Maruti Suzuki Jimny Vs Mahindra Thar Petrol: Pros And Cons Compilation!

This article could make decision-making easy for you, as Thar and Jimny are priced close to each other…

Maruti Suzuki Jimny is out on sale and we see people brainstorming over how well it fares against the Mahindra Thar RWD. While this comparison could make little sense on a product-to-product basis, it still stands valid from the buyer’s perspective, as both the Thar and Jimny are priced close to each other. There are variants of both the SUVs available at prices around 15 lakh (ex-showroom). Thus, it is logical to do an in-depth analysis of the pros and cons of these before making a purchase decision…

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Mahindra Thar RWD PetrolMaruti Jimny
Better powertrain and more performanceLess power and torque on offer
Low fuel efficiencyHigher fuel efficiency
3 door5 door and convenient
Better build quality and safetyBetter interior quality
Faster off the lineNot the most VFM product in the segment
High prices
More imposing stance and better road presenceNo diesel engine offered
Great pricingFeature-packed
Gets a capable and fuel efficient diesel engine tooCompact and lightweight

Thar RWD Vs Jimny: Price Comparison

To make it a level ground, we are going to compare the top-spec petrol variants of these cars. The Jimny of course, is available with a petrol powertrain alone, while the Thar can be had in both petrol and diesel. Here, we line up the petrol Thar RWD against the Jimny, for the most realistic comparison possible. Before we begin, here are the prices:

Mahindra Thar VariantEx-Showroom PriceMaruti Jimny VariantEx-Showroom Price
Thar LX HardTop AT RWD (Petrol)13.49 lakhZeta MT12.74  Lakh
Zeta AT13.94 Lakh
Alpha MT13.69 lakh
Alpha MT Dual Tone13.85 lakh
Alpha AT14.89 lakh
Alpha AT Dual Tone15.05 lakh
Table: Mahindra Thar vs Maruti Jimny price comparison

Maruti Jimny Vs Thar RWD Comparison

Both vehicles have their own sets of advantages and drawbacks. The ultimate decision here should be based on individual preferances. Here we will be comparing these on grounds of real-world usability, practicality and VFM tags.

Let us start with the dimensions. Both vehicles have the same overall lengths. However, the Thar is wider than Jimny by 170 mm. The Suzuki in fact, is already garnering criticism for being narrow by segment standards. It is also being shamed for riding on skinny tyres. While the Thar RWD gets wide 255 / 65 R18 rubber offering great grip, Jimny gets skinny 195/80 R15 tyres!


Jimny also falls short in overall height and ground clearance, when compared to the Mahindra. However, it still fits fairly well into the ‘kei car’ proportions.

DimensionMahindra Thar RWDMaruti Jimny
Tyres255 / 65 R18195/80 R15
Kerb Weight1.7 ton1.2 ton
Table: Jimny vs Thar dimensions comparison

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Off-Road Capability Comparison Of Thar And Jimny

DimensionMahindra Thar RWDMaruti Jimny
Approach Angle42 Degrees37 Degrees
Departure Angle37 Degrees49 Degrees
Break-over Angle27 Degrees28 Degrees
Ground clearance226 mm210 mm
Water wading depth650 mm320 mm
Table: Thar vs Jimny offroading capability

The Thar needs no further corroboration for its off-roading prowess. It has the right proportions and hardware for delivering an immersive off-roading experience.

Maruti Jimny could look small. It is small! This compact proportion and light kerb weight would both prove to be of advantage on trails. It might not be as great as the 3 door Jimny sold abroad, but would still be very capable. 5 door Jimny also gets a partial 4WD which can be manually engaged, brake locking differential and a shift-on-fly transfer case. Due to its dimensions and kei car persona, Jimny has lesser wading capability than the Mahindra.

Maruti Suzuki Jimny Vs Mahindra Thar Petrol: Specifications Comparison

Mahindra Thar RWD (Petrol)Maruti Jimny
Engine2.0L, 4 cylinder, turbocharged petrol1.5, 4cyl, K15B NA petrol
Transmission6AT5MT and 4AT
Power150 hp103 hp
Torque320 mm138 Nm
Table: Thar vs Jimny specifications comparison

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Maruti Suzuki Jimny

The Mahindra’s powertrain has clear performance advantages over the Jimny’s. It has more power and torque on offer, and there is a superior gearbox offered as well. The 6AT is smoother and better shifting than Maruti’s 4AT.

However, the mStallion being a turbocharged 2.0L petrol, demands a significant premium in fuel consumed, compared to the Jimny’s 1.5L unit. Jimny could be a lot more fuel efficient than a petrol Thar in everyday driving conditions.

Petrol Thar Vs Jimny: More Points To Consider

  • Mahindra Thar definitely has a more imposing design, better road presence and more drool-value than the Jimny.
  • Jimny could benefit from Maruti’s sales/aftersales network, which as a matter of fact, is significantly larger than Mahindra’s.
  • Presence of 5 doors make the Jimny more practical and usable a daily driver than the Mahindra. Ingress and egress here, are significantly better than those on the Thar. Jimny could be well-suited for average Indian families.
  • Most people would find the Jimny’s cabin better designed and more feature-packed, unless they are too specific about buying something ‘ rugged and UV like’.
  • The Thar wins on the pricing front, as the RWD’s reduced tax slabs make it more accessible and better appealing to the larger crowd.
  • Ride quality (on-road) is better on the Jimny.
  • To put it short and sweet, the Jimny’s price in India is on the expensive side- considering what’s being offered, the segment it falls into and the rivals it gets to battle. Thus, this vehicle offers little VFM value, especially on the top-spec dual tone variant.

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