Can the new Mahindra Scorpio-N beat the Tata Safari in terms of features?
The Mahindra Scorpio-N has no direct rivals. Thanks to a starting price of Rs 11.99 lakh, it sits close to smaller SUVs like the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, but its top-spec variants will compete with other seven-seat SUVs like the Hyundai Alcazar and even the Mahindra XUV700. But in this comparison, we pit the Scorpio-N against its closest rival – the Tata Safari.
Both the Mahindra Scorpio-N and the Tata Safari are very well kitted out. Both SUVs offer terrain modes, hill-descent control, powered driver seat, cruise control, keyless entry, push-button start, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, automatic headlamps, and more.
However, the Tata Safari offers ventilated seats in the first and second rows and also gets a panoramic sunroof, while the Scorpio-N gets a standard sunroof. The Safari also has an auto-dimming IRVM and an electronic parking brake in its higher-spec models.
On the other hand, the Scorpio-N gets some points back with its four-wheel-drive system, driver drowsiness detection, sweeping LED turn indicators, mechanical locking differential & brake locking differential, and dual-zone climate control.
The Safari and the Scorpio-N both offer wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, touchscreen infotainment systems, parking cameras, branded audio systems, a part-digital instrument cluster, and connected car technology.
Now, while the Safari’s infotainment system measures 8.8 inches, the Scorpio-N’s infotainment system is a bit smaller at 8 inches. On the other hand, the Scorpio-N has a 12-speaker Sony sound system, while the Safari gets a 9-speaker JBL unit. The Scorpio-N also gets a 7-inch colour TFT screen for the instrument cluster, Alexa integration, front and rear cameras, front and rear parking sensors, and USB-C charge ports.
In terms of safety, both SUVs offer six airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC, hill-hold, hill-descent control, and disc brakes on all four corners. Neither SUV has undergone a crash test, so that’s something we can’t comment on.
However, the Scorpio-N’s driver drowsiness detection feature, locking differentials, and emergency call and SOS function give it an edge over the Safari in terms of safety. The Scorpio-N’s Penta-link independent rear suspension and Frequency Selective Damping should give it better handling abilities too.
Mahindra has launched the Scorpio-N at a price of Rs 11.99 lakh for the Z2 petrol manual transmission variant, which goes up to Rs 19.49 lakh for the Z8 L diesel manual transmission variant. The prices for the Tata Safari start at Rs 15.24 lakh for the XE manual variant and go up to Rs 21.04 lakh for the XZ+ 6-seater manual variant. Since the prices for the automatic and four-wheel-drive variants of the Scorpio-N haven’t been announced yet, it would be unfair to compare it with the top-spec Safari XZA+ 6-seater’s Rs 22.34 lakh price.