Mahindra Thar


4.0/5 5 reviews

Mahindra Thar Variants

Diesel Variants

Mahindra Thar DI 4X4
2498 cc Diesel, 16.55 kmpl |
Rs. 6,86,724
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Mahindra Thar DI 4x2
2523 cc Diesel, 18.06 kmpl |
Rs. 4,75,210
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Mahindra Thar CRDe AC
2498 cc Diesel, 16 kmpl |
Rs. 7,23,369
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Mahindra Thar Review

  • Road Test
     
  • Interiors
     
  • Exterior
     
  • Engine & Performance
     
  • Mileage
     
  • Braking & Safety
     
  • Comfort
     

Editorial Test Drive Review of Mahindra Thar

The Mahindra Thar was launched in 2010. However in 2012 it recieved some changes and feature additions. In terms of looks the reason almost all eye-balls were on us is the fact the Thar carries typical retro Jeep styling. Then there is the generous helping of chrome – ofcourse this isn’t really a chick magnet but we were surprised to see the number of people giving attention to the Thar while negotiating Pune’s awfully slow traffic while on our way to the shoot location. The chunky alloy wheels with 235/70 tyres look great. 
 
On the inside, where all owners will spend hours, frankly things are pretty basic. We have seen people cribbing about the lack of creature comforts and quality on various public forums but isn’t the Thar meant for adventure experiences. In our opinion, the interiors are spot on for they have to take on elements like rain, hail, snow (in some cases), sand, dust and everything else that a typical owner would subject it to. Comparing the Thar to its main competitor the Maruti Gypsy, the insides feel much better and more comfortable as well. Instrumentation console is basic though a tachometer finds itself right there. 
 
The Thar has a 2.5-litre turbodiesel unit that pushes out 105 horses along with 247Nm of torque from just 1800rpm onwards. The engine’s cubic capacity, bore and stroke are same as the XD3P engine though the Thar’s motor obviously is a common-rail unit. The gush of torque from low engine speeds is the secret behind making the Thar a joy to drive on all kinds of terrains. On normal roads, the torque flow takes you by surprise and you can chug along happily, overtaking traffic easily. On the roads that the Thar is really made for, all this torque comes in handy. You don’t have push the engine hard, just a tap on the throttle does its job. Pedal to metal, it takes roughly 17 seconds for the 0-100km/h dash. Expect 12 kmpl.
 
When it comes to suspension the Thar inspires confidence in you and seldom makes you want to lift off the throttle even while doing crazy speeds over undulations. To start with, the ladder frame chassis suspends its front wheels independently (this helps on day to day driving) and makes use of both a torsion and a stabilizer bar. The rear suspension on the other hand is of the semi elliptical leaf spring variety. This combination is standard and necessary for off-road machines. The 200mm ground clearance combined with approach and departure angles of 46 and 30 degrees further gives the Thar an edge on really tough terrains. Grip is phenomenal and the Thar takes on bad bumps without a protest. 
Off the trails and back to tarmac, though the suspension doesn’t give the Thar a Scorpio rivalling ride quality, it isn’t bad either. 
 
Prices of the Thar start at Rs 4.5 lakh to 6.8 lakh. For a detailed analysis read below.

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Mahindra Thar Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Classic styling
  • Presence
  • Fantastic offroad
  • Right mix of old and modern

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Lacks features
  • Poor interior design
  • Lacks on road dynamics

Mahindra Thar Exteriors

 The Thar immediately seemed to grab attention on the crowded and traffic infested street of this side of this metropolitan city with ease.  My first stop came within two minutes to fill up diesel and that is when the reality further struck me. From the fuel attendant to other customers, all eyes were on us – the Thar and me!
For some, this might be a modified MM540 with the Scorpio engine – pure crap! There is so much more to the Thar then what some people have misconceptions about. It surely has the MM540’s classic lines like the tapering bonnet, rounded fenders, the drop-down type windshield etc. Deep down inside though, the chassis comes from the Bolero that has seen modifications to take on the MM540’s body. Changes ofcourse have been made to the chassis to hold the new power-train too. Coming back to the design, the reason almost all eye-balls were on us is the fact the Thar carries typical retro Jeep styling. Then there is the generous helping of chrome – ofcourse this isn’t really a chick magnet but we were surprised to see the number of people giving attention to the Thar while negotiating Pune’s awfully slow traffic while on our way to the shoot location. The chunky alloy wheels with 235/70 tyres look great.


