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Old 20th February 2018, 12:19   #31
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I remember driving the Scorpio in 2006 as a potential first car of mine. Since I had not experienced too many cars before my drive (save Padmini and Santro), I did not notice any outstanding build issues but I do remember how quickly it built up speeds. It is a different story that it was a tad beyond my budget so let it go. I finally got to experience it during a Revv hire when I did a Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur drive.

I could sum up my experience as - driving a truck! At least, being a sedan/hatch driver so far, I was astounded by the lack of fit & finish as well as smoothness. Not to mention the scary drive whenever I went beyond 110-120 or slowed down for a corner.

M&M is truly flogging a dead horse and while it makes them money, I wonder if it does anything to improve their image as an auto manufacturer.
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Had a go in the S11 again and this time at good speeds. While the NVH is good, there appears to be a booming sound coming from somewhere at the back, clueless about it. Though the SUV has grunt and long legs, that is for sure.
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Quite amusing that a lot of bhpians feel scorpio's handling is atrocious. Come on, it is a top heavy tall body on frame SUV. Expecting it to behave like a sedan/monocoque compact suvs is absurd!

I drive a Storme (earlier - safari Dicor, sumo grande, Scorpio 2.6, sumo grande, a couple of Tata sumos) and though being a very aggressive driver in other cars of mine, I never push the SUVs over 110 kmph no matter how free the road seems to be.

Coming to Scorpio, I can't help but bring safari into comparison. The were the arch rivals.

People who loved to drive bought the Scorpio, and people who loved comfort and space bought the safari. One being a 16 year old car and the other being a 20 year old car, they have remained almost the same since day 1 except for minor updates.

And to think both of them touch 17 big ones OTR for the top end 4x2, I would have laughed in 2005 if you told me these cars will cost 17 lakhs in the future

But there are people (like me) who still love those cars and buy them, knowing there are better options at a slightly higher price bracket(hexa and xuv)
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Great review!

The way this car rolls and dives during quick lane changes and hard braking is simply scary!
I just got back from test driving a Scorpio S11. It did not dive, it did not roll. Hard braking was okay, not great. Here is the thing, for a vehicle of its geometry and size it handles just fine IMHO. Now if you take it up to 90kph and start whipping it around, snapping lane changes and turning against the body sway, you're gonna have a problem. The same is true of most cars. The Scorpio is probably going to mis-behave more being top heavy. So, become a better driver, look down the road more, anticipate more in advance and escort this ship of state thru the dangerous shoal waters, that's all. If you are looking to gun it around like a K10 Alto, you are cruising for a bruising.

Plenty of head room in the Scorpio S11, no headroom at all in the XUV W10
that has a sunroof. My six foot even torso put my head touching the roof on the XUV with the seat as low as it could go and that preempted any further examination on my part.

On the downside, the space on the outside of the Scorpio does in fact disappear on the inside. I regard this as possibly a time/space wharf worthy of geo-physical investigation. And, it's pricey for what it is, and for the parts and service you are likely not to get from Mahindra. All in all, I liked it and I am considering buying one. It ain't that bad. And the engine is a marked improvement over the 120 BHP. It's got some boogey. And other people get the freak out of your way.
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