It looks huge and macho, has one of the most spacious cabin in the class and comes with an engine that is made under license from Mercedes Benz. All this at a price that is relatively tempting as it also comes loaded with a long list of features - say hello the One, a full grown pure SUV from Force Motors!
Force motors launched the Force One at the end of 2011. Looks wise, the One has traditional SUV lines in the way it looks. No flashy paint job or chic design angles – pure SUV DNA which it has picked up from a popular Chinese SUV, the Guangdong Foday Explorer III. Force Motors imports the body from China though everything else is made and assembled right here in India.
Wheelbase can play an important role in deciding the overall passenger space inside a car. In the case of the Force One, the wheelbase is more than other big SUVs like the Endeavour, Fortuner and Aria which simply means that in the cabin, the One has an upper hand as far as space for seven adults goes. Even with 6 footers sitting up front, three adults of similar size can easily sit in the 2nd row. The 3rd row is one of the best we have seen in the business as far as space goes.
What however lets the experience slightly down for a Rs 11 lakh SUV is that fact that quality is plastics and design of the fascia is simply not upto the mark in this category. We have been spoiled by polished and modern SUVs like the XUV5oo and hence the Force One does lack in this regard. That said, the comfort factor is high and ergonomics are generally good. You also sit high which means a commanding view of the road ahead is what you get.
Features are pretty impressive with inclusions like a comprehensive driver information display system, Bluetooth connectivity for the audio system, multiple steering mounted control including that for the cruise control system, reverse park aid (no display), air con vents for all the seats, projector headlamps etc. That said, the omission of safety aids like ABS (with EBD) and air-bags does surprise us – the Force One is a heavy vehicle and hence ABS is a must have for a SUV of this size and performance capabilities.
You get lots of space and decent no of features
Lacks quality and modern look
Force One has a good boot space in all models. It has got a good storage space so that you needn't miss any important luggage while going on a holiday with family.
It has Multi information display which indicates distance travelled, average speed, trip vise fuel consumption.
Force One has a stylish gear knob with chrome brazing and leather covering.
Force One has cup-holders. It has rear centre arm rest with cup-holder for your convenience in second row of seating.
Force One has a standard glove box available in an all the models.
It has JCV 2 DIN audio system that supports various formats and is completes with USB, AUX in port, 30 Display colors, Bluetooth and 2 front and 2 rear speakers.
The Force One has Air conditioner for all the available variants.
The arm rests are only available for the middle row i.e. second row in all the variants available.
Force One has Dual AC vents for all the three rows in the SUV and it also includes individual AC controls for the first and second / third row.
In Force One all the front facing comes with leather upholstery and theater like seating. The third row has front facing and reclining seats.
Force One provides best in class leg room for the second and the third row.
Force One has the knee room of 790mm for the front seat and 625mm min room for the rear seats.
Shoulder space of 1440mm is available in all the variant models of the Force One.
Force One provides the head room of 940mm for the front row seats and 935mm for the rear two seats.
Force One has leather wrapped tilt-able collapsible steering wheel for greater comfort and safety. It also has mounted audio control and cruise control for driving at ease.
Force One has the feature of power windows for all four door on the first row and second row.
The Force One doesn't provide the Keyless entry feature as it provides remote key entry.
It has Multi information display which indicates distance travelled, average speed, trip wise fuel consumption, service over due warning, over speeding warning distance to empty etc.
What are SUVs meant to look like? Big, burly, macho and towering? The Force One justifies all these adjectives in addition to massaging your ego on the road with utter ease. The One has traditional SUV lines in the way it looks. No flashy paint job or chic design angles – pure SUV DNA which it has picked up from a popular Chinese SUV, the Guangdong Foday Explorer III. Force Motors imports the body from China though everything else is made and assembled right here in India.
