Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra Scorpio Comparison Review

Mahindra Scorpio vs Hyundai Creta Comparison:

"The Scorpio has a 600 cc larger engine than the Creta, however it also weighs over 500 kg more than the Creta. This gives the Creta a whopping 50% higher power-to-weight ratio than the Scorpio, and thus considerably better performance across the rev-range."

Creta vs Scorpio Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features: 
The range-topping, Creta ‘SX O’, costs 17 Lakh Rs, on road, Delhi, which is around 1 Lakh rupees more expensive, than Scorpio's ‘S10’ 2WD-manual variant costing 15.9 Lakh. Creta ‘SX O’ has a couple of extra features over the Scorpio S10, like Side & Curtain Airbags, Parking Camera, Push Button Start & Smart Key and Electrically Folding Mirrors. The Scorpio S10 only has 1 extra feature over the Creta, which is the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.

Pricing of other variants: 
Creta ‘SX AT’ (diesel) costs 17.10 Lakh
Scorpio ‘S10 2WD AT’ costs 17.20 Lakh

Creta ‘SX Plus’ (petrol manual) costs 13.75 Lakh
Creta ‘SX Plus AT’ (petrol automatic) costs 14.90 Lakh
*on road, Delhi 

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, LED DRLs, Alloys, Fog Lamps, Projector Headlamps, Infotainment System: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Touchscreen, Navigation, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers, Automatic Light Sensing Headlamps, Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Cruise Control, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver’s Window

Extra Features in Scorpio (S10): Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Extra Features in Creta (SX O): Side & Curtain Airbags, Parking Camera, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Electrically Folding Mirrors

Fuel Efficiency: 
The Creta diesel-manual, has an ARAI certified mileage of 19.7 kmpl, which is 4.3 kmpl more efficient than the manual Scorpio, having a fuel efficiency of 15.4 kmpl. The Creta diesel-automatic returns an efficiency of 17 kmpl, which is 3.4 kmpl more the Scorpio automatic. In our back-to-back tests, both the manual as well as the automatic Cretas were over three kmpl more than the corresponding Scorpios. In fact even the petrol Creta having an ARAI certified mileage of 15.3 kmpl was just as efficient as the diesel powered Scorpio in our back-to-back tests.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): 
Creta (diesel, manual) – 19.7, Scorpio (manual) – 15.4 (difference 4.3)
Creta (diesel, automatic) – 17.0, Scorpio (automatic) – 13.6 (difference 3.4)
Creta (petrol, manual) – 15.3, Creta (petrol, automatic) – 15.3

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh): 
Creta (diesel, manual) – 2.90, Scorpio (manual) – 3.70
Creta (diesel, automatic) – 3.35, Scorpio (automatic) – 4.20
Creta (petrol, manual) – 4.60, Creta (petrol, automatic) – 4.90

Reliability and After Sales Service: 
Hyundai has built up a remarkable reputation for After Sales Service in the Indian Market over the past two decades. Mahindra on the other hand has been competing only in the utility vehicle market, where it had little competition from Tata, and had come out on top among its competitors in the segment. But it still has a long way to go, to even get close to the levels of product reliability and service support provided by Hyundai. On top of that, Mahindra has had a history of quality and reliability issues in all its products, which does not bode well for the Scorpio customers. Mahindra’s service reach with its 400 odd touch points is still not as widespread as Hyundai’s 800 dealerships. However, it holds a special advantage in terms of reach to smaller villages, thanks to the rural penetration of its tractor network.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): 
Scorpio’s from 2009-11 period continue to hold fantastic resale value in the used car market, selling for around 7 lakh rupees today. Cretas being more reliable and more efficient than Scorpios, are bound to hold even better residual value after 5 years. Overall, expect the diesel Creta to fetch at least 1 Lakh Rs. more than the Scorpio and petrol Creta to fetch the same resale price as a Scorpio, when you decide to part ways with it.

Creta SX O (diesel, manual) – 8.50, Scorpio S10 2WD (manual) – 7.25
Creta SX Plus AT (diesel, automatic) – 8.00, Scorpio S10 2WD (automatic) – 6.75
Creta SX Plus (petrol, manual) – 7.00, Creta SX Plus AT (petrol, automatic) – 6.50

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Thanks to lower fuel cost and better resale value, both the manual geared Cretas, work out to be 1 Lakh Rs. lighter on the pocket than the equivalent Scorpio. Interestingly, you can save yourself the pain of Scorpio’s heavy clutch and recalcitrant gearbox, and go for the unmatched convenience of an automatic Creta for exactly same Ownership Cost.