What we like

 Looks great and has charm


What we don't like

 Lacks quality

 
Mahindra Thar Front View
Mahindra Thar Rear View
Mahindra Thar Front View
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Mahindra Thar Side View

Mahindra Thar Exterior vs Similar Cars Exterior


Mahindra Thar

Maruti Gypsy

Mahindra Scorpio Getaway

Tata Xenon XT
Exterior rating
What we like
  • Presence
  • Classic looks
  • Classic looks
  • Looks rugged
  • Durable

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What we don't like
  • Quality
  • Rear styling

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Mahindra Thar Front design

Mahindra Thar is embellished with a classic signature grille in the front and very gypsy-like typical circular headlights. It has a conventional classic bold jaw-shaped front; The edgy and rectangular front glass again glorifies the retro style. The broad tyres display extreme muscularity of a jeep. There are indicators present on the extreme corners right above the wheels.

Mahindra Thar Rear design

The body frame has thicker and stronger pipes at the back which gives it a more masculine look. Mahindra Thar is given a small foot step that helps in easier entry and exit. There is also a spare tyre mounted in the back door.

Mahindra Thar Side profile

The Mahindra Thar has two side doors for front seats. The back seats are kept open for Conventional back door of a jeep. The doors are edgy and the bolts used give the vehicle a suited rugged look.

Mahindra Thar Ground Clearance

Mahindra Thar has an impressive ground Clearance of 200mm in CRDe models and 187mm in did models

Mahindra Thar Bumpers

Thar comes with conventional black bumpers in all models.

Mahindra Thar Head lamps

Head lamps are typically circular like in the past generations of conventional jeeps.

Mahindra Thar Tail lamps

Tail lamps are rectangular and strategically placed beside both sides of the back door.

Mahindra Thar Fog lamps

Fog lamps not included in any of the models of Mahindra Thar.

Mahindra Thar Tyres

Thar brings P 235/70 R 16 inch tubeless tyres, with 6.5 J in CRDe version and the DI version of Thar comes with P 185 – R 16 inch (40.6 comes) tyres.

Mahindra Thar Alloy wheels

Alloys wheels not included in any of the model of Mahindra Thar.

Mahindra Thar Outside mirrors

Outside mirrors on both sides are available in all models of Mahindra Thar.

Mahindra Thar Colors

All models of Mahindra Thar are offered in seven brilliant colors namely- Rocky Beige, Toreador Red, Silver Mist, Diamond White, Fiery Black, Arctic White and Champagne.

Mahindra Thar Rear wiper

Mahindra Thar doesn't have rear wipers in any of its models.

Mahindra Thar Roof rails

Mahindra Thar doesn't have roof-rails in any of its models.

Mahindra Thar Sun roof

The Thar comes with a soft top which can be removed for a wind-in -the -hair experience.

Mahindra Thar Spoiler

Mahindra Thar doesn't have spoiler in any of its models.

Mahindra Thar Side Steps

Thar has a small step in the rear back door for making the entry and exit more safely.

Mahindra Thar Spare wheel

Spare wheels are mounted at the back door of Mahindra Thar in all models.

Mahindra Thar Comfort & Suspension


Off the trails and back to tarmac, though the suspension doesn’t give the Thar a Scorpio rivalling ride quality, it isn’t bad either. We still have memories of the Maruti Gypsy’s ride quality on good roads and even the slightest undulation (like driving over a couple of dry leaves!) made the whole ride bumpy and uncomfortable. The Thar in this context is miles ahead. Being compact, it is quite manageable in traffic too. Infact, you would be surprised to know it’s shorter than a Hyundai i20 and just as wide.
 


What we like

 Ride is improved


What we don't like

 Not as good as other Mahindra's


 
Mahindra Thar Suspension
Mahindra Thar Suspension

Mahindra Thar Comfort

Thar Has optimum space for all and its rear seats can be folded for even better space. As it is an off roader, it doesn’t offer much Luxury features.

Mahindra Thar Front suspension

Front IFS with Torsion bar and Stabilizer bar is present in the CRDe model and the Di models have leaf spring and shock absorbers.

Mahindra Thar Rear suspension

The CRDe model has rear semi elliptical leaf spring. The DI models have leaf springs and shock absorbers.

