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Review: Air-conditioned Mahindra Thar

It's been more than a year since we first drove the Thar. We were quite impressed with how Mahindra had transformed the humble yet legendary MM540 into a relatively modern off-roader. But there were shortcomings, things you couldn't ignore ,especially in the summers. You see, the Thar came with the claim that it was "AC-ready". Meaning you had to buy your aircon from the dealership. But no dealer can match a factory job, so the boys at Mahindra now offer air-conditioning straight out of the factory. And while they were at it, they decided to smoothen out some of the other rough edges too. So the new Thar also comes with an immobiliser. The keen-eyed will also notice the slightly better finished dashboard, new interior door panels and a lockable fuel filler flap. The Thar you see here also has extra goodies that Mahindra will sell you for extra cash. So for Rs 1.5 lakh over the on-road price, you get an off-road front bumper (winch-ready), tasty alloys, bigger, better plastic cladding and a centre console that slots neatly around the gearshift, giving you much needed storage space. But the best bit has to be the air-conditioning. It's a proper HVAC, so you get a heater too which you'll need as you watch the sunrise at the Pangong Tso on a chilly morning. Now being a soft-top, insulation is a problem as you'd imagine, but the 150cc compressor has enough grunt to keep the front passengers comfortable even through a sunny afternoon. It takes some time to bring temperatures down, but you won't be sweating it out while you look cool anymore. And since the Supreme Court currently thinks sun film does more harm than good, we suggest you get a good partition installed to make the AC even more effective. This will also help improve fuel economy since the compressor won't have to work as hard. Driving one around, we couldn't really notice the difference in drivability thanks to the oodles of torque the CRDe motor puts out. Fuel economy as you'd expect is slightly down, at 8.5kpl in the city and 11kpl on the highway. But apart from these, the Thar is still a Thar, which means it can pretty much go over anything in its way. And it drives decently enough on the road as well, once you get used to the overly light steering. The new Thar will cost you Rs 6.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai), which is around Rs 45,000 over the previous version. Given how much more liveable the Thar has now become, that's a small price to pay. We still wish there was a proper hard-top as well

By joy biswas
On: Nov 22, 2016 | 1120 Views
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  • Off Roading But Not Practical

    Off-roading is the best part of Mahindra Thar, but other things in poor condition, brakes are very poor, car handling not good, main headlights not good, car floor not wa...Read More

    By ghevar soni
    On: Sep 18, 2019 | 1597 Views
  • Off-Road King - Mahindra Thar

    Mahindra Thar is Indias most selling and best-looking car in the matter of offroading if I start with the exterior looks this car is very attractive and good looking. Thi...Read More

    By nirmal singh
    On: Nov 11, 2019 | 142 Views
  • for 700 CRDe ABS

    Great power.

    THAR, the real comfort, overall performance is very cool, pickup is fantastic. Its mileage is great, 

    By suraj verma
    On: Dec 30, 2019 | 38 Views
  • Monster looks.

    The Thar CRDe has captured the imagination of off-road enthusiasts and city slickers alike. The New Thar CRDe has yet again set new benchmarks with its bold muscular road...Read More

    By acp ac p
    On: Dec 28, 2019 | 53 Views
  • Good on power and looks

    Overall, it is a good car. It is good on power, has an extremely good pick up considering it is a diesel vehicle.

    By sunil
    On: Dec 08, 2019 | 27 Views
  • Look does not works evrywhere.

    Good in looks but look doesn't work everywhere the semi-hard top provided by the company is not worth at the price point which it starts. There are different security iss...Read More

    By sushil choudhury
    On: Oct 26, 2019 | 92 Views
  • for CRDe

    Awesome;

    Mahindra Thar 700 CRDE top model is very awesome. I love the performance of the jeep and I have good control to drive the 4 wheel drive is very awesome. While riding in h...Read More

    By tamilselvan
    On: Sep 04, 2019 | 93 Views
  • Powerful Car.

    Mahindra Thar is the best off-road car, mileage is also good. Also, the engine is very powerful.

    By navraj
    On: Jan 15, 2020 | 21 Views
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