2024 Force Gurkha 5-door Vs Mahindra Scorpio N Z4 4X4: Similar Price, Different Demeanour

  • May 8, 2024
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The Scorpio N provides a better cabin experience and a more powerful engine, but nothing beats the Gurkha 5-door off the beaten path

Force Motors recently launched the new Gurkha 5-door and the updated Gurkha 3-door. With the updates, Force made the Gurkha more practical, gave it new features, and a more powerful diesel engine. 

On the other hand, we have the Mahindra Scorpio N in its Z4 4x4 variant, which is capable of giving the off-roader SUV a run for its money, while providing a more modern cabin at the same time. To keep it similarly priced, we are comparing the Gurkha 5-door with the mid-spec Z4 variant of the Scorpio N, which does miss out on many of the features offered on the higher-end variants. 

Price 

Model 

Force Gurkha 5-door 

Mahindra Scorpio N Z4 4x4 

Price (ex-showroom)

Rs 18 lakh 

Rs 18.01 lakh 

With almost no difference in pricing, it comes down to which SUV catches your attention more, and the cabin experience of the two. However, while we have picked the Z4 variant for this comparison test, prices for the Scorpio N go up to Rs 24.54 lakh (ex-showroom)

 

Design 

Mahindra Scorpio N Vs Force Gurkha 5-door

The Mahindra Scorpio N and Force Gurkha are both SUVs that can’t be ignored easily on the road. The Force Gurkha’s tall and boxy design is inspired from the G Wagon, while the Scorpio N looks more suave and modern. 

Both command some serious road presence, but nothing beats the towering driving position of a Gurkha, not even a Land Rover Defender!

Dimensions 

Mahindra Scorpio N

Force Gurkha 5-door

Length 

4662 mm

4390 mm

Width 

1917 mm

1865 mm

Height 

1857 mm (without Ski Rack & Antenna)

2095 mm (without roof rack)

Wheelbase 

2750 mm

2825 mm

 

Interior and Features 

Mahindra Scorpio N Vs Force Gurkha 5-door

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Step inside and you will clearly notice a difference in terms of how the cabin feels in both these SUVs. The Scorpio’s cabin feels more conventional, premium and ensures a more comfortable experience, while the Gurkha’s cabin looks a bit outdated. The latter’s cabin is built for purpose and longevity, while the Scoprio N’s focus is on the experience. 

Another thing to note is that the Force Gurkha 5-door gets bench seats for the second row, and captain seats for the third row which can be accessed from the boot as well. The Mahindra Scorpio N, on the other hand, gets bench seats for both second- and third-row passengers. 

 

Features 

Mahindra Scorpio N Z4 

Force Gurkha 

Infotainment system

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

9-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Power windows 

Yes

Yes 

Instrument cluster

Analogue dials with multi-information display

Fully digital 



Tilt and telescopic steering adjustment 

Tilt only 

Yes

Cruise control

Yes

No

Keyless entry 

No

Yes

Steering mounted audio controls

Yes

No

Android auto and apple carPlay

Yes (wired)

Yes (wired)

Rear AC vents

Yes

Yes

Tyre pressure monitor 

No

Yes

Airbags 

Two

Two

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat mounts

Yes

No

Reverse parking camera

No

Yes

 

In terms of features, the both the SUVs are more or less similarly equipped:

 

Powertrain

Mahindra Scorpio N Vs Force Gurkha 5-door

Specifications 

Force Gurkha 

Mahindra Scorpio N Z4 4x4

Engine

2.6-litre diesel

2.2-litre diesel 

Power 

140 PS

175 PS

Torque 

320 Nm

370 Nm

Transmission 

5-speed manual

6-speed manual 

 

The Scorpio N clearly gets the more powerful and torquier engine of the two. It also gets a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) option which is not available with the Gurkha.

Also read: 2024 Force Gurkha 3-door Vs Mahindra Thar 3-door: Off-roading SUVs Compared

 

Off-road Capabilities 

Mahindra Scorpio N Vs Force Gurkha 5-door

The Gurkha being a more off-road focused vehicle is more capable of dealing with challenges when you take it to unpaved surfaces. The Gurkha features a manual front and rear differential lock, and a factory-fitted snorkel, which results in much better water-wading capabilities. It even gets all-terrain tyres and an electronic shift (2H, 4L, 4H), which gives it that much more credibility. 

While the Scorpio N gets a 4x4 drivetrain too, it isn’t a focused offroader like the Gurkha. It still is no slouch and can actually keep going in rather tricky situations. We’ve got proof as we pitched it against the mighty capable Thar. But you can’t expect it to cross rivers and mountains like the Gurkha was built to do. 



Rivals 

Mahindra Scorpio N Vs Force Gurkha 5-door

The Force Gurkha directly rivals the likes of the Mahindra Thar and Maruti Jimny. Meanwhile, the Scorpio N is a ladder-on-frame SUV alternative to the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Honda Elevate and Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara

Our pick here would be the Mahindra Scorpio N which feels more premium, offers a better cabin experience, a much more powerful engine, and is not too far behind in terms of offroading capabilities. But if you want a serious off-roader and don’t mind it being slightly rough around the edges, the Force Gurkha should be your ride.

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