Best Jeeps in India 2023

Before the Jeep brand came to India, jeeps referred to any rugged, all-terrain capable utility vehicle. These cars were functional machines that had simple interiors, impressive mechanical off-road capability, and could perform any task they were used for. Over time, the jeep term has come to refer to any off-road capable car and yes, it does include cars from the Jeep brand as well. The cars in this list include cars that are known to be reliable, all-terrain vehicles that excel at being jeeps.

List of Best Jeeps in India in 2022

Here’s a list of the best Jeeps in India arranged in ascending order of price:

Car Name

Mileage(Kmpl)

Ex Showroom Price(Lakhs)

Mahindra Bolero Neo

Diesel

17.29 (MT)

Rs. 9.47 - 11.99 Lakh

Mahindra Scorpio Classic

Diesel

16.46 (MT)

Rs. 11.99 - 15.49 Lakh

Mahindra Scorpio N

Diesel

16.36 (MT)

Rs. 11.99 - 23.90 Lakh

15.4 (AT)

Mahindra Thar

Petrol

13.2 (MT/AT)

Rs. 13.59 - 16.29 Lakh

Diesel

15.2 (MT/AT)

Force Gurkha

Diesel

17 (MT)

Rs. 14.75 Lakh 

Jeep Compass

Diesel

17.3(MT)

Rs. 20.89 - 31.29 Lakh

15.3(AT)

Petrol

14.3(MT)

14.1(AT)

Jeep Meridian

Diesel

15.7(AT)

Rs. 29.90 - 36.95 Lakh

16.2(MT)

Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Diesel

16.3 (AT)

Rs. 32.67 Lakh

Jeep Wrangler

Petrol

12.1 (AT)

s. 57.85 - 61.85 Lakh

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Petrol

8 (AT)

Rs. 77.50 Lakh 

Mahindra Bolero Neo

Mahindra Bolero Neo
Mahindra Bolero Neo

The Bolero Neo is a rebadged Mahindra TUV300. The exterior has been brought in line to reflect the Bolero styling but it’s clearly a sleeker, classier version. Getting in and out of the cabin is easy since Mahindra has lowered the body shell on the ladder and frame chassis. The cabin design is utilitarian but far ahead of the Bolero’s simplicity.

This jeep drives very well, with a refined engine and a linear power delivery effortlessly bringing up the three figure mark. It goes through rough roads and terrain with no noticeable effort. This vehicle can take a beating with its 3rd gen body on frame construction and a toughened suspension.

Its marketing and styling was done with an eye on the Bolero’s enormous brand value in the hinterland. Given its pricing, the Bolero Neo is an attractive proposition among the jeeps in India.

Mahindra Bolero Neo Specifications

  • Engine:  1.5L mHawk diesel
  • Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
  • Mileage:  17.29 Kmpl
  • Airbags: 2
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Seating Capacity: 7
  • Body Type: SUV

Mahindra Bolero Neo Key Features

  • Cruise control
  • Start-stop function

Mahindra Scorpio Classic 

Spinny Assured Mahindra Scorpio
Mahindra Scorpio Classic

The Mahindra Scorpio Classic was revamped by the company with minimal exterior styling changes. Why would you want to change something so obviously loved due to its boxy looks? The interior of the cabin hasn’t changed much either with elements that bring to mind older iterations of jeeps in India. What has changed though is the all-aluminium engine: it’s a full 55 kg lighter. Though the fuel efficiency of the new diesel engine is a selling point, what is far more impressive is the refinement levels and vibration-free running. The car has improved short gearing as well, making it very responsive and eager to get off the mark.

The ladder on frame chassis ensures that rough roads don’t faze this beast even though you may get a bit bounced around due to the suspension setup.

Mahindra Scorpio Classic Specifications

  • Engine:  2.2L  mHawk CRDi
  • Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
  • Mileage: 16.46 Kmpl
  • Airbags: 2
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Seating Capacity:7
  • Body Type: SUV

Mahindra Scorpio Classic Key Features

  • Hydraulic power steering
  • Follow-me-home headlamps

Mahindra Scorpio-N

Mahindra Scorpio-N header
Mahindra Scorpio-N

The new Scorpio-N is built on the same platform as the Thar. It has added a touch of sophistication to its styling with scorpion inspired touches that are a far cry from previous jeeps in India.

The Scorpio-N handles more like a small car than a SUV. Body roll is almost negligible even while cornering and it’s got a really planted feel on highways. The engine, gearbox and suspension are in complete harmony. It glides over rough roads and harsh terrain, making light of all obstacles in its path.

Mahindra has basically given us a premium SUV on smooth tarmac roads while equipping it with the ability to occasionally go offroading.

