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Mahindra Scorpio N vs Similarly Sized SUV Rivals: Spec Comparo


The Scorpio N is more powerful and better equipped than its predecessor, but it faces a tough competition from similarly sized five and seven-seater SUVs

As a ladder frame, off-road capable SUV, the newly launched Mahindra Scorpio N stands out among similarly priced, monocoque-based, mid-size SUVs and their three-row counterparts. The most interesting bit is that the Scorpio does not have a direct rival right now when you consider its architecture. In addition, it offers a wide range of equipment and features that we’ve become accustomed to in the segment (sunroof, six airbags, etc.). So, how does it stack up against its well-established five-seater and seven-seater SUV rivals, which include the Tata Harrier, Hyundai Alcazar, MG Hector and Tata Safari?  

Well, that’s what we are going to find out in this on-paper specification comparison.  

Size and Dimensions

Dimension 

Mahindra Scorpio N 

Mahindra XUV700 

Hyundai Alcazar 

Tata Harrier/Safari

MG Hector/Hector Plus

Length 

4662mm

4695mm

4500mm

4598mm/4661mm

4655mm/4720mm

Width 

1917mm

1890mm

1790mm

1894mm

1835mm

Height 

1857mm^

1755mm*

1675mm*

1706mm`/1786mm`

1760mm

Wheelbase 

2750mm

2750mm

2760mm

2741mm

2750mm

*With roof rails ^Without roof rails `Without ORVMs

The Scorpio N is the tallest and widest SUV here, and its 4662mm length is on par with similarly priced SUVs, too. Hyundai’s Alcazar has the longest wheelbase in this comparison, but the Scorpio N’s wheelbase is just 10mm shorter and comparable with the Hector and XUV700. The Harrier and Safari have the shortest wheelbase here.  

Powertrains 

Most of the Mahindra Scorpio N’s main rivals (except Harrier and Safari) get petrol and diesel engines with manual and automatic gearbox options. Here’s how the diesel powertrains of the SUVs compare with each other: 

Diesel Engine 

Mahindra Scorpio N 

Mahindra XUV700 

Hyundai Alcazar 

Tata Harrier/Safari

MG Hector/Hector Plus

Engine type

2.2-litre turbo diesel 

2.2-litre turbo diesel

1.5-litre turbo diesel

2-litre turbo diesel 

2-litre turbo diesel 

Power 

132PS (Base)

155PS (Base)

115PS

170PS

170PS 

175PS

185PS

Torque 

300Nm (Base)

360Nm (Base)

250Nm

350Nm

350Nm

370Nm (MT), 400Nm (AT)

420Nm(MT),450Nm(AT)

Gearbox options

6MT

6MT

6MT/6AT

6MT/6AT

6MT/6AT

6MT/6AT

6MT/6AT

AWD/4WD option

4WD 

AWD(AT only)

No 

No 

No 

With the largest displacement diesel engines, the Mahindra stablemates trump the rest of the segment in terms of their power and capability. But it also comes in a base-spec tune in the lowest variant for those who are on a budget. The Tata and MG models come a close second, while the Alcazar, with its smallest engine, delivers the lowest power outputs. 

While XUV700 offers all-wheel drive (AWD) with only the automatic variants, the Scorpio’s 4x4 system is offered with both manual and automatic transmission options. The Scorpio is also the only model to spin its rear wheels, while rest of the models here are front-wheel drive only.

In case of petrol engines, Scorpio N’s segment offers multiple naturally aspirated, turbocharged and mild hybrid options. The Safari and Harrier are diesel-only, so they have been excluded from this comparison. 

Petrol engine 

Mahindra Scorpio N 

Mahindra XUV700

Hyundai Alcazar

MG Hector/Hector Plus 

Engine type

2-litre turbo petrol 

2-litre turbo petrol 

2-litre NA petrol 

1.5-litre turbo petrol with optional mild hybrid

Power 

203PS

200PS 

159PS

143PS 

Torque

370Nm(MT),380Nm(AT)

380Nm 

191Nm

250Nm

Gearbox options

6MT/6AT

6MT/6AT

6MT/6AT

6MT/CVT)

AWD/4WD option

No 

No 

No 

No

Here too, the Mahindras lead the pack with the highest power and torque figures. The Scorpio N has a six-speed torque converter automatic option, which is common for the segment, while the Hector Plus gets a CVT automatic. Unfortunately, none of the petrol-powered SUVs are offered with a 4x4 or even AWD system. 

