Mahindra Thar vs 2021 Force Gurkha | 2YoDo Detailed Review

After the launch of the 2021 Force Gurkha customers finds for an affordable off-roader have another option apart from the second-generation Mahindra Thar.

The Mahindra Thar was introduce with new powertrains, new platform and new suspension system.

While the 2021 Gurkha boasts a new powertrain, new platform and new suspension setup.

Mahindra Thar vs 2021 Force Gurkha

Price in India

Mahindra Thar price stay between Rs 12.49 lakh and Rs 15.09 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

2021 Force Gurkha is available in a single variant price set at Rs 13.59 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).


Mahindra Thar boasts halogen headlamps with LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, height-adjustable driver seat, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, semi-digital instrument panel with TFT display, multi-function steering wheel, roof-mounted speakers, electrically-operated HVAC controls, tyre pressure monitoring system and cruise control.

The Mahindra Thar gets safety features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, rear parking assist, TPMS, electronic stability programme, electronic power steering, hill hold control and hill descent control.

Mahindra Thar comes with mechanical locking differential for the rear axle and brake locking differential for both axles.

The front axle disconnect feature is standard.

2021 Force Gurkha comes with LED Force Pro Edge headlamps with LED DRLs, fender-mounted LED turn signals, 16-inch steel wheels, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, hydraulic power steering with tilt and telescopic adjustment, HVAC, power windows, central locking and all four captain seats.

The 2021 Force Gurkha safety features are dual airbags, rear parking sensors, cornering lamps, ABS with EBD and TPMS.

2021 Force Gurkha mechanical differential locks in the front and rear are standard.


The Mahindra Thar comes with two type of engine options 2.0-litre mStallion 150 Turbo-GDi petrol (150bhp of maximum power and 320Nm of peak torque) and 2.2-litre mHawk 130 diesel (130bhp of maximum power and 300Nm of peak torque).

These two engines can be pair either with a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT torque converter.

The 4WD system is standard in the Mahindra Thar.

2021 Force Gurkha comes with a Mercedes-derived 2.6-litre diesel engine (91bhp of maximum power and 250Nm of peak torque).

The 2021 Force Gurkha engine is upto a 5-speed MT. The 2021 Gurkha also gets a 4WD system as standard.


Mahindra Thar is 3,985mm in length, 1,855mm in width and 1,844mm in height.

Mahindra Thar has a 2,450mm long wheelbase.

The front and rear tracks measure 1,520mm.

Mahindra Thar has a ground clearance of 226mm.

Mahindra Thar water wading depth is said to be 650mm.

The 2021 Force Gurkha is 4,116 is long, 1,812mm wide and 2,075mm tall.

2021 Force Gurkha wheelbase is 2,400mm long.

The 2021 Force Gurkha front track and rear track measure 1,490mm and 1,480mm. respectively.

The 2021 Force Gurkha water-wading capacity is said to be up to 700mm.


Mahindra Thar is now taller, wider, and longer than its predecessor.

The Mahindra Thar is available in six colour options Rocky Beige, Aquamarine, Mystic Copper, Red Rage, Napoli Black, and Galaxy Grey.

The Mahindra Thar is available in both convertible and hardtop options.

2021 Force Gurkha gets full LED Force Pro Edge headlamps, which include pilot lamps, low beam, and high beam.

The Force claims that the jewel-like broken circle DRLs and fender-mounted LED indicators will offer superior night-time visibility.


Mahindra Thar gets modern styling and convenience features.

Mahindra Thar offers features such as a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment screen with navigation, cruise control, height-adjustable driver seat, reclining rear seats, steering controlled audio and phone controls, USB charging port, tyretronics, tyre direction monitoring system, coloured MID display, and many more.

The Mahindra Thar feature list includes a centre roof lamp, dashboard grab handle for the passenger, illuminated key ring, 12V accessory socket, a lockable glovebox, central locking, manual day-night IRVM, one-touch lane change indicator, and power windows on front doors.

The Mahindra Thar AX variant gets vinyl seats, while the LX variant offers fabric seat upholstery. 

2021 Force Gurkha gets modern features such as touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and navigation.

2021 Force Gurkha new model will offer the best-in-segment legroom, headroom, and elbow room for the occupants.

The 2021 Force Gurkha offers captain seats for all four occupants.

2021 Force Gurkha offers cornering lamps, one-touch lane change indicator, speed sensing auto door lock, power windows, 12V accessories socket in the dashboard, dual USB socket in second, central locking, and many more. 

2YoDo Conclusion

The Mahindra Thar also scores additional points in terms of performance and variant options to choose from.

While 2021 Force Gurkha is also a tried and tested product in the Indian market and is also known for its impressive driving dynamics, particularly in the off-road terrain.

Based on the key feature differences above Mahindra Thar emerges as a better prospect.


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