If the above two jeeps have caught your eye, we also have a detailed comparison of the Scorpio Classic and the Scorpio-N for you to read.

Mahindra Scorpio N Specifications

  • Engine: 2.2L Diesel 
  • Transmission: 6 speed MT, 6 speed AT
  • Mileage: 16.36 Kmpl MT, 15.4 Kmpl AT
  • Airbags: 6
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Seating Capacity: 7
  • Body Type: SUV

Mahindra Scorpio-N Key features

  • Sunroof
  • Alexa enabled

 Mahindra Thar

Spinny Assured Mahindra Thar
Mahindra Thar

The Mahindra Thar is in its second generation now. This vehicle is a step up from its predecessor in terms of size, luxury and comfort. Also, Mahindra debuted a petrol engine in the Thar.

The styling, the improved luxurious interiors, the refined engines and the smooth as butter automatics on offer both in the petrol and diesel versions make this a fun car to drive.

The new ladder on frame chassis makes the Thar sail over rough roads, and it handles its off-road functions with glee. The ride quality has improved over the previous iteration even though it still has a bumpy ride quality with body roll, which needs firm handling.

The turbo petrol engine, surprisingly responsive and smooth, is the one that most city customers will opt for versus the diesel that will be the de facto choice for off-roaders.

Is your heart set on a 4X4? Then check out our list of the best 4X4s in India.

Mahindra Thar Specifications

  • Engine: 2L turbo Petrol, 2.2L Diesel
  • Transmission: 6 speed MT , 6 speed AT
  • Mileage: 13.2 Kmpl (p),15.2 Kmpl(d)
  • Airbags: 2
  • Fuel Type:  Diesel, Petrol
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Body Type: SUV

 Mahindra Thar Key features

  • Roll cage
  • Cruise Control

Force Gurkha

Force Gurkha
Force Gurkha

The new Force Gurkha gets an all new chassis, new interiors and exteriors providing that touch of sophistication and class that it once lacked. It has shed its rudimentary beginnings and has now brought in class and refinement.

The new engine delivers an unhurried ride resisting the urge to rev it up. This is because the torquey engine loves to pull ahead at low speeds and you hardly need to use the light clutch. The ride quality on city or highway roads is as expected with the Gurkha handling deteriorating stretches with aplomb. There is a fair amount of feedback from the steering, and the suspension easily soaks up potholes. The high seat, excellent visibility and strong engine make this vehicle treat roads that are little more than tracks with barely a hiccup. This also translates to a relaxed drive on tarmac. The snorkel exhaust adds to the design element though it is entirely functional in nature allowing these jeeps in India to wade through flooded roads or rivers with minimum fuss.

Also read: Force Gurkha vs Mahindra Thar

Force Gurkha Specifications

  • Engine: 2.6L Diesel
  • Transmission: 5 Speed MT
  • Mileage: 17 Kmpl
  • Airbags: 2
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Body Type: SUV

Force Gurkha Key Features

  • ABS with EBD, tyre pressure monitoring
  • Rear parking sensor, cornering lamps, and follow-me-home headlamps

Jeep Compass

Best Automatic Cars In India
Jeep Compass

The new Jeep Compass has undergone drastic changes to the interior adding hugely to its appeal. The Jeep build, & promise of quality fit and finish are delivered in spades. There are four drive modes viz auto, snow, sand and mud, and rock. These alter throttle settings and torque flow to assist you over different terrains.

The Jeeps in India handle both harsh terrain and tarmac roads with minimum fuss. Its road handling is excellent, cornering at high speeds on the highways is effortless with the suspension and driving wheel heft feels just right. Driving at low speeds in the city over rough patches may seem a little bumpy but up the speed and the car sails through with ease.

The engine delivers strong linear power in a controlled manner throughout, allowing overtaking and weaving through traffic with minimal fuss.

Jeep Compass Specifications

  • Engine:  2L Diesel
  • Transmission: 9 speed AT
  • Mileage: 17.1 Kmpl
  • Airbags: 6
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Seating Capacity:
  • Body Type: SUV

Jeep Compass Key Features

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Ventilated front seats, powered tailgate

Jeep Meridian

Jeep Meridian

The Jeep Meridian sits on the Compass platform and uses the same engine but it’s by far the bigger vehicle. You would assume its large size would make it hard to drive but surprise surprise, it is effortlessly manoeuvrable on city roads. The independent suspension gives a very supple ride quality. Power delivery is flat and linear. This means that it is extremely composed at speed and is an effortless cruiser on the highways.

The power available on tap, traction provided by its AWD setup and its superb suspension setup ensures that you will enjoy off-roading should that be your thing.                  

The best part of this vehicle is the exceptionally smooth and comfortable ride whether on road or off it.

