By Sushant Verma
Tough, expensive and efficient Scorpio crossover
Pros : rugged looks, mhawk engine, performance
Cons : plastics, rear design, price
Buddies, I am Sushant from Mumbai, last month got an opportunity to drive my friend’s 2-3 months old Mahindra Scorpio on a 2000-2500 kms journey across nation with full house in the cabin. The beefy SUV has always been my dream vehicle since its launch, but never got such a deep insight about the car. The overall looks are so commanding and handsome, true muscle. While driving, the capabilities of MHAwK engine came with promise, as it is well refined and tuned-up to the mark. But one thing which I didn’t like is price of Scorpio SLE that cost my friend around Rs 11 Lakh on-road here in Mumbai. With this price I feel that Mahindra is cheating its buyers, the feature less base EX version come at Rs 8.75 Lakh, which is a price of luxury sedan like Honda City. Nevertheless, my friend said this best SUV in the segment, against Tata Safari and others.
The beige colored tone interiors, like the perfect sedans, make the cabin feel bigger than the usual. He SUV has got elevated driving seat that provide an authoritative stance to the driver which is must for longer trips. The performance with 2.2L engine is ideal on road with decent amount of power and torque figures generated. But the plastic used at the dash causes concern for the amount you have paid along with the fitments that are too poor. At nights the company fitted cabin lights are quite dim. At bumps and potholes the performance is not that good as rear occupants receive a greater jolt. After the drive was over I found that Scorpio is not meant for the city drives where I will run 8000+ kms in a month, here a sedan will do a good job, along with and the huge size of the car is not suited for Mumbai’s bumper2bumper traffic.