Which model of the Mahindra Scorpio should you buy?

There are plenty of options for those who want a Scorpio. So which variant of the Scorpio is the right one for you? Let’s take a look at the features that each variant in the seven-model line up (unless you want to include the Getaway, for those seeking plenty of luggage space!) offers.

Mahindra has recently launched the Scorpio EX, a new base variant priced at Rs. 7.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune, BSIV).

The Scorpio is now more affordable to buyers. However, the EX version gets a less powerful engine and hardly any comfort features.

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Photo: Mahindra Scorpio

All other variants of the Scorpio are powered by a 2,179 cc, mHawk common-rail diesel engine that produces 120 bhp of maximum power at 4,000 rpm and 290 Nm of maximum torque at 1,800-2,800 rpm.

Mahindra Scorpio EX

(Rs. 7.2 lakh, ex-showroom, Pune)

Scorpio EX is powered by a new 2.5 litre m2DiCR engine that produces 75 bhp of maximum power and 220 Nm of maximum torque. Mahindra claims the EX accelerates from 0 – 60 kmph in 11.2 seconds. That’s not exactly fast, making it much slower than its siblings. As per ARAI ratings, the EX gives a mileage of 14 kmpl.

The EX is equipped with Mahindra’s micro-hybrid technology, which is essentially a start/stop mechanism that stops the engine automatically during long periods of idling, such as in stop-go city traffic. This helps improve mileage. The EX gets a digital immobilizer. It has power steering and air-conditioning, but no other comforts.

The Scorpio EX is available in 4 colors, Rocky Beige, Diamond White, Fiery Black and Mist Silver.

If you desperately want a Scorpio, but can’t stretch your budget, the EX is a good entry point to the brand.

Mahindra Scorpio LX BSIV

(Rs. 7, 62,400, ex-showroom, Pune)

The Mahindra Scorpio LX is the lowest-priced model in the range powered by the 2.2-litre m-Hawk engine, that puts out 120 bhp of power. The LX boasts of some useful creature comforts such as power windows, tilt-adjustable steering, roof rails, 16-inch wheels and power port.

Before the launch of the EX (and the now defunct m2DI), the LX was the model that sported true Scorpio genes, but without too many frills. If you want a bare-minimum Scorpio, with the powerful m-Hawk engine, this is the model to pick.

Mahindra Scorpio SLE BSIV

(Rs. 8, 79, 600, ex-showroom, Pune)

The Scorpio SLE includes all the features of the LX and further includes more goodies such as ABS, voice assist system, electrically operated rear-view mirrors, front fog lamps, body-coloured cladding, rear wash-wipe with demister and follow-me home headlamps.

The SLE is the most practical model of the Scorpio, which strikes a balance between comfort features and affordability. It is available only as a 4×2 model.

Mahindra Scorpio VLX BSIV

(Starting price: Rs. 9, 95,400, ex-showroom, Pune)

The top-end Scorpio VLX includes all features of the SLE and is further loaded with airbags (an optional feature), tyre-pressure monitoring system, parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth, CD/MP3 player, USB & SD Card compatibility, cruise control and steering-mounted audio controls and alloy wheels. It is also available as a 4×4 variant.

The VLX variant with airbags costs Rs. 10,15,100 while the VLX variant with 4WD (4-wheel-drive) is Rs. 10,91,600, and the VLX variant with airbags and 4WD costs Rs. 11,10,200 (ex-showroom, Pune).

The VLX is the variant to choose if you want a Scorpio that has all the bells and whistles often found on more expensive cars.

Mahindra Scorpio VLX Automatic BSIV

(Starting price: Rs. 10, 94,500, ex-showroom, Pune)

The Scorpio VLX Automatic variant has all the features of the manual-transmission VLX. What sets it apart is the 6-speed fully electronic automatic transmission. Airbags are standard on the automatic variant, but it does not have the start-stop mechanism that the manual variants have.

The VLX AT variant with four-wheel drive is priced at Rs. 11, 89,500.

If you want hassle-free driving, pick the automatic. It’s great in the city and the six-speed automatic lets it cruise effortlessly on the highway as well.