Creta SX O (diesel, manual) – 11.40, Scorpio S10 2WD (manual) – 12.35
Creta SX Plus AT (diesel, automatic) – 12.45, Scorpio S10 2WD (automatic) – 14.65
Creta SX Plus (petrol, manual) – 11.35, Creta SX Plus AT (petrol, automatic) – 13.30

Performance & Drivability: 
The Scorpio has a 600cc larger engine than the Creta, however it also weighs over 500 kg more than the Creta. This gives the Creta a whopping 50% higher power-to-weight ratio than the Scorpio, and thus considerably better performance across the rev-range. Scorpio claws back some lost ground, with better drivability around city streets, but then you always have the option of making your city commutes even more fatigue free by opting for the diesel-automatic Creta, which costs exactly same as the manual Scorpio in the long run. Creta also trumps the Scorpio in terms of refinement, although the Scorpio itself is a reasonably smooth and silent machine.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Creta 1.6 (diesel) – 99, Scorpio – 66 (difference 50%), Creta (petrol) – 98
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Creta 1.6 (diesel) – 202, Scorpio – 154 (difference 31%), Creta – 121

Power (PS@rpm): Creta 1.6 (diesel) - 128@4000, Scorpio – 120@4000, Creta 1.6 (petrol) - 123@6400
Torque (Nm@rpm): Creta 1.6 (diesel) – 265@1900-2750, Scorpio – 280@1800-2800, Creta 1.6 (petrol) – 141@4850
Kerb Weight (kg): Creta 1.6 (diesel) – 1290, Scorpio – 1820, Creta (petrol) – 1250

Space & Comfort: 
Even though the Creta is significantly smaller than the Scorpio, it is actually a more comfortable place for the occupants. Creta’s seats are a touch more supportive and comfier than the Scorpio’s unexpectedly flat and unsupportive units. Scorpio’s third row is a complete disaster. It is extremely cramped and suffers from excruciating ride quality. The only advantage that Scorpio has over the Creta is that if you get rid of the third row, it liberates a humungous boot-space, although Creta’s 407 litres of boot capacity is more than adequate for most occasions.

Length (mm): Creta – 4270, Scorpio – 4456
Width (mm): Creta – 1780, Scorpio – 1820
Height (mm): Creta – 1630, Scorpio – 1995

Ride Quality & Handling: 
The Creta very rarely comes out on top, in comparisons when it comes to dynamics. This is one of those rare occasions. The Scorpio has a back breaking ride quality and transfers the impact from the bumps and ruts, straight to the occupants. The Creta fares much better. Even though it crashes uncomfortably over the bumps, it absorbs most of the impact providing decent isolation to the occupants. Scorpio’s high speed composure and composure under hard braking is downright scary. Creta on the other hand exhibits much better stability at speed. Scorpio rolls like a boat around the bends, and it is downright foolish to push it around the corners. Creta also hates the corners. It suffers from understeer and has no steering feel of feedback to speak of, but at least it is much safer and composed than a Scorpio around the turns.

Ground Clearance (mm): Creta – 190, Scorpio – 180

Tyre Size:
Creta - 205/65R16 (Base/SX/SX Plus), 215/60R17 (SX O)
Scorpio – 235/65R17 (S4 to S10), 215/75R15 (S2)

Wheelbase (mm): Creta - 2590, Scorpio - 2680

The Creta is the clear cut winner of this test, and that too by a big margin. Gone are the days of lumbering around city streets in 2-tonne steel boxes. Ladder frame based SUVs were a logical anomaly of the Indian market. Only 500 people really needed them but 5000 ended up buying them, every month. They are lucky to have even survived as mainstream choices for so long. Monocoque SUVs on the other hand were a latent need of the market, thanks to our potholes, which sometimes have roads in between them. We are not sure if it was the risk aversion or plain laziness that prevented the multinational automakers from launching cars with higher ground clearance and big wheels for so long in our market. Perhaps India was too low on their priority list as the total market itself was quite small. But now with the advent of compact SUVs, that need has finally been addressed. Indian Car Buyer's newfound obsession with small SUVs is not at all a surprise. This revolution had been waiting to happen for a long, long time.

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