Compare Mahindra Thar vs KIA Seltos Prices, Specs, Mileage
Wait, we are comparing what? It seems the new Mahindra Thar has confused a lot of people and also the fact that the new Thar is aimed at city use rather than just off-road use has made this discussion start. The new Thar is all new and sits on an all new platform plus for the first time gets a turbo petrol along with an automatic option. There is also a touch-screen and what not. But is it a Seltos rival? I drove both cars just to see.
Both are completely different cars aimed at different people yet the expected price falls in line with the Seltos pricing too. Now in looks the new Thar is attractive to say the least. It is bigger and taller plus the new Thar has a lot of presence. It looks stunning and it stands tall as well. You get the Jeep like grille, the round headlamps but there are new tail-lamps and new additions too. The way the new Thar looks, it is something else. Compared to the Seltos, the new Thar is shorter but wider and of course taller. The Seltos is a crossover and is not as tall or as rugged looking as the Thar but it is aimed for the city crossover buyer and looks sportier in its own way.
Again you can see the difference. You have to climb into the new Thar and here you sit high up while the Seltos has a more car like driving position. The new Thar though has a massive change in quality and actually in some ways can compete with similarly priced SUVs. That said it cannot match the Seltos for the premium materials or features or design. But the new Thar is very modern when compared to its predecessor with a touch-screen and all the basic luxuries. It does not have the connected tech or fancy air purifier or Bose audio but it gets the basics and is a lot more luxurious than the earlier Thar. The Seltos with five doors is a lot more spacious and practical while new Thar is not a practical family car. The boot is less and it is more for nuclear families.
The way both drive are completely different and you have to remove the thought that the new Thar is now like a crossover to drive or anything like that. It is still based on a ladder frame chassis and is not a front wheel drive car. It has a proper 4x4 system with a transfer case. It is still hardcore and a proper off-roader. The massive ground clearance helps too. What has changed in the Thar is the on-road behaviour. There is a new suspension and it drives much better now while the steering is much more easier to use in the city as well. Plus the new Thar gets an automatic which further makes it easier to live with. There is a petrol as well which also gets manual and automatic. While the new Thar is much better to drive, it is still a heavy and off-road like SUV. It is not as easy to drive as Seltos and nor is it as quick or light. The Thar feels heavier and more like a rugged SUV. The other point is the off-road part. The new Thar does off-road very well with all the hardware along with a high ground clearance. The Seltos is front wheel drive and cannot do that.
The Seltos starts at Rs 9.9 lakh and goes till Rs 17.5 lakh. We expect the new Thar to be Rs 11-15 lakh. However to answer the question, should a Seltos buyer look at a new Thar? No is the answer. Both are completely different. Even though the new Thar is much more luxurious and has an automatic plus is easier to drive, it cannot compete with the Seltos here and neither can the Seltos do what the new Thar can. So buy the new Thar if you want a lifestyle car and generally drive yourself or have a nuclear family plus of course love off-roading or travel frequently over country lands where you need the off-road ability. The Seltos is an urban crossover with looks, features and performance on road. Both are completely different- just to clear the confusion.
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