Dimension wise, the Force One is 4860mm long, 1780mm wide and 1885mm high. These figures make it longer than the Tata Aria and the Toyota Fortuner, though it loses out on width even to the Ford Endeavour. Height wise, it is the highest of the three vehicles here and the sames goes for the wheelbase which at 3025mm is 165mm longer than the Endeavour, 275mm longer than the Fortuner and 175mm more than the Aria.
As stated earlier, the Force One isn’t a very striking or modern looking SUV. But then, there are always those prospective customers who want a no-nonsense masculine looking big vehicle and the One fits this bill perfectly well. The front end is dominated by day time running LEDs and loads of chrome. Side profile is dominated by the flared wheel arches and those lovely chunky all-terrain tyres in 235/70 R16 size. At the rear, you do notice the twin exhaust pipes, huge roof mounted spoiler and big tail lamps. The overall effect, combined with the massive size, does work wonders and people take note of the vehicle easily on the roads.
Looks tough and has lots of presence
Force One has a bold full chrome radiator grill with embossing the Force logo on it. The front has a boxy design and looks like a typical SUV.
The rear design is a bit out of sync with curve profile. It doesn’t gels well with the rest of vehicle. The spare wheel is mounted below the vehicle.
The side design of Force One is quite similar to that of Ford Endeavour, the wheelbase is larger and give it a bold look. The larger wheel arches and larger glass area also adds to the style statement of the Force One.
Force One has ground clearance of 205mm in its all models.
Force One has body colored front and rear bumpers.
Force One has a set of LEDs that switch on automatically when the ignition is turned on and deactivated when any other lamp is switched on. It leaves a long lasting impression by dominating the front look.
Faux Tail Light cluster of Force One doesn't looks attractive. It seems bit out of sync and requires an improvement in same.
High intensity fog lamps in the front and rear are there in Force One.
Force One comes with 235/70 R16 tubeless tyres.
It has 5 set of 16'' alloy wheels including the spare wheel.
Force One has electrically operated mirrors with side turning indicators on the both sides.
Force One comes with 4 metallic clean coats and one solid white that are tested and proven to be dirt, heat, water and scratch resistant.
Force One has widescreen wiper with washer to clean and make the windshield out of dirt.
It has stylish roof rails which gives Force One a tough and rouged looks.
Force One misses out the sun roof across all variants.
Force One has a tail gate spoiler with the stomp lamp above the rear door.
Force One has slips resistant side step for easy entry and exit.
The spare alloy wheel is available for Force One.
So, the Force One looks huge and has super spacious interiors. But does it also perform well to win over prospective customers? The answer is a big YES! Force Motors has been using engines made under license from Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) for donkey years and thankfully, they have done the same for the One too. The 2.2-litre diesel engine is made in India and is of the common-rail variety, meeting BS-IV norms as well. At 141PS of power and 321Nm of torque, on paper, the Force One makes more power than the Scorpio (19PS more), Aria and XUV (1PS more each). On the torque front, it makes 31Nm more than the Scorpio, same as the Aria though 10Nm less than the XUV500.
These figures are on paper and in real world driving, though the difference isn’t felt in a very punchy manner, the Force One does respond and behave in a very pleasing manner. Turbo lag is well controlled and this is one of the beauties of the engine. Tap the accelerator pedal at low end speeds and the SUV gathers pace easily. Outright punch is good and it takes around 17 second for the Force One to hit the ton mark from a standstill.
On the highways, it keeps an indicated 120-125km/h very easily with loads of power in reserve. What is remarkable is the overall efficient nature of the vehicle. However, at the same time, the gearbox shift quality leaves a lot to be desired. The throws are not only long, they are rough and not one would expect from a Rs 11 lakh offering. We can live with that for the simple reason that the engine is a gem of a unit!
Lots of grunt, good power
Not as well performing as rivals
The Force One goes to 0-100km/h in 8.48 seconds under the test conditions.
The top speed attained by the SUV is 167 km/h under the test conditions.
The In- gear acceleration for Force One for 40-60 Kmph in the 5th gear is 9.29 seconds.
