Hyundai Creta VS Mahindra Thar: Which SUV Makes Sense?

Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra Thar
Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra Thar

SUVs have become one of the most sought segments of cars, all thanks to the increase in the number of compact and sub-compact SUVs in the segment. Hyundai Creta, the compact SUV that can be credited with making the segment popular. Or the Mahindra Thar, an offroader with its own cult. If you are out there with ₹18,00,000 in your pocket, you might come across the question, Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra Thar, which one should you choose? And why? Let’s find out.

First questions first, what exactly are you going to get by spending ₹18,00,000?

Now, for the price mentioned, which variants are on the offer. Let’s see. Mahindra Thar LX Hard Top Diesel AT, which is the top model, comes at a price of ₹17,80,935 (On-road price, Bangalore). As for the Hyundai Creta, you will have to settle for SX Petrol which comes at a price of ₹17,54,567. The next closest model, SX Diesel would cross our budget by ₹78,0000. So, we’ll have to settle for the SX Petrol. So, for our comparison, we’ll be considering these variants only.

Do looks matter?

Mahindra Thar when it comes to looks!
Mahindra Thar when it comes to looks!

Looks are totally subjective. One might like the mighty looking Mahindra Thar with the huge road presence. Or one might like the timeless silhouette in a whole new avatar. Or one might like the Wrangler inspired design. But there are still a few people that may say that Hyundai Creta 2020 looks good. (NOT ME). Do let us know in the comments section below about your choice of SUV. But as said, Mahindra Thar surely stands apart due to the design and the unmatched road presence.

What about utility? Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra Thar

Hyundai Creta
Hyundai Creta is better in terms of overall utility

Are you looking for proper seating capacity, boot space, seating comfort and a panoramic sunroof? Hyundai Creta is best suited for those who are looking for a daily drive car with an SUV stance. Be it the front row occupants or the rear ones, everyone will love the comfort Hyundai has added in the SUV. That does not mean that Mahindra Thar is not good when it comes to utility. It’s just that either you can seat people in the second row or have a boot space, both are not possible. Driving dynamics have been improved but the massive stance does mean that Thar is going to be a bit of a hassle in daily use.

Dimensions | We know which one’s winning this one!

Dimensions Hyundai Creta Mahindra Thar
Length (mm) 4,300 3,985
Width (mm) 1,790 1,855
Height (mm) 1,635 1,844
Ground Clearance (mm) 190 226
Wheelbase (mm) 2,610 2,450

Mahindra Thar is taller and wider when compared to Hyundai Creta, which results in a massive road presence. But Hyundai Creta has a longer wheelbase and overall length. This results in a boot capacity of 433 litres in Creta. Mahindra Thar misses on that. Also, Hyundai Creta is a 5-seater while Mahindra Thar can only seat 4.

Powertrain Comparison | Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra Thar

We’ll be comparing the powertrain options available in the particular variants we started with, i.e. Hyundai Creta SX and Mahindra Thar LX Diesel AT.

Specifications Hyundai Creta Mahindra Thar
Engine 1.5-litre MPI Petrol mHawk 130
Power 113.4hp@6,300rpm 130hp@3,750rpm
Torque 144.5Nm@4,500rpm 300Nm@1,600-2,800rpm
Transmission 6-speed Manual 6-speed Automatic
Drive Type Front-Wheel-Drive 4X4

We have a clear winner in this section. Mahindra Thar has got a much powerful diesel engine with automatic transmission on offer. And not to forget, Mahindra Thar is a 4X4 SUV!

Offroading Capabilities!

Mahindra Thar The Ultimate Offroader
Mahindra Thar The Ultimate Offroader
Specifications Hyundai Creta Mahindra Thar
Water Wading Depth NA 650
Approach Angle NA 41.8deg
Departure Angle NA 36.8deg
Rampover Angle NA 27deg

Now, if you love offroading and always like to travel the roads less travelled, Mahindra Thar is surely an option that suits you best. Mahindra Thar has ultimate offroading capabilities for sure, especially when there is none in the market to take on the goliath.

Safety Features Comparison | Other Features Can Wait!

Features Hyundai Creta Mahindra Thar
ESP with Rollover Mitigation Yes Yes
Dual Front Airbags Yes Yes
ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts Yes Yes
Panic Braking Signal Yes Yes
ABS with EBD & Brake Assist Yes Yes
Rear Parking Camera & Sensors Yes Yes

Both SUVs offer a good deal of safety features. Mahindra Thar has scored a 4 stars rating at the Global NCAP for the child as well as adult occupancy. Whereas Hyundai Creta has not been tested yet. Although, Kia Seltos built on the same platform scored a 3-star rating for adult occupancy and 2-star for the child. So, Mahindra Thar is surely a safer SUV here.

Verdict | Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra Thar

We won’t be comparing the features list as well all know that Hyundai Creta has a list of comfort and convenience features that Mahindra Thar will not have. But still, it makes a better decision to choose a car that is more powerful and offroad capable when you are a lone-wanderer. But Hyundai Creta will make a better option if you have a family and are not much interested in travelling the roads less travelled. What do you think? Do let us know in the comments section below.


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