New Mahindra Thar vs Jeep Wrangler - 4x4 SUV COMPARISON
Jeep Wrangler vs 2020 Thar Comparison - Which Lifestyle SUV Should you Buy?
Yes the inevitable comparison as this is something that many are talking about from the minute the new Thar was revealed. You won’t find two off-road SUVs more different than the Jeep Wrangler and the New Thar. And yet, there are many ways in which these SUVs are same, a body on frame construction with a boxy body that’s rugged and desirable. Both Mahindra and Jeep have a long history connected to that iconic grille. But we are here not to discuss history but check out what is the difference between the new Thar and Wrangler. For starters the Wrangler is a much more luxurious car at Rs 60 lakh plus while the new Thar would be Rs 12 lakh starting approx. In our off-road SUV comparison test, we set up a battle - pitting David against Goliath, or the New 2020 Thar against the massive Jeep Wrangler
NEW THAR VS WRANGLER EXTERIOR DESIGN - LOOKS COMPARISON
The Wrangler is a luxury off-roader with being huge in size while the Thar being a lot cheaper and smaller, obviously cannot match it. But let us take a look at the differences anyway. First of all is the looks which is the main similarity. No doubt the Wrangler and the new Thar look alike. However there are subtle differences at the front. While both use the slot like grille with the round headlamps, the new Thar has DRLs on the bumper and a different grille design from the Wrangler. The Rubicon variant of the Wrangler has a different bumper arrangement also. The new Thar gets a different two part grille with the different looking bumper. In terms of size the new Wrangler is huge at near 5m while the new Thar is actually below 4m! In India the Wrangler comes also as a 5-door while the Thar is a 3-door. The rear though is the most familiar as both nearly look the same with the spare wheel mounted at the back and the square tail-lamps. The Thar has its name written on it though.
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NEW THAR VS WRANGLER INTERIOR AND FEATURES COMPARISON
Inside the new Wrangler is a lot more luxurious with a rugged looking interior design. The new Thar also gets a similar sort of look here. Both have sportier steering wheels but the presence of round ac vents and bigger sized controls for easy use during off-road is the main similarity. In the new Thar the vents are above the touchscreen while in the Wrangler it is in the middle. Some of the round controls are same but the Wrangler has the obvious more expensive bits. In terms of features the Wrangler has 7 inch display and a 8.4 inch touchscreen, rear ac vents, tyre pressure monitoring system, multiple 12v sockets, leather and USB ports and more.
The new Thar is also a lot more luxurious but still cannot match the new Wrangler but it is close. There is a 7inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, roof mounted speakers, multi info display, steering controls, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring and more.
NEW THAR VS WRANGLER ENGINE AND CAPABILITY - PERFORMANCE COMPARISON
The Wrangler has a 2.0 four cylinder turbo petrol with 4x4 and an 8-speed torque converter. It makes 268 bhp and 400Nm. The Rubicon Wrangler is more hardcore with 217mm ground clearance and better approach and departure angles. There are also special terrain tyres. The new Thar gets more options with a 2.0 turbo petrol and a 2.2 diesel with both manual and automatic offered. That is a first for the Thar. The diesel Thar makes 152 bhp and 320Nm while the petrol one makes 132 bhp and 300Nm. Mahindra says the new Thar has a 226mm ground clearance while it has a water wading depth of 650mm vs the wading depth of 762mm for the Wrangler.
NEW THAR VS WRANGLER COMPARISON - VERDICT
Both are at different prices and both will appeal to different sets of customers. However the similarity in abilities of the Thar and Wrangler are there and it cannot be denied. They bring a smile on customers face while driving it.
Mahindra Thar has always been about affordable fun to drive off-road SUV and the new Thar carries on that tradition. But, it will cost a bit more than the old Thar. The new Thar is bigger and a lot more luxurious and also looks as good as the Wrangler but at a fraction of the price. That makes the Thar a great value car for off-road enthusiasts.
The Wrangler is quite big as compared to new Thar and can practically tackle any terrain in style and comfort. Ultimately, it depends on what kind of off-road experience you want to have.
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