NuvoSport vs Scorpio Comparison

Mahindra NuvoSport vs Scorpio Comparison

Overall, the NuvoSport is a clear winner of this shootout. It is immensely better value for money than the Scorpio. The Scorpio just looks bigger, but is actually less spacious than the NuvoSport. NuvoSport is safer and more stable at high speeds than the Scorpio. And last but not the least, the NuvoSport is unbelievably cheaper, more efficient and has more features than an equivalent Scorpio.

Scorpio vs NuvoSport Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features:
NuvoSport’s top-end variant, the ‘N8’ (manual) retails for 10.5 Lakh, On-road, Delhi. Most prospective buyers though would love nothing more than to go for the big behemoth SUV, the Scorpio. Scorpio’s ‘S8’ (manual) variant costs 14.7 Lakh rupees, which is a whopping 4.2-lakh rupees more than the equivalent NuvoSport. In spite of being cheaper, the NuvoSport N8 has numerous more features than the ‘S8’ Scorpio. These features are roughly worth 40,000 Rs. making the NuvoSport 4.6 Lakh rupees cheaper than an equivalent Scorpio. (NuvoSport N8 AMT retails for 11.35 lakh and Scorpio S10 4x2 AT automatic retails for 16.3 Lakh)

Common Features: ABS, Airbags – 2, Power Steering, Central Locking by Remote, Power Windows, Parking Sensors, Music System with FM, USB, Bluetooth & Aux + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Cornering Lamps, Electrically Adjustable ORVM, Alloy Wheels, Fog Lamps – Front
Extra Features in NuvoSport (N8): 6.2” Touchscreen, Cruise Control, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Driver Window, LED Daytime Running Lights, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat
Extra Features in Scorpio (S10): Projector Headlamps

Performance & Drivability:
The Scorpio has better drivability as well as better performance than the NuvoSport, no two ways about it. Scorpio's ginormous 2200cc engine is far superior than NuvoSport's 1500cc unit. The Scorpio engine is also more refined and revs more freely than the NuvoSport’s. Both cars are available with fantastic automatic transmissions, the NuvoSport with an AMT transmission and the Scorpio with a conventional AT. They are no less than a blessing for city commuters, which transform these large cumbersome SUVs into effortless four-wheeled scooterettes.

Power (PS@rpm): NuvoSport – 101@3750, Scorpio – 120@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): NuvoSport – 240@1600-2800, Scorpio – 280@1800-2800
Kerb Weight (kg): NuvoSport – 1585, Scorpio – 1820
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): NuvoSport – 64, Scorpio – 66 (3% difference)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): NuvoSport – 151, Scorpio – 154 (3% difference)

Fuel Efficiency:
In our back-to-back tests, the NuvoSport was consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the Scorpio in the Eco mode and one kmpl more efficient in the Power Mode. This roughly translates to savings of 45,000 Rs. on fuel costs in the NuvoSport over the Scorpio for a usage of 75,000 kms.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): NuvoSport – 17.45, Scorpio – 15.4
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): NuvoSport – 3.45, Scorpio – 3.90
assuming current fuel prices

Space & Comfort:
In spite of being smaller than the Scorpio, the NuvoSport is equally spacious, if not more than the Scorpio. The NuvoSport's width is actually 30 mm 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 much near the rear window, it has resulted in genuine space for five adults and two kids in the NuvoSport. In fact the side facing third row seats of the Scorpio are slightly more cramped than the NuvoSport's. But that's not all, both cars also have identical boot-space of 850 litres with the middle row of seats folded and 410 litres of it with the seats in place.

Length (mm): NuvoSport - 3985, Scorpio - 4456
Width (mm): NuvoSport - 1850, Scorpio - 1820
Height (mm): NuvoSport - 1870, 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 most risky SUV to drive at highway speeds. The NuvoSport is a hugely better 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 quite impressive. Scorpio is arguably the worst handling car in India and even though the NuvoSport also features at the bottom of the list, it is still immensely better than the Scorpio.

Ground Clearance (mm): NuvoSport – 190*, Scorpio – 180

Tyre Size:
NuvoSport - 215/60R16
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. However, Mahindra still has a long way to go to catch up with both the product reliability and service quality of market leaders like Maruti & Hyundai.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Scorpio is bound to depreciate slightly more than the NuvoSport, due to lesser fuel efficiency and higher maintenance cost.
NuvoSport (N8) – 5.67, Scorpio (S8) – 7.50

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
NuvoSport's lower price tag, lower fuel cost and better resale value results in 2.8 Lakh rupee lower Cost of Ownership than the equivalent Scorpio.
NuvoSport (N8) – 8.27, Scorpio (S8) – 11.11 (34% difference)

Verdict:
The NuvoSport is a clear winner of this shootout. It is immensely better value for money than the Scorpio. The Scorpio just looks bigger, but is actually less spacious than the NuvoSport. NuvoSport is safer and more stable at high speeds than the Scorpio. And last but not the least, the NuvoSport is unbelievably cheaper, more efficient and has more features than an equivalent Scorpio.

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