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Mahindra Thar

Mahindra Thar is a 4 seater SUV car in a price range of Rs. 10.98 Lakh to 16.93 Lakh in India. Thar is offered with 1.5L and diesel engine and 2L petrol engines along with both manual and automatic transmission options. The claimed mileage of Thar varies from 9 Kmpl on petrol to 15.2 Kmpl on diesel. The ground clearance of Thar is 226 mm. Thar is available in thirteen variants and five beautiful colours. Considering the price and specs Thar is a tough competition to Force Gurkha, Maruti Brezza and Maruti Jimny.
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Mahindra Thar Specifications

  • Engine1497 - 2184 CC
  • Mileage 9 - 15.2 Kmpl
  • TransmissionManual / Automatic
  • Fuel TypePetrol / Diesel
  • Max Power130bhp@3750rpm
  • Seating Capacity4
  • Drive Type4WD
  • Body TypeSUV
  • Ground Clearance226 mm

Mahindra Thar Features

  • Airbags (Driver and Passenger)
  • ABS
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  • Central Locking
  • Power Steering
  • Max Torque (300Nm@1600-2800rpm)
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Mahindra Thar Car Latest Updates

The Mahindra Thar SUV’s 4x4 variants get a new colour option, Everest White, that was previously only offered on the 2WD variant. With that, the 4x4 model gets a total of five colour options – Napoli Black, Red Rage, Galaxy Grey, Aquamarine and Everest White.

The rear-wheel-drive Thar continues to get a total of six colour options, including the Blazing Bronze shade that’s exclusive to the 2WD model.

Features of Mahindra Thar

The Thar packs a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment which features off-road stats, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cruise control, roof mounted speakers, manual air conditioner, steering mounted audio controls, a multi-info display, power windows and keyless entry. Mahindra offers it with safety features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, electronic stability control and a roll cage. The Thar boasts a Global NCAP crash test score of four stars.

Mahindra Thar Engine

The Mahindra Thar off-roader SUV comes with three engine options: a 118PS/300Nm 1.5-litre diesel, a 130PS/300Nm 2.2-litre diesel and a 150PS/320Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol. The 1.5-litre diesel and 2-litre turbo-petrol can be had with rear-wheel drive, while the turbo-petrol and larger diesel engine are offered with four-wheel drive. A 6-speed manual is offered as standard, however, the automatic option is limited to the 2-litre turbo-petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines. The Thar boasts a water wading ability of 650mm, an approach angle of 41.8 degree, departure angle of 36.8 degree and rampover angle of 27 degree. It’s underpinned by a ladder frame chassis and sits on independent double wishbone suspension at the front and multi link coil springs at the rear.

Mahindra Thar Rivals

Its immediate rival in the country is the Force Gurkha. The Thar also fight it out with the Maruti Suzuki Jimny

Mahindra Thar Variants

Mahindra retails the Thar in two variants: AX Opt and LX.

The off-roader SUV can be had in two body styles: a convertible soft top and a fixed hard top. The petrol powered AX variant only gets a convertible top, while the remaining variants can be had with either option.

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Mahindra Thar Price

Thar price in India starts at Rs. 10.98 Lakh for the base model. Thar diesel price starts from Rs. 10.98 Lakh and goes upto Rs. 16.93 Lakh for the top model whereas the top Thar petrol model price goes upto Rs. 16.26 Lakh. Apart from this Thar automatic price start at Rs. 13.77 Lakh and is available in 4 options. Thar comes in 13 variants with 5 colour options.

Price of Thar Diesel, Automatic and other Variants

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Thar AX Opt 4-Str Hard Top Diesel RWD

1497 cc . Diesel . Manual
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Rs. 10.98 Lakh
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Thar LX 4-Str Hard Top Diesel RWD

1497 cc . Diesel . Manual
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Thar LX 4-Str Hard Top AT RWD

1997 cc . Petrol . Automatic
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Mahindra Thar Pros and Cons

  • Thar Advantages

    Looks modern with tweaked styling and improved interiors. Drivetrain includes petrol, diesel and automatic options. 4x4 is standard. Washable interiors are a nice touch. New RWD variant drops the entry price.

