Spec Comparo: Jeep Meridian Vs Skoda Kodiaq Vs Toyota Fortuner Vs MG Gloster
With the Jeep Meridian finally being launched, the big SUV segment faces tougher competition than before. The new Skoda Kodiaq was launched earlier this year as well, which gives the Toyota Fortuner and MG Gloster a run for its money. We have taken the liberty and pinned the new Jeep Meridian against its rivals to see how their specs stack up against each other.
Jeep Meridian Vs Skoda Kodiaq Vs Toyota Fortuner Vs MG Gloster: Dimension And Design
The newly launched Skoda Kodiaq comes in as the smallest among all these 3-row SUV's, followed by the Toyota Fortuner, the MG Gloster and the Jeep Meridian being bigger in every aspect. Due to its extreme off-road capabilities, the Toyota Fortuner does have the highest ground clearance at 225mm, followed by the MG Gloster with 210mm, then the Jeep Meridian at 203mm and then the Skoda Kodiaq with a mere 188mm.
The Jeep Meridian does look the best as it is the most proportionate from every angle. It is not just a bigger Jeep Compass which gives the car an identity of its own. The Skoda Kodiaq does makeup ground in the styling department as it does look fresh. With 3 different variants to choose from with all having different exterior styles, the Skoda Kodiaq does look well sophisticated and most updated among the SUV's. The Toyota Fortuner quite easily is the most capable one here and with its big, brawny looks it has gained plenty of attention in the market. The MG Gloster is the biggest SUV here and it does look extremely imposing and a little too much in your face. Its boxy design does give it a very good stance though.
Jeep Meridian Vs Skoda Kodiaq Vs Toyota Fortuner Vs MG Gloster: Engine
The three-row Jeep SUV is powered by the familiar 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine, improved here for better NVH although it still outputs the same 170PS and 350 Nm. The gearbox options remain unchanged too, with a six-speed manual and nine-speed torque converter on offer, the latter reworked for more responsiveness.
The Skoda Kodiaq facelift will be available with a 2-litre turbo-petrol engine that produces 190PS. Across all three variants, automatic transmission and a 4x4 powertrain will be standard. The Fortuner, on the other hand, comes with two engine options: a 2.7-litre petrol engine and a 2.8-litre diesel engine. The former produces 163PS and 245 Nm of torque, while the latter produces 201PS and 500 Nm of torque
Regardless of the engine choice you choose, the Fortuner can be obtained with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The MG Gloster, on the other hand, comes with a 2.0L turbo-diesel engine with two different tunes: 160PS and 275 Nm of torque and 215PS and 480 Nm of torque. The Gloster's is only offered with an 8-speed AT transmission. All SUVs are also available with 4X4 drivetrains.
Jeep Meridian Vs Skoda Kodiaq Vs Toyota Fortuner Vs MG Gloster: Interiors
The Meridian Limited gets features like LED projector headlamps, 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, LED cornering fog lamps, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, driver seat height adjust, keyless-entry, push-button start, powered mirrors, dual-zone climate control, 7-inch semi-digital instrumentation, wireless charging, 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment with nine speakers. The Limited(O) variant of the Jeep Meridian further adds a dual-pane sunroof, powered tailgate, two-tone exterior paint, 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster and 360-degree camera. Standard safety features include six airbags, electronic parking brake, traction control, ESC, TPMS.
The Skoda Kodiaq will be available in three variants - Style, Sportline and Laurin and Klement. The previous off-road themed Scout trim has been dropped from the line-up for now. Feature highlights will include an 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, three-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, cooled and heated front seats with 12-way power adjustment and 12 speaker Canton audio system. The Skoda Kodiaq comes standard with 9 airbags, as well as adaptive front lighting and automatic dimming. Electrical, mechanical external mirror (on driver side) and defogging overall clear surfaces and park assist with handsfree, as well as hydraulic brake aid, stability control, multi-collision braking and multi-collision braking.
The Toyota Fortuner gets quad-LED headlamps, sequential turn indicators, contrasting black roof, machine cut alloy wheels, black and maroon upholstery, gloss black cabin highlights, interior ambient lighting, contrasting maroon stitching, 11 JBL speakers including subwoofer, black dial instruments with white illumination, rear USB port, wireless charging and hands-free boot opening.
The Gloster comes with a slew of features, many of them segment-firsts. These include 64-colour ambient lighting, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, 12 speakers, 8-inch digital instrument cluster screen, driver seat massaging and ventilation, diamond stitching seats, LED cabin lights, three-zone climate control, 12-way driver and 8-way front passenger electronically adjustable seats and 8 seat electronic with memory function, second-row captain seats, panoramic sunroof, a fatigue alert system, adaptive LED headlamps and a powered tailgate. Safety features on the Gloster are cornering lamps, a 360-degree camera, dual front, side and full-length curtain airbags, traction control, hill-start assist, roll-over mitigation and hill-descent control.
Jeep Meridian Vs Skoda Kodiaq Vs Toyota Fortuner Vs MG Gloster: Price
The Jeep Meridian has the lowest starting price on this list at Rs 30 lakh and goes up to Rs 36.95 lakh. The Skoda Kodiaq costs from Rs 35.99 to Rs 38.49 lakh, making it the one with the highest starting price. The Toyota Fortuner starts from Rs 31.79 lakh and the MG Gloster from Rs 31.49 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom.
Starts Rs 29.98 Lakhs
Starts Rs 29.98 Lakhs
Starts Rs 34.99 Lakhs
Starts Rs 29.9 Lakhs
Starts Rs 17.79 Lakhs