What happens when you suddenly pit two very different cars against each other and try to choose between the twain? The results are very interesting to say the least. The Datsun Go Plus is an MPV which is priced at the lower end of the spectrum while the Mahindra Thar is an out and out SUV, a real rugged jeep that is made more for the hills and outdoors than regular roads. When you talk of practicality and total ownership costs of both models, you might find that the Datsun Go Plus is more practical and affordable to run and maintain while the Thar may be a decision based more out of passion and temptation rather than solid economics.
However, is that all there is to buying a car? When you take sheer attraction into account, which car wins? Let’s find out!
The Datsun Go Plus cuts an interesting picture as opposed to the Mahindra Thar. Taking the top models of both cars into account, the Go Plus is considerably cheaper than the Thar. The Go Plus comes with an 1198 cc engine that makes 104 Nm and 67 BHP while the powerful and rugged engine of the Thar has a displacement of 2498 cc and makes 104 BHP and 247 Nm. Both cars have manual transmission systems and the Thar naturally has greater ground clearance (200 mm) as compared to the Go Plus (170 mm). The Thar does not offer conventional boot space though there is some room in the back while the Go Plus is more MPV like with three rows of seating. Space and comfort wise, the Go Plus wins hands down.
The Go Plus top model runs on petrol while diesel is the staple for the Mahindra Thar. Mileage figures stand at 20.6 kmpl for the Go Plus and 16 kmpl for the Thar. The Thar has a 60 litre fuel tank as compared to the 35 litre fuel tank of the Go Plus. Both cars have audio systems and air conditioning but the Thar misses out on airbags and a child safety lock in addition to the remote boot release feature. The Thar does not have power windows as well. Price wise, the Thar comes at INR 8, 71, 644 for the top model (ex-showroom, New Delhi) while the Datsun Go Plus is priced at INR 4, 88, 900 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Coming back to which car you should choose, it’s all a matter of head vs. heart really. Your head should choose the Go Plus, a fantastically priced (very affordable) MPV that gives you seven seats, oodles of functionality and a comfortable ride. This makes for a really affordable and top class family car. On the other hand, you may find the heart directing you towards the absurdly expensive, almost feature-less, rugged and outdoorsy jeep, the Thar. The Thar is the vehicle for those who love the great outdoors without caring too much about other aspects towards vehicle ownership while the Go Plus is suitable for those looking for affordability, practicality, lower running costs and a family car with basic features.