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Maruti Jimny vs Mahindra Thar – Key Differences

Latest Update: The highly anticipated Maruti Suzuki Jimny has finally made its way to the Indian market. As a result, we’ve swiftly conducted a price comparison with the Thar.

Maruti Suzuki Jimny is all set to hit the market on June 7, 2023. Bookings for this lifestyle off-roader are already in progress, and more than 30,000 customers have already secured their reservations. Given its significant pre-launch demand, it is expected to pose a significant threat to the Mahindra Thar, which is well-known for its robust appeal and off-road capabilities.

While the Thar roams the roads with its charismatic 3-door presence, fueled by both petrol and diesel engine options, the Jimny breaks the mould as a spirited 5-door companion, embracing the pure power of petrol alone. Below, we present a captivating comparison between these two extraordinary companions, providing insights into their unique attributes and qualities.


Ground clearance210mm226mm
Wheel Size15-inch Alloys16-inch steel wheels / 18-inch alloys
No of Doors53
Seating Capacity44
Maruti Jimny vs Mahindra Thar: Dimensions Comparison
  • The Thar is wider by 175mm and taller by 130mm, which should result in more shoulder and headroom.
  • Despite the same length of both of these SUVs, the Jimny has a longer wheelbase of 140mm, which should result in better legroom.
  • In the realm of off-roading, the Thar holds an advantage with its 16mm higher ground clearance and larger alloys, allowing it to conquer challenging terrains with greater ease and confidence.
  • Both the Jimny and Thar are compact SUVs that can typically accommodate up to 4 passengers (including the driver). However, the Thar lacks a dedicated rear door, which can cause inconvenience in entering the rear row since it needs to adjust the front seats. In contrast, the Jimny provides the convenience of a separate door for rear passengers, making it a more practical offering.
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Roof-top Choices

  • The Mahindra Thar offers a convertible soft rooftop as well as a plastic-composite hard top, providing versatility and style choices. On the other hand, the Jimny solely offers a fixed metal top.
Mahindra Thar off-road capabilities

Engine Specifications

JimnyThar Petrol Thar Diesel
Engine1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol2-litre turbo-petrol1.5-litre / 2.2-litre
Power105PS152PS119PS / 130PS
Torque134NmUp to 320Nm300Nm
Transmission5-speed MT / 4-speed AT6-speed MT / 6-speed AT6-speed MT / 6-speed AT (with 2.2L engine only)
Drivetrain4×44×2 / 4×44×2 (1.5L engine), 4×4 (2.2L engine)
Fuel Economyup to 16.94kmplup to 12.4kmpl ≈ 15.2kmpl
Maruti Jimny vs Mahindra Thar: Specification Comparison
  • With its larger 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the Thar delivers 45PS and up to 180Nm of more torque than the Maruti Suzuki Jimny.
  • The Thar also gives you the flexibility to choose between 4X4 and 4X2 drivetrain based on your specific requirements.
  • Furthermore, the Thar offers two extremely torquey diesel engine options, which are quite popular among auto enthusiasts.
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Off-Road Attributes

Approach Angle36°42°
Ramp breakover angle24°27°
Departure angle50°37°
Ground clearance210mm226mm
Drivetrain4×44×2 / 4×4
Low range transfercase
Brake locking differentialsLow-range transfer case
Mechanical locking differential
Maruti Jimny vs Mahindra Thar: Off-Road Capability Comparison
  • In the realm of off-road capability, the Thar boasts a superior approach angle compared to the Jimny. However, the Jimny gains an advantage with its shorter rear overhang, resulting in a better departure angle.
  • The Thar’s relatively shorter wheelbase provides the benefit of a higher break-over angle, which will help it in navigating challenging terrains, safeguarding its underbody during off-road adventures.

Key Features

Maruti Jimny vs Mahindra Thar interior
Headlamp Washer
Front Fog Lamps
Wheels15-inch Alloy16/18-inch Alloy
Tailgate mounted spare wheel
Instrument ClusterAnalog with coloured MIDAnalog with coloured MID
Height-Adjustable Driver’s Seat
Cruise Control
Steering Mounted Controls
Rear Defogger
Rear Wiper & Washer
Keyless Entry
(remote keyless entry)
Push Button Start
Automatic AC
ORVM AdjustmentElectricallyElectrically
Apple Carplay & Android Auto
OTA Updates Support
Onboard Voice Assistant
Connected Car Tech With Remote Contol Functionality
Day/Night IRVM
No of Airbags62
Rear Camera
Hill Hold Assist
Hill Descent Assist
Real-time Adventure Statistics
Tyre Direction Monitoring System
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
3-Point Seat Belts For Rear Passengers
Maruti Jimny vs Mahindra Thar: Features Comparison

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The Jimny surpasses the Thar in terms of comfort, convenience and safety features by offering automatic LED headlamps, an auto climate control system, a larger touchscreen system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, connected car technology and six airbags. However, it misses out on a height-adjustable driver’s seat, tyre pressure & direction monitoring system and real-time adventure statistics, all of which are available in the Thar.

Sizzling Red

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Maruti Suzuki JimnyRs 11-14 lakh (expected)
Mahindra Thar 1.5 DieselRs 10.54 – 12.04 lakh
Mahindra Thar PetrolRs 13.49 – 16.10 lakh
Mahindra Thar 2.2 DieselRs 14.44 – 16.78 lakh