The Indian and international automobile industry offers a variety of cars with amazing off-road performances. To keep up with the adventure enthusiasts these cars are designed as to be able to drive off the pavement, with higher ground clearance as to not get hung up on obstacles, and keep their wheels or tracks on the ground so as not to lose traction.
CarJasoos’ list of top10 off-road cars in the current Indian market will help you decide better!
Get your hands on the best off-road car that matches your style as well as your need from this list!
1. Tata Safari
Tata Safari is a 7-seater, mid-size crossover SUV based on the D8 platform and houses a 2.0-litre I4 turbocharged diesel engine. This engine is mated to six-speed manual and automatic transmission options, Additionally, it comes with various features like panoramic sunroof, reclining second row seats, ambient mood lighting, rear AC vents, multi drive modes among others.
2. Mahindra XUV700
Mahindra XUV700 is the latest SUV introduction from the India-bound carmaker. The car can be called a highly advanced and premium model avatar of the XU500. However, Mahindra does have plans to introduce the XUV500, but the latest premium XUV700 way much advance on various fronts. The car sports a mHawk and mStallion engine that produce 200 PS and 185 PS of power outputs respectively. It additionally gets most innovative features such as adaptive cruise control, ADAS high beam assist, traffic sign recognition, front collision warning, ESP, skyroof, intelligent cockpit, smart door handles, etc.
3. Mahindra Thar
Mahindra Thar comes with options of both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol engine is a new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine (150PS/up to 320Nm) and the diesel is a 2.2-litre unit (130PS/300Nm). Both are connected with a 6-speed manual as standard and an optional 6-speed automatic. A 4×4 drivetrain is standard for both powertrains.
Moreover, the SUV is also equipped with cruise control, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, halogen headlamps with LED DRLs, electrically operated AC, steering-mounted controls, and a digital MID in the instrument cluster, washable interiors and removable roof panels.
4. Renault Duster
Renault Duster is considered the most powerful SUV in its segment with two engine options. One is a 1.5-litre petrol unit (106PS and 142Nm), paired with a 5-speed MT and the other is a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol motor (156PS and 254Nm), with a 6-speed MT and an optional 7-step CVT. Duster has a fantastic ride quality over bad roads.
5. Force Gurkha
Force Motors’ New Gurkha is a compact crossover SUV and is driven by a 90PS, BS6 compliant 2.6-litre diesel engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The two-door is obviously not a family-friendly car but has amazing handling on difficult terrains. Considered as the only rival to Mahindra Thar, the Gurkha certainly ensures impeccable driving experience off the roads with its purely off-road compatible features and characteristics.
6. Toyota Fortuner
This Legender-based GR Sport model of Toyota is only available with a 2.8-litre diesel engine and a 4WD. The engine offers 450Nm torque and up to 174BHP power when coupled with the 6-speed automatic transmission. The pick-up truck like car is great on all terrains, driving across with ease and comes with a load of features like, two-tone leather seats, JBL sound system, and a set of Toyota Safety Sense active safety systems.
7. Ford Endeavour
With a powerful 2.0l ECOBLUE BS6 Compliant diesel engine, Endeavour lets you conquer any terrain and lets you explore your adventurous self. It competes with Toyota’s Fortuner on every level. Sadly, this terrrain conquerer SUV is available in the used car market and very limited stocks of its new units are currently available post the announcement of Ford’s exit from India.
8. Hyundai Creta
This Korean off-road SUV comes with 2 engine variants: a 1.4-litre GDi turbo petrol and a 115PS 1.5-litre diesel engine. A 6-speed manual gearbox is offered as standard with the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. The petrol motor has CVT as an option, while the diesel engine gets an optional 6-speed torque converter. The 1.4-litre turbo-petrol comes with a 7-speed DCT (dual-clutch automatic) only. Creta is available in six different trims for the buyers to choose from.
9. Tata Harrier
Tata Harrier has a 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine that produces 168bhp and 350Nm of torque. It comes mated to a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission. There is no AWD version, but it comes with selectable modes for different conditions – normal, wet, and rough.
10. Kia Seltos
One of the most sought-after off-road cars in India, Seltos is a mid-sized SUV with BS6 compliant 1.5L petrol, 1.4L turbocharged petrol and 1.5L diesel engines. In the domestic car market, the Seltos has gained enormous success in a very short time and it rivals Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier and MG Hector.
Compare the prices and specifications of all these off-road cars here:
|Models||Ex-showroom Starting Price||Engine Displacement||Mileage Approx||Ground Clearance||Seating Capacity||Transmission|
|Tata Safari||Rs 14.99 Lakh||1956 cc||16 kmpl||205 mm||7||6-speed manual & automatic|
|Mahindra XUV700||Rs 12.49 Lakh||2197 cc||17 kmpl||200 mm||7||6-speed manual & automatic|
|Mahindra Thar||Rs 12.78 Lakh||2184 cc||15 kmpl||226 mm||7||6-speed manual & automatic|
|Renault Duster||Rs 9.86 Lakh||1498 cc||16 kmpl||205 mm||5||5 & 6-speed manual and continuous variable transmission|
|Force Gurkha||Rs 13.59 Lakh||2596 cc||17 kmpl||210 mm||7||6-speed manual & automatic|
|Toyota Fortuner||Rs 30.73 Lakh||2755 cc||12 kmpl||221 mm||7||6-speed manual & automatic|
|Ford Endeavour||Rs 33.81 Lakh||3198 cc||11 kmpl||225 mm||7||10-speed automatic|
|Hyundai Creta||Rs 10.16 Lakh||1497 cc||21 kmpl||190 mm||7||6-speed manual, 6 and 7-speed automatic and continuous variable transmission|
|Tata Harrier||Rs 14.39 Lakh||1956 cc||17 kmpl||205 mm||5||6-speed manual & automatic|
|Kia Seltos||Rs 9.95 Lakh||1493cc, 1497 cc and 1353 cc||20 kmpl||190 mm||5||6-speed manual, 6 and 7-speed automatic and continuous variable transmission|
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