Mahindra Thar

Mahindra Thar Variants

Diesel Variants
Mahindra Thar DI 4X4
2498 cc Diesel, 16.55 kmpl
Rs. 5,30,020
Mahindra Thar DI 4x2
2523 cc Diesel, 18.06 kmpl
Rs. 4,81,588
Mahindra Thar CRDe AC
2498 cc Diesel, 16 kmpl
Rs. 7,35,292

Editorial Test Drive Review of Mahindra Thar

Comfort
Looks
Engine
Interiors
Safety
Mileage

Mahindra Thar Front View

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.

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 Interiors

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. There is provision for after-market air-con as well as a music system – thumbs up for that. No the Thar is also with an AC too! The Thar can probably seat five in comfort with enough space left for luggage.

What we like
Interior much better than previous Mahindra jee
What we don't like
Still basic and poor quality

Mahindra Thar Interiors Details

Mahindra Thar Boot space

Mahindra Thar doesnt have such as Boot, where it can either be used for the luggage space as well as for people.

Mahindra Thar Speedometer

Thar comes with a conventional speedometer that gives it a conventional masculine look

Mahindra Thar Gear lever

Thar comes with a smooth gear lever in all models and is positioned ergonomically for driver comfort.

Mahindra Thar Cup holders

There are no cup holders provided in any of the models of Mahindra Thar.

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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 Exteriors Details

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

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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 Engine and Performance Details

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 kmhour and in Di model it ranges to a whopping 140kmhour

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 2.461 respectively.

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Mahindra Thar Mileage and Running Costs

Mahindra Thar Diesel Mileage 16.55 kmpl

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!

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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 Details

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.

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 feature

Mahindra Thar Handling, Braking & Safety Details

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 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'

Mahindra Thar Comfort & Suspension Details

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 doesnt 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 Specifications and Features

Dimension & Weights

Overall Length 3920 mm
Overall Width 1710 mm
Overall Height 1930 mm
Ground Clearance 200 mm

Engine

Torque 247Nm @1800rpm
Displacement 2498 cc
Power 105PS @3800rpm
No of Cylinders 4

Fuel Efficiency

Mileage Highway --
Mileage City --
Mileage Overall --

Wheels & Tyres

Tyres 235/70 R 16
Wheel Size 16 inch
Wheel Type Steel

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Mahindra Thar Features

Mahindra Thar DI 4X4 DI 4x2 CRDe AC
ABS
Airbags
Power Steering
Power Windows
Audio System
Alloy Wheels

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Mahindra Thar Colors

  • Black
  • Toreador Red
  • Mist Silver
  • Arctic White

Mahindra Thar Price

Mahindra Thar Price in New Delhi

Rs 4.82 L - 7.35 L
ex-showroom price in New Delhi
Check On Road Price

The ex showroom price of Mahindra Thar ranges from Rs 4.82 Lakh to Rs 7.35 Lakh. Mahindra Thar is available in 3 variants. To find the on road price of Mahindra Thar you need to click on the check on road price.

Mahindra Thar has 3 Diesel variant(s), the cheapest variant is Mahindra Thar DI 4X4 which has a Diesel engine, and starts at Rs 5.30 Lakh, the most expensive variant is Mahindra Thar CRDe AC which has a Diesel engine and is for Rs 7.35 Lakh .

Mahindra Thar News

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109th Mahindra Great Escape concludes
By Abhishek Chaliha Posted on Mar,03,12 7:36 PM

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Mahindra annouces M-Plus free service camp from March 3rd - 9th
By Nithyanandh K Posted on Feb,02,26 5:55 PM

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Mahindra Great Escape - 108th edition held in Gurgaon, NCR
By Gaadi Team Posted on Dec,12,10 1:02 AM

The National Capital Region (NCR) on 7th December witnessed one of the most popular off-road capers held in our country, the Mahindra Great Escape (MGE). Gurgaon played host to the 108th edition which had more than 40 Mahindra vehicles traversing som

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Report 107th Mahindra Great Escape, Pushkar
By Bunny Punia Posted on Nov,11,29 3:41 PM

The Great Escape is an event held under the Mahindra Adventure umbrella and aims to bring together owners of various Mahindra MUVs and SUVs in order to enjoy the experience of pushing their machines to the limit in a controlled environment. More im

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Mahindra Adventure - 3000 km 'Tri-Nation Escape 2013' flags off from Delhi
By Gaadi Team Posted on Oct,10,25 9:52 PM

The Indian 4x4 major, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M), recently flagged off its Tri-Nation Escape 2013 under its umbrella brand - Mahindra Adventure. To the uninitiated, this is the division of M&M behind all the adventure and motor sp

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Adventure of discovery on Mahindra Thar
By carindia Posted on Jul,07,20 3:14 PM

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User Reviews (5 of 6 ) View all Write A Review

mahindra thar
Posted on Apr,04,16 1:38 PM

Pros rugged build,good off roader,classic jeep.

Cons styling,less facilities than competitors.

good off roader.styling and facilities could be better.

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Jeep it is
Posted on Sep,09,24 6:59 PM

Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Good driving posture

Cons Average Interiors,CongestedUncomfortable,

Jeep was my dream vehicle for years since I started driving. If there is one vehicle which can tame Indian roads, it has to be one and only Mahindra Jeep. Except for its lousy interiors and rear suspension problems it meets all the demands one may have from an offroading or daily use vehicle.

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My experience with the Mahindra Thar
By Posted on Mar,03,25 4:13 PM

Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Comfort,

Cons ,Flimsy build quality

Right from the first time I saw the Mahindra Thar I appreciated the way the jeep looks. But when I finally got a chance to check out the jeep I was quite disappointed to find out that the rugged looks are mostly superficial and are let down by flimsy build quality. Somewhere during its life span, Mahindra added strengthening beams to better the structural integrity of the car. But all these things dont matter (although they should) because the Thars selling point is its uniqueness. True that it looks like a traditional jeep and nothing out of the ordinary but the fact that it is the only jeep on sale in India makes it the default choice for prospective customers. I had the chance of driving one recently and was pleasantly surprised to find that the engine is very responsive for that of a jeep. It feels fast and agile with its suspension setup which also gives the car a very comfortable driving experience. This being a jeep, equipment is limited to power steering and air conditioning which is ok. But the fact that it costs more than eight lakh rupees is the main problem with this car. While it has a good appearance, the lack of equipment and poor build quality along with a high price tag the Thar has more to lose than to win.

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Power steering
By Posted on Sep,09,20 7:06 PM

Pros Good Performance,Comfort,

Cons Average Fuel Efficiency,

Car is excellent off road but power steering option should be available

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Power steering
By Posted on Sep,09,20 7:07 PM

Pros Good Performance,Comfort,

Cons Average Fuel Efficiency,

Car is excellent off road but power steering option should be available

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