The Mahindra Scorpio-N is undoubtedly the most popular SUV in its segment and the entire country at the moment. This ladder-on-frame SUV currently has waiting periods of over 1 year. Surprisingly, these waiting periods apply to two of its polar opposite variants: the base Z2 and the second-to-top Z8 variants. Recently, a video has surfaced on the internet featuring an owner of a top-spec Z8L variant Mahindra Scorpio-N giving his honest opinion on the newly arrived base Z2 variant.
The video of the Mahindra Scorpio-N Z8’s owner sharing his thoughts on the arrival of the Z2 variant has been shared by Amar Drayan on their YouTube channel. It starts with the presenter introducing both SUVs. He states that the Scorpio-N Z2 diesel base variant is on the left, and the Z8L manual 4X4 is on the right. He adds that the top model has covered around 18,000 km, while the Z2 variant car has only done 80 km. Next, he mentions that the on-road price for the Z2 variant was Rs 15 lakh, and for the Z8L variant, it was Rs 26 lakh 8 months ago. The presenter highlights that currently, the on-road price of the Scorpio-N Z8L is around Rs 27 lakh in the manual transmission variant.
Following this, the presenter introduces the owner of the white Z8L Scorpio-N, who is none other than Arun Panwar. For those unaware, Panwar is the YouTuber who took his Scorpio-N under the waterfall, and his sunroof started leaking, causing a huge controversy with Mahindra Automotive. In this video, the first thing he mentions about the Z2 variant is that being the base variant, it has a hydraulic steering and a less powerful engine. Apart from the lack of features, these are not deal-breakers for him. He states that the hydraulic steering is also not a huge problem because he feels that a diesel SUV should have a heavier steering wheel. His Z8L variant has an extremely light steering, and it doesn’t feel right.
He then talks about the price difference between the two variants, mentioning that it is around Rs 11 lakh. He states that with around Rs 1.5-2 lakh, anyone can add the top variants’ headlights, fog lights, roof rails, ORVMs, side steps, and alloy wheels, and have a fully fitted-out model. He also adds that people can also add a premium-quality music system to the interior, along with leather seat covers and other things, to give it a more premium feel. Panwar also states that for the price of a single Z8L, people can buy this variant and the new Maruti Suzuki crossover Fronx. He adds that nobody from the outside will be able to tell the differences between the two models. For this reason, he believes that the Mahindra Scorpio-N Z2 variant is a very fair value-for-money proposition.
Panwar then sits inside the Scorpio-N Z2 and states that for a base model, the car comes very well equipped, and it does not feel like a massive drop in quality from the Z8L. He adds that the car misses out on a few essential features like the side step and height-adjustable driver seat. However, he once again mentions that considering the price, Mahindra’s decision to omit these features in the Z2 variant is not a big deal. When asked if he would choose this over the Mahindra Scorpio Classic, he states that it depends on the way it drives, as he has not driven this model yet. He also mentions that he would prefer the diesel manual variants of the Hyundai Creta and Seltos as they are very good compact SUVs.