Hyundai is aiming for the Mahindra Scorpio’s spot at the top of the SUV pile. Is it good enough?
Hyundai‘s upcoming compact SUV, the Creta‘s natural rivals might include the Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and the likes, but Hyundai has set its eyes on the top spot in the SUV space. Which means the Mahindra Scorpio will also be a rival to the Creta as it is the current segment leader in terms of sales. Although, both vehicles are radically different from each other in terms of the platform used, target audience, capabilities, etc. The Mahindra Scorpio is bigger and comes with a ladder frame chassis and is pretty good off the road while the Hyundai Creta shares its platform with a hatchback and will be more at ease in the urban environment. And yet, these two SUVs could end up battling it out with each other for buyers looking for an affordable urban SUV especially since they will be positioned in a similar price bracket. Which brings us to the whole purpose of this post- Which one of these is a better SUV? Read our Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra Scorpio Comparison to find the answer.
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Styled along the lines of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, the Creta looks very attractive from most angles. The plastic cladding all around coupled with a typical SUV profile work really well for the Creta. The sharp headlamps with projector units and LED daytime running lights impart the front fascia a very sharp appearance. The grille gets a generous helping of chrome, but it has been done tastefully and does not appear gaudy at all. The design gets tad bit fussy by the towards the rear of the Creta. The new Scorpio’s design has been received very well by the public as evident from its 5,000 something a month average sales figures. The grille design is interesting and the headlamps add a bit of aggressiveness to the front end. The side profile remains unchanged and at the back the LED tail lamps add some fanciness to the rear. The only turn-off, the black plastic cladding on the boot, has now been removed based on customer feedback.
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The interiors of the Hyundai Creta are a pleasant place to be in with a warm black-beige combo and a good amount of space. The vertical AC vents flanking the infotainment system is a bit different from other Hyundais sold in India. The Mahindra Scorpio get much better interiors than before with an appealing colour scheme, but in terms of quality it is no match for the Hyundai Creta. The edgy design goes better with the overall image of the Mahindra Scorpio.
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[box type=”success” ]Although both cars follow slightly different design approaches, the Hyundai Creta will turn more heads than the Mahindra Scorpio.[/box]
The features available on the two SUVs only go on to highlight the stark difference between the two vehicles. Both cars get a touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, reverse parking camera, steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls, projector headlamps, LED pilot lamps, etc. The Mahindra gets additional off-road oriented features such as tyre pressure monitors, 4 wheel drive. The Hyundai Creta misses out on cruise control which is offered on the Scorpio. Top spec trim of the Creta gets 6 airbags as opposed to the Scorpio’s dual airbags.
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[box type=”success” ]The Mahindra Scorpio is slightly better equipped than the Hyundai Creta.[/box]
|Hyundia Creta||Mahindra Scorpio|
|Type||1.6 L Petrol||1.6 L Diesel||1.4 L Diesel||2.5 L Diesel||2.2 L Diesel|
|Displacement||1,591 cc||1,582 cc||1,396 cc||2523 cc||2,197 cc|
|Power||121 bhp||126 bhp||89 bhp||75 bhp||120 bhp|
|Torque||155 Nm||259 Nm||224 nm||200 Nm||280 Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed manual||6-speed manual/6-speed auto||6-speed manual||5-speed manual||5-speed manual|
|Mileage||15.29 kpl||19.67/17.01 kpl||21.38 kpl||15.4 kpl||15.4 kpl|
The Hyundai Creta gets three engine options including a 1.6 petrol highlighting its car-like characteristics. The India spec model misses out on 4 wheel drive which the Mahindra Scorpio offers. However, the Creta gets an automatic transmission option which the Scorpio doesn’t. Although an automatic version of the Scorpio will soon be launched. The engine options that are likely to sell the most, 1.6 litre diesel and 2.2 litre diesel, are identical in terms of power output and torque, but the Creta is more fuel efficient.
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[box type=”success” ]The Hyundai Creta gets an optional automatic transmission but misses out on AWD. The Scorpio will soon get an automatic option and already comes with four-wheel drive.[/box]
The prices of the Hyundai Creta fall within the INR 8.59-13.57 lakh price bracket. The Mahindra Scorpio ranges from INR 8.71 lakhs to INR 13.48 lakhs which would makes it almost the same price as the Creta. But then you get more space, more seats, off-road ability and more features too. Hence, a comparison based solely on price is not justified. Both SUVs are good value for money propositions.
|Hyundai Creta||Mahindra Scorpio|
|1.6 L Petrol||1.4 L Diesel||1.6 L Diesel||2.5 L Diesel||2.2 L Diesel|
|Base||INR 8.59 lacs||INR 9.46 lacs||–||S2||INR 8.83 lacs||–|
|S||INR 9.57 lacs||INR 10.42 lacs||–||S4||–||INR 9.43 lacs|
|S+||–||INR 11.45 lacs||–||S4 Plus||–||INR 9.85 lacs|
|SX||–||–||INR 11.59 lacs||S6 Plus||–||INR 10.94 lacs|
|SX+||INR 11.19 lacs||–||INR 12.67 lacs||S4 Plus 4WD||–||INR 10.98 lacs|
|SX(O)||–||–||INR 13.60 lacs||S8||–||INR 11.84 lacs|
|SX+ AT||–||–||INR 13.57 lacs||S10||–||INR 12.49 lacs|
|S10 4WD||INR 13.62 lacs|
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[box type=”success” ]The Hyundai Creta offers more refinement and premium feel and better driving dynamics. The Mahindra Scorpio is bigger, gets 4WD and has better off-road credentials[/box]
As we mentioned earlier at the beginning of the Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra Scorpio comparison story, these two are very different SUVs. But then when you consider the average Indian SUV buyer with around 10 lakhs to spend then these two vehicles are sure to be on his/her list of options. Keeping that in mind, if space and off-road ability holds very high importance then the Mahindra Scorpio makes more sense. If you’re looking for a compact SUV which is at ease in the urban environment then the Hyundai Creta makes for a very good buy. So, is a sales target of 5,000+ units a month for the Hyundai Creta realistic? Yes.
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[box type=”success” ]Hyundai Creta for its refinement, driving dynamics and urban-friendly nature. Mahindra Scorpio for the off-road ability, extra space and butch SUV appearance.[/box]
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