Mahindra Thar Engine & Performance

The real deal however lies under the hood of the Thar. Finally there is a diesel heart that can stand up to its own in front of the likes of the 1.3-litre motor of the Gypsy. The Thar comes with two engine options but we are glad we test drove the one that has a mightier heart -  a 2.5-litre turbodiesel unit that pushes out 105 horses along with 247Nm of torque from just 1800rpm onwards. The engine’s cubic capacity, bore and stroke are same as the XD3P engine though the Thar’s motor obviously is a common-rail unit. The gush of torque from low engine speeds is the secret behind making the Thar a joy to drive on all kinds of terrains. On normal roads, the torque flow takes you by surprise and you can chug along happily, overtaking traffic easily. On the roads that the Thar is really made for, all this torque comes in handy. You don’t have push the engine hard, just a tap on the throttle does its job. Pedal to metal, it takes roughly 17 seconds for the 0-100km/h dash. We didn’t really test the Thar for its top speeds stakes though it did show a quick 120km/h easily. At highway speeds, the Thar is rattle and vibration free, well almost!
The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox - it acts like a typical Mahindra Jeep and takes time getting used to! 


What we like

 Has performance and drives well


What we don't like

 Gearbox takes getting used too

 

Mahindra Thar Acceleration

The CRDe has a displacement of 2498 cc and the acceleration offered, reaches up to of 0-100kmph in just 17 seconds. The DI engine variant reaches from 0-100kmph in 19.5 seconds.

Mahindra Thar Top speed

the top speed in the CRDe Version is of an amazing 155 km/hour and in Di model it ranges to a whopping 140km/hour

Mahindra Thar In-gear acceleration

In-gear acceleration figures are not available for Mahindra Thar.

Mahindra Thar Gearbox

The high-performance engine of this amazing Mahindra Thar is packed with BORGWARNER 4WD (5 speed Manual Shift) system in the CRDe version. The Di 2WD and Di 4WD comes with NGT 520 (5 Forward, 1 reverse) and NGT 520(5Forward , 1 reverse) Manual Shift and 2 speed gear reduction- HIGH 1.0 :1, LOW 2.46:1 respectively.

Mahindra Thar Power

Mahindra Thar comes with a CRDe Turbocharged Intercooled, 4WD diesel engine. The powerful CRDe engine is capable of providing an impressive max power of 105 HP at 3800 rpm. It also has two variants with Di engine (without common rail)

Mahindra Thar Torque

Mahindra Tar's powerful turbo charged 4WD diesel engine churns out a torque of 247 Nm at 1800-2000 rpm

Mahindra Thar NVH levels

The NVH levels are slightly on the higher side in all models of Mahindra Thar.

  • Mahindra Thar CRDe 4X2
  • Mahindra Thar CRDe 4X4
  • Mahindra Thar DI 4X2

Mahindra Thar CRDe 4X2 Performance

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Mahindra Thar CRDe 4X2 Overtaking Acceleration (seconds)

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Mahindra Thar CRDe 4X2 Braking Performance

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Mahindra Thar Handling Braking & Safety

 No 4x4 is complete without a suspension set-up and capable chassis that can take abuse and hard-core off-roading without letting down its owners. To start with, the ladder frame chassis suspends its front wheels independently (this helps on day to day driving) and makes use of both a torsion and a stabilizer bar. The rear suspension on the other hand is of the semi elliptical leaf spring variety. This combination is standard and necessary for off-road machines. An auto hub lock does away with the old retro manual hub locks and the Thar makes use of Borg-Warner’s four-wheel drive transfer case. The 200mm ground clearance combined with approach and departure angles of 46 and 30 degrees further gives the Thar an edge on really tough terrains. The Thar inspires confidence in you and seldom makes you want to lift off the throttle even while doing crazy speeds over undulations. Grip is phenomenal and the Thar takes on bad bumps without a protest


What we like

 Grip and handling is very good


What we don't like

 Lack of safety features


Mahindra Thar Handling

Mahindra Thar offers great handling with its power steering. The suspension also does good job and offer comfortable driving experience.

Mahindra Thar Braking performance

The CRDe model has Hydraulic with Tandem Master Cylinder with LCRV. Front brakes are Disc brakes and Rear ones are Drum brakes. In The DI version, Dual Hydraulic circuit with Tandem Master cylinder and vacuum assisted servo is there front and rear brakes are Disc and Drum brakes respectively.

Mahindra Thar Safety features

The Mahindra Thar has the best in class ground clearance of 200mm of the CRDe models and 187mm in the DI models which adds to safety on rough roads and terrains. The DI engine models have the Leaf spring suspension with shock absorbers and the CRDe comes with front IFS with torsion bar and stabilizer bar and Rear semi elliptical leaf spring for providing a safer ride. Mahindra Thar also comes with an engine immobilizer which ensures the engine only starts working when the correct key is inserted

Mahindra Thar ABS

ABS is not available in any of the models of Mahindra Thar.

Mahindra Thar Traction control

No traction control is not available in any of the models of Mahindra Thar.

