Here’s how Mahindra’s latest Thar stacks up against the iconic Land Rover Defender

Off-roading is something a lot of people prefer with a capable 4×4 SUV. A good off-road vehicle can go across pretty much any terrain that the driver dares to but few adventures can prove to be a bit challenging.

An extreme condition of that sort could be rock crawling, where even the best of cars can drag back and one of the best drivers can flinch. Here is a video of owners testing their machines in harsh and difficult off-road obstacles, let’s have a look.

What Is Rock Crawling?

off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender

A longer wheelbase and heavy weight when compared to the Thar did not work in Defender’s favor

Rock crawling is basically an extreme sort of off-roading. Rock crawling is definitely not a piece of cake in which vehicles drive up, down, and across the obstacles that appear impassable. Specifically, 4X4 vehicles are used for this sort of adventure. Apart from this, people generally equip their 4X4 with custom modificationto achieve better performance.

These parts include taller-off road tires, upgraded suspensions, four-wheel steering, body armor, Beadlock, and heavy-duty steering components. In Rock crawling power isn’t an issue rather the gear ratios are lower in order to drive slowly over the obstacle.

Mahindra Thar Specs

off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender

The Thar is not only more affordable than the Defender, but in addition to this, also boasts impressive power figures and a short wheelbase

The Mahindra Thar is one of the perfect cars for off-roading currently in the market and is extremely popular among enthusiasts. The Thar can be had with two different engine options, both of which boast a strong power and torque output.

This 4X4 boasts 226mm unladen ground clearance along with an impressive wheelbase thus giving it decent departure and approach angles. All of this makes the Mahindra Thar ideal for taking to extreme conditions and for sure, rock crawling. As we saw in the video, the Thar effortlessly cleared the obstacle and showed us its off-road prowess as its lightweight powerful engine and capable mechanics help it tackle all the difficulties on road.

Land Rover Defender Specs

off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender

A long list of advanced features are on offer with the Defender that makes it a strong off-roader

Going by the brand the Defender is one of the strongest and most capable vehicles developed by Land Rover. The SUV has a permanent All-Wheel-Drive system, and along with its capable engine setup and mechanics seems to be a superior car as compared to the Thar.

This SUV gets two engine options that include a 402 hp and a 536 hp engine. The Defender gets a better ground clearance of 291mm thus a better performer when it comes to conditions like rock crawling where high ground clearance is preferred. Talking about the video, the Defender seems to be out-shined by Thar, but lack of proper driving skills can be a reason behind it.

Verdict

off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender

The Thar easily cleared the rock crawling obstacle

Rock crawling is one of the extreme conditions to get your 4X4 in and definitely it’s not only about the car, Along with a capable machine at the end of the day it all comes down to a skillful driver that will make a machine capable enough to overcome the obstacle.

A capable driver can definitely cross any obstacle which is in front of him without a flinch. In this video by owners both the SUVs performed great as it’s really hard for an SUV to get past these kinds of obstacles but if the driver is capable enough these awesome 4×4 machines can take you through.

Source: Rock Crawling with Landrover Defender and Mahindra Thar 2020

off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender
off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender
off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender
off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender
off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender
off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender
off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender
off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender
off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender
off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender
off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender
off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender
off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender
off road rock crawl challenge: mahindra thar vs land rover defender

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