The SUV segment has grown very well in the Indian market. We now have SUVs sitting in different price categories for many people to have access to them according to their budgets. However, not all SUVs are equally-capable. Most SUVs are FWD/RWD in the budget category. But still, for off-roading, you at least need an AWD/4X4 setup. There are a few budget options available in the market today. Basically, 4×4 and AWD drivetrain are systems where all wheels get the power. This helps you take on any terrain without getting stuck. In this article, we have mentioned affordable off-road cars with the 4×4 or AWD system in India.
Mahindra Thar is the ultimate off-roading SUV in India in the budget segment. It can take on the toughest terrains quite easily. Mahindra offers 4H and 4L modes. Moreover, you have two powerful engines at your disposal. Moreover, there is one more area where the Thar excels. You get automatic gearbox options as well which makes off-roading a lot more fun. You can own a Thar at price between Rs 16.26 lakhs to Rs 19.56 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai).
Affordable off-road cars – Mahindra XUV700
Mahindra XUV700 needs no introduction in the market today. This SUV has broken quite many records ever-since its launch. It became the first car in India under Rs 30 lakhs to get the ADAS technology. However, the XUV700 also excels in one more area. It gets AWD. Although AWD might not be for hardcore off-roading, but it definitely arms your car with capabilities to pull out of quite a few tough spots. Moreover, all-wheel-drive helps in maintaining excellent traction on the road. The XUV700 with AWD has been priced from Rs 28.07 lakhs to Rs 29.99 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai).
Force Gurkha is quite an underrated car in the country as of today. It is a highly capable off-roader as it comes with 4L and 4H modes along with separate differential locks. This is something that greatly enhances its capability to pull you out of really tough spots. With that being said, the Gurkha is an off-roading focused car and you might find the interiors quite basic. However, essential elements like touchscreen infotainment system, power windows, etc. are present. The Force Gurkha is only available in a single variant which comes in at Rs 17.68 lakh (on-road, Mumbai).
Affordable off-road cars – Mahindra Scorpio-N
Mahindra recently launched the Scorpio-N in the country, which has been, looking at the interest, a very popular product as of today. The Scorpio-N gets a modern makeover with the new one now more planted and premium. However, do not let this fool you. The Scorpio-N is a very capable car and you can clearly see that on our detailed video on the SUV. The Scorpio-N comes with 4X4 off-roading modes. Moreover, with the availability of automatic gearbox, off-roading should become more fun. As of now, the brand has not released the pricing of 4X4 variants but Mahindra being Mahindra, you can really expect some attractive pricing for 4X4 variants as well.
Noteworthy Bonus – Mahindra Bolero Neo
Mahindra Bolero Neo is Mahindra’s compact SUV. However, being based on a body-on-frame platform and a rear-wheel-driven SUV, it becomes quite a unique proposition in its price bracket. Moreover, the Bolero Neo gets MTT (Multi Terrain Technology). Now, with MTT, the car is able to lock the wheel which is free and transfer power to the one with traction. This really helps in overcoming some really bad patchy roads. The Bolero Neo with MTT comes in at Rs 14.26 lakh (on-road, Mumbai).
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