The dashboards are well laid out, and the XUV700 adopts a Mercedes-Benz MBUX-style layout digital screen with good resolution, while the Scorpio-N is a bit more conventional, with a central large screen and analogue dials for the driver’s binnacle. Overall quality in both betters their predecessors.
The seats are well crafted and comfy, but the driving position in both isn’t top-notch due to a steering wheel with rake but no reach adjustment.
Both SUVs have good urge from their engines, which can be a petrol mStallion engine with 149.14kW and 380Nm of torque, or the diesel mHawk with 128.6kW and 400Nm. In the Scorpio-N, both engines will be offered in six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, and optionally 4x4 while terrain management is also available.
The ride was supple in the XUV700. With its unibody and independent suspension, it felt the more road-biased compared to the body-on-frame Scorpio-N. But noise and vibration suppression was impressive in both, even over coarse surfaces on Gerotek’s mountain track.