Features and Safety 

Midsize SUVs are chock-full of features these days, and each new launch introduces a new feature into the segment. Here’s how the Mahindra Scorpio N’s equipment levels compare with its rivals. 

 

Mahindra Scorpio N 

Mahindra XUV700

Hyundai Alcazar

Tata Harrier/Safari

MG Hector/Hector Plus 

Touchscreen

8-inch

10.25-inch 

10.25-inch 

8.8-inch 

10.4-inch 

Sound system

12-speaker Sony 3D 

12-speaker Sony 3D 

8-speaker Bose

9-speaker JBL

9-speaker Infinity

Sunroof 

Single pane

Panoramic 

Panoramic 

Panoramic

Panoramic

Cruise Control 

Yes 

Adaptive cruise control 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes

Wireless phone charger

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

No/Yes

Yes 

Climate control 

Dual-zone 

Dual-zone 

Single-zone

Single-zone

Single-zone 

Ventilated seats 

No 

No 

Front row 

Front row/first and second row  

Yes 

Powered driver’s seat

6-way adjustable

6-way adjustable

8-way adjustable

6-way adjustable

6-way adjustable

Digital driver’s display

7-inch semi-digital 

Yes (10.25-inch fully digital)

Yes (10.25-inch fully digital)

7-inch semi-digital 

7-inch semi-digital 

Terrain modes

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

No

Powered tailgate

No 

No 

No 

No 

Yes 

Apart from the above features, the SUVs share a wide range of common features such as keyless entry, driving modes (eco, normal, sport, etc.), push button start, auto headlights and wipers, connected car tech and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. 

Here’s a handy table with all the safety kit that you can get in the SUV and its rivals over the standard government-mandated equipment (dual front airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors). 

 

Mahindra Scorpio N 

Mahindra XUV700

Hyundai Alcazar

Tata Harrier/Safari

MG Hector/Hector Plus 

Airbags 

6 airbags 

7 airbags 

6 airbags

6 airbags

6 airbags

ESC 

Yes 

Yes

Standard 

Standard 

Standard

ISOFIX child seat mounts 

Standard 

Standard 

Standard 

Yes 

Standard 

TPMS 

Yes 

Yes 

Standard 

No/Yes 

Yes 

Active safety 

Driver attention warning (DAW)

DAW, AEB, lane keeping assist, ADAS

Blind view monitor

No 

No

Front parking sensors 

Yes

Yes 

Yes

No 

Yes/Standard 

Parking camera 

Front and rear

360 degree

360 degree

Reverse only

360 degree 

The XUV700 is the only car in this comparison to offer active safety and driver assistance features. Arguably, the Alcazar comes second as it offers ESC, TPMS and ISOFIX mounts as standard features on all variants. As for the Mahindra Scorpio N, its higher spec variants are indeed well equipped with safety features and even get front parking sensors and a front camera for better visibility. 

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Prices

For now, we only know the prices of the manual variants of the Mahindra Scorpio N. Its automatic and 4WD versions, whose prices will be announced on July 21, are likely to be pricier than the upper range stated below: 

Model 

Price Range 

Mahindra Scorpio N 

Rs 11.99 lakh to Rs 19.49 lakh 

Mahindra XUV700 

Rs 13.18 lakh to Rs 24.58 lakh 

Hyundai Alcazar

Rs 16.44 lakh to Rs 20.25 lakh 

Tata Harrier 

Rs 14.64 lakh to Rs 21.65 lakh 

Tata Safari

Rs 15.24 lakh to Rs 22.25 lakh 

MG Hector 

Rs 15.19 lakh to Rs 20.30 lakh 

MG Hector Plus 

Rs 16.14 lakh to Rs 20.95 lakh 

All prices are ex-showroom 

In conclusion, the Mahindra Scorpio N is a decently equipped SUV, which offers better off-roading capability and engine performance than its similarly sized and priced alternatives. It offers all the features you need and expect in your SUV, but for a more detailed comparison, read our Scorpio N first drive review and wait for the real-world comparison.

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