21 March 2008

Mahindra Scorpio mHawk versus Tata Safari 2.2L

Tata motors had launched the new Safari 2.2L engine which replaced the previous 3.0L engine and Mahindra had launched its most technologically forward vehicle the Mahindra Scorpio mHawk along its 2.6L engine. These new vehicles are one of the most wanted in the segment and we compare the two on the basis of engine, exterior, interior, comfort, quality, performance & value for money.

Engines, Power, Variants and Transmission


Tata Safari - 4.5

The new Safari is equipped with the new generation light weight 16V 2.2L Dicor (Direct injection common rail) VTT (Variable Turbine Technology) engine, operated by a 32-bit electronic control unit. The 2.2L engine produces 140ps at 4000 rpm and torque of 320Nm at 1700 rpm.

The Tata Safari is available in 5 variants in 2 systems (4x2 and 4x4). The base Safari LX, Dicor 2.2LX is available at 6.68L and 7.46L respectively(ex-showroom Chennai). The Dicor 2.2 EX is available in 4x2 and 4x4 which is 8.64L and 9.53L respectively. The Dicor VX is available at 10.49L for the 2x2 and 11.42L for the 4x4.

The Tata Safari delivers a mileage of 11 in city and 14 in the highway, if driven properly.


Mahindra Scorpio mHawk - 4.0


The latest mHawk is equipped with an all new all 16V 2.2L CRDi (common rail direct injection) engine that produces a healthy 120bhp at 4000 rpm and torque of 290Nm @ 1800-2800rpm. This is an engine that you would love because of its quiet and no vibration nature. The engine is equipped with 2nd generation Bosch common rail system with solenoid injectors that manages the fuel supply to the engine.

The Scorpio has a 5-speed Manual Gear box. The Scorpio 2.2l Vlx mHawk engine costs about 9.3L + tax + this and that and all stuff, so the price comes upto 10L. It is in the price range where the Scorpio is hit badly and sadly wears out some buyers, as the Safari is equally powerful.

The Tata Safri gets the extra points because of the 4x4 variant available at the Scorpio price range.

Exteriors and Safety

Tata Safari- 4.5


The Safari is indeed a good-looking car with some extra add-ons and stuff, but the older safari had a more macho, sporty look, this one has a feminine look somewhere in the front, which is a bit disappointing for some people, while the rear and sides are still the same macho, hulky look. The new wheel cover at the back looks great and adds some sportiness in the car or should i say an SUV feel. The changes i would like for the Safari is the hood, the headlights, and a bigger bumper, that would spice it up and create a masculine look and sporty look in the car.

The Safari has a good safety system starting with the dual airbags, and ABS with EBD for more control over the vehicle and command on the road. The Safari comes equipped with anti-submarine seats that protect the driver and co-driver in the event of a collision and the Safari has been tested and gave good results. Tilt & collapsible steering was designed to reduce the frontal injury during collision. Rear vipers also available for clear view during rain.
Scorpio mHawk - 4.5

The main part where the Scorpio beats the Safari is in the exteriors section where the Scorpio maintains its macho and bold character, armored with add-ons that you would love to get it in your car. Get yourself bigger tyres and then see the Scorpio, it will be lovely. The feel is different than the Safari.

The first problem is the airbag, at the price of almost 10L, if the airbag is absent then its a big problem, safety is a growing demand for todays customers, but ABS is given as standard, but the Scorpio scores in areas of extra like tyre-tronics that tell you the exact air pressure and temperature of each tyre and engine immobilizer. The Scorpio plays with thieves, if someone tries to break in, the system gets tripped, the immobilizer locks the engine and cuts the fuel supply, and your car is safe.

The Safari scores well in safety but the Scorpio scores in Exterior style. So there is a tie,

Interiors and Comfort

Tata Safari - 4.0

The Safari's interiors are a pleasing one and has nice leg and shoulder room with great head room, there is an armrest in the second row, there is an AC vent in the second row which is low, way low. The Safari offers the comfort of a business class seat in kingfisher.. OK i am going too far, OK maybe air india's business class. The Safari offers goodies like LCD screen that no other car in its range provides.

Quality wise the Safari is not at all qualified, the seats and room is nice but when you look at the dash board, you feel like yawning all the way home, it looks soo dull. The thing is that Tata never had a good dashboard with goodies with quality. Along with the second row AC vents, there is a roof mounted AC for the third row passengers, creating cooling all around the cabin.

Mahindra Scorpio - 4.5

On the basis of space, the Safari beats it, but on the basis of quality, Scorpio kills the Safari. The Dashboard in the Scorpio is much better than the Safari and there are some improvements done. There are many storage areas in the Scorpio though. But the problem is that there is no roof mounted air-vents even at the rate of 10L, but there are second row air-vents, which might do a little job.

The Scorpio has some new features that cars in the upper luxury segment like Merc E class has like intelligent headlights and vipers which act according to the environment, intellipark that helps you park your car with ease and tyretronics.

