A thoroughbred SUV that not only performs like one but looks like it too is something that hard to come by. The Mahindra Thar is one such SUV and combines the performance with the butch looks. In this comparison we compare the specifications of the butch looking Mahindra Thar with the decent looking Nissan Terrano and check how they fare against each other.
The specification sheet has been compared by comparing Mahindra Thar 4X4 CRDE with Nissan Terrano XV Premium.
Mahindra Thar Vs Nissan Terrano (Design and Exterior)
The Mahindra Thar simply looks butch and rugged. The individual elements such as bonnet, wheel arches, doors, and roof do not blend into anything. The vehicle comes with a strong and very imposing set of wheels. A large front grille dominates the front fascia, the headlamps carry a small protector grille to protect them from off-road adventure. Unlike other cars, the front bumper of Thar is rigid structure which helps avoid bushes, rocks and other obstacles. The bumper guard has two additional headlamps. Thar is a serious offroader is substantiated by the snorkel that is offered that would still lets the engine breathe even if the car is deep in water. The rectangular glass mounted in the frame at front, is hinged and can be dropped onto the bonnet.
The Nissan Terrano, for sure looks rugged with its flared wheel arches and angular bold lines. The car is 4.33m tall and 1.83m wide. The car’s large dimensions and ample ground clearance (205mm) are typical of that of an SUV. At front, the headlamps are huge and are mounted high enough to give the right impression – It’s an SUV. Even at the rear the tail lamps look sharp and angular that goes very well with the overall styling. The car has a premium feel to it and does not feel as rugged as the Thar but does not look docile either.
Mahindra Thar Vs Nissan Terrano (Interior and Features)
The Mahindra Thar is an off-roading vehicle which does not pretend to be a luxury car even the slightest. It comes with bare minimum and very basic interior. The seats at front have long fore-and-aft adjustment range and the seating at the rear end have longitudinal arrangement. In terms of features, there are cup-holders at the front, a glove compartment, electronic tripmeter, low fuel warning lamp, tachometer, speedometer and an odometer.
Nissan Terrano comes with beige-&-black interiors on top variant. The top variants also get leather upholstery. The interiors are spacious and the quality of materials and fit and finish is great.
The car is extremely well equipped and put Thar at shame - rear AC vents, rear parking sensors and leather wrapped steering, wood finish inserts on the doors, 2-Din Audio system with CD, MP3, AM, FM, USB Aux-In, Bluetooth four speakers - 2 front & 2 rear. The car comes with large and brilliant instrument cluster that display almost every information to the driver.
Mahindra Thar Vs Nissan Terrano (Engine and Transmission)
The top variant Thar gets its power from a 2.5-litre CRDE diesel engine that produces 105 bhp of power and 247 Nm of torque. The power is delivered through a 5-speed manual gear-box. The 4x4 variant gets a Borg Warner manual shift with low reduction gear. The drive-by-wire technology ensures quicker and controlled throttle response. The 4X4 variants comes with BorgWarner 4wd system as a standard fitment.
The Terrano comes with a petrol as well as diesel engine as option. The diesel variants are powered by a 1.5-litre dCi engine that are available in two different tunes – the 83.8bhp base variant and the more powerful 108.5bhp for the top version. The more powerful diesel engine produces 248NM of peak torque at 2250rpm. The diesel engine on the Terrano comes mated with a 6-speed transmission system. It’s sad that the Terrano does not come with a 4X4 transmission system.
Mahindra Thar Vs Nissan Terrano (Safety features and Mileage)
In terms of safety features too, the Thar is very minimally equipped. Thar comes with a dual hydraulic circuit braking system and 3 point seat belts. The car gets solid disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The vehicle doesn’t have air bags and other advanced safety features. The Terrano on the other hands comes with ABS (with EBD), Airbags, disc brakes at front and drum brakes at rear, park assistance features, 3 point seat belts etc.
The Mahindra Thar’s fuel-efficiency is impressive considering that it is a true off-roader. Mahindra Thar’s turbocharged and inter-cooled CRDe engine efficient and offers a city mileage of 13.25 kmpl, and a highway mileage of 16.55 kmpl. The Nissan 1.5-liter Diesel engine with 108.5bhp of power output registers a mileage of 19.01kmpl on highway and 16.0kmpl in the city.
Nissan Terrano is a very fine SUV in terms of design, engine and the overall equipment level that it offers. But is it really a thoroughbred SUV meant to be taken for off-roading, perhaps not. The lack of an air intake system that is necessary for serious off-roading, monocoque construction and most importantly lack of an AWD (All Wheel Drive) system speak that fact.
Mahindra Thar is a thoroughbred SUV and is unlike any other off roader that is available at this price. Thar does not hide its real offering and shouts out loud – “I AM AN SUV THAT IS MEANT FOR OFF-ROADING”. The car comes with a soft-top that has its own charm but the car is seriously under equipped and is not as practical as the Terrano.
Watch a comprehensive video review of the Nissan Terrano below