While ‘Jeep’ is an American SUV manufacturer owned by the FCA group, in India, every rugged SUV, including entry-level models like the Mahindra Bolero, is often referred to as a Jeep. This is simply because the first-ever off-roader sold in the country by Mahindra was manufactured under license by Jeep and had the badging. Anyway, without further beating around the bush, here’s a list of best Jeeps in India 2019.
The first model in our list of best Jeeps in India is the Mahindra Thar, a model that draws its lineage from the original Jeep CJ3B. The Thar impresses with its rugged looks and great 4×4 hardware, which makes it a favourite of both lifestyle vehicle buyers and off-roading enthusiasts. The Thar is the model to buy if you crave for a high street presence and enough capability off the road.
The next model on our list is another Mahindra model, which is the Scorpio small SUV. The Mahindra Scorpio has been one of the most recognisable faces on the road as its popularity has been quite high due to its rugged and reliable nature, butch looks and high affordability. Also, the SUV has been in the market for long enough to be available in both new and used car markets.
While the Mahindra Bolero has been quite old now, it’s definitely one of the most robust UV models around. The Bolero also scores highly due to its great reliability and low maintenance costs. Combined with a punchy and a sufficiently fuel-efficient engine, the Bolero has been a favourite for the rural car buyers. The Mahindra Bolero has a sufficiently spacious cabin that can seat eight people, while its rugged design helps it tackle the rough roads. Also, as it has been available for over a decade now, it’s not too tough to find well-maintained examples of this UV in the used car market.
The Force Gurkha is one of the
stand-out 4×4 cars in the country and has been giving drivers a thrilling
driving experience ever since it was first launched. Under the hood of the
Gurkha sits a 2.6L petrol engine that is capable of generating 85Ps of power
with 230Nm of torque. In the diesel department, the car also features a 2.2L
unit that produces 140Ps of power and 321Nm of torque. Both the variants are
fitted with 5-speed manual transmissions systems and drive the power to all 4
wheels for maximum control on any surface.
The fourth-generation Jeep Wrangler is available in India only in the Unlimited trim. It is powered by an all-new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Wrangler also offers its company’s excellent SelecTrac 4×4 off-road system. and a low-ratio gearbox. The features list of the Wrangler includes an 8.4-inch UConnect touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 7.0-inch MID in the instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, auto-engine start-stop, rear parking sensors, rear view camera, four airbags, electronic stability control and ABS with brake assist as standard.