The Scorpio beats the Safari in quality, features and lookability (don't know what that means) but Safari beats the Scorpio in space and comfort of the seats. Due to the quality, the points must be cut, we are a developing nation and we demand the best quality.

Performance and Handling

Tata Safari - 4.5

Dead sure that the new Safari had improved from the previous 3.0L engine. Pretty sluggish below 1500rpm, but the areas around the middle is where the power, the torque and the true colours of the car shows, its much smoother when speed gained around 60-100, but at high speeds like 120 and above, i begin to grow old and puff and throws all its effort to reach the limit. Not a good sign, i can cross 100 easily with an Esteem.

If you like the speed limits very much, then this car is for you. When you feel like showing your dirty side of your face and rip the car, then the Safari roars, and allows a Maruti 800 to overtake you.
Mahindra mHawk - 4.6

The battle of the 2.2's as i heard, the mHawk has lesser power and torque, but have to admit how organized the car ratio's are. Turn your keys and feel the new engine going along with the beat of your heart.. Idle.. vibrationless, like as if it isn't a Diesel car. Handling the car is very neat with responsive steering wheels.

The start of the car might be a "little" sluggish, but you will be impressed as the car goes on to higher speed gaining speeds at the different gears really smooth. The break is also a feature to get impressed by with ABS as standard. An impressive thing is that the suspension and the handling of the car when in bad roads don't give the car a pogo-stick ride, its goes well in those areas. The new engine does it all, 3 cheers.

Value for Money

Tata Safari - 4.5


The Safari has many variants to choose from starting from 6.68L to 11.42L including the 4x4 range at the price of the Scorpio mHawk.

Mahindra Scorpio mHawk - 4.0

The Scorpio is a great car to drive with the new engine, but many features are missing in the car like airbags and roof-mounted AC, and at the price of 10L i don't think the car is worth the money for the missing goods.

Verdict:

The new Safari and new Scorpio was made to deliver great performance and they did. Both the engines are equally great, but the Safari lost points in features of quality and areas like that. The Scorpio mHawk is a great car too, but this car also looses points in some features that have said to be available in the car at that price. That disappoints me.

The Winner of the comparison according to the points scored is the Tata Safari.

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41 comments:

Harendra said...

The Safari's front is a bit dull, but when you add that extra support grille(dont know what it is called) then it looks manly.

Anonymous said...

i don't think that scorpio has better exterior looks ...safari has much better killing looks when we put wider tyres and alloys.....

Anonymous said...

the safari beast da scorpio in every aspect! except for da plastic quality! the interiors may be old fasioned but they are suitable for the safari! & scorpio cant go off-roading so there the safari scores again!

Anonymous said...

Quality is what counts and there the safari is way down when compared to scorpio. The scorpio is a bit pricey than the safari, agreed, but thats what you got to pay for quality stuff. So i think the scorpio is better than the safari.

Anonymous said...

Safari lacks in breaks they are somewhat like bajaj chetak's breaks. Scorpio's breaks are much much much better as of old scorpio. and safari is very noissy and have vibration tooo which scorpio doesnt have at all.

RIPPAN said...

SAFARI IS BETTER THAN SCORPIO.....BUT SAFARI SHOULD ALSO PROVIDE SOME EXTRA FEATURES LIKE INTELIGENT HEADLIGHTS AND VIPERS.. THAN THERE WILL BE NO CAR TO BEAT HIM IN HIS CLASS..... IT HAS STYLING LOOKS BETTER THAN MITSIBUISHI PAJERO, FORD ENDEAVOUR AND CHEVY CAPTIVA..

Raj said...

Safari is bulki and sluggish compared to the scorpio mhawk. The 2009 scorpio beats Safari 2.2 VTT in price, looks, safety features etc. The resale value is a big plus for scorpio as well. So my verdict is Scorpio.

Anonymous said...

safari is a qunt(no offence). My dad has Scorpio m-Hawk...haha!

Anonymous said...

jay ho Scorpio

Bittoo said...

Hi

I am looking for scorpio or safari. Please let me know which one is better in fuel, breaking and over all performance.

Anonymous said...

scorpio is a kid safari is a man

Anonymous said...

ok ok,but what about ground clearance,scorpio has very less than the great safari.hurrrrrrrrrrrr

sarath said...

safari has more power and style than scorpio..so safari is better than scorpio...

Anonymous said...

Scorpio definately has an edge over the safari, Scorpio looks more leaner and meaner against the old looking bulky safari, And scorpio may be having 20 Bhp lesser than the safari but put the accelerator down the socrpio breezes ahead of the safari pretty easily. . .
o, scorpio is my choice. . .
But mahindra people need to cut down its price a little bit to stand in the competition more firmly. . .

Anonymous said...

Scorpio... D best compared to Safari,

Cuz I drove both.
Vibrations in Safari are too much. The driving pleasure is too good in Scorpio.
The initial pickup of Safari is too low compared to Scorpio.
Maintenance Cost of Scorpio is less compared to Safari.
Hence Scorpio is the Best.

rahul tanwar said...

both safari and scorpio r same

Anonymous said...

lower variants of scorpio has single toned blackish n dark interiors........i want the second row of the vehicle to be comfortable with gud ride quality because i have travel on bad roads of punjab......so which one is better for me?????????

