Snapshot: Butch Body-on-ladder SUVs such as the Mahindra Scorpio and the Tata Safari aren’t for everyone. While these SUVs definitely pack in enough performance and ruggedness to satisfy most buyers, there are always folks who want a touch more refinement, a more compact form, so on and so forth. So, do you fit into the mould of a Mahindra Scorpio SUV buyer? Well, jump right in and find out as CarToq lists five reasons why the Scorpio might not float your boat!
Those who want a crossover with car like handling.
True blue SUV buyers will crinkle up their noses at the mere mention of a crossover but then again, for someone who wants handling that rivals a car than an SUV, the Mahindra Scorpio is simply not cut out for that person. The Scorpio exhibits a fair amount of body roll and consequently isn’t the most comfortable drive around the twisties. Also, the ride quality of the SUV is fairly bumpy, again a deal breaker for those who want a modicum of plushness from their rides. So, with these issues in mind, a better alternative to the Scorpio would be the Renault Duster or the Nissan Terrano, two crossovers that come with superb ride quality.
Those who want Japanese levels of fit, finish and niggle-free performance
The Mahindra Scorpio is a product that is built in India, to a rugged specification. For the money one pays for the Scorpio, one gets a lot of SUV in return in terms of heft and street presence. However, the SUV can’t hold a candle to the sedans or crossovers of this world when it comes to fit and finish levels. The Scorpio lags far behind say the Ford Ecosport or the Nissan Terrano, when it comes to way in which the interiors, especially the plastics and other aggregates feel put together. So, for folks wanting an SUV that feels classy on the inside, with a niggle free demeanor, the Scorpio might not fit the bill. Yes, the SUV is very reliable but niggle-free? A frank no.
Those who want a compact SUV/Crossover that can fit within spaces that hatchbacks squeeze into
The Scorpio is a big boy. The SUV that seats seven and weighs two tons is going to be quite large as well. Talking of dimensions, the Scorpio measures close to 4.5 meters in length, and is quite tall too, at 1.97 meters. Therefore, the SUV can be a handful to park in tight spaces, where the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster can squeeze in with some effort. If parking space is a big concern, then you’re better off avoiding a big SUV such as the Scorpio.
Those who have fuel efficiency as a major concern
Assuming we’re talking diesel SUVs here, prices of diesel continue to rise and with the likelihood of diesel price deregulation increasing, fuel efficiency is a major make or break point for many SUV buyers. A rugged body on ladder frame with a rear/four wheel drive layout adds a fair bit of weight to the equation. With a large 2.2 liter turbo diesel engine (the previous Scorpios featuredeven larger 2.6 liter oil burners) that outputs 120 Bhp-290 Nm, the Scorpio is distinctly less fuel efficient than say a Ford EcoSport (1.5 liter TDCI Diesel) or even for that matter, the Renault Duster (1.5 liter K9K Diesel). So, if running costs matter to you, you’re better off in an Ecosport of a Duster, both of which are much lighter and consequently more fuel efficient than a Scorpio.
Those who couldn’t care less for a four-wheel drive system
A four wheel drive layout is an important consideration for those who venture into tough territory with little of no roads. Body on ladder SUVs such as the Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari are preferred for such conditions. However, for someone whose main purpose of an SUV is to potter around city streets and hit well paved highways, a Scorpio or a Safari can be overkill and too large for comfort. And, when the four wheel drive layout becomes immaterial, the tide again shifts towards more efficient, front wheel driven options such as the Duster or EcoSport.