If you're looking to unleash your inner adventurous spirit and explore the great outdoors, then you're going to need an offroad car.
But what if you're also looking for a car that can handle your daily commute or intercity trips while still delivering that off-road prowess? Well, Mahindra has just the solution for you - introducing the all-new Mahindra Thar.
The Mahindra Thar has been a legendary off-road icon for a while now. But with the new Thar, Mahindra's engineers went back to the drawing board and created a vehicle that's not only a beast off-road, but also practical for everyday use.
That's why bookings for this niche off-roader have skyrocketed, with waiting periods extending into months. But is it worth the hype? Can you use it as your primary vehicle? Stay tuned for a complete Mahindra Thar review that will answer all your doubts.
Mahindra Thar: Specifications
The Thar is power-packed with features that make it a perfect off-roader. The six-speed manual transmission and a selectable four-wheel drive system with low-range gearing help it traverse tough terrain. The exterior features include round headlights, flared wheel arches, and a spare wheel mounted on the tailgate. The interior features include bucket seats, a roll cage, and an extractable soft top.
New Mahindra Thar Design
In terms of design, Mahindra has just hit the sweet spot with the Thar. While it looks far more modern than its more basic predecessor, Mahindra has managed to retain the retro Jeep silhouette.
The car is wider, looks more poised, and the edges have been softened just enough to give it a sleeker look, but the classic round headlights, LED tail lights, and tailgate-mounted spare wheel still maintain its rugged appeal.
Upgraded Interior Design
Its a hefty climb into the Thar cabin, but once you're inside, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that it no longer feels like a Thar and we mean that as a compliment.
The cockpit area is modern and well-built, with an upright seating position that gives you a commanding view of the road. And you'll be pleased to find that the Thar comes with a fair bit of equipment, including a touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, remote locking, and cruise control.
Mahindra Thar Drive experience
The Mahindra Thar offers three engine options, one petrol and two diesel engines, all available with manual and automatic gearboxes. The 1.5 diesel engine performs well, while the 2.2 diesel feels even more powerful. The petrol engine has satisfying power too but trades off fuel efficiency.
On the highway, you can cruise at 120 km/h with ease, and the Thar feels stable and confident despite its short wheelbase. In the hardtop version, the cabin is generally quiet.
Mahindra Thar Off-road Performance Review
The Mahindra Thar has been praised for its build quality, comfortable ride, and spacious interior. Plus, it's one of the few off-road vehicles that come with a factory-installed soft top. The Thar is a great choice for anyone who wants to explore the great outdoors without breaking the bank.
Some performance-related aspects that make Thar a great choice are
4*4 low-ratio transfer gearbox
226 mm of ground clearance
Mechanical differential locks
Loads of grunt from the engine
Tires and traction that can counter any terrain
The Thar has all the ingredients needed to cook up a near-perfect adventure.
New Mahindra Thar Buyer Review
The all-new Mahindra Thar is a great car for those looking for an off-road vehicle that can also be used as a daily driver. It is comfortable, has plenty of features and is very capable off-road. The only downside is the price, but if you can afford it then the Thar is definitely worth considering.
We have listed some of the positives and negatives of owning a Thar. This will help you decide if it's the perfect car for you.
Positives of Thar
Unmatched road presence
Incredible off-road ability
Enhanced road manners
Improved feature set
Negatives of Thar
Limited cabin space
No dead pedal
Long waiting period
Purpose-built as ever, the new Mahindra Thar has come to be known as an all-round vehicle. It has all the off-road capabilities of its predecessor, but with added practicality and comfort. Of course, it's not perfect and still has a few faults, but it's worth your attention.
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