Force One has 5 Speed manual transmission gear box excluding the reverse gear.
The max power delivered by the engine of Force One is 141 Ps @ 3800 rpm.
The max torque attained by Force One is 321 Nm@ 1600- 2400 rpm.
The NVH levels are pretty low in all models and once the doors are closed you can hardly feel any noise inside the cabin.
The Force One is available with only a diesel engine. It is a 2.2 litre 141 PS diesel engine an dhas lots of power. Now, the Force One is a big heavy SUV and expecting good fuel economy would be too much for itself. That said you will get a figure of 10-11 kmpl overall.
Decent figures for efficiency
Not class best mileage
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The overall mileage of the Force One is 9.12 kmpl, in the city road it gives a mileage of 8.5 kmpl and on the highway it is 11 kmpl.
Force One SUV has the city fuel economy of 8.5 kmpl.
Force One has the highway fuel economy of 11 kmpl.
The ARAI rated economy for the Force One is 9.12 kmpl.
Force One has the fuel tank capacity of 70 liters and should comfortably do around 630 Kms in one full tank.
Force isn’t offering the One in the 4x4 configuration right now and yet, with the help of the all-terrain tyres, we were able to take the One places. Our pictures would do justice to the fact that this is a great off-road vehicle and with huge ground clearance and short over-hangs, can be a hoot when driven into unknown terrains. Ofcourse you can’t and shouldn’t expect agility of a small car from this big beast, but the light steering does make things easy for you. Normal undulations are absorbed well and at high speeds, the One feels planted. As we stated earlier, omission of ABS is a big no-no! The good part is that spririted driving on both city and highway roads doesnt upset the handling much - thanks to Lotus Engineering, the guys behind the work. Ofcourse it has slight body roll, but that\\\\\\\'s well within control! Its not got no ABS or Airbags!
No ABS, airbags
Force One scores 3 stars out of 5 stars in terms of handling which is quite an average score for being an SUV.
Force One uses hydraulic vacuum assisted with LCRV braking system with front ventilated disc and rear drum with auto adjuster to score 3 stars out of 5 stars.
Force One scores 3 stars out of 5 stars in terms of safety which provides various feature for safety like driver seat belt warning, reverse parking sensor, central locking, remote key entry, over speed warning indication etc.
No ABS is available in any variant of Force One.
No traction control is available in any variant of Force One.
Another feature in the Force One’s cap is the suspension. SUVs are built to be tough and act the same way on bad, broken and neglected roads. On our drive to the shoot location, we passed through stretches that could easily give other so called SUVs a nightmare - the Force One simply flew over these stretches in a very confident manner. You do feel the suspension noise and a slightly rough ride, but the composure is good and abilities to soak huge pot-holes applaudable.
In city traffic, the suspension does a good job as well.
Goes over bad roads well
Lots of noise
Force One scores 3 stars out of 5 stars which is average score for the comfort provided by the leather upholstery and theater like seating.
The front suspension contains of independent double wish bone with coil.
The rear suspension consists of multi link with hard rod and coil spring.
Pros less vibration ,suspension is very good,good space on all the rows
Cons noise from out side can be heared clearly,gear shiffting is hard ,poor quality in interiors
i had test drive on both mahindra xuv500 and also force one on same day the driver confort suspension system and the engine is very good in xuv 500 the driver confort and also the suspension system is very poor in force one the interior quality is poor
9 of 11 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Interiors,
Cons Average Fuel Efficiency,
Apart from the good looks the Force One has marcidiz banch engine and gear box and find tuned by lotus engineering UK. There also the make us of suspention for Farari, Lamborgini, Porcha, Bentley. Exterior looks that will catch your attention long journey then you will feel comfortable. Its one of the Spacious vehcile in india, and leg space are huge, compare to other SUVS in India. JVC music system which is also occupied by boldy digital sourinding sound and it also has bluetooth conectivity USB & DVD Plays. It is 3 Row vant AC cooling inside the vehicle like butter. But of luck force motor. (Force One)
18 of 26 users found this review helpful.
