MPVs & SUVs have been taking over the market from sedans & hatchbacks. SUVs are the most preferred segment now with the maximum sales, but we also have MPVs growing with new products such as the Kia Carens. With the market accommodating new launches frequently, it can be confusing for the buyers as the prices are similar. Let’s see how Carens appears against the newly launched Scorpio-N:
Engine & Transmission
Carens is available with the same engine options as the Seltos with both naturally aspirated & turbocharged options. While Scorpio-N only gets two engine options; petrol & diesel, respectively. Here we have them as follows:
|Turbo Petrol||1.4-litre| 140hp & 242Nm||2.0-litre| 203hp & upto 380Nm|
|Diesel||1.5-litre| 115hp & 250Nm||2.2-litre|132hp/300Nm or 175hp & upto 400Nm|
|Naturally Aspirated Petrol||1.5-litre| 115hp & 144Nm||–|
Clearly the SUV; Scorpio-N is more powerful in both petrol & diesel versions but Carens gets more transmission options. Scorpio-N comes only with a 6-speed manual as standard along with an optional 6-speed automatic.
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In contrast, the Carens get the 6-speed manual as standard for all three engines and a 6-speed automatic for the diesel with a 7-speed DCT for the turbo petrol variant. Carens has a fuel efficiency of up to 21kmpl, while the mileage figures for the Scorpio-N are still awaited.
Design & Dimensions
They both have different body types hence different designs. While the Carens is a monocoque Scorpio-N is still an old school body on frame SUV on the same rugged ladder frame but with a new Penta-link rear suspension.
Carens has a more sleek and subtle design with a slightly streamlined body. At the same time, Scorpio-N has a bold muscular build with an extensive road presence & high stance. We also have the dimensions(mm) below:
Features & Drivetrain
Scorpio-N gets many new convenience features as compared to the previous generation such as an electric sunroof, multi-functional flat-bottom steering wheel, leatherette upholstery for the seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever, an LED cabin light along with an 8-inch Adrenox powered touchscreen infotainment system.
Both Carens & Scorpio-N are available in 6/7-seater configurations with captain seats for the 6-seater variant. Carens is equipped with 66-connected car features along with a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, 64 colour ambient light and 8 speakers of Bose, 5 USB Type C charger points, a wireless mobile charger, and a sunroof.
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Scorpio-N comes with RWD as standard along with an optional AWD, while the Carens comes only with a FWD drivetrain. Scorpio-N is more capable of tackling tough terrains along with a special 4Xplor variant built to go offroad with specific drive modes.
They have a similar price range; Carens has a price range from ₹9.60-17.70 lakhs ex-showroom, while the Scorpio-N ranges from ₹11.99-19.49 lakhs ex-showroom. While both MPVs & SUVs have their own pros and cons, they are growing immensely in the market. What would you pick?