The Mahindra Roxor is one of the most interesting vehicles to hit the off-road market in quite some time, and though it is clearly not a typical side-by-side, that’s where the market where it will play.
So to find out how it stacks up, we compared the Roxor to two well established utility machines, the Polaris Ranger XP1000 and the Honda Pioneer 1000-5.
The Roxor comes packing a 2.5-liter turbo diesel engine that makes 62 horsepower and 144 lb-ft of torque, sent through a five-speed manual transmission. The wheelbase measures in at 96 inches, width is 62 inches and the weight of this little machine tips the scales at 3035 pounds.
Ground clearance measures nine inches, the one area where the Roxor definitely doesn’t compete with these two. Ground clearance in the Ranger measures a full 13 inches, while the Honda has a little less with 12.7-inches. Both the Ranger and Pioneer are about half the weight of the Roxor, tipping the scales around 1600 pounds, and the wheelbase on both models comes in right around 80 inches, considerably shorter than the Mahindra. Power for the Honda comes in at 72 hp, while the Polaris packs 82 horsepower.
Tires are a big part of the story here as well. The upgraded Roxor LE model comes packing BFGoodrich KO2s, a solid road-going all-terrain tire, but it’s not the most competitive when stacked up against the Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 in an off-road environment.
Where the Roxor excels compared to the competition is with towing and payload, as its leaf springs help it handle 349 pounds of weight and give it a tow capacity of 3,490 pounds. And when loaded to the limit, the Roxor stays solid, not feeling like it’s being pushed around at all.
The other major difference is just how analogue the Roxor feels with its manual transmission, lever-operated two-speed transfer case and heavy feeling power steering. Where modern side-by-sides have moved towards switches and dials, Mahindra keeps things old school.
With its leaf spring suspension though, the Roxor is a rough rider, and that makes it a little tiring to run hard for long periods of time because it does beat up the occupants a little bit.
So by the end of a hard day of riding, do we think the Roxor is really a side-by-side competitor? You’ll have to watch the video about to find out.