  • Thar Disadvantages

    Mechanical rear locking differential only on the AX (Adventure) trim.

  • Expert's Conclusion

    The epitome of rough and rugged motoring gets a more pleasing personality while still retaining its admirable off-road abilities. The RWD variants bring lifestyle cred to those who don't like getting their feet wet.

Mahindra Thar Expert Review

The Thar's utility and rugged off-road ability is legendary. But apart from a small group of people who have the financial ability to indulge, or the genuine need of a rugged 4x4, all it remains, for the majority of us, is a pipe dream. New automatic gearbox options and a more upmarket, kitted out interior aim to bridge the gap between dreams and reality while making the new Thar more marketable to the family. Just how friendly is the petrol auto in the city and can it compare to the convenience of a compact SUV? Time for a proper tarmac-only road test.

Just a small disclaimer: this story focuses solely on the Petrol Automatic Thar and its performance on a day to day basis. If you want more details about the Thar in general then check out: 

1: Mahindra Thar: First Look

2. Thar Diesel Manual: First Drive 

If you’re more interested in learning about how the Thar fares off-road and how it compares to its predecessor in every regard then check out this story:

Mahindra Thar Old vs New 

Engine & Performance

This petrol automatic powertrain is the one combination of the new Thar lineup that I was looking forward to driving. A new engine is always exciting but a large displacement turbo petrol can conjure up far more magnetic desires. And thankfully the new Mahindra mStallion petrol impressed right from the off. At idle it ticks over in a very refined manner, with barely any engine noise or vibrations permeating into the well insulated LX hardtop cabin. We do have to add a disclaimer that the AC blower is fairly loud even at its lowest setting and though this is a little annoying it does help mask the engine note  

For a turbo the power delivery is smooth and linear, with not too noticeable a surge when it kicks in. And when you do mash the throttle and it does spool up, you are greeted with a nice flow of torque and what feels like fairly brisk acceleration. That is until you look at the numbers and then you realise that this hunk of metal, with a drag coefficient not unlike a brick wall, actually manages to hit the 100kmph mark in 10.21s. That’s faster than a Polo GT TSI (AT), faster than the new Compass and barely a car’s length behind the Skoda Rapid MT. Yup, this Thar is fast too. In terms of efficiency it managed to return a respectable 12.18kmpl on the highway and 9.16kmpl in the city. Not the best figures but then with a heavy kerb weight and powerful turbo petrol this seems fair.

City driving is a charm with this powertrain. The steering and pedals are nicely weighted, and the six speed auto shifts smoothly. At city speeds the shifts are actually hard to pick up and it’s only when you rush the gearbox that it shows a bit of latency at high rpms. The 320Nm of torque means there’s always plenty of pulling power for quick overtakes. It’s only when it comes time to maneuver through tight streets that its width takes some getting used to. Its large turning radius means navigating tight parking lots or taking u-turns also needs a little planning and patience. 


During this test we had a chance to pitch the Thar against the XUV300, a similarly priced compact SUV. The XUV300 is purpose built to handle city life and so was the perfect urban benchmark. 

The Thar was surprisingly close to the XUV300 in both handling and braking tests, with the former managing to keep up around corners and only just stopping a few metres longer than the much lighter XUV300. What this means in the real world is that the new Thar is a lot more capable and stable both around corners as well as at high speeds than the outgoing model. 

In terms of ride quality though, there is still a bit of gap between a typical city SUV’s comfort levels and the Thar. At highway speeds there is a little vertical and side-to-side movement in the cabin and over broken roads the softer suspension setup of the XUV300 insulates you better from the bumps. The Thar’s suspension is more tuned keeping in mind its off-road performance so this is one compromise that can’t be helped.

So it’s no surprise that the XUV300 came out on top in handling and braking tests and with a much more powerful engine the Thar was always the favourite in a drag race. But the pleasant surprise was how much closer the Thar ran in the competition.

