on 09, Jan 2019

Mahindra Alturas G4 Review: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for New Car Buyers

The Premium SUV market in India is being ruled by Toyota, Mitsubishi and the new product from Honda and Skoda from quite a long time. Now there is a new contender, the Alturas G4 from Mahindra which is giving a tough competition. The Alturas is Mahindra's most premium SUV and sits on top of its table. It comes packed with a powerful diesel engine, premium features, modern technology and a smooth gearbox, all in all with a price tag you can't resist. We have penned down a detailed description of the Mahindra Alturas which will help you evaluate your choice for your next SUV.

Mahindra has geared up to compete in the premium SUV range in the Indian market with the launch of the Alturas. Although in the International market this model is sold as the Rexton, but here in India its comes with the badging of Mahindra trying. Hence it is being localised and keeping cost in control. Basically, the Alturas G4 from Mahindra is rebadged version of the second generation Rexton from Ssangyong. This second generation Rexton had made its first debut in the year 2017 in the international market. If we compare the Alturas with the second Generation Rexton, it shares many styling features and technology but also gets some hints of Mahindra in it. With the launch of the Alturas G4, it now the most expensive SUV to be available in from Mahindra stables in India.

Mahindra Alturas diesel models/variants 

Mahindra_Alturas_Exterior_1Mahindra has launched the Alturas G4 only with a single diesel engine for both the base and top variant. It doesn't get any other engine option, also it gets a seven-speed torque converter for both the trim levels. But it does come in a 4X2 unit which is available on the base variant and whereas the top trim level gets a 4X4 unit. Below mentioned are the two variants/models of the Alturas G4.

Mahindra Alturas mileage

Mahindra-Alturas-mileage2019The Alturas G4 is only powered with a diesel engine and it gives out a mileage of 10 km per litre to 12 km per litre of diesel. As of now, the official mileage figures haven't been released from the manufacturer.

Mahindra Alturas colours

Mahindra-Alturas-colours2019The Alturas G4 is available in five paint schemes- Pearl White, D Sat Silver, Lakeside Brown, Napoli Black and Regal Blue

Mahindra Alturas features/specs/price:

Key Features and Specs:

  • Mahindra has equipped the Alturas G4 with four cameras which gives a 360 view of the SUV on the infotainment unit. This feature helps the users in parking the car in tight corners and it also ensures a smooth drive.

  • The Alturas gets a 20.32cm touchscreen infotainment unit which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

  • The steering wheel gets audio controls on it, which helps you navigate smoothly through your music. Also, the instrument cluster can be handled through the controls on the steering and it also helps in setting the cruise control.

  • The instrument cluster is customisable and gets three modes: Regular, Animation and RPM -Linked

  • While driving the car in reverse, the ORVM’s automatically to an angle which helps the drive assist in it.

  • At the rear, Mahindra is offered the Alturas with a smart powered tailgate. The tailgate opens automatically if you stand behind the car for just 3 seconds (Note: The Smart Key provided should be in your pocket).

Price:

The starting price of the Alturas G4 starts from Rs 26.95 lakh (Ex-Showroom)

  • 2WD AT- Rs 26.95 lakh (Ex-Showroom)

  • 4WD AT- Rs 29.95 lakh (Ex-Showroom)

Mahindra Alturas performance

Mahindra_Alturas_Exterior_3 The Alturas G4 sprints from 0-100kmph in 11.06 seconds, which in comparisons with the Fortuner is slow by two seconds. But if we compare it with the Ford Endeavour the Alturas G4 is quicker by half of the seconds despite being powered with a 2.2-litre engine. The seven-speed torque converter is very quick and it also downshifts very smooth;y which helps in overtaking.

Mahindra Alturas engine

Mahindra-Alturas-engine2019Powering the Alturas G4 is a 2.2 litre diesel mill from Mahindra. As of now, Mahindra hasn't brought in a petrol engine variant.  Even though this 2198cc diesel mill is small in a capacity pot in comparisons with it rivals, but it churns out a whopping 178bhp of power and 420Nm of twist.

Mahindra Alturas transmission

Mahindra_Alturas_Interior_2Mahindra has coupled its diesel engine with a seven speed automatic transmission. This automatic transmission is sourced from Mercedes-Benz. The lower base variant comes with a front wheel drive set up whereas the top variant gets four wheel drive setup.

Mahindra Alturas Safety & comfort

Mahindra_Alturas_Exterior_4In terms of safety, Mahindra is stepping forward in comparison with its rivals with its top model getting 9 airbags, tyre pressure monitoring, active roll-over protection, ESP, ABS and EBD and many more features in the safety kit. The above-mentioned safety features are first in its segment and below we have mentioned the detailed safety feature in each variant.

