What you would give to escape from the humdrum of daily commute with its unending traffic jams? How you would love to make that road trip to Mumbai to Goa, or Bangalore to Karwar and Dandeli? While driving a sedan or hatchback is comfortable, you may well on the way, get off the beaten path and roam the countryside and explore those hidden gems lying undiscovered. Sedan’s and hatchbacks won’t cut it when you go roaming the countryside. You need an off road vehicle.

We present you the following 7 popular used off-road cars for you to choose from.

1. Mahindra Thar D14WD

This is a very popular 4WD off-road car for its power and sturdy build. Thar can easily handle the terrain found on the Leh – Khardung La- Nubra Valley route in the Himalayas.

Specifications

Engine type and capacity:          CRDe, 2523 cc

Power:                                                 63 BHP@3200rpm

Torque:                                               195 Nm@1400-2200 rpm

Ground clearance:                          187 mm

Transmission:                                  5-speed manual

Suspension                                         Front – Semi-Elliptical Leaf Spring with Shock Absorbers & Stabilizer Bar; Rear – Semi-Elliptical Leaf Spring with Shock Absorbers

2.  Renault Duster RXZ 110PS AWD Diesel

This is a new addition to the Indian off-road market – a genuine AWD vehicle. It has exceptional road handling capabilities even on sand and gravel. It comes with a rotary dial selector to switch easily to AWD mode.

Specifications

Engine type and capacity:          Diesel; 1500 cc

Power:                                                 110 BHP@4000rpm

Torque:                                               245 Nm@1750 rpm

Ground clearance:                          210 mm

Transmission:                                  6-speed manual

Suspension                                         Front – Independent pseudo MacPherson; Rear – Multilink type

Other features:                                Airbags, hill start assist, electronic stability program and anti-lock brakes and brake assist

3. Mahindra Scorpio S11

The Scorpio is the longest serving SUV from Mahindra. This off-road vehicle is among the best.

Engine type and capacity:          Diesel; 2179 cc

Power:                                                 140 BHP@3750 rpm

Torque:                                               320 Nm@1500-2800 rpm

Ground clearance:                          210 mm

Transmission:                                  6-speed manual

Suspension                                         Front – Double Wish-bone Type, Independent Front Coil Spring;  Rear – Multi Link Coil Spring Suspension with Anti-roll Bar

Other features:                                Front Fog Lamps with Chrome Bezel, Dual Airbags, Shift-on-fly 4WD option and anti-lock brakes

4. Mahindra XUV 500

The true off-roader from the Mahindra group is a powerful vehicle outfitted with excellent off-road features.

Engine type and capacity:          Diesel; 2179 cc

Power:                                                 140 BHP@3750 rpm

Torque:                                               330 Nm@1600-2800 rpm

Ground clearance:                          200 mm

Transmission:                                  6-speed synchromesh

Suspension                                         Front – McPherson type with anti roll bar; Rear – Multilink type with anti roll bar

Other features:                                Front Fog Lamps with Chrome Bezel, Dual Airbags, Hill hold and descent control, anti-lock brakes with EBD, Electronic stability program with rollover mitigation

5. Maruti Vitara Brezza LDI

The Maruti Vitara Brezza is a great off-road vehicle from the Maruti stable.

Specifications

Engine type and capacity:          Diesel; 1248 cc

Power:                                                 88.5 BHP@4000 rpm

Torque:                                               200 Nm@1750 rpm

Ground clearance:                          198 mm

Transmission:                                  5-speed manual

Suspension                                         Front – McPherson Strut with Coil Spring; Rear – Torsion Beam with Coil Spring

Other features:                                Driver Airbag, tilt steering, anti-lock brakes with EBD

6. Ford EcoSport Titanium MT Diesel

The Ford EcoSport diesel is a subcompact SUV that has captured the imagination of customers. Its performance is exceptional when traversing rough roads.

Specifications

Engine type and capacity:          Diesel; 1498 cc

BHP:                                                     100 BHP@3750rpm

Torque:                                               205Nm@1750-3250rpm

Ground clearance:                          200 mm

Transmission:                                  5-speed manual

Suspension:                                      Front – Independent McPherson; Rear – Semi independent (Twist Beam type)

Other features:                                 Anti lock braking system with EBD, 6 airbags, front fog lamps, side and front impact beams

Where there are new cars there are used cars. The off-road used car market is thriving and you can get a good used off-road car at almost half the prices of new cars.

NBFCs such as Tata Capital have made it easy for you to acquire a used off-road car by offering used car loans at attractive interest rates and repayment terms. In fact, it has an online car store that is a one-stop resource for you to get the off-road car of your choice effortlessly. So, what are you waiting for? Just choose the off-roader you can afford and fulfill your dream of exploring the undiscovered wild regions of India.