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Mahindra Scorpio Ownership Review

Mahindra Scorpio

Among the many SUVs available in India, the Mahindra Scorpio is one of the most popular ones to be sold. Its huge presence is a testimony of its success. To find out more on the ownership of Mahindra Scorpio, we interview Mr.Vivek, who is an officer in a reputed industry. He is a frequent traveler and uses the vehicle to commute all sorts of distances.

Details of the vehicle

It is a 2007 white colored Mahindra Scorpio Slx CRDe 2.6 variant. The vehicle has done 57000kms.

Mahindra Scorpio

Technical Specifications of Mahindra Scorpio

Technical Specification of Mahindra Scorpio
Engine Type 2.6L CRDe 2.2L CRDe
Cubic capacity / No. of Cylinders 2609/4 CYL 2179/4
Power in PS / RPM 115/3600  120/4000
Torquein Nm / RPM 276/2200 290/2800
Front Brake Disc Disc
Rear Brake Drum Drum
Ground clearance mm 180 180
Fuel Tank Capacity (L) 60 60
Mileage (kmpl) 12 12
Seating option 7 STR 7 STR
Tyre Rating 235/70 R16 235/70 R16
Turning circle radius (m) 5.6 5.6
Dimensions in MM
Length 4430 4430
Width 1817 1817
Height 1975 1975
Wheelbase 2680 2680
Gross weight (kgs) 1510 1510

Question: Since when do you own this vehicle?

Answer:  I own it since 2007 September. We were looking for a SUV which could be used for both official commuting as well as family outings. As I had driven the Scorpio earlier and knew the performance it offers, it was in top priority among the other options.

Question: How was your experience with the earlier models?

Answer: Earlier I had a Tata Indica Diesel for about four years or so. It was a reliable car giving a best mileage of around 18KMPL.As I was in need of a larger vehicle with the best of performance, flexible luggage space and seating capacity, I choose the Mahindra Scorpio.

Mahindra Scorpio

Questions: How is the ownership of Mahindra Scorpio compared to earlier cars?

Answer: As mentioned earlier it gives all the benefits of higher power and comfortable seating for a tall person like me. There is generous rear luggage space which is used if not occupied. Seating comfort is the best in this vehicle as it is very spacious.

Question: Your comments on the mileage of the vehicle?

Answer: Most of the times I take it for long drives. I get a mileage of 11KMPL in normal driving style and get around 12KMPL in best of the conditions when I maintain a constant speed of 80 to 90 kmph.

Mahindra Scorpio

Question: How was your experience in long drives?

Answer: I regularly take it for long drives of around 200 kms and occasionally take it for long trips with family. Recently I had driven it for about 800 kms at a stretch. I never felt fatigue while driving due to the comfortable seating posture, ease of steering, excellent suspension quality and driver visibility.

Features of variants of Mahindra Scorpio

Features In variants of Mahindra Scorpio 
Key Features SLX SLE VLX
Ex showroom Mumbai 889568(Not in sale now) 920262 1042588
Tubeless tyres Yes Yes Yes
New roof rail with end caps No Yes Yes
Rear Wash and wiper No Yes Yes
Digital Drive Assist system No Yes Yes
New Styled headlamps No Yes Yes
Fog Lamps Yes No Yes
Alloy wheels Yes No Yes
Body colored Door handle & ORVM Yes Yes Yes
Foot step with mudflaps Yes Yes Yes
Arm rest for driver and co driver Yes No Yes
Engine Immobiliser Yes No Yes
Intellipark reverse assist No Yes Yes
HVAC Yes Yes Yes
Surround cool dual AC No Yes Yes
Power steering Yes Yes Yes
Tilt steering Yes Yes Yes
Keyless entry Yes No Yes
Central locking Yes Yes Yes
Power windows Yes Yes Yes
Rear Defogger Yes Yes Yes
Audio system Yes No Yes
Audio control on steering No No No
ABS with EBD Yes No Yes
Airbags No No Yes
Price in Rs Lakh      

Question: Have you faced any breakdown?

Answer: Not a single brake down faced till now.

Question: Any accident repairs done and insurance claimed for it?

Answer: I have lots of experience in driving and give top priority to safe driving. Though with this vehicle one can go beyond 160kmph, I generally restrict it to 120kmph max. I feel it’s enough speed to cover long distances at a good time. One must take care of points like abrupt entry of people on road, entry of cattle and dogs etc. Other’s safety is as important as of one’s own.

Mahindra Scorpio

Question: How is your experience with maintenance of the vehicle?

Answer: I get my vehicle serviced at India Garage, which is the authorized service center located at the center of the city. They provide excellent service as well as deliver the vehicle on time. I am very happy with their service.

Question: How much is the cost incurred during normal servicing?

Answer: If given for a scheduled maintenance of 10,000 kms, the cost incurred would be around Rs.6000 to 7000. It could vary depending upon the earlier maintenance and the condition of vehicle.

Mahindra Scorpio

Question: How do you rate the overall ownership of Mahindra Scorpio, would you recommend the same to others?

Answer: We are very satisfied with the performance of the vehicle. It’s an excellent option for regular outings and long trips. The Mahindra Scorpio takes on rough terrain very nicely as the suspensions are made to handle the unpleasant conditions.

Mahindra Scorpio

Question: What’s your opinion about the other options available in the market?

Answer: These days there are many options available in the SUV/MUV segment, ranging from Mahindra Xylo, Bolero to the Mahindra XUV 500. Even other manufacturers have many models in this segment which offer great comfort and performance; however the Mahindra Scorpio sufficed us with all our needs and requirements.

Competition of Mahindra Scorpio

Competition of Mahindra Scorpio
  Mahindra  Mahindra Tata Motors Toyota Bharath Tata Motors
  Scorpio Xylo Sumo Grande MKII Innova Safari
Ex showroom price Mumbai  in lakh 1042588 1019726 901708 1160021 1127553
Cubic capacity / Cylinder 2179/4 CYL 2179/4 CYL 2179/4 CYL 2494/4 CYL 2179
Power in PS / RPM 120/4000 120/4000  120/4000  102/3600 140/4000
Torque Nm / RPM 290/2800 RPM 280/2800 250/3000 200/3400 320/2700
Front Brake Disc Disc Drum Disc Disc
Rear Brake Drum Drum Drum Drum Drum
Ground clearance 180 186 180 176 176
Fuel Tank Capacity (L) 60 55 65 55 55
Seating  7 seater 8 seater 8 Seater 7 Seater 7 Seater
Key Features
Tubeless tyres Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear Wash and wiper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flat bed seat No Yes No No No
Arm rest for driver and co driver Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Height adjustable driver seat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reverse assist Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Engine Immobiliser Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tilt steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Keyless entry Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Central locking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power windows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear Defogger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Leather wrapped steering wheel Yes Yes No Yes Yes
2-DIN Audio system Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ABS Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Airbag Yes Yes No No No

Question: If you would like to upgrade to any of the new models available, which would it be?

Answer: At present we don’t have any upgrade plans but ideally we would like to choose Mahindra XUV500 as I have recently driven it and loved its performance. So ideally it would be our most preferred upgrade option.

Mahindra Scorpio


As mentioned in the article, the Mahindra Scorpio is indeed an excellent SUV and the huge demand for it in both new and used car segment indicate the same. It faces stiff completion from its own sibling, the Xylo. The main point here is about the customer satisfaction. Manufacturers can be almost certain that good quality and reliable cars inevitably increase the chances of their existent customers buying the same or other models from them.


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