To watch our Thar vs XUV300 video click here   

Looks & Road Presence

The borrowed classic good looks are legendary. If you wanted to look butch or macho the Thar was all the makeover you needed and this thankfully hasn’t changed. The new Thar may have its corners rounded off but that desirable edginess still exists. In fact the Thar has actually grown in width (129mm) and length(85mm) and lost a little height (86mm) and this has resulted in it looking more hunkered down and broader than ever, further emphasising its ruggedness. So it’s a win-win situation really. 

The real improvements though are the tighter fitting panels with consistent panel gaps and a hard top that promises to keep you dry even in the worst of weather. The nicely integrated bumper design that flows nicely into the cladding around the wheel wells and the moulded step along the sides also helps with this new softer edged design. One that promises not to rip your trousers or shirts to shreds as you climb into it. 

The 18-inch alloy wheels also look nice but we really loved the look of the painted steel rims that Mahindra’s off-road division had fitted to the test car we had in our Old vs New comparo. Another place you could look at changing things up with aftermarket goodies are the headlights which are simple halogen headlamps which function perfectly but feel a little dated in this era of LED everything. So yes there’s plenty of room for tasteful upgrades to make those Insta posts pop.


A promise of being more friendly in the city is what has driven the interest in this Thar tremendously. And a lot of that is down to how famously bad the interiors of the old workhorse were. We’ve all got our own stories of cuts and bruises from spending time in the old Thar but its capable off-road performance was always the focal point of those experiences. The time spent in the cabin on the way to the exciting bits of those drives were memories we don’t quite recall with fondness. The new interiors of the Thar are a refreshing change and ensure that those memories remain deeply repressed. Yes it may still feature hard plastics all around and there are still some ergo issues like the lack of knee room in the driver footwell and no dead pedal, even for the automatic variants, but all things considered, it’s a lot easier to spend time in this cabin. That is of course if you’re sitting in the front seats. 

The rear seat ergos, ride comfort and ease of access still have plenty of room for improvement. If you are planning to spend quality time with the family in the car then the Thar will leave them wanting more. For the same price the creature comfort and ergos of a compact SUV is still leaps and bounds ahead of the experience in the Thar.

Check out our space and practicality review of the Thar vs XUV300 at CarDekho


This mStallion petrol paired with the 6-speed auto box was the pick of the engine combinations we’ve experienced in the Thar. It’s smooth and refined in the city and packs a heck of a punch when you push the go pedal. There’s plenty of torque from the petrol motor too so though we didn't test it, it’s sure to perform just as amicably in the off-road environment as well.

The Thar's appeal and promise to take you on great adventures is a big draw but living with it everyday will still ask you to make many compromises. As a second car or for those who just need the utility of the 4x4 the Thar’s appeal is undeniable. And we honestly aren’t going to let go of its keys till we really have to. But as an only car, one that you will share with a family who probably rank space and comfort higher than Insta cred, the Thar asks you to still make some compromises. 

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Mahindra Thar User Reviews

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  • A True Off-Road Icon Balancing Adventure

    The Mahindra Thar is an iconic and rugged SUV celebrated for its off-road capabilities and distinctive design. Known for its adventurous spirit, the Thar retains a classic and boxy silhouette, appealing to off-road enthusiasts and those seeking a unique driving experience. Its removable top and doors provide an open-air feel, enhancing the thrill of exploration. The Thar's robust four-wheel-drive system and durable build make it well-suited for challenging terrains. While its ride may be more utilitarian compared to urban-focused SUVs,

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    I have been driving New Thar

    I have been driving new thar since september 2021.Excellent car in this segment and a tough off road vehicle.Great road presence.

  • Adventure Meets Versatility in thar

    With its robust figure and important interpretation, the Mahindra Thar has won my reference and come to represent adventure and durability. Every off road adventure is instigative and dynamic thanks to its important engine and nimble running, and its ultrapractical amenities guarantee a comfortable and operative ride on a variety of domains. This SUV completely satisfies my reason for both continuity and adventure thanks to its ultrapractical features and tough car, which also extend a touch of release and practicality. Setting new marks for the combination of car and practicality that a real out road agent can negotiate, the Mahindra Thar has truly come to represent adventure and durability.

