You must be wondering what would have been that one reason which made us compare these cars. Yes, we know, these three cars are from three different segments and are built to serve different purposes yet they can easily be competitors to each other if think from our Indian perspective; the value for money factor. While buying a new car, majority of Indians are not car or body specific, they often think which car would fit in their budget and will prove its complete worthiness. No matter if that car is a SUV like newly launched, Mahindra Scorpio or a MPV like Toyota Innova or a premium mid size sedan like Honda City if they all fall within my budget then they should be compared and that's where the idea of doing this comparison came from. Now, when you have got the point, let's get started with the facts.
If you are having a thought of buying a petrol car then you are left with no option other than City which comes equipped with a 1.5L 117bhp i-VTEC petrol engine which can either be chosen with a 5-speed manual gearbox or with a CVT gearbox. But if a diesel engine is your priority then the City finds competition. City itself is powered by Honda's latest 1.5L i-DTEC which has a power and torque output of 99bhp and 200Nm which can be achieved at 3600rpm and 1750rpm respectively. This engine only comes mated with a six-speed gearbox.
The Toyota Innova has the largest engine capacity in this comparison of 2.5L but its specifications are almost similar to City. The Innova's 2.5L common rail diesel engine churns out a power output of 101bhp while its utmost torque output of 200Nm comes in as soon as 1200rpm. Topping both of its competitors in this comparison, the 2.2L mHAWK turbo-diesel engine of new Scorpio produces a maximum power output of 120bhp with most torque output of 280Nm which starts coming as low as 1800rpm. The base variant of Scorpio is also available with a 2.5L 75bhp CRDe diesel engine. Both Innova and Scorpio come mated to 5-speed manual gearboxes with no option of an automatic transmission.
The new Scorpio is far better than before in terms of features. The base variant comes standard with power steering, power windows, central locking while its range topping variant comes loaded with features such as six inch touchscreen system with GPS, voice assist system,tyre pressure warning system, rear parking sensors and remote locking. The car also gets steering mounted audio controls and cruise control, projector headlights, automatic climate control, driver seat height adjuster, automatic lights, wipers and electrically adjustable ORVMs.
As far as safety is concerned, the upper variants of Scorpio comes equipped with dual front airbags and ABS. But unlike Scorpio, Innova and City come standard with ABS and driver side airbag while their upper variant gets additional passenger airbag. The top variants of Innova and City also share many features such as touchscreen infotainment system with steering mounted controls, rear parking camera, keyless entry, electrically adjustable ORVMs, leather upholstery, front armrest, 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, MID and rear parking camera. But few premium features such as cruise control, push button start, electric sunroof and power foldable wing mirrors, put City ahead of its competitors.
If we leave the 4X4 top variant of Scorpio as its rivals are only available with two wheel drive layout then its prices start from INR 8.40lakhs and goes till INR 11.95 lakhs and here it finds City to be priced quite closely with prices starting from INR 8.37 lakhs for its diesel version to INR 11.05 lakhs for its top variant. The petrol version starts from INR 7.19 lakhs. The Innova is the most expensive car here with prices starting from INR 10.49 lakhs for its AC-equipped base variant after which it goes all the way to INR 15.07 lakhs (all prices are ex-showroom, Delhi).
Now, which one to go for? If you wish for a car which is big in size and offers reliable performance then go for Scorpio which will also be your weekend off road companion even you don't go for its 4X4 variant but if your preference is an easy to drive car in daily usage which is feature packed and highly fuel efficient then go for the Honda City. And if you often go on weekend trips with group of friends, family and want a spacious, trustworthy and easy to maintain car then nothing beats Innova in our market. Be wise and choose that car which suits you the best.