Mahindra Alturas G4 vs. Honda CR-V vs. Skoda Kodiaq: Specifications Comparison

by Mohammed Burman | 30/11/2018
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Mahindra has eventually introduced the brand-new Alturas G4 to the Indian auto market at an introductory price of Rs 26.95 lakhs (ex-showroom). It serves as an alternative to the previous 7-seater SUVs such as the Honda CR-V and the Skoda Kodiaq.

Mahindra Alturas G4 is the most recent SUV product by the home-grown car maker and is intended to be a flagship product of the company. In the previous post, even before the launch of the Alturas G4, we have compared in details the vehicle with its rivals: Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour, both of which have dominated the Indian SUV segment for a long time. In this post, we have decided to shift the focus to the other two rivals of the Alturas G4, the less well-known SUVs but prove to be formidable rivals of the new Alturas: the Skoda Kodiaq and the Honda CR-V. Let come to a detailed comparison among the three vehicles: Mahindra Alturas G4 vs. Honda CR-V vs. Skoda Kodiaq to see how can the Alturas compete against the others, which can further persuade you to buy one.

Kodiaq vs. Alturas vs. CR-V

A comparison between the Mahindra Alturas with its rivals will help you make a wiser decision on buying the vehicle

1. Exterior and Design


In terms of the proportions, the Alturas G4 dominate the other two SUVs with the greatest length, width, height, wheelbase, ground clearance and kerb weight, which translates into an impressive road presence. The Honda CR-V appears to be the smallest vehicle regarding the length, width, kerb weight and wheelbase, though a little bit higher than the Kodiaq.

 Dimensions Mahindra Alturas  Skoda Kodiaq  Honda CR-V
 Length  4850mm  4697mm  4592mm
 Width  1960mm  1882mm  1855mm
 Height  1845mm  1676mm  1679/1689mm
 Wheelbase  2865mm  2791mm  2660mm
 Ground Clearance  244mm (unladen)  188mm  N/A
 Kerb weight  2050kg/ 2150kg  1799kg  1666kg/ 1725kg


The body creases, the high ground clearance and the large 18-inch wheels all contribute to the imposing appearance of the Alturas G4. Despite being the smallest of all the SUVs, the Kodiaq compensates for this with a unique exterior design. The sharp body lines and the gorgeous wheels contribute to the premium appearance of the Kodiaq in comparison with the Alturas G4. As for the CR-V, Honda has also equipped its vehicle with a chrome grille, futuristic-look headlamps, large tail lamps and beautifully designed bumpers, all of which add to its attraction.

Mahindra Alturas G4 shot from above

The Mahindra Alturas G4 has a more robust appearance than the two other vehicles 

The Mahindra Alturas is suitable for people who prefer a car with great dimensions while the two other vehicles are for car beauty enthusiasts.

2. Interior features

Common features

All of the three SUVs belong to the premium category and come with an impressive list of interior common standard features including

  • Electric sunroof

  • Driver memory seat

  • Mood lighting

  • Autocruise

  • Multiple rear AC vents   

Alturas vs. Kodiaq vs. CR-V interior

The cabin of the threee vehicles are equipped with an impressive list of top-notch features

Space and seating

Only the Honda CR-V’s second seat row can both recline and slide. The middle row of the CR-V and the Alturas G4 can be folded by a 60:40 split; the third rows of the two vehicles can also be folded by 50:50 or completely to offer more boot space. The Kodiaq, on the other hand, does not let its third seat row fold while its second row can be folded by 40:20:40. The Kodiaq also offers 120-way adjustable front seats with lower back support.


A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is equipped on the CR-V while the other two vehicles come with a larger one (an 8-inch unit). All of the three vehicles have smartphone connectivity features with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Mahindra SUV comes with an audio system with 6 speakers, while the CRV has 8 and the Kodiaq 10.

Infotainment system  Mahindra Alturas Skoda Kodiaq Honda CR-V
 Touchscreen display  8-inch   8-inch  7-inch
 Smartphone connectivity Apple CarPlay & Android Auto  Apple CarPlay & Android Auto  Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
 Number of speakers   6  10  8


Only the Alturas G4 provides the passengers with the ventilated front seats. Both of the Honda CR-V and the Alturas SUV offer adjustable vents for the final seat row and two-zone temperature control. The Kodiaq is equipped with an adjustable air conditioner vent for the second row and three-zone temperature control. The Alturas also offers an “Easy access mode” which allows the front seats to move back when the passengers open the door for more simple entry. Another common feature of the three SUVs are the 12V charging points. Mahindra and Skoda also equip their vehicles with an AT electronic tailgate, which is absent on the CR-V.

Comfort  Mahindra Alturas Skoda Kodiaq Honda CR-V
 Ventilated front seats  Yes  No  No
 AC vents  In the third seat row   In the second seat row  In the third seat row
 Temperature control  Two-zone  Three-zone  Two-zone
 Easy access mode  Yes  No  No
 12V charging points  Yes  Yes  Yes
 AT electronic tailgate  Yes  Yes  No


The Alturas G4 has the same number of airbags as the Kodiaq (9), more than that on the CR-V by 3. All of the three vehicles are equipped with standard safety features such as anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce limitation (EBL), ISOFIX anchors,  traction control system (TCS), dynamic stability control (DSC). While the Alturas is over the other vehicles with a 360-degree surround view camera and parking sensors in the front and the rear, the CR-V and the Kodiaq are equipped with a rear-view camera.

Safety  Mahindra Alturas Skoda Kodiaq Honda CR-V
 Number of airbags  9  9  6
 ABS with EBD  Yes  Yes  Yes
 ISOFIX anchors  Yes  Yes  Yes
 Traction control system (TCS)  Yes  Yes  Yes
 360-degree surround view camera  Yes  No  No
 Front and rear parking sensors  Yes  No  No
 Rear-view camera  No  Yes  Yes

3. Engine and transmission

Since the Alturas G4 and the Skoda Kodiaq are only offered with diesel variants, we are going to compare the diesel variants of the three vehicles with each other.

The Alturas G4 has the most powerful engine of the three vehicles with a 2.2L diesel motor, which can produce 180PS of max power and 420 of peak torque in comparison with the 2.0L unit, which can deliver 150PS/340Nm on the Skoda Kodiaq and the 1.6L engine, which can churn out 120PS/300Nm on the Honda CR-V. Both of the Alturas G4 and the Skoda Kodiaq diesel engines are mated to a 7-speed AT unit while the transmission duties on the Honda CR-V are implemented by a 9-speed AT unit.

Alturas G4 running

The Alturas G4 has the most powerful engine of all the three vehicles

4. Price

The Skoda Kodiaq is the most expensive of all the three vehicles; the Alturas is the most affordable one. Despite being equipped with less powerful motor, the base variant of the Kodiaq is priced even more highly than the top variant of the Alturas.

Alturas G4 in the show room

The Alturas G4 is also the most reasonably priced in the three SUVs

5. Conclusion

The CR-V and the Kodiaq loses in the competition in terms of the dimensions and power with the new Alturas. However, these two vehicles are more attractive than the Alturas G4 with a more beautiful appearance and cabin. In this case, it is totally up to you to choose one of them. The best course of action we recommend is to consider everything carefully, the features, the performance, the price of all the three vehicles before making the final decision.

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