Mahindra Thar Vs Force Gurkha: Off-Road Credentials & Tech Comparison

By:Abhishek Srivastava
Updated On: May 31, 2023 23:10 IST
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Mahindra Thar Vs Force Gurkha: Off-Road Credentials & Tech Comparison


  • Mahindra Thar & Force Gurkha both come with only 2 doors
  • Both SUVs offer some outstanding off-roading credentials & related features
  • But which is the better off-roader?

The Force Gurkha and the Mahindra Thar, both are legendary SUVs with a long legacy of off-roading & adventure. Both SUVs come only in 2-door versions. Moreover, both SUVs claim to be extremely capable off-road vehicles with off-road specific dimensions and some unique off-road focused features. In this article let's compare the Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha on the basis of their off-roading credentials and their off-road-related features.

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Force Gurkha Vs Mahindra Thar: Dimensions & Angles

Dimensions & AnglesForce GurkhaMahindra Thar
Height2075mm1850/1844/1855 mm
Ground Clearance205mm226mm
Turning Radius5.65m5.9m
Approach Angle37 degree41.2 degree
Departure Angle33 degree36 degree
Ramp Breakover Angle25 degree26.2 degree
Water Wading Capacity700mm650mm
Gradeability35 degree31 degree
Front Track/Tread1490mm1520mm
Rear Track/Tread1480mm1520mm
Boot Space500LNA
Tyre Size245/70 R16245/75 R16 or 255/65 R18
Kerb Weight (kg)21751750

Force Gurkha Vs Mahindra Thar: Off-Road Specific Features

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Off-Road Specific FeaturesForce GurkhaMahindra Thar
Tyretronics (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System)YesYes
HeadlampsLED ReflectorReflector Halogen
ORVMFull ManualElectric Adjust
Height Adjustable Driver SeatNoYes
Rear Wiper & WasherYesNo
Rear DefoggerNoYes
Off-Road GaugesNoYes - Adventure Statistics - Altimeter + Compass + Roll & Pitch meter, etc
Tyre Direction Monitoring SystemNoYes
Reverse AssistSensors OnlySensors Only
Electronic Brake Locking DifferentialNoIn D117 RWD only
Advanced Electronic Brake Locking DifferentialNoYes
Mechanical Locking DifferentialNoOptional in mHawk 130
Manual Locking DifferentialYesNo
Washable InteriorsNAYes - IP54 Splash & Dust Resistant Interiors
TyresAll-Terrain TyresAll-Terrain Tyres
Hill Hold & Hill Descent ControlNoYes
Steering AdjustmentTilt & TelescopicTilt Only
External Air Intake SnorkelYesNo
ESP, Traction ControlNoYes
2021 force gurkha official image dashboard

Also Read: Maruti Jimny Vs Force Gurkha: Off-Road Credentials & Tech Comparison

Verdict: The Mahindra Thar & the Force Gurkha, both SUVs carry an old and long legacy of legendary adventures and off-roading stories. However, in its latest avatar, the Mahindra Thar has become a more sophisticated & mature SUV that is not just a capable off-roader but is also much better on the roads. On the other hand, with its latest avatar too, the Force Gurkha still remains a more raw, real, rough, rugged, and off-road-focused SUV that can be driven on city roads but is truly meant for places with no roads.

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