Mahindra Thar Mileage and Running Costs

 The Thar has a 2.5 litre turbo diesel engine and is much better in terms of refienment and power and also eocnomy. Expect 12 kmpl in normal use, though hard off-roading will take its toll on the economy!

Mahindra Thar Mileage

Mahindra Thar Diesel Variants
Mahindra Thar DI 4X4 16.55 kmpl
Mahindra Thar DI 4x2 18.06 kmpl
Mahindra Thar CRDe AC 16 kmpl

Mahindra Thar Diesel Mileage

 The engine contains four cylinders which generates a power of 105PS at a torque of 247Nm. The ARAI tested the Mahindra Thar and found that the variant which gives the highest mleage is the DI4x2 which produces an ARAI mileage of 18.06kmpl, whereas the CRDe 4x4 and CRDe AC produces 16.55kmpl and 16kmpl respectively.


Mahindra Thar Mileage vs Similar Cars Mileage


Mahindra Thar

Maruti Gypsy

Mahindra Scorpio Getaway
Similar Diesel Cars Mileage CRDe AC16 kmpl
DI 4x218.06 kmpl
DI 4X416.55 kmpl
2WDN/A
4WD10.22 kmpl

Mahindra Thar City fuel economy

Thar ‘s 5 Speed Manual Transmission Gearbox gives a great mileage 11 kmpl on the city roads

Mahindra Thar Highway fuel economy

Thar gives a good mileage of 13.5 kmpl on the highways

Mahindra Thar ARAI rated economy

Mahindra Thar CRDe 4x$ gives ARAI claimed mileage of 16.55kmpl. Mahindra Thar DI 4x2 gives ARAI claimed mileage of 18.06kmpl.

Mahindra Thar Tank Range

Tank Fuel capacity of the CRDe variant is 60 litres. The other two other models Di 2D and 4 WD has fuel capacity of 45 litres.

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Mahindra Thar Features

Mahindra Thar DI 4X4 DI 4x2 CRDe AC
Safety
ABS No No No
EBD No No No
Airbags No No No
Child safety lock No No No
Immobilizer No No Yes
Traction control Yes Yes No
Hill control No No No
Hill descent No No No
4WD Yes No No
ESP No No No
Central locking Yes Yes No
Interior
Power Steering Yes Yes Yes
Tilt Steering Yes No Yes
Power windows No No No
Auto down for power windows No No No
Anti-pinch for power windows No No No
Cup holders No No No
Air-con No No Yes
Rear A/c vents No No No
Audio system No No No
Keyless start-stop button No No No
Electric mirrors No No No
Electric foldable mirrors No No No
Deffoger No No No
Tachometer No No Yes
Leather seats No No No
Arm rest No No No
Reversing camera No No No
Steering controls No No No
Bluetooth connectivity No No No
Driver info display No No No
Cruise control No No No
Foot rest No No No
Remote boot release No No No
Driver seat height adjust No No No
Chilled glovebox No No No
Power Seats No No No
Exterior
Keyless entry No No No
Fog lights No No Yes
Sunroof No No No
Moon Roof No No No
Rear wiper No No No
Auto headlamps No No No
Rain sensing wipers No No No
Steel rims Yes No No
Alloy wheels Yes No No
Rear spoiler No No No
Roof rails No No No
Chrome grille No No No
Projector lamps No No No
Day time running lamps No No No

Mahindra Thar Colors

  •  Black
  •  Toreador Red
  •  Mist Silver
  •  Arctic White

Mahindra Thar Specifications

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Mahindra Thar Price

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Mahindra Thar Diesel Price
Mahindra Thar DI 4x2 Rs 4.75 Lakh On-Road Price
Mahindra Thar DI 4X4 Rs 6.87 Lakh On-Road Price
Mahindra Thar CRDe AC Rs 7.23 Lakh On-Road Price

Mahindra Thar Price vs Similar Cars Price

Petrol Option Diesel Option

Mahindra Thar
N/A   Rs 4.75 L - 7.23 L On-Road Price

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Rs 5.71 L - 5.85 L On-Road Price N/A  

Mahindra Scorpio Getaway
N/A   Rs 7.95 L - 8.92 L On-Road Price

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N/A   Rs 9.98 L - 11.02 L On-Road Price

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Bijo Issac | Posted on Sep,27,2013 at 13:26 PM
just 6.87 for Thar crde!!!! You guys are not living today!!! Reply to this post  
sreeraj | Posted on May,03,2012 at 16:02 PM
nice drive ...what a feeling ...smooth driving amazing speed....super milege.. Reply to this post  
prabhakar | Posted on Nov,16,2011 at 18:41 PM
SUPER CAAAAAAAAAAAR Reply to this post  
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