Pros gr8 look as ford endeavour
Cons force company
looked as a endeavour gr8 syle looking for new force one for my home stil w8ing for this car
1 of 2 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Comfort,heavy boot space
Cons Average Interiors,Average Fuel Efficiency,
force one is a good suv with great looks,spacious interiors,and a huge boot space..the only thing that is it is having less dashboard..and smaller head lamps....the suspension is excellent and powerfull engne since it is powered by mercedes...
9 of 10 users found this review helpful.
Pros Size, comfort
My cousin bought a Force One in November last year and ever since, I have had the change to sit in the vehicle atleast ten times. We travel long distance in the vehicle and hence comfort has always been impressing us. Power is adequate however the quality is not upto the mark of a 13 lac rupee SUV. We love the high seating and the features and service experience was good. I hope the company gets the 4x4 version soon in the market now
8 of 12 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,
Cons Average Performance,Average Interiors,Average Fuel Efficiency,Except For Name of Force & Merc nothing is very impressive.
Worst ever vehicle. I bought Force One 2.6 Ex in November 2013 and could run only 10000 Kms so far as the vehicle is not reliable. I have sufferred two brake fails Abnormal Engine Sound Rattlling Noice from almost all body parts Very lose type of parts and accessories. Almost every 300 Kms a new defect is developed in my SUV even on highways. Could not dare to drive on rough roads terrain. Still it is in dealers workshop and I do'nt know when shall be on road again.I suggest Force Motors to withdraw this SUV from market and refund the money to all customers if they have to keep their goodwill.
48 of 56 users found this review helpful.
Cons Average Looks,Average Interiors,
I drove the Force One EX, which is the base version of the SUV. The engine of the SUV does not rev much, the gearing is also very short which tends you to change gears frequently in traffic. The SUV is low on power and the gearshifting is very hard and takes a lot of effort to use and takes some time getting used to it. The other thing which i did not like about this car is the interiors which are very basic on the EX model. The SUV features power windows, power steering, air-conditioning, central locking and powered mirrors, but lacks basic features like rear wiper, an audio system. But due to the long wheelbase there is plenty of legroom available which is a big relief for passengers. Another good thing is the good build quality of the SUV.
8 of 11 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,
Cons Average Looks,Average Performance,Average Interiors,Average Fuel Efficiency,Very Unreliable on long runs. Interiors are just like China Made Toys.
I have driven my Force One 2.6 Ex hardly for 7500 Kilometers and almost every thing requires repairs except Engine. Interiors are just like China Made Toys i.e. Shall work with no guarantee of life. Electricals are not working properly, Rattling in all doors, Heavy vibrations. Even with such a short run I have faced two Break Failures.How can one trust this vehicle.
49 of 54 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,Look like perfect SUV each evry thing is good including price
Cons ,Force do not have good market in North India
It is good look like ford endevor. Seven seater SUV ,good for joint family. Good Aerodynamic,Better road grip and control at high speed. very economical price but we can cut it more upto 1 to 2lakh Average base price should be 7 to 8 lakh. For Indian roads all car maker should be provide rouboust suspension with life time warranty.
5 of 6 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Comfort,Noice less engine with very good performance
Cons Average Interiors,service to the car to be improved a lot. Fixation of the doors and the audio speakers are not liked
1) Doors are not sized to the body and there are alot of gaps between the doors and the body, though the doors are properly closed, people used to advise me to close the properly- which we continuously feel ashamed. 2) The Air Conditioned in the car is not sufficient and the cooling is not consistence. 3) The accessories in the car are not long lasting and shaky and creates sound. 4) the plastics in the side mirror and the head light are not qualitative. Though with all the short comings i love the car because it is my car
3 of 6 users found this review helpful.