Maruti Jimny Vs Mahindra Thar: Which Is The More Affordable Off-roader?

  • Jun 9, 2023
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On paper, the Maruti Jimny is as capable off road as the Mahindra Thar, but it does so without sacrificing on practicality. So does that extra practicality carry a higher price over the Thar?

The Maruti Jimny is finally here after a long wait. It employs the same formula as its chief rival, the Mahindra Thar. Both take inspiration from their respective iconic forerunners’ demeanour and styling, and blend them with modern sophistication and features. And yet, both go about their business in different ways: the Thar is more focused and purpose-built, while the Jimny has equal if not better off-roading ability – without compromising on practicality and comfort. 

But does that convenience come at a steeper cost? Let’s find out:

Maruti Jimny

Mahindra Thar

Manual trims


AX (O) Diesel HT RWD - Rs 10.54 lakh

Zeta - Rs 12.74 lakh

LX Diesel HT RWD - Rs 12.04 lakh

Alpha - Rs 13.69 lakh

AX (O) Petrol ST - Rs 13.87 lakh

Alpha Dual Tone - Rs 13.85 lakh

AX(O) Diesel ST - Rs 14.44 lakh


AX(O) Diesel HT - Rs 14.49 lakh


LX Petrol HT - Rs 14.56 lakh


LX Diesel ST - Rs 15.25 lakh


LX Diesel HT - Rs 15.35 lakh

Thanks to the Thar’s rear-wheel drive version, the entry-level price point for it is Rs 2.2 lakh more affordable than the Jimny’s entry-level Zeta trim. But when it comes to the 4x4 petrol AX(O) trim of the Thar – more relevant to the Jimny’s base-spec model – it is the Maruti that’s more affordable with a difference of almost Rs 1 lakh between them.

Even the Jimny’s top-spec dual-tone Alpha variant is more affordable than the Thar’s petrol LX hard top variant. But when you factor in the diesel trims, the Mahindra Thar’s prices shoot up to Rs 15.35 lakh for the top-spec LX Diesel, further widening the gap with the Jimny.

Maruti Jimny

Mahindra Thar

Automatic trims


LX Petrol HT RWD - Rs 13.49 lakh

Zeta - Rs 13.94 lakh


Alpha - Rs 14.89 lakh


Alpha Dual Tone - Rs 15.05 lakh


LX Petrol ST - Rs 16.02 lakh


LX Petrol HT - Rs 16.10 lakh


LX Diesel ST - Rs 16.68 lakh


LX Diesel HT - Rs 16.77 lakh

The Mahindra Thar only gets one automatic RWD trim and that is Rs 45,000 more affordable than the entry-level Zeta automatic trim of the Jimny. As far as the AWD trims of the Thar are concerned, there’s a variance of Rs 2.08 lakh between its entry-level LX ST trim and the Jimny’s Zeta trim.

Even compared to the Jimny’s top-spec Alpha DT variant, the entry-level AWD Thar petrol variant is more expensive by Rs 97,000, while the gap further widens to Rs 1.72 lakh, considering the Thar’s diesel HT variant. 

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While the Jimny is offered with a single 1.5-litre petrol engine paired to either a 5-speed MT or 4-speed AT, the Thar has multiple powertrain options: a 118PS/300Nm 1.5-litre diesel (RWD only), a 130PS/300Nm 2.2-litre diesel and a 150PS/320Nm 2-litre turbo petrol (both RWD and 4WD). A 6-speed manual is offered as standard, while the 2-litre turbo-petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines also get an automatic option. Head over here for a detailed comparison between the powertrains.

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So while the prices of a few of the Jimny’s manual variants overlap with the 4x4 Thar’s manual variants, all its automatic variants are more affordable than that of the Thar’s.

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