Anonymous said...

i want the 2nd seat of vehicle to b comfortable as i travel on bad roads of punjab???plus i want gud fuel efficiency????so which one is better 4 me my preferences r ride quality n fuel efficiency.... as i dont have to drive i could sacrifice a bit on performance

rosh said...

SAFARI IS ALLWAYS THE BEST scorpio is waste dust bin

rosh said...

safari is stylish king of suv
scorpio is a new but it's looking like older 80s vehicle all children like safari and we like to safari in a safari

Anonymous said...

scorpio is the best

Anonymous said...

scorpio is way better than the fuckin gay lookin safari. safari is a piece of shit.i beat safari with my scorpio all fuckin day.

VASU said...

Safari can competit in international market but scarpio may be after making some alteration in its shape could be.

Anonymous said...

EVERY ONE DREAMS OF BEING SACHIN TENDULAKR IF THEY R PLAYING CRICKET..BUT THEN THERE'S ONLY ONE SACHIN..LIKE WISE EVERY scorpio DREAMS OF BEING A "SAFARI"...

AD said...

Test drove the Safari DICOR VTT and the Scorpio mHAWK back-to-back today. While I found the Safari pretty sluggish & heavy on the steering, I was blown away by the drive & handling quality of the Scorpio. Simply AWESOME!!

The Safari felt like an overweight sumo wrestler while the Scorpio felt like the swift karate champ with sharp moves. Safari = shaky transmission; Scorpio = pretty precise gear shift.

I did feel that the ground clearance on the Scorpio is a wee bit lesser than what I could use, as compared to the Safari; but I guess I can improve that with slightly bigger rims & tyres.

Space-wise, the Scorpio doesn't disappoint but the Safari is a clear winner there.

Anonymous said...

safari is stylish.........tata's elephant.

Anonymous said...

SAFARI IS BETTER SUV IN COMPARISON TO SCORPIO. READ MANY REVIEWS ON VARIOUS WEBSITES. SAFARI GETS MORE POINTS EVERY WHERE. SAFARI BEATS SCORPIO IN VARIOUS FIELDS LIKE POWER,LEATHER SEATS,REAR CAMERA,LCD SCREEN, AIRBAGS. SAFARI IS WINNER.

Mahender Singh Lucknow said...

I want to buy a suv. i should go for scorpio or safari. I am concerned about driving in rural and hilly roads.

deep said...

Those who said socrpio is worst were dont know about scorpio. just drive it and feel it cos it has power engines which i quiet faster than safari. Safari is also an best vehicle but if u want a manly drive just buy scopio or want feminine drive just buy safari.

Jina said...

The Mahindra Scorpio Huwk is very best in all expect , i will not compare with the TaTa Safari , coz its have there own feature . So i LOVE Mahindra Scorpio Huwk Modle .....

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Anonymous said...

safari is real value for money

Anonymous said...

sufari baap hai scorpio bachha kyonki baap baap hota hai or beta beta

VICKY said...

NO COMMENT, BECAUSE BOTH ARE INDIA'S PROUD.

Please wait Money will com..... said...

Why does everybody compare the Mahindra Scorpio with the Tata Safari? I think the Scorpio should be compared only with the Tata Sumo.

The Scorpio is not a true Sports Utility Vehicle.

Here are some basic characteristics that one expects from an SUV

1. 4 wheel drive: The Scorpio does not have it while the Safari does.

2. High ground clearance: At 185mm the ground clearance of the Scorpio is lower even than the Maruti SX4 sedan (190mm) not to mention the Ford Fusion (198mm). The Safari has an immense 205mm which is well in the league of international SUVs.

3. Spare wheel on tail gate: No doubt this is cosmetic but even this is missing on the Scorpio. Instead it has a fake air scoop on the bonnet. How juvenile.

The shape, wheel base, (bouncy) ride quality etc of the Scorpio are all very similar to the Sumo and hence I feel this would be the right comparison. No doubt the Scorpio has a better look than the Sumo but park them side by side and take a look from the front, back and sides and the similarities will be all too obvious.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Tata Safari is a true blooded SUV unlike the Mahindra Scorpio.
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Anonymous said...

confusing i think scorpio is better.safari very bad turning radius pl tell Ratan tata to Drive in Mumbai

Anonymous said...

SAFARI(4x2)IS REALLY WORST CAR I HAVE EVER OWNED. I HAVE LOTS OF COMPLAINTS. ITS JUST 1 YEAR I HAVE OWNED IT!!!

Anonymous said...

i own a scorpio n trust me its worth a buy... mahindra cars require low maintenance n scorpio has no turbo lag at all.. i kill safaris on road all day long... scorpio all d way!!!

viraj said...

Scorpio shake at high speed and on a bumpy road while safari performes nice.

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Unknown said...

You can't match with the beast having 3 ltr engine ,if you did you ll be fucked like a slut. Safari always wins

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