Best Adventure Cars in India in 2024 - Price, Mileage, Specifications

Aarshi Ray
Aarshi Ray

Updated on: 23rd January, 2024 IST

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Best Adventure Cars in India in 2024

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” - Amelia Earhart (first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

If you believe in the powers and magic of adventure and love travelling to find some for yourself, you have to know about the SUVs that we’ve listed in this blog. Built for all-terrain use, some SUVs are a delight for adventure and offroading enthusiasts. These SUVs offer high driving positions, powerful engines, quick acceleration, and responsive handling, making the most challenging driving conditions seem like a walk in the park.

Most adventure SUVs provide improved traction making it suitable for trying driving conditions. In India, buyers are inclined towards adventure cars that remain stable even on roads in Leh and Ladakh!

With 1.9 million units sold in 2022, SUVs are expected to remain a market favourite in the years to come. So, if you’re looking for a powerful SUV to get revving on your next offroad adventure, these are the best adventure cars in India that you can get behind the wheels of.

Car ModelBody TypeFuel TypeMileageEx-Showroom PriceUsed Car Price
Mahindra XUV700SUVPetrol/DieselPetrol - 12.55 km/l (MT)/ 11.94 km/l (AT); Diesel - 15.29 km/l (MT)/ 14.99 km/l (AT)Starting from ₹12.49 lakh₹10 lakh-₹14 lakh
Hyundai AlcazarSUVPetrol/DieselPetrol - 14.5 km/l (MT)/ 14.2 km/l (AT); Diesel - 20.4 km/l (MT)/ 18.1 km/l (AT)Starting from ₹16.3 lakh₹12 lakh-₹16 lakh
BMW X7SUVPetrol/DieselPetrol - 10.54 km/l; Diesel - 13.38 km/lStarting from ₹1.08 crore₹60 lakh-₹80 lakh
Mahindra TharSUVPetrol/DieselPetrol - 14.43 km/l; Diesel - 16.55 km/lStarting from ₹12.78 lakh₹8 lakh-₹12 lakh
Volvo XC90SUVPetrol/DieselPetrol - 42.0 km/l; Diesel - 46.0 km/lStarting from ₹80.9 lakh₹25 lakh-₹40 lakh
Tata SafariSUVDiesel16.14 km/lStarting from ₹14.99 lakh₹10 lakh-₹14 lakh
Land Rover DefenderSUVPetrol/DieselPetrol - 8.76 km/l; Diesel - 12.7 km/lStarting from ₹76.57 lakh₹50 lakh-₹80 lakh
Land Rover Range Rover SportSUVPetrol/DieselPetrol - 7.7 km/l; Diesel - 12.65 km/lStarting from ₹92.24 lakh₹60 lakh-₹90 lakh

1. Mahindra XUV700

Mahindra XUV700

With an impressive average monthly sale of 5,448 units, the Mahindra XUV700 is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after cars in India. Available in the Adrenox and MX trims, each with its unique sub-divisions, this car offers a driving experience that’s both thrilling and reliable. 

Equipped with a stunning panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and over 60 connected features through the AdrenoX Connect app, the XUV700 is a versatile machine that you can manoeuvre even on the most challenging roads.   

If you’re looking for a car that can both, accommodate your family and be your offroading ride, the Mahindra XUV700 is definitely worth considering.

Mahindra XUV700 Key Specifications:

Maximum Power185 bhp (Petrol)/200 bhp (Diesel)
Maximum Torque450 Nm (Petrol)/380 Nm (Diesel)
Transmission6-speed Manual and 6-speed Automatic
Seating Capacity7
Engine2.2-litre Turbo, 2.0-litre Turbo
Fuel TypeDiesel/Petrol
Mileage15 km/l (Petrol)/17 km/l (Diesel)
Body TypeSUV

Mahindra XUV700 Key Features: 

Level 2 ADAS
11-Speaker Sony Audio System with subwoofer
Panoramic Skyroof TM

What’s Good  

  • Satin-Chrome Grille
  • Diamond-cut alloy wheels
  • mStallion engine

What’s Not Good 

  • Third row seating feels cramped and offers very limited leg space
  • No hill hold and descent control system which is crucial for hardcore offroading 

Check out our collection of Used Mahindra Cars in India

2. Hyundai Alcazar

Hyundai Alcazar

The Hyundai Alcazar comes with an exciting voice-enabled smart panoramic sunroof that makes for an enthralling driving experience. 

