Honda BRV vs Scorpio Comparison Review

Honda BR-V vs Mahindra Scorpio Comparison Review

Why are we comparing these two cars?
For donkey’s years, the Indian customer just didn’t have an option of buying modern, monocoque, reasonably light-weight SUVs, let alone a 7 seater SUVs for an affordable price. We had to content ourselves with crude, archaic, heavy and highly inefficient SUV’s for a budget of anywhere up to 20 Lakhs. The former is represented by the BR-V and the latter by the Scorpio. What we are trying to find out whether it is finally time to stop wasting 2 tons of steel making mafia-politicians’ chariots of choice and instead, make two sensible crossover-SUVs using the same quantity of metal!

BR-V vs Scorpio Video Comparison Review:


Pricing & Features:
The range-topping BR-V ‘VX’ (diesel), costs 15.1 Lakh Rs. which is just 25,000 rupees more than the Scorpio ‘S10 4x2 MT’ variant costing 14.85 Lakh Rs, on road, Delhi. Both cars have a few extra features absent in the other. The Scorpio has Touchscreen, Navigation, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Cornering Lamps and Cruise Control, while the BR-V has Electrically Folding Mirrors, Push Button Start & Smart Key.

Pricing of other variants:
Scorpio ‘S10 4x2 AT’ diesel-automatic costs 16.35 Lakh
BR-V V CVT’ petrol-automatic costs 13.75 Lakh
on road, Delhi

Common Features: ABS, Airbags - 2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth & 4 Speakers + 2 Tweeters, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Climate Control, Fog Lamps, Leather Upholstery, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, , Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Projector Headlamps, LED DRLs, Alloy Wheels, Tilt Steering, Boot Lamp, Fuel Computer

Extra Features in Scorpio (S10): Touchscreen, Navigation, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Cornering Lamps, Cruise Control
Extra Features in BR-V (VX): Push Button Smart & Smart Key, Electrically Folding Mirrors

Performance & Drivability:
The BR-V is 18% more powerful than the Scorpio in terms of power-to-weight ratio. This makes it quicker than the BR-V at any speed and in any gear. BR-V comes with a 6-speed gearbox, which makes it a more relaxed cruiser than the Scorpio on highways as well. In terms of drivability around town, both cars have excellent low-end torque making them incredibly easy to drive in city traffic. Scorpio has a slight edge over the BR-V in terms of sound deadening.

The difference between the automatics is even more stark with the Scorpio being particularly sluggish than the CVT equipped BR-V, since the BR-V petrol is 51% more powerful in terms of power-to-weight ratio than the Scorpio. BR-V’s petrol powered iVTEC obviously is incredibly smoother and sweet sounding compared to Scorpio’s diesel mill as well.

Power (PS@rpm): BR-V (Diesel) - 100@3600, Scorpio (Diesel) – 120@4000, BR-V (Petrol) - 119@6600
Torque (Nm@rpm): BR-V (Diesel) – 200@1750, Scorpio (Diesel) – 280@1800-2800, BR-V (Petrol) – 145@4600
Kerb Weight (kg): BR-V (Diesel) - 1275, Scorpio (Diesel) – 1820, BR-V (Petrol) - 1190

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): BR-V (Diesel) - 78, Scorpio (Diesel) – 66, BR-V (Petrol) - 100
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): BR-V (Diesel) - 157, Scorpio (Diesel) – 154, BR-V (Petrol) - 122

Fuel Efficiency:
In our back-to-back tests, the diesel BR-V was a whopping 5 kmpl more efficient than the Scorpio manual. The BR-V petrol-automatic was almost 2 kmpl more efficient than the Scorpio diesel-automatic, therefore both automatics will require fuel worth 4 lakh Rs. over a usage of 75,000 km.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
BR-V (diesel, manual) – 21.9, Scorpio (diesel, manual) – 15.4 (difference 6.5)
BR-V (petrol, automatic) – 16, Scorpio (diesel, automatic) – 13.6 (difference 2.4)

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
BR-V (diesel, manual) – 2.50, Scorpio (diesel, manual) – 3.60
BR-V (petrol, automatic) – 4.05, Scorpio (diesel, automatic) – 4.05

Space & Comfort:
With seven passengers on board, the Scorpio has absolutely no luggage space left over, whereas the BR-V has 223 litres of boot volume even with all the seats occupied. Scorpio’s third row of seats is no less than a punishment for the occupants. The BR-V's are big enough to accommodate the smallest members of a family in adequate comfort. Scorpio’s only advantage over the BR-V is the added width of the middle row which makes seating 3 passengers less of a squeeze than the BR-V. The interior ambience and build quality of the BR-V though not great is still much better than the Scorpio.

Length (mm): BR-V – 4455, Scorpio – 4456
Width (mm): BR-V – 1735, Scorpio – 1820
Height (mm): BR-V – 1666, Scorpio – 1995

Ride Quality & Handling:
There is just no way to put it mildly, Scorpio is one of the worst handling cars on the market today. It has tremendous body roll, making it frightening to drive around the bends. It is equally scary while panic braking from high speeds as well. It is a constant reminder of Scorpio's zero out of five star result in Global NCAP crash tests. BR-V on the other hand is unexpectedly good fun around the turns. It has good mechanical grip and a well-weighted, feel-some steering helping its cause. But that's not all, Scorpio's excessively tall height requires ultra stiff suspension to dial down the body roll, resulting in a back breaking ride quality, quite contrary to its dune bashing image. BR-V's ride is fairly good through all but the biggest of bumps and its 210mm ground clearance makes it well-suited for indian road conditions.

Ground Clearance (mm): BR-V – 210, Scorpio – 180

Tyre Size:
BR-V – 195/60R16
Scorpio – 235/65R17 (S4 to S10), 215/75R15 (S2)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Mahindra's products have always been prone to reliability issues, while Honda's vehicles have made their mark in the market with impressive reliability over the past twenty years in our country. Honda's after service though has been failing to meet customer's expectations. Mahindra's service support is no better than Honda's but thanks to their Tractor dealerships, Mahindra has managed to get service reach in the rural parts of India.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
BR-V is bound to hold better residual value than Scorpio, thanks to it's frugal engine and comparatively hassle free ownership experience compared to Mahindra.
BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 9.05, Scorpio S10 4x2 MT (Diesel manual) – 8.00
BR-V V CVT (Petrol automatic) – 7.85, Scorpio S10 4x2 AT (Diesel automatic) – 8.85

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
The BR-V manual-diesel works out to be a colossal 2 Lakh Rs. cheaper in Overall Ownership Cost compared to the equivalent Scorpio. But what is even more surprising is than the CVT automatic BR-V works out to be 1.75 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the Scorpio diesel-automatic, in spite of sipping the more expensive variety of fuel.
BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 8.55, Scorpio S10 4x2 MT (Diesel manual) – 10.45
BR-V V CVT (Petrol automatic) – 9.95, Scorpio S10 4x2 AT (Diesel automatic) – 11.60

Verdict:
Scorpio has been the bane of the Indian market for the past two decades. It is high time that a vehicle as inefficient, unsafe, overweight and dynamically challenged as the Scorpio gets relegated to the dustbin of history. In all honesty, the BR-V lacks the oomph to entice the rustic Scorpio buyer away from his soul-mate, but it is a sign of things to come. What makes matters worse for the Scorpio is that for such a rudimentary vehicle it is preposterously expensive to buy, run and maintain. There is not a tinge of doubt in our minds about the winner of this test, it is the Honda BR-V.

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