Safety kit on the base variant Alturas G4 2WD AT  consist of the following safety features:

  • Driver side Airbags and Passenger Side Airbags

  • ABS

  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

  • Brake Assist

  • Hill Assist

  • Electronic Stability Program

  • Engine Immobilizer

  • Central Locking

  • Child Safety Lock

  • Power Door Lock

  • Automatic Headlamps

  • Turn Indicators On ORVM

  • Rear Wiper

  • Headlamp Beam Adjuster

On the other hand the Top Variant Alturas 4WD AT gets additional safety features such as:

  • Side Airbags (Total 9 airbags)

  • Cornering Lights

  • Rain-Sensing Wipers

Mahindra Alturas review (with video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkM615Jya84

Mahindra Alturas Pros & cons

Mahindra_Alturas_Exterior_7Pros

Mahindra has offered this premium SUV with the macho exterior design, also the fit and finish on the interior are top notch and it gets a premium touch to it. In addition to this, the cabin is roomy and is very spacious. Mahindra powers this SUV with a powerful diesel mill and a smooth automatic transmission.

Cons

The seating space in the third row gets uncomfortable and the ride quality of the Alturas is also bumpy.

Mahindra Alturas diesel competitors

The Alturas G4 competes for head-on with the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda CR-V, Ford Endeavour and Isuzu MU-X in the Indian market.

Mahindra Alturas vs other cars

Dimensions Mahindra Alturas Toyota Fortuner Ford Endeavour Isuzu MU-X
         
Length 4850mm 4795mm 4892mm 4825mm
         
Width 1960mm 1855mm 1860mm 1860mm
         
Height 1825mm 1835mm 1837mm 1860mm
         
Wheelbase 2865mm 2745mm 2850mm 2845mm
         
Ground Clearance 180mm 225mm 225mm 230mm

Powertrain (Diesel Automatic)

  Mahindra Alturas Toyota Fortuner Ford Endeavour Isuzu MU-X
         
Displacement 2157cc 2755cc 2198cc/3198cc 2999cc
         
No. of cylinders 4 4 4/5 4
         
Power 178hp 177hp 160hp/200hp 177hp
         
Torque 420Nm 450Nm 380Nm/470Nm 380Nm
         
Transmission 7-speed AT 6-speed AT 6-speed AT 5-speed AT

Prices: (Ex-showroom, Delhi) (Top Spec Variant)

Mahindra Alturas G4: Rs 26.95-29.95 lakh

Toyota Fortuner 2.8L 4X4 AT Rs 32.97 lakh

Ford Endeavour 3.2l 4x4 Titanium: Rs 32.81 lakh

Isuzu MU-X 4x4 AT Rs 28.31 lakh

Mahindra Alturas diesel mileage comparison:

As the exact figures of the mileage haven't been revealed by the manufacturer its hard to compare it with its rivals.

Mahindra Alturas exterior 

Aesthetically, at the front, the grille has been tweaked with a touch of Mahindra’s signature design and towards its end are the pair of stylish headlamp units. The overall design of the Alturas is very macho and it also has a bit of the Land Cruiser appearance. Coming to the side profile, it gets squared wheel arches which go along with the overall macho design.

Mahindra_Alturas_Exterior_5This SUV runs on large 18-inch alloy wheels. As the Alturas is completely based on the second gen Rexton it carries over the huge dimensions. On top, it gets roof rails and a sunroof and to give it a sporty look it also gets a spoiler. At the rear, Mahindra has offered this SUV with stylish tail lamps and muscular tailgate. The bumper is neatly designed and it doesn't look much over thanks to the blacked out lower end.

Mahindra Alturas interior

Mahindra_Alturas_Interior_3Stepping in the Alturas you will be taken aback with the luxurious features and elements that Mahindra has to offer. Upfront, the dash gets a modern design with many premium fits and finish materials. It gets a dual tone finish with a wooden finish which gives a boost to the premium finish of the SUV. Also, the dash hosts the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment unit. Mahindra has offered the cabin with quilted leather upholstery giving it a much premium finish and look.

Mahindra_Alturas_Interior_4For utmost comfort, the drivers can be adjusted in eight ways and it also gets memory functions along with it. In addition to this, the Alturas also get dual-zone climate control, ventilated seats and cruise control for a smooth drive. As the headliner is scooped up it offers better headroom and due to the huge dimensions, the cabin also feels roomy. Although the boot space is quite big with the third row folded down, the third feels a bit crampy for adults.

New/upcoming launch announcement of Mahindra

Mahindra is all gearing up to launch the XUV300 in the coming months and we can expect it to be launched somewhere around the first half of 2019. Electrification is the future of mobility and Mahindra has been following it from quite a long time in the Indian market with E2O. With the growing demand for electric cars, Mahindra is also working out with the launch of the eKUV100.  

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