Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Mahindra Thar: Urban SUV versus Hardcore Off-Roader
Both the vehicles are among the top-selling Mahindra cars in India. They both more or less cater to customers who are into adventures and are family-oriented. In short, if you want a hard-core off-roader, consider the Mahindra Thar. And if you want a vehicle that can do both—off-roading and serve other requirements, it is the Mahindra Scorpio-N. Both the SUVs have a long list of features, but the all-new Scorpio-N sports way more features than its off-roading sibling.
In addition, both models are important to the Indian carmaker since they have set a benchmark in their respective segments. So, if you are confused about which one to consider, it’s time to get to know each vehicle and its offerings. Let’s begin!
Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Mahindra Thar: Specifications
Let’s begin with the newbie. So, as for the Mahindra Scorpio-N specifications, it includes two engines on offer. One is a 2-litre mStallion turbocharged petrol engine, capable of churning out 200bhp and 370Nm. But if you opt for this engine with an automatic transmission, you get an extra 10Nm of torque, making it 380Nm. And another is a 2-litre turbo-diesel unit with two different states of tune. The first option in the diesel unit produces 130bhp and 300Nm of torque. Then another engine with the same fuel type produces 172bhp and 370Nm of torque, but the automatic variant will produce 400Nm of torque.
Apart from that, the new Mahindra SUV in India also gets an optional 4×4 drivetrain, making it exclusively available in the diesel variants.
As far as fuel efficiency is concerned, the Mahindra Scorpio-N’s ARAI-claimed mileage remains unknown as it remains untested.
However, if you want to know the driveability of the “Big Daddy,” check out the Scorpio-N review.
On the contrary, the Mahindra Thar, an off-road SUV, has a standard 4×4 drivetrain across the variants. In addition, there are two engine options: a 2-litre petrol and a 2.2-litre diesel engine. The 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine churns out 150bhp at 5,000 rpm and 300Nm of torque at 2500 rpm. And the automatic variant will have higher torque, rated at 320Nm. Then comes the renowned m-Hawk 2.2-litre diesel engine, capable of producing 130bhp at 3,750rpm and 300Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,800rpm. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic transmission. For an idea of how the off-roader drives on the tarmac, refer to the Mahindra Thar review.
As for fuel economy, the Mahindra Thar mileage will vary with the engine type and transmission. The ARAI-claimed mileage of this off-roader varies between 9kmpl and 15.2kmpl.
Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Mahindra Thar: Features
The Mahindra Scorpio-N has a long list of goodies, be it comfort, entertainment or safety.
But, if you compare the Scorpio-N with the XUV700, the former doesn’t have features like a panoramic sunroof, ADAS, and flush-fitting door handles. Furthermore, it doesn’t get twin 10.25-inch screens and a 360-degree parking camera.
Nevertheless, this article is about the Scorpio-N and the Thar, so let’s focus on these two.
Once ingressed into the driver’s seat, you’ll notice an analogue instrument cluster comprising a large digital multi-information display. Then comes the leather-wrapped steering wheel with steering-mounted controls.
And for entertainment, the Mahindra Scorpio-N features a large touchscreen infotainment unit that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Under the entertainment unit panel, there is a panel for HVAC, and further beneath, there is a wireless charging tray. Moreover, the car also offers a Sony-sourced surround sound system. With good surround music, you can also enjoy chilled beverages by storing the cans or bottles in the cooled glove box. Furthermore, you can keep your eyes protected from harsh sunlight by withdrawing your sunglasses from the sunglass holder.
Apart from that, Mahindra also offers connected-car technology. With that, the user can access the vehicle’s data and current status on their smartphone. It also enables the user to operate certain functions, such as locking and unlocking doors and sunroof, A/C on and off, etc. It is also worth noting that the app is Alexa compatible.
As far as safety is concerned, the Mahindra Scorpio-N has six airbags, a tyre pressure monitor system, ABS with EBD, brake assist, an electronic differential lock, etc. As for safety ratings, the Scorpio-N hasn’t been crashed tested. But, considering the safety tests of the Mahindra Thar and the XUV700, the Scorpio-N safety rating also looks promising. For reference, Mahindra Thar’s safety rating is four-stars.
The 2022 manufactured units of the Mahindra Thar, on the other hand, have lost a few features, such as lumbar support from the front seats, one of the USB ports, and a few others. However, it retains the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, keyless entry, and voice control, to name a few.
From the safety point of view, it has more or less the same features as the Mahindra Scorpio-N. But with the Thar being a hard-core off-roader, it needs a few off-road-dedicated features. Those safety features include electric driveline disconnect on the front axle, mechanical locking differential, brake locking differential, washable floor with drain plugs, etc.
Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Mahindra Thar: Prices
The Mahindra Scorpio-N has six trims: Z2, Z4, Z6, Z8, Z8(L), and Z8(S). Further, the Mahindra Scorpio-N price starts at Rs 11.99 lakh for the base model, the Z2 Petrol MT. And it goes up to Rs 21.15 lakh for the top model, Z8L(6S) Petrol AT. Please note that these are introductory prices as of August 2022, which are subject to change without prior notice.
Besides that, the Mahindra Thar is available only in two trims: AX(O) and LX. Furthermore, they make up to ten variants in total.
So, as of August 2022, the Mahindra Thar price starts at Rs 13.53 lakh for the base model, AX Opt 4-Str Convert Top Petrol MT. And it goes up to Rs 16.03 lakh for the top model, the LX 4-Str Hard Top Diesel AT.
Both the SUVs are popular in the country, and at the same time, they have a long list of features alongside the long waiting period. However, in the case of Mahindra Thar, you won’t feel the inadequacy of features despite losing a few. You will surely get basic new-age features. Besides that, the Mahindra Thar, being a four-seater vehicle on paper, is not recommended for families who want comfortable road trips. For that purpose, the Scorpio-N is the vehicle, and that too, if you want some off-road capabilities as well. So, these were a few titbits about these two beasts.
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