The prices of the Maruti Suzuki Jimny have been revealed, confirming its competition with the already popular off-roaders, the Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha. With prices ranging from Rs 12.72 lakh to Rs 15.05 lakh, the Jimny directly rivals the Mahindra Thar (Rs 10.55 lakh to Rs 16.57 lakh) and Force Gurkha (Rs 15.10 lakh). All three SUVs are robust off-roaders based on a ladder-on-frame chassis, each catering to different audiences with their distinct sizes and characteristics.
Should you buy Maruti Suzuki Jimny?
Price range: Rs 12.72 lakh to Rs 15.05 lakh, ex-showroom
If you desire a unique-looking car that can effortlessly navigate both narrow city lanes and off-road terrains, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny is the ideal choice among the three. Being the smallest SUV in terms of size, the Jimny excels at maneuvering through tight and congested lanes, making it a perfect fit for urban environments. Adding to its urban appeal are the comfort and convenience features, such as a modern touchscreen infotainment system, push start-stop button, automatic climate control, headlamp washers, and power-foldable ORVMs. The Jimny’s 1.5-litre petrol engine is the most refined and fuel-efficient powertrain among the three SUVs. If you are looking for a weekend car that can also serve as a secondary vehicle for city roads, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny is an excellent choice for your family.
Should you buy Mahindra Thar?
Price range: Rs 10.55 lakh (4X2) to Rs 16.57 lakh (diesel-auto 4×4)
The prices of the new Maruti Suzuki Jimny closely match those of the petrol-powered variants of the Mahindra Thar. In terms of dimensions, the Mahindra Thar is a larger SUV compared to the Jimny, giving it a more muscular road presence. The Thar has always been the preferred choice for those seeking an imposing stance from their vehicle, and it will continue to be so. However, the Thar compromises on practicality with its three-door layout and limited rear space, making it less suitable as a family car. Instead, with its rugged appeal and exceptional off-road capabilities, the Thar serves as a lifestyle off-roader for weekend getaways, offering a decent number of creature comforts. It is the only SUV in this lineup that provides options for rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, as well as petrol and diesel engine variants, giving prospective buyers a wide range of choices.
Should you buy Force Gurkha?
Price range: Rs 15.1 lakh
Compared to the Jimny and Thar, the Force Gurkha lacks the refinement and modernity expected from a contemporary family car. The fit and finish levels may feel crude in some areas, and the equipment levels are below average. The three-door layout and limited rear space further reduce its family-friendly appeal. However, the Force Gurkha excels in road presence and off-road capability. Among the three SUVs, the Gurkha features the most off-road suitable tires and a range of off-road-oriented features, including a factory-fitted snorkel, off-road bumpers, and the highest ground clearance. These attributes make it a true off-roader, feeling more at home in challenging terrains rather than urban jungles. The Gurkha is an extremely capable vehicle that can conquer any terrain, but due to its lack of comfort and plushness, it is not recommended as a family car.