Powered by a 1.5l petrol Turbo GDi engine and equipped with features such as three drive and traction control modes, the Alcazar is one of the best options for adventure enthusiasts. It produces negligible body roll and responds effortlessly even on hilly terrains.

If you’re drawn towards an exciting interior, the Alcazar also offers 64 ambient lighting colour options and a dual-tone cognac brown seating that offers premium comfort and ride quality. 

Hyundai Alcazar Key Specifications:

Maximum Power150.1 bhp, 115 bhp
Maximum Torque190 Nm, 240 Nm
Transmission6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic
Seating Capacity6 or 7 (depending on variant)
Engine2.0-litre petrol engine/1.5-litre diesel engine
Fuel TypeDiesel
Mileage20.4 kmpl (claimed)
Body TypeSUV

Hyundai Alcazar Key Features:

Voice enabled smart panoramic sunroof
Puddle lamps with Hyundai logo projection
Advanced Hyundai Blue Link ‘Connected-Car’ technology

What’s Good

  • Complete safety kit including 6 airbags, ESP, auto-hold, and all-wheel disc brakes.
  • 200mm ground clearance that is ideal for Indian roads

What’s Not Good

  • Third row seating can only accommodate children
  • Auto wipers missing

Check out our collection of Used Hyundai Cars in India

3. BMW X7

BMW X7

Sporting irresistible chrome highlights and a panoramic ‘sky lounge’ sunroof, the BMW X7 makes for a mighty presence on the road. This beast of a vehicle comes with exciting features like the BMW Head-up Display that shows driving information directly in your line of sight and Remote Functionality that lets you manoeuvre the car on the most challenging roads.

The X7 is also powered by the BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder petrol engine that takes the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds! An ideal ride for road trips, this flagship BMW SUV is built to offer a memorable driving experience.

So, can you actually take this showroom beauty off the road? Absolutely!

BMW X7 Key Specs:

EngineBMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder
Fuel TypePetrol
Max Power375 bhp
Max Torque520 Nm
Transmission8-speed automatic
Seating Capacity6
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space326L

BMW X7 Key Features:

Sky Lounge Panoramic Sunroof
BMW Gesture Control: ‘Swiping’ or ‘Pointing’ to perform functions like receiving calls, adjusting the volume, etc.
Automatic air conditioning with 5-zone control
xDrive: All-wheel drive with intelligent power distribution to ensure a smooth and secure ride

What’s Good

  • Remote functionality: Allows you to control the car from outside using the My BMW App
  • Harman Kardon Surround Sound System that effectively cancels noise and offers unmatched sound quality
  • BMW Curved Display offers a sleek appearance and completes the aesthetic look and feel of the cockpit

What’s Not Good

  • Limited cargo space that might prove a challenge when packing for a road trip

Check out our collection of Used BMW Cars in India

4. Mahindra Thar

Mahindra thar

The second-generation Mahindra Thar is a highly sought-after off-road vehicle in India that offers an exceptional driving experience. The Thar is known for its outstanding performance in challenging driving conditions and is truly one of the best adventure cars in India.

It is equipped with either a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 130 bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque on manual, and 150 bhp of power and 320 Nm of torque on automatic, or a 2.2L diesel engine that produces 130 bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque. 

