Mahindra Thar 1.5L RWD Review : 8 Pros & 8 Cons

The Thar RWD’s 1.5L, 4-cylinder, D117 CRDe diesel engine has a variable geometry turbocharger. This engine is only offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The engine is shared with the XUV300 and was also plonked in the Marazzo.

Mahindra Thar RWD Pros

  • 1.5L diesel engine is surprisingly competent (for city driving) and refined too!
  • The 1.5L’s fuel efficiency will be noticeably higher than that of the 2.2L diesel
  • Very well priced. Value-for-money price tag
  • Fun, fun, fun! A loveable car that will bring you loads of laughs & smiles
  • Handsome Jeep styling & brute character. Tough build too
  • Far more user-friendly than the ol’ Thar due to superior interiors & the amenities
  • Features such as ESP, cruise control, hill hold / descent, TPMS…
  • 4-star rating in the GNCAP crash test (more information)

Mahindra Thar 1.5L RWD Cons

  • No automatic available on the diesel, and no manual available on the petrol
  • No 4×4, even as an option with the 1.5L engine. This is no offroader
  • Available only with a hard top; owners will miss the convertible! Petrol is available in a single variant
  • Very bumpy ride quality. The Thar is never settled, no matter what the road or speed
  • Poor road manners at high speed. Best to cruise at 100 – 110 km/h only
  • Impractical due to the 2-doors, 4 seats (not 5) & difficult access to the back seat
  • Laughably small boot simply isn’t enough for holiday luggage
  • No reversing cam, auto-dimming IRVM, auto headlamps & wipers, electrically-folding ORVMs, rear wash & wipe…

Read Team-BHP’s Detailed Mahindra Thar 1.5L RWD Review.

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