The Mahindra Alturas is the Mahindra's version of the 4th Gen Ssangyong Rexton. Know more about Mahindra Alturas G4 Price in India, specs and images.

Mahindra Alturas G4 Review
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Need a car for a long trip? then the Mahindra Rexton might be a good option. This car proudly wears the Mahindra badge and competes with the likes of MG Hector, Toyota Fortuner, Jeep compass, etc.

Mahindra has only tweaked the grille of the Alturas as compared to the international car. As a result you get to see a SUV that makes a strong impression. I would praise Mahindra to add towering size and macho exterior styling in the car. Upfront is the massive signature Mahindra grille that gives the Alturas loads of presence and the stylish headlamps, which gives it an air of sophistication. In profile, it looks like a mini Toyota Landcruiser, thanks to the squared off wheel arches and the large 18-inch alloy wheels look the part too. Moreover, rear styling is attractive too. Again thanks to the stylish tail lamps and the muscular tailgate. Despite the massive rear, it doesn’t look too ungainly as the blacked-out lower portion on the rear bumper helps mask some its girth. Overall, the exterior of the Alturas might not be the most stylish, but it definitely catches your eye and makes a strong statement.

The Alturas translates to heights and Mahindra clearly wants to state new heights in the market with this SUV. The toothy grill is typical Mahindra affair but that's the only point of difference between the Alturas G4 and the international Rexton. The Alturas matches it's rivals on size, so this is a big SUV and has many butch-look buyers in the segment.

Mahindra Alturas G4 Exterior

The vehicle's design is brawny yet sophisticated. The HID headlights with the LED DRL's are neatly detailed and the large wheel-arches adds loads of visual mass to the SUV. At the rear, the car is neatly designed and thus this is a well turned out SUV. Some might find the 18-inch wheels to look a size too small. Moreover, the chunky deepler adds solidity to the design. The windows for the 3rd row passengers are very small though and like fellow body-on-frame SUV's, the Alturas also sets high up and the absence of the footboard means that you'll need a big step into the cabin.

Mahindra Alturas G4 Interior

When you open the door, the drivers seat will automatically slide back to aid-ingress and it is a cool welcome gesture. It's quite a trek into the Alturas cabin but once you're seated, you'll actually find the view from both outside and inside is rather good. Everything is really well laid out and it feels like a premium SUV. What really makes a difference is the level of quality. Sure, there is a few hard plastic here and there but largely everything is soft. The touch feels premium and the seats look rich and are really comfy. The quilted-leather effect on the dashboard is something you really see on for more expensive SUV's just like the Range Rover.

Mahindra Alturas Interior
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The impressive quality is just one part of the story. Mahindra has also given the Alturas G4 plenty of kit. There's a first in segment 360'degree surround view camera that is a big help when parking the Alturas.

Moreover, this car is also the first in segment to get the ventilated front seats. Also part of the package is an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat with memory, electric parking brake, dual-zone climate control and ambient lighting. The 8-inch touchscreen works fine and does feature Android auto and apple car play. There's also a 7-inch screen in the instrument binnacle that gives a whole lot of info including tire pressures. Moreover, the Alturas G4 also has the option of changing the theme of the display which is quite cool.

Mahindra Alturas Interior
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The sunroof is also a part of the feature. Though, it's not a part of panoramic unit. The Alturas does goes the distance in safety with a class-leading 9 airbags, ABS, ESP and active rollover protection are also part of the kit. The fact that the Alturas got a 5-star rating in the Korean endcap is also very reassuring.

What's in the middle of the Mahindra Alturas G4

The middle row of the Alturas G4 has loads and loads of space. Fitting three adults in the middle will not be a problem. The seat itself is really comfortable and as an added advantage, you can adjust the backrest recline to your liking.

What's off in the third row of the Mahindra Alturas G4

Sitting on the third row is not the best but is reasonable by class standards. The seating position is a bit awkward and the headroom is also limited. But what really take away from the experience is the big mass of plastic on the sides. The windows are really small and give you that cooped in feeling.

The bootgate is fair and the part tailgate opens up to reveal some usable room with all seats up. Fold the last row down and you'll free up serious room for the luggage. Moreover, the loading lip is very high and you'll need some serious strength to lift those heavy suitcases.

