mahindra scorpio Z8 select price, features, Scorpio petrol specs: first drive review – Introduction

With 203hp on tap, the petrol-manual just might be the enthusiast’s choice from the Scorpio N range. We finally get to experience it.

The Mahindra Scorpio N has been on sale for around two years now and it’s been available in a variety of options: five trims, petrol, diesel, manual, automatic and even a 4×4 version. While we did experience the petrol-auto and diesel-auto way back, we’ve just got to experience the petrol manual version, in the recently launched mid-spec Z8 Select trim.

Mahindra Scorpio N Z8 Select review: price

The new Z8 Select trim is available in petrol and diesel, with manual and automatic gearbox options. The petrol manual is priced from Rs 16.99 lakh, going up to Rs 18.99 lakh for the diesel-automatic (ex- showroom, India). However, the 4WD can’t be had in this new trim. The Z8 Select variants cost about Rs 1.11 lakh-1.65 lakh less than the respective Z8 variants – depending on the powertrain selected – and is about Rs 69,000-1.38 lakh higher than the Z6. The petrol-manual featured here costs Rs 1.65 lakh less than the equivalent Z8 variant.

Mahindra Scorpio N Z8 Select review: features

Compared to the Z8, the Z8 Select misses out on push-button start/stop, a tyre pressure monitor, dual- zone climate control, chrome door handles, anti-pinch front passenger window, power folding wing mirrors, and automatic headlights and wipers, which is not much when you consider the price delta.

Misses out on auto headlamps/wipers, auto climate control, push button start and power folding mirrors, compared to the higher Z8.

It still gets features like 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, LED lights, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 7-inch MID, cruise control, a sunroof, six airbags, ESC, hill-hold assist and much more. And, compared to the lower Z6, the Z8 Select gains four airbags, Mahindra’s Adrenox connected car tech, a rear camera, leatherette upholstery, chrome front grille, LED lights, 17-inch alloys and more. Also new is a ‘Midnight Black’ paint shade on the Z8 Select, but the one you see here is finished in the ‘Napoli Black’ shade.

Z8 Select still gets a sunroof, an 8-inch touchscreen and much more. 

The Z8 Select manages to strike a great balance between price and features, and comes across as being a real value-for-money offering in the Scorpio N range.

Mahindra Scorpio N petrol-MT review: powertrain, drive experience

Powering the Scorpio N is Mahindra’s 203hp, 370Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol, and this feels like one of the most potent mass-market engines around.

Refined 203hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol has strong low and mid range grunt.

Unlike the diesel, the Scorpio N petrol doesn’t get drive modes, but it’s not a big miss as this engine is very responsive. It’s not a free-revving petrol engine and redlines at a relatively conservative 5,500rpm, but the good slug of torque lower down means it feels its most energetic in the low to midrange, and it suits the character of this big, heavy SUV. So overtaking on the highway is also a breeze, and if you’re in the right gear, you won’t even have to downshift to do that. What’s a bit of a downer is the 6-speed manual transmission, which requires some effort to slot in, but the clutch is light and easy to modulate.

While the clutch is light, the gearbox does take some effort to slot in. 

It completes the 0-100kph sprint in 10.83sec, which is not far off the much lighter and smaller Hyundai i20 N Line MT’s time. As for in-gear acceleration, it does 20-80kph in third gear in 8.34sec and 40-100kph in fourth gear in 10.50sec, which is respectable. And while we haven’t subjected it to our real-world fuel economy tests, on our drive we got an MID-displayed 7.3kpl in mixed city and highway driving conditions, which is expected of a heavy, petrol-powered SUV. We soon hope to put it through our instrumented tests.

Scorpio N petrol-MT performance
Acceleration Time (sec)
0-20kph 1.14s
0-40kph 2.38s
0-60kph 4.89s
0-80kph 7.95s
0-100kph 10.83s
20-80kph (in 3rd gear) 8.34s
40-100kph (in 4th gear) 10.5s

What’s also nice is that it’s very easy to drive. You’re sitting high up and you get a very good view out, and the clutch and steering are light, so it’s quite a breeze to drive in the city despite its size.

Mahindra Scorpio N Z8 Select petrol-MT: ride and handling

The Scorpio N feels stable and composed on the move.

The Scorpio N also fares much better than the older Scorpio in terms of ride and handling. It’s still a body-on-frame SUV, but Mahindra has made significant changes with respect to the chassis stiffness and suspension setup to improve its road manners. As a result, the Scorpio N feels much tidier around the bends. Sure, it still rolls around corners, but it’s far better contained now and the light but precise steering also helps your confidence. The ride quality also feels far less busy than the previous generation. There is still a bit of bounciness, but given that it’s based on a ladder-frame, some lumpiness over low-speed bumps is acceptable. Overall, the Scorpio N feels stable and confident on the road.

Mahindra Scorpio N petrol-MT review: interior and exterior

The rest of the Scorpio N remains unchanged. Inside, you get an upright dashboard with the touchscreen flanked by the AC vents. There’s a good mix of materials inside, from gloss black elements, soft-touch leather padding, chrome and silver elements. The dual-tone brown and black upholstery is appealing too. Build quality and fit and finish are also decent.

Middle row has acres of space and can comfortably accommodate three adults.

The front seats are large and supportive, but the lumbar support feels a bit excessive. The middle row can be had with either individual captain’s seats or a bench, though the Z8 Select can only be had with the latter. Headroom and kneeroom on offer in the middle row is tremendous and it can easily fit three adults too. The bench seat is split 60:40, with only the smaller section on the kerb side featuring a one-touch tumble feature; the right-hand-side seat only folds.

Space in the third row is tight and best saved for kids.

Getting in to the third row is also easy and it’s nice that it gets front-facing seats as standard, rather than the side-facing seats from before. However, space here is tight for adults and best saved for kids. The last row doesn’t split, but folds and tumbles, and while that does free up much more room, the folded seats do eat up quite a lot of luggage space.

Scorpio N’s imposing road presence has proven to be a hit with buyers.

In terms of design, the Scorpio N is your typical butch and upright SUV, with a lot of interesting details around: the slim LED lights, chrome-embellished grille, stylish alloys and the tall, Volvo-esque tail-lamps. The overall design is a bit reminiscent of the old Scorpio, and it definitely has a lot of road presence, which buyers of the SUV appreciate.

Mahindra Scorpio N petrol-MT review: verdict

The petrol-MT is potent yet easy to drive and the Z8 Select trim represents good value.

The Scorpio N is a comfy and practical SUV, which has secured a 5-star safety rating from Global NCAP for adult occupant protection. The new Z8 Select trim is also good value for money. The petrol-manual powertrain is smooth, potent and easy to drive even in city confines, and buyers will also like its tough nature and road presence. While the petrol-manual is not the preferred powertrain choice for SUVs, if you are on the lookout for one, this represents a very good choice. Just be prepared for regular visits to the petrol pump. And sure, the third row isn’t spacious enough and the manual gearbox is a bit notchy, but then this SUV’s strengths far outweigh its shortcomings.

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