The Thar comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, and it is also available with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Mahindra Thar Key Specifications:

Maximum Power130 bhp (Petrol)/ 150 bhp (Diesel)
Maximum Torque300 Nm/320 Nm
Transmission6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
Engine2.2-litre turbocharged (Diesel)/1.5-litre Turbocharged (Petrol)
Mileage15.2 km/l (Diesel)/ 12 km/l (Petrol)
Seating Capacity5
Fuel TypeDiesel/Petrol
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space190 L

Mahindra Thar Key Features:

4 Wheel Drive System
Multi-function steering wheel
Waterproof Touchscreen Infotainment System
Dual Front Airbags
ABS with EBD

What’s Good:

  • Responsive handling making ideal for offroading
  • Rugged jeep-like exterior design loved by adventure enthusiasts

What’s Not Good:

  • Lacks space and impractical if you’re looking for a family car

Check out our collection of Used Mahindra Thar Cars in India

5. Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 is a timeless icon and the quintessential 7-seater luxury SUV that has been ruling the Indian market since 2015. It has an unmistakable road presence with its sophisticated design and distinct luxurious appeal. The high-quality interiors and solid feel of the cabin elevate the overall look and feel of the vehicle. The layered effect on the dashboard with perfect wood finishing adds to the premium feel. 

The Volvo XC90 offers ample space across all three rows, thanks to its long wheelbase of 2,984 mm and width of 1,923 mm. The comfortable leatherette seats, air suspension, and an abundance of luxury features, including powered front seats with massage function, four-zone climate control, Bower and Wilkins sound system, make every ride a memorable experience. 

Moreover, the all-wheel-drive drivetrain adds to its versatility and makes it suitable for any kind of off-roading adventure. The Volvo XC90 is a perfect blend of Swedish elegance and practicality that offers a luxurious driving experience with unparalleled safety features.

Volvo XC90 Key Specification :

Maximum Power300 bhp
Maximum Torque420 Nm
Engine1,969 cc
Fuel TypePetrol
TransmissionAutomatic
Mileage17.2 km/l
Seating Capacity7

Volvo XC90 Key Features:

Built-in Google Assistance
Air purifier
Driver assistance technology
Blind spot information system
360° surround camera

What’s Good

  • Luxurious interiors
  • Larger boot space

What's Not Good

  • Larger wheels create jittery ride especially on a rocky terrain
  • Complicated infotainment system

6. Tata Safari

 Tata Safari

The Tata Safari is loaded with a host of luxury features, including a panoramic sunroof, a 9-speaker JBL sound system, ventilated seats for the front and rear, and more. With its generous feature list, spacious cabin, and plush upholstery, the Safari is a luxurious ride that can comfortably seat up to 6 or 7 passengers.

The XT Plus variant is highly recommended for those considering the Tata Safari. Priced at ₹19.10 lakh with a manual transmission and ₹20.40 lakh with an automatic transmission, the Safari XT Plus comes equipped with numerous features, including a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, air purifier, ambient lighting, and tyre pressure monitoring system, among others.

With an impressive mileage, long-lasting build quality and a powerful engine, the Tata Safari is definitely one of the best adventure cars in India.

Tata Safari Key Specifications:

Maximum Power138 bhp
Maximum Torque350 Nm
Engine2-litre diesel
Transmission6-speed manual & 6-speed torque converter automatic
Mileage14 – 16.1 km/l
Fuel TypeDiesel
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeMid-size SUV
Boot Space447 L

Tata Safari Key Features:

Impressive 8.8 inch infotainment system
Panoramic sunroof
Front and rear ventilated seats for increased comfort

What’s Good

  • Effective hill hold and descent control making it ideal for rough terrains
  • Perimetric Alarm System that keeps your car safe
  • Powered memory seating

What’s Not Good

  • Heavy steering wheel makes it tough to manoeuvre and park in tight spaces
  • Lacks boot space

Check out our collection of Used Tata Cars in India

7. Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender is a true icon in the world of adventure cars, and it's not hard to see why. With a design that is both rugged and refined, the Defender is the perfect vehicle for those who want to explore the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury and comfort.

