Maruti Jimny and Mahindra Thar go off-roading: Which one is better? [Video]

Ever since the unveiling of the Maruti Suzuki Jimny at the Auto Expo 2023, people have eagerly anticipated a comparison with its direct rival, the Mahindra Thar, particularly in off-road terrains. Now that the prices of the Jimny have been revealed and deliveries have commenced, owners have begun taking their Jimnys for off-road adventures. We recently came across a comparison video featuring the Jimny and Thar, where both SUVs were put to the test on challenging terrains with steep inclines, rocky surfaces, and loose sand.

In a YouTube video uploaded by BRH Expeditions, a Maruti Suzuki Jimny and a Mahindra Thar were seen tackling a hilly area filled with demanding obstacles. The video aimed to showcase the off-road capabilities of both vehicles and how they measure up against each other.

The footage depicts the Jimny and Thar conquering challenging inclines, maneuvering over loose sand, and crawling across rocky terrain. Both SUVs demonstrated impressive prowess, but upon closer inspection, the Jimny appeared to have a slight edge over the Thar, thanks to a couple of advantages in its favor.

Is Jimny better?

Maruti Jimny and Mahindra Thar go off-roading: Which one is better? [Video]

The Maruti Suzuki Jimny boasts a lower kerb weight compared to the Mahindra Thar, resulting in a better power-to-weight ratio. This translates to a lighter and more agile driving experience, especially in demanding conditions. Despite having a smaller engine and lower power output, the Jimny feels more nimble due to its lighter weight and compact dimensions, making it highly maneuverable.

The presenter in the video also mentioned that while the Maruti Suzuki Jimny comes equipped with factory-fitted soft tarmac tires, the Mahindra Thar features all-terrain tires. All-terrain tires offer superior grip in off-road conditions, making them highly advantageous. These tires perform well both on and off the urban roads. Although the Jimny does not come with such tires as standard, many owners have been observed visiting tire shops to replace the stock tires with all-terrain ones.

In comparison to the Mahindra Thar, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny presents itself as a slightly more practical choice for urban environments. It features a four-door layout, ample boot space, more features, and a more efficient petrol engine. Both SUVs have proven their off-road capabilities, and it remains to be seen how the Jimny fares against the Thar in terms of sales volume.

Maruti Suzuki Jimny Vs Thar

Both the Maruti Suzuki Jimny and the Mahindra Thar share a similar length of 3985mm. However, the Thar surpasses the Jimny in width and height, measuring 1820mm wide and 1850mm tall, compared to the Jimny’s 1645mm width and 1720mm height. This indicates a notable size advantage for the Thar, being 175mm wider and 130mm taller. Additionally, the Thar boasts a higher ground clearance of 245mm, while the Jimny offers 210mm.

However, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny excels in one area—wheelbase. With a wheelbase of 2590mm, the Jimny provides slightly more interior space than the Thar, which allows for the inclusion of rear doors. In contrast, the Thar remains a strictly three-door SUV, accommodating four passengers in both models.

When it comes to drivetrain options, the Mahindra Thar offers a range of variants, including petrol-manual, petrol-automatic, diesel-manual, and diesel-automatic. The Maruti Suzuki Jimny, on the other hand, exclusively features a petrol engine and offers a choice between manual and automatic transmissions. Additionally, while the Thar can be equipped with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, the Jimny comes standard with a four-wheel drive system.

Shantonil Nag

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