Mahindra Thar vs Force Gurkha off-road capabilities

The battle for India's prime off-road king has begun!

The Mahindra Thar and the Force Gurkha have always been India’s go-to cars in terms of entry level off-roaders. And while they used to be budget, they aren’t anymore. But the increase in price is well worth it in this case (unlike Apple iPhone 13).

They’ve had a few variants and facelifts in their time and the only other option in terms of off-roaders for Indians for a long time has been the Maruti Gypsy, though that car had the issue of not being updated since the time when humans discovered fire, so it was really never a feasible option- and hence, the Thar and Gurkha prevailed!

Let’s take a quick look at the offroad-specific stats, and compare the two cars on paper to see which one might likely prevail.

Approach Angle:

  • Gurkha: 37°
  • Thar: 41°

Ground Clearance:

  • Gurkha: 205mm
  • Thar: 226mm

Departure Angle:

  • Gurkha: 25°
  • Thar: 36°

Breakover Angle:

  • Gurkha: 25°
  • Thar: 27°

Water Wading Capability

  • Gurkha: 700mm
  • Thar: 650mm

On paper, the Thar is better, save for the water wading capability of the Gurkha, which is superior. The Thar also has a more powerful engine, which produces more power and torque as compared to the Gurkha (Thar: 128HP/300NM; Gurkha: 90HP/250NM). Interior-wise as well, the Gurkha is nowhere close to being as specced-out as the Thar, as the Thar has a lot more features, and the tech onboard is also far better.

It’s likely the Thar will prevail over the “desi G-Wagon” that is the Gurkha, as it is better in most aspects, though once both are put head to head in a real-life scenario, we should get a definitive answer!

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Sahil D.

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