  • I bought THAR RWD breaking

    I bought thar rwd breaking is very worst.No quick response of breaking, Before buying think 100.Times.

  • Unleash Your Adventurous Side with Mahindra Thar

    Discover your sense of adventure with the Mahindra Thar. This recognizable SUV is erected to manage the feral with fineness. It's ideal for out- road conditioning because to its tough construction and adjustable features. The cabin of the Thar is canny and well- connected, making every lift pleasurable. Safety features are a top seat, giving away you peace of mind while you explore out- road. The Mahindra Thar is the stylish SUV to take if you are appearing for a agent that can take you on exhilarating sorties.

  • 4.3
    Driving experience

    Driving experience is outstanding, I am really in love with this it's true off roading vehicle with great engine capacity.


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Mahindra Thar Colours

Mahindra Thar is available in 5 exciting colours options like Everest White, Napoli Black, Deep Grey, Aqua Marine and Rage Red.

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Mahindra Thar Mileage

The mileage of Mahindra Thar starts from 9 kmpl to 15.2 Kmpl. The claimed ARAI mileage of Thar Petrol Manual is 15.2 Kmpl and for the Thar Diesel Manual is 15.2 Kmpl. In Automatic the claimed ARAI mileage of Thar Petrol is 9 kmpl and for the Thar Diesel Automatic is 10 kmpl.
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Diesel Automatic 10 kmpl NA
Diesel Manual 15.2 Kmpl 13 Kmpl
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Petrol Manual 15.2 Kmpl 12 Kmpl

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Q. What are the engine specifications of the Mahindra Thar?
  • Mahindra offers the Thar with 3 engine options: a 2-litre turbo-petrol engine (152PS/320Nm), a 2.2-litre diesel engine (130PS/300Nm) and 1.5-litre diesel engine (118PS/300Nm)
Q. What is the top model Mahindra Thar?
  • The top model of the Mahindra Thar is the Mahindra Thar LX 4-Str Hard Top Diesel AT.
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Q. Is Thar good for daily use?
  • The Mahindra Thar is primarily designed as an off-road SUV, excelling in rugged terrains and adventurous driving. While it offers a comfortable ride, it may not match the plushness of regular urban SUVs. The ride quality can be bumpy on rough roads, and the seating may not be as luxurious as city-oriented vehicles. Whether the Mahindra Thar is suitable for daily use depends on your preferences, driving needs, and local road conditions. If you enjoy adventure, and off-roading, and want a unique and eye-catching vehicle for daily use, the Mahindra Thar could be an excellent choice. However, if your daily driving is mainly in the city and you prioritize comfort and fuel efficiency, there might be more practical options available. we would suggest you to take a test drive before making the final decision. Follow the link and select your desired city for dealership details.
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Q. How many colours are available in Mahindra Thar?
  • Mahindra Thar is available in 6 different colours - Everest White, Galaxy Grey, Red Rage, Blazing Bronze, Aqua Marine and Napoli Black.
Q. What is the ground clearance of Mahindra Thar?
  • Mahindra Thar features a ground clearance of 219mm for the lower variants, while the higher LX variants gets a ground clearance of 226mm.
Q. What is the ground clearance of the Mahindra Thar?
  • The ground clearance of the Mahindra Thar is 226 mm(Unladen).
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Mahindra Thar FAQs

What is the price of the top variant of Mahindra Thar?

The ex-showroom price of top variant of Mahindra Thar is 16.93 Lakh (Delhi).

What is the EMI of Mahindra Thar in Delhi?

The EMI for the base variant of Mahindra Thar in Delhi is Rs. 21,240 per month @ 10.5% for a tenure of 60 months.

What are the top competitors of Mahindra Thar?

The top 3 competitors of Mahindra Thar are Mahindra Bolero, Maruti Jimny and Hyundai Creta.

What is the ground clearance of Mahindra Thar?

The ground clearance of Mahindra Thar is 226 mm.

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