Mahindra Scorpio vs TUV300 Comparison

TUV300 vs Scorpio Comparison
Firstly, the TUV300 is a much more stable vehicle than the Scorpio and has vastly better dynamics than the Scorpio. Secondly it has a long list of extra safety and convenience features than a Scorpio costing 1 Lakh more than it. Thirdly has similar seating capacity as the Scorpio in spite of smaller dimensions. And lastly it is easily maneuverable and if bought with the AMT gearbox, far easier to drive than the Scorpio in city traffic. This makes it far more practical and technically superior alternative to the Scorpio.

Pricing & Features: TUV300’s top-of-the-line T8 variant retails for 8.48 Lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. However, most TUV300 owners would love nothing more than to drive home in TUV300’s big brother, the Scorpio. Scorpio’s base S2 variant retails for 8.97 Lakh, while the cheapest mHawk engine Scorpio, the S4 retails for 9.58 Lakh, making it 1.1 Lakh more expensive than the TUV300. Not just that, the TUV300 also has extra features worth 1 lakh rupees over the Scorpio making it around 2 Lakh rupees cheaper than an equivalent Scorpio.

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking
Extra Features in TUV300 (T8): ABS, Airbags-2, Keyless Entry, Fog Lamps, Alloys, Cornering Lamps, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust
Extra Features in Scorpio (S4): none

Performance & Drivability: The Scorpio has better drivability as well as better performance than the TUV300, no two ways about it. The Scorpio mill is also more refined and revs more freely than the TUV300’s. TUV300’s only saving grace is the AMT gearbox, which does away with gear-shifting altogether making it easier to drive than the manual Scorpio around town.

Power (PS@rpm): TUV300 – 84@3750, Scorpio (mHawk) – 120@4000, Scorpio (m2DiCR) – 75@3200
Torque (Nm@rpm): TUV300 - 230@1500-2250, Scorpio (mHawk) - 280@1800-2800, Scorpio (m2DiCR) - 200@1400-2200
Kerb Weight (kg): TUV300 – 1590, Scorpio – 1820
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): TUV300 – 53, Scorpio (mHawk) – 66, Scorpio (m2DiCR) – 41
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): TUV300 – 145, Scorpio (mHawk) – 154, Scorpio (m2DiCR) – 110

Fuel Efficiency: In our back-to-back tests, both the manual as well as automatic TUV300s were consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the Scorpio.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): TUV300 – 18.5, Scorpio – 15.4
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): TUV300 – 3.00, Scorpio – 3.65

Space & Comfort: In spite of being smaller than the Scorpio, TUV300 is equally spacious if not more than the Scorpio. Thanks to a compact engine, which takes up much less space than the Scorpio’s unit and the straight roofline which does not dip down one bit near the rear window has resulted in genuine space for 7 adults. In fact the side facing third row of the Scorpio is much more cramped than the TUV300’s.

Length (mm): TUV300 - 3995, Scorpio - 4456
Width (mm): TUV300 – 1835, Scorpio - 1820
Height (mm): TUV300 – 1839, Scorpio - 1995

Ride Quality & Handling: Scorpio’s dynamics are downright scary! Even though Mahindra might have made improvements compared to the old Scorpio, the new Scorpio remains India’s riskiest car to drive at highway speeds. TUV300 is a huge improvement in that regard, with reasonable stability and comfort at high speeds. It also soaks up the bumps and ruts far better than the Scorpio and the sheer authority with which it flattens broken roads is extremely impressive. Scorpio is arguably the worst handling car in India and even though the TUV300 also features at the bottom of the list, it is immensely better than the Scorpio.

Ground Clearance (mm): TUV300 – 190, Scorpio - 180
Tyre Size: TUV300 - 215/75R15, Scorpio – 235/65R17 (S4 to S10), 215/75R15 (S2)

Reliability and After Sales Service: Mahindra has worked hard to build a good reputation for after sales service in our country over the past decade and it has worked wonders for them. It was an especially difficult task given the iffy reliability of their antiquated products. But still they have managed to patch up the things well at dealer end and have succeeded in giving a fairly hassle free ownership experience to their customers.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): TUV300 (T8) – 5.10, Scorpio (S4) – 5.75
Total Cost of Ownership (Lakh): TUV300 (T8) – 6.38, Scorpio (S4) – 7.48

Verdict: Firstly, the TUV300 is a much more stable vehicle than the Scorpio and has vastly better dynamics than the Scorpio. Secondly it has a long list of extra safety and convenience features than a Scorpio costing 1 Lakh more than it. Thirdly has similar seating capacity as the Scorpio in spite of smaller dimensions. And lastly it is easily maneuverable and if bought with the AMT gearbox, far easier to drive than the Scorpio in city traffic. This makes it far more practical and technically superior alternative to the Scorpio.

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