Tata Hexa vs Mahindra Scorpio Comparison Review

Published on: Jan 24, 2017
Mahindra Scorpio vs Tata Hexa Comparison Review:


"The Hexa looks quite impressive on paper. But in the real-world, there is hardly any difference in performance of these trucks! The Hexa is barely half a second quicker than the Scorpio in the 0-100 sprint. In terms of drivability, the Scorpio is in fact much better than the Hexa. Scorpio’s turbocharger spools up almost a 1000 revs earlier, requiring far lesser gear-shifting, while driving around town"

Pricing & Features:
Hexa ‘XM’ 4×2 manual, costs 16.5 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi, which is 1.5 Lakh Rs. more expensive, than Scorpio’s top-of-the-line, ‘S10’ 4x2-manual variant, costing 15 Lakh.

In spite of being cheaper, the Scorpio ‘S10’ has a long list of extra features over the Hexa ‘XM’, like Automatic Climate Control, Cornering Lamps, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Cruise Control, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers, Light Sensing Headlamps, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels & LED DRLs. The Hexa on the other hand has only 2 extra features over the Scorpio, which are Retractable Window Sun-blinds and Heated Mirrors.

Pricing of other variants:
Scorpio ‘S10’ automatic – 16.95 Lakh
Hexa ‘XMA’ (4×2) automatic – 17.90 Lakh

Common Features:

ABS, Airbags – 2, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Parking Sensors, Infotainment: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Touchscreen, Navigation, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Projector Headlamps, Rear AC Vents

Extra Features in Scorpio (S10):
Automatic Climate Control, Cornering Lamps, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Cruise Control, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers and Light Sensing Headlamps, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels, LED DRLs

Extra Features in Hexa (XM):
Retractable Window Sun-blinds, Heated Mirrors

Performance & Drivability:
The Hexa looks quite impressive on paper. But in the real-world, there is hardly any difference in performance, of these two mini-trucks! The Hexa is barely half a second quicker than the Scorpio, in the 0-100 sprint. In terms of drivability, the Scorpio is in fact much, much better than the Hexa. Scorpio’s turbocharger, spools up almost a 1000 revs earlier, requiring far lesser gear-shifting, while driving around town. Both cars are fairly equal in terms of refinement. Amongst the automatics, it’s the Hexa which thoroughly impresses, with its smooth shifts and responsive nature, compared to the relatively slow and lazy transmission of the automatic Scorpio.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Scorpio - 66, Hexa – 72
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Scorpio - 154, Hexa – 184

Power (PS@rpm): Scorpio – 120@4000, Hexa – 156@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Scorpio – 280@1800-2800, Hexa - 400@1700-2700
Kerb Weight (kg): Scorpio - 1830, Hexa – 2170

Fuel Efficiency:
In our back-to-back tests, the manual Scorpio was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the Hexa. Whereas, there was hardly any difference in the fuel-efficiency of the automatic versions.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Scorpio 2WD Intelli Hybrid (diesel, manual) – 16.36
Hexa 4x2 (diesel, manual) – 14.4

Scorpio 2WD AT (diesel, automatic) – 15.4
Hexa AT (diesel, automatic) – 14.25

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Scorpio S10 2WD Intelli Hybrid (diesel, manual) – 3.90 Lakh
Hexa XT 4x2 (diesel, manual) – 4.40 Lakh

Scorpio S10 2WD AT (diesel, automatic) – 4.15 Lakh
Hexa XTA (diesel, automatic) - 4.45 Lakh

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
2011 model year Scorpios, retail for around 7 Lakh Rs. in the used car market. The facelifted version is bound to retain slightly better value than that. The Hexa too is bound to retain better value, than what the Aria does in the market. Overall though, the Scorpio S10, works out to be 2.5 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the Hexa XM, in terms of Overall Ownership Costs.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Scorpio S10 2WD Intelli Hybrid (diesel, manual) – 7.50 Lakh
Hexa XT 4x2 (diesel, manual) – 7.00 Lakh

Scorpio S10 2WD AT (diesel, automatic) – 7.00 Lakh
Hexa XTA (diesel, automatic) - 6.50 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Scorpio S10 2WD Intelli Hybrid (diesel, manual) – 11.40 Lakh
Hexa XT 4x2 (diesel, manual) – 13.90 Lakh

Scorpio S10 2WD AT (diesel, automatic) – 14.10 Lakh
Hexa XTA (diesel, automatic) - 15.85 Lakh

Space & Comfort:
The Scorpio is no match to the Hexa, in terms of interior space & ergonomics. Even though the Hexa XM does not offer the option of captain seats, like the XT variant, its middle bench has more than adequate room, in all possible directions, for seating three full-sized adults. Scorpio ‘S10’ comes with the option of captain seats, but they are woefully short on knee-room and leg-room. Hexa’s third row, is just adequate for two adults. Scorpio is available with an option of a forward facing third row, which is tolerable only for the smallest members of your family, while the sideways facing third row seats, are not even suitable for the children. But that’s not all, even with all the seats up, the Hexa has a hatchback sized boot-space, left over at the rear, whereas the Scorpio, has absolutely no room left for luggage, when all the seats are occupied.

Length (mm): Scorpio – 4456, Hexa – 4788
Width (mm): Scorpio – 1820, Hexa – 1903
Height (mm): Scorpio – 1995, Hexa – 1791

Ride Quality & Handling:
There is a world of difference, in the way these two cars tackle rough roads. The Scorpio looks like it can plough through bumps and ruts, without even taking your foot off the accelerator. But if you actually do that, it will throw around the passengers, until their bones turn to powder. The Hexa on the other hand, has been tuned just right for Indian roads, it effortlessly dismisses roads bad enough, to break some cars in half. It arguably has the best ride quality of any car in the Indian market, this side of an S-Class. Neither of these cars was meant to tackle corners.

 That being said, the Hexa corners surprisingly flat, given its height and even has a fairly precise and well-weighted steering setup. Scorpio on the other hand, is so bad at cornering, that it is downright scary to throw her around the bends. Steering is way too light for highway duty and requires constant correction at highway speeds.

Ground Clearance (mm): Scorpio – 165 declared (actual ~200), Hexa – 200 (16”), 209 (19”)

Tyre Size:
Scorpio – 235/65R17
Hexa – 235/70R16 (XE/XM), 235/70R19 (XT)

Wheelbase (mm): Innova Crysta - 2680, Hexa - 2850

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Both Mahindra & Tata Motors sail in the same boat, when it comes to the inherent lack of reliability, of their products. They still have a long way to go before they catch up to competitors, from the land of the rising sun. However, the current Scorpio has been around since 2014, and thus is bound to face lesser teething troubles than the Hexa. Mahindra also has comparatively better grip on their dealers, and has taken the efforts to whip them up in shape. Tata Motors however, continues to look the other way, when it comes to the state of affairs at their touch-points.

Verdict:
The Scorpio is a product that is way past its expiration date. Firstly, it is not a comfortable vehicle even for five people, due to its tight middle row. Calling it a seven seater is downright deception. The bouncy ride makes it a total nightmare, for everyone except the front two occupants. Secondly, it has one of the most flawed dynamics, of any car available in the market today. It rolls like a yacht and utterly lacks the composure and confidence around sweeping bends, or even during high speed cruising. Thirdly, even after all these years, it continues to be a fairly unreliable vehicle. Suffering through all these major shortcomings, in the interest of saving a couple of lakhs over the Hexa would be a terrible decision. Which is why the Tata Hexa, being the lesser of the two devils, is our pick of this shootout.

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