All-New Mahindra Thar (2020): Ownership Review


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How is the straight line stability above 120 kmph. Is it confident enough to do such high speeds. Also tell about the braking performance
The straight-line high-speed confidence is good. I have personally driven all the way up to 160KMPH, but the wind noise from the upright windshield is very evident from 120KMPH. To manage with the wind noise the music system volume needs to be turned up.

The brake holds good and is progressive. It tends to throw forward passengers sitting in the second row and the Thar nose dives to stop hard. I would strongly recommend all passenger in Thar to be wearing seat belts always. I have personally done a hard braking from 110KMPH to 20KMPH and was impressed how the vehicle handled but the nose dive will make you feel uncomfortable.
 
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Congrats @SandeepJohn for your new ride.
Thar and any 4x4 is always a special vehicle to own and drive. Cheers man. Enjoyed reading the thread and pictures.
I am also happy to read that , the vehicle is more stable ( drivable like car) post 120kmph.
keep updating! Nice choice of colour BTW.
Not to be treated as a car. Need to be mindful that this is ladder on frame vehicle with high Center of gravity.
 
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Took out my Honda Mobilio for a highway drive, total of 900Kms in 36 hours. Drove from Chennai to Madurai and back.
The following were the comparisons between Honda Mobilio Diesel & my Thar,
  • Mobilio is more stable at high speeds & corners
  • Mobilio has more road & engine noise at highway speeds, but Thar had wind noise from windshield
  • Kids felt more comfortable in Mobilio than in Thar
  • Steering is lighter in Mobilio than in Thar
  • Clutch is lighter in Thar than in Mobilio. Mobilio has covered 65,000Kms and Thar 6,200Kms, true comparison would only be after few more thousand Kms in Thar
  • Thar’s clutch has to be fully pressed to be engaged, but Mobilio’s clutch engages with little press
  • Mobilio’s brakes very sharp, Thar’s brakes are not so sharp
  • Overall driving comfort was similar in both of these vehicles
Both vehicles are of different breed and built for different purpose all together. One must understand these characteristics to drive in a proper way. Driving with care would bring out the best in these vehicles.
I did have TATA Manza & Honda Mobilio together, but after driving Mobilio I did not have any confidence to take Manza at highway speeds. I had always felt Mobilio’s brakes and handling was way better than Manza’s. With Thar I am confident at highway speeds.
 
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Took out my Honda Mobilio for a highway drive, total of 900Kms in 36 hours. Drove from Chennai to Madurai and back.
The following were the comparisons between Honda Mobilio Diesel & my Thar,
  • Mobilio is more stable at high speeds & corners
  • Mobilio has more road & engine noise at highway speeds, but Thar had wind noise from windshield
  • Kids felt more comfortable in Mobilio than in Thar
  • Steering is lighter in Mobilio than in Thar
  • Clutch is lighter in Thar than in Mobilio. Mobilio has covered 65,000Kms and Thar 6,200Kms, true comparison would only be after few more thousand Kms in Thar
  • Thar’s clutch has to be fully pressed to be engaged, but Mobilio’s clutch engages with little press
  • Mobilio’s brakes very sharp, Thar’s brakes are not so sharp
  • Overall driving comfort was similar in both of these vehicles
Both vehicles are of different breed and built for different purpose all together. One must understand these characteristics to drive in a proper way. Driving with care would bring out the best in these vehicles.
I did have TATA Manza & Honda Mobilio together, but after driving Mobilio I did not have any confidence to take Manza at highway speeds. I had always felt Mobilio’s brakes and handling was way better than Manza’s. With Thar I am confident at highway speeds.
Thanks for the above Sandeep - it gives a fair idea of the characteristics of the two vehicles.
When you say "With Thar I am confident at highway speeds" - confident in comparison to Manza or Mobilio?
 
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One query Sandeep - does the VIN no of the new Thar continue as on earlier Mahindra cars with 17 digits? Or has it been shortened for the new Thar?
I had requested the dealer to send me the VIN no before delivery. He sent me an 8 digit no just now and said that a customer had cancelled his booking and the vehicle (with this 8 digit VIN) was available if I was interested. Can you clear up this doubt which is playing on my mind?
 

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