These two 7-seater Mahindra SUVs share a common badge, but that’s where their similarities end.
After establishing the sales charts with the XUV700, Mahindra has another super product on hand, the Scorpio N. And while the XUV700 is an SUV based on a monolithic platform with an urban flair and the Scorpio N is an option. sturdier underpinned by a frame ladder, they have much in common – 7-seat configuration, engine and transmission, many features and prices of several variants also overlap. So what separates these two and which should you choose?
Mahindra Scorpio N vs XUV700: exterior, interior
The Scorpio N has a traditional styling design while the XUV700 looks more sophisticated.
The new Scorpio N is tall, with a confident stance that carries the traditional design cues of the old version, but it’s been modernized and has all the right components to be expected in a muscular SUV, like grille, flat bonnet, sectional and roof rails. The Scorpio N looks intimidating and has an air of indestructibility, something classic SUV buyers expect. But those looking for a smooth urbane crossover will likely be drawn to the XUV700. It doesn’t look as muscular – like the Scorpio N – due to its shorter height and more horizontal stance. Plus, with factors like flat-fitted door handles and distinct LED lighting, it’s safe to classify it as the more complex of the two.
With soft-touch details, quality materials and elegant elements, the N’s cabin feels well-appointed.
Step into the Scorpio N (literally), and you’re perched high up in the throne-like seats, helping you pass other passersby and enjoy great views beyond. The brown and black interior is well-appointed with soft-touch materials and the vertically oriented piano black center console, which houses the touchscreen is a far cry from the Scorpio’s cabin.
Brighter colors, double screens and a panoramic sunroof give the interior of the XUV a true luxury car feel.
And while the Scorpio N’s interior is a big step up, the XUV700’s cabin takes things to a whole other level. It will leave you in awe with its ultra-wide double screens, like a Mercedes-Benz GLS and huge panoramic sunroof. Adding to the comfort are softer seat cushions, and what’s more, the second row’s backrests can be reclined. Interestingly, the XUV has a more spacious third-row seat and the floor isn’t as high as the Scorpio N, so adults won’t mind sitting here compared to the Scorpio N.
XUV’s boot is slightly larger with all rows in place; Its hatch is more convenient than N’s revolving door.
With all the seats, however, no car has a trunk large enough to swallow more than a few soft cabin bags. While the XUV has a conventional opening, the Scorpio N has an inconvenient swing-open rear door.
Mahindra Scorpio N vs XUV700: price, features
In a fully loaded diesel all-wheel drive guise, the Scorpio N is priced at Rs 19.49 lakh and the XUV700 is priced at Rs 22 lakh (in showroom, India). Both cars are well equipped with safety and premium accessories such as six airbags, leatherette seats, 12-speaker Sony touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, surround camera, power driver’s seat. , all-wheel disc brakes and more.
In terms of features – for an additional Rs 2.5 lakh – the XUV700 offers a panoramic sunroof, twin digital displays for the instrument cluster and center touchscreen, and a rear-reclining middle row of seats. after. It also offers a range of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking and more, giving you great value for money. let go.
Mahindra Scorpio N vs XUV700: powertrain, ride and handling
Mahindra uses a 2.2-litre diesel engine to power these cars. In the Scorpio N, it’s mounted vertically and produces 175hp and 370Nm, with power sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, it makes 185hp and 420Nm in the XUV700, where it’s mounted horizontally and sends power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
Both SUVs share the rather refined 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine.
It’s simply commendable how smooth and refined this diesel engine block is on both SUVs. Besides being sealed, there are hardly any vibrations inside the cabin. Only at higher revs do you hear a drone, which reaffirms that there is a diesel engine under the hood. Both clutch and manual transmission types are similar and operate quite smoothly.
The Scorpio N builds speed with ease and its powerful mid-range ensures overtaking is a breeze. In terms of drivability, it has a rather linear and more pleasing power distribution. Meanwhile, the XUV700 feels a lot more alive and light in the way it delivers power. The boost feels much more powerful and sends power to the front wheels, and you can even create some wheel spin. Predictably, the XUV’s wobbly performance is also better. It steers the 0-100kph sprint 2 seconds faster and the rolling acceleration from 20-80 km/h in third gear and 40-100kph in fourth gear about 1 second faster.
The Scorpio N offers linear power delivery while the XUV700 feels a lot more alive.
However, the Scorpio N will remain the preferred choice for buyers when off-road, because its rear-wheel drive layout provides better traction than the front-wheel drive XUV700, and it Show your bravery when the road conditions deteriorate. It wonderfully smooths out roughness and exudes an indestructible feel, thanks to its sturdy ladder frame construction. The multi-link rear suspension with Watt linkage improves its dynamics compared to the old version. However, its ride is still heavier than the XUV and it feels heavy around corners.
This is where the monolithic XUV feels a lot more sophisticated, with its all-wheel independent suspension providing a stable and solid ride quality. It feels more like a car from behind the wheel and handles corners with a greater degree of confidence. The ride quality is also good, feels sturdy and absorbs shocks well on the road, much better than most other monolithic products on the market.
|Mahindra Scorpio N Z8L||Mahindra XUV700 AXL|
|Engine||4 cylinders, 2179cc, turbo-diesel||4 cylinders, 2179cc, turbo-diesel|
|Power||175hp at 3500 rpm||185hp at 3500rpm|
|Torque||370Nm at 1500-3000 rpm||420Nm at 1600-2800rpm|
|Gear||6 speed manual||6 speed manual|
|PERFORMANCE||Acceleration (from rest)|
|0-20kph||1.64 seconds||1.34 seconds|
|0-40kph||3.45 seconds||3.09 seconds|
|0-60kph||5.60 seconds||4.90 seconds|
|0-80kph||8.77 seconds||7.11 seconds|
|0-100kph||12.38 seconds||10.29 seconds|
|PRECISION IN THE PEARL|
|20-80kph (in thirds)||9.05 seconds||8.25 seconds|
|40-100kph (in fourth place)||10.75 seconds||9.80s|
Mahindra Scorpio N vs XUV700: Verdict
The burly Scorpio N will appeal to buyers looking for a ‘suitable SUV’. It’s intimidating to look at, the construction is sturdy and now feels reasonably luxurious on the inside, with ample features to keep you entertained. The XUV700, on the other hand, is like a car, clearly more complex than the two. It has a richly furnished interior and feels much more upscale, thanks to the dual-screen layout and panoramic sunroof; it also offers a wide range of ADAS features, which can be a big draw for some. In addition, it has softer seats, has better third-row seats and, in terms of dynamics, it’s also far superior.
The Scorpio N and XUV700 are clear improvements over their older generations.
So the choice is up to your preference, we recommend Scorpio N to those who are looking for a sturdy SUV to overcome difficult terrain, but for those who are looking Looking for an all-rounder, the XUV700 is good value for money. Regardless of which SUV you choose, both are a huge improvement over their respective upcoming generations in every possible measure. And the fact that customers are willing to wait more than a year for either one, is a testament to that.