toyota Fortuner.
The last challenge was the most challenging of all. The challenge only saw a successful attempt made by the new Ford Endeavour. All the other vehicles including the Toyota Land Cruiser, old Ford Endeavour, and Toyota Land Cruiser. More than the capability of a vehicle, the driver instincts and skill levels. In off-roading, only a capable vehicle is not enough to cross the challenges. It is important to understand the whole course and know the limitations and capabilities of the vehicle to cross the challenge. Also, one should never do serious off-roading without a recovery vehicle on standby for rescue process. Doing off-roading without a rescue vehicle can be dangerous, especially if it is far away and secluded place.