Also read: Jeep Meridian 7-seater SUV announced for India; Comparison: Toyota Innova Hycross vs Jeep Meridian

Jeep Meridian Specifications

  • Engine: 2L Diesel
  • Transmission: 9 speed AT, 6 speed MT
  • Mileage: 15.7 Kmpl 
  • Airbags: 6
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Seating Capacity: 7
  • Body Type: SUV

Jeep Meridian Key features

  • Multi-zone climate control
  • 360-degree camera

Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Jeep Compass Trailhawk header
Jeep Compass Trailhawk

The Trailhawk is Jeep’s offering to the hardcore offroaders who like to put their vehicles to the test. While retaining the same styling, exterior and interior as the standard Compass, Jeep has tweaked its underbody and suspension to beat it on parameters like approach angle, departure angle and ground clearance. Only the striking decals and the smaller 17 inch diamond cut alloy wheels differentiate it from its sibling at a casual glance. 

The drive is best experienced at a steady pace where its road handling manners come to the fore. The faster you drive, the better it gets with outstanding stability and poise. The traction and throttle modulation allow it to clamber over any obstacle thrown at it. If you want a vehicle with sterling offroading qualities among the jeeps in India, this is the one to bring home.

Jeep Compass Trailhawk Specifications

  • Engine:  2L Diesel
  • Transmission: 9 speed AT
  • Mileage: 17.1 Kmpl
  • Airbags: 6
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Seating Capacity:5
  • Body Type: SUV

Jeep Compass Trailhawk Key Features

  • Powered and ventilated front seats
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Dual-zone climate control

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is the quintessential American off-roader. It is being assembled outside America for the first time, in India, bringing down the prices appreciably.

The cabin is a step up to get in and not as luxurious as other cars. It’s not that the Wrangler lacks the refinements but it is more workaday than plush. The engine cruises effortlessly on highways and the city roads are a breeze. The mud tyres and suspension do give a bumpy ride but rough roads feel satin smooth.

This is a car that shines on the wild side. Take it off the road and you would have to drive horrendously to faze this vehicle. Mountain tracks, boulder-strewn paths, muddy roads and slushy ditches raise no concerns at all. The Jeep Wrangler treats them all with disdain.

Also read: Mahindra Thar vs Jeep Wrangler  

Jeep Wrangler Specifications

  • Engine: 2L Turbo petrol
  • Transmission: 8 speed automatic
  • Mileage: 12.1 Kmpl
  • Airbags: 4
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: SUV

Jeep Wrangler Key Features

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Full-frame removable doors

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee exterior
Jeep Grand Cherokee

The word for the Grand Cherokee is massive and it will take second place to none on our roads. The interior build quality is like the exterior: tough and no nonsense. This car was built to take you anywhere – and in luxury.

The petrol engine doesn’t feel underpowered for a car this size and responds as well as any diesel with its linear acceleration. Refinement and smoothness are this car’s hallmarks with the turbocharger kicking in to make it cruise effortlessly. The petrol engine responds well to throttle input making overtaking a walk in the park.

Jeep springs a surprise by using steel springs instead of air suspension but it turns out to be a far better option for our undulating and uneven Indian roads with maintenance coming down sharply as well.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Specifications

  • Engine:  2.0L Petrol
  • Transmission: 8 Speed Automatic
  • Mileage: 8 Kmpl
  • Airbags: 8
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: SUV

Jeep Grand Cherokee Key Features

  • Dual Zone Automatic AC
  • Panoramic Sunroof

Best Jeeps in India 2022 Summary

Jeeps are there to remind you of the rough and tough stuff you did as a child.A time of simplicity when you felt you were capable of anything.Jeeps in India reflect that attitude.The freedom, adventure and passion that ownership of a jeep will give will lead to a rediscovery of those qualities within you. The choice of a jeep is the choice to keep your young and vibrant side alive.Pick one that suits your style from the list given above.

Indulge yourself today, splash out on a Jeep.You won’t regret your decision.

FAQs on Best Jeeps in India

Which is the best Jeep in India?

In terms of budget, we would pick the Mahindra Thar, for hardcore offroading, the Jeep Wrangler while for a deluxe experience, the Grand Cherokee. But every Jeep above has features that appeal across the board.

Which are the best off-road jeeps in India?

The Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Compass Trailhawk are the best with the Mahindra Scorpio-N also surprisingly making the cut.

Which are the most popular jeeps in India?

The Mahindra Bolero is the most popular and best selling Jeep in India.

What are the upcoming jeep cars in India?

The Jeep Renegade, Avenger and an unnamed sub 4m SUV from the same brand are to be launched in the New Year .Mahindra will also be launching the Bolero Neo Plus and the 5 door Thar.

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