Under the hood, the Defender is a powerhouse of  performance. It comes with multiple engine options, including turbocharged petrol and hybrid options, all of which are paired with an 8-speed automatic and 2-speed transfer case. Whether you're driving on the highway or off-road, the Defender has the power and capability to handle any situation.

But what sets the Defender apart from other vehicles in its segment is its impressive safety features. With a 5-star Euro NCAP rating, this vehicle is more than safe for passengers, and it comes with an extensive list of active and passive safety features to ensure that you and your loved ones are protected at all times.

Land Rover Defender Key Specifications:

Maximum Power296.36 bhp @ 4,000 rpm
Maximum Torque650 Nm @ 1,500-2,500 rpm
Engine2,997 cc (Diesel), 4,997 cc (Petrol)
TransmissionAutomatic
Mileage14.01 km/l
Fuel TypeDiesel, Petrol
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeSUV

Land Rover Defender Key Features:

Durable and exquisite Leather-free material called Resist with a lower carbon footprint
Customisable cabin
Permanent All Wheel Drive1
Twin-speed transfer

What’s Good

  • Top class off-road capability
  • 5-star NCAP safety rating and equipment

What's Not Good

  • Limited third row seats
  • Questionable long-term reliability

8. Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is designed to conquer any terrain, be it off-road or on the highway. The sporty and aggressive exterior design of this SUV is sure to turn heads on the road.

The Range Rover Sport is powered by a 3L turbocharged diesel engine which is mated to an automatic transmission, providing an effortless driving experience. The car is equipped with advanced safety features, including six airbags, blind spot assist and forward collision warning, ensuring the highest level of safety for the driver and passengers.

The luxurious interior of the Range Rover Sport is well-appointed with leather seats, wood trim and advanced technology, including a state-of-the-art infotainment system with a touchscreen display. The car also offers a variety of customizable seating options, with 5, 6 or 7 seats available.

The car's superior off-road capabilities are enhanced by features such as hill descent control and dynamic stability control. The Range Rover Sport can effortlessly navigate even the toughest terrain, making it the perfect choice for adventure-seekers who want to explore the great outdoors in style and comfort.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Key Specifications:

Maximum Power345.98 bhp @ 4,000 rpm
Maximum Torque700 Nm @ 1,500-3,000 rpm
Engine2997 cc
TransmissionAutomatic
Mileage11.3 km/l
Fuel TypeDiesel, Petrol
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeSUV

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Key Features:

Lightweight Ultrafabric upholstery
Windsor and soft Semi-Aniline leather interiors
Moonlight Chrome detailing
Multi-function Steering Wheel

What’s Good

  • Luxurious interiors
  • Impressive build quality
  • Dynamic off-road capabilities 

What's Not Good:

  • Touchscreen is distracting

The Bottom Line

If you’re one whose soul is fed by adventure, a rugged, adventure SUV should definitely take up space in your garage. So, dive in and explore this comprehensive guide to the best adventure cars in India, and have your pick!

FAQs

Q. What are the features to look for in an adventure car?

If you want a hardcore adventure car, it’s important to look for an all-wheel drive system, high ground clearance, rugged exterior design, and seamless off-road capabilities. 

To ensure safety while on an adventure, make sure your car is equipped with hill descent control, skid plates, and advanced suspension systems.

Q. Can I use an adventure car for daily commuting as well?

Absolutely, you can use any of these adventure cars for commuting daily.

Q. What is the price range of adventure cars in India?

Quality adventure cars begin at a price of ₹9 lakh and can go up to crores depending on the brand, model, and features.

Q. Which adventure car has the best mileage in India?

The Mahindra XUV700 has the best mileage among its rivals.

Q. Are there any adventure cars with automatic transmission available in India?

Yes, most adventure cars come in both manual and automatic transmission variants.

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