Mahindra’s all-new SUV, the Alturas G4 has been launched in India for a price tag of Rs 26.95 lakhs ex-showroom for the 2WD variant while the fully-loaded 4WD trim will cost you Rs 29.95 lakhs. At this price, the full-size SUV which is basically the internationally sold Ssangyong G4 Rexton competes with the behemoths of the Indian market like the Fortuner, Endeavour, Kodiaq, CR-V, Pajero Sport and the MU-X.
The Fortuner is the king of the big-fat SUV segment selling almost twice the number of all its competitors put together. But the Alturas G4 has more features, interiors that are certainly premium over the Toyota and is faster as well overall. And it seems like it might overshadow the Fortuner in terms of road presence too. But the Fortuner is already an established brand and is known for its impeccable after sales service which will be tough for any competitor to challenge straight away.
The Ford Endeavour also betters the Fortuner in most departments and hence will be the real challenge for the new Mahindra Alturas. But the Alturas seems to score over the Endeavour as well in the interior department with its quilted leather upholstery and the large touchscreen display in the centre. Add a 360-degree camera and more features to the equation, the Alturas seems to have an edge here. Also, the prices are pretty much comparable with the Mahindra Alturas G4 taking the competitive route for pricing.
3. Skoda Kodiaq
The Kodiaq is one of the best crossover SUVs in this segment and offers lighter, agile monocoque construction as against the body-on-frame Alturas. The Kodiaq is a lot less burly than the Alturas and more of a soft roader. Being softer and lighter, it is more comfortable to get in and out of and has a better fuel economy as well. The top-spec Kodiaq Laurin&Klement has an extensive features list including the nap-package, the voice-relay, a panoramic sunroof and the new cockpit display but the Alturas G4 does cost a couple of lakhs less.
4. Honda CR-V
The recently introduced Honda CR-V also competes with the Mahindra Alturas G4. While the 2.2-litre of the Mahindra makes 178bhp of power, the 1.6-litre of the Honda makes 118bhp of power and is a perfect urban-SUV. But the Alturas has a lot more bulk, presence and features over the CR-V. But, the CR-V costs almost Rs 2 lakh over the top-spec Alturas, which makes the Mahindra a much better choice.