First Drive Review

Alturas Engine

The Mahindra Alturas G4 comes powered by a Ssangyong 4-cylinder 2.2 diesel engine. The single variable turbo geometry unit in current bs4 avatar makes 18-Hp @4,000-RPM and 420Nm of torque between 1,600 to 2,600-RPM. Moreover, the power and torque figures are mid-way between the Ford Endeavour's 2.2 and 3.2's and very similar to what the Toyota Fortuner's 2.8L diesel engine produces.

The Alturas engine comes mated to a Mercedes source 7-speed automatic unit. Also note that Mahindra will not offer a manual on the Alturas

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Unlike its competition, the Alturas G4 is powered by a smaller 2.2-litre four cylinder diesel engine (Endeavour has a bigger 3.2-litre option while the Fortuner’s diesel displaces 2.8-litre). Despite the capacity deficit, the 2198cc engines produces a healthy 178bhp and 420nm of torque which is at par with the competition. Moreover, this motor is coupled to a Mercedes sourced 7-speed torque converter transmission.

There is loads of torque past 1800rpm and unlike its rivals, this engine feel quite free revving too. The strong performance is reflected in our Vbox figures as this flagship Mahindra SUV posted some impressive times. The needle scales 100kmph in a brisk 11.06 seconds, which is not only quicker than the Fortuner (more than two seconds) but it also beats the much more powerful 3.2-litre Endeavour by half a second. Praise must also go to the 7-speed auto, which feels quick enough and makes most of the power on tap. This gearbox also is quick to downshift when you need to make a quick overtake. As a result the Alturas’s can get to 20-80kmph in 6.36 seconds and 40-100kmph in 8.38 seconds and it is much quicker than its rivals despite it having the least amount of torque.

How does the drive feels like in the Alturas G4

The first things that you notice when you get behind the wheel of the Alturas is the level of refinement. The engine doesn't make really much of fuss off the power and performance it has to offer and thus this car is really quiet. The road-noise is also contained as is wind-noise. So, it's a fairly nice and refined experience. The engines part characteristics are also quite relaxed.

The Alturas engine does make reasonable amount of power but it's not got that spike in the power delivery that we've come to expect from large turbo-diesel engines. The power delivery and the build-up of power is linear and provides a pretty performance. The Alturas 7-speed gearbox plays the role well but there are no peddle-shifters. The manual shifts are only via small buttons on the gear lever. Read more by Carwale.

Mahindra Alturas G4 transmission
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Another plus point of this automatic transmission is the fact that when you are off-throttle the Alturas doesn’t start free-wheeling. This gives the driver that much needed engine braking in a car that already weighs more than two tonnes and this also gives a better sense of control over the vehicle especially while driving in rural roads. Unlike its rivals the Alturas doesn’t get any drive modes - just a manual mode for the gearbox (which also acts as Sports mode). In this mode, the engine is kept at higher revs for better performance and instant acceleration.

Moreover, what we really missed on the Alturas though were paddle shifters, which have been replaced with a fiddly switch on the gear lever which not only looks out of place, is also underwhelming to use.

The Alturas is built on a new frame and the body uses generous dose of rigid and relatively light high-strength steel. Still, the 4WD Alturas tips the scale at 2,150Kg's and you can feel the bulk in the corners. The steering wheel is really light and it's not got a good sense of connection. So, on the whole, this is not a SUV that you want to hustle around the bends.

Mahindra Alturas G4 Colors

The Mahindra Alturas G4 is available in the following colors-

  • Pearl White
  • D Sat Silver
  • Lakeside Brown
  • Napoli Black
  • Regal Blue

Mahindra Alturas G4 Price in India 2018 and 2019

The Mahindra Alturas G4 ranges from Rs.27.7L-Rs.30.7L. The Alturas G4 is worth it's price and we expect more features to come in this car in the near future.

Verdict

On few bumps, the Alturas does tend to feel a bit lumpy, something which we've seen and experienced on other Ladder Frame Chassis SUV's. By the look of the things, the Alturas G4 is said to take over the mantle as a proper alternative to the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner.

When it comes to handling, the Alturas behaves exactly like a heavy and tall SUV does. On the upside, when driven in an unhurried manner, it surprisingly feels manageable and most importantly, it feels safe and very predictable. There is plenty of grip from the wide tyres and the brakes too offer decent bite and enough stopping power. This car won't upset you! Comment down below the best feature you like about the Mahindra Alturas G4.

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