Took my first long trip on the car this morning. Mumbai to Surat. I work here hence will be doing this often. Since it is the first drive on the highway, wanted to pen down few points on the experience.
Started at 5:30 am from Mumbai and reached Surat at 9:45 with a half an hour break in between. In short, covered the distance of 285 Kms in 3:45 hrs. The mile munching capability of Scorpio is quite amazing. I have not driven the car above 100 during the entire trip. Wanted to ensure that I limit to max 100 at least for the first 2000 kms to smooth en the engine as much as possible. Ride and handling
The first 30 kms from home to highway through the western express highway has lot of pot holes and uneven surfaces. At 90 kms per hr the car is steady on these rough patches how ever beyond that you can feel the steering shaking and not very confident inspiring. if the roads are empty you could speed beyond 90 but in case if you are overtaking or driving parallel to another vehicle then these uneven surfaces could be tricky as you can slightly loose control of the steering.
Enter the highway beyond Kashmira, it was a breeze! The vehicle just glides effortlessly. The bouncy ride has almost disappeared. I cornered at 100 kms on a couple of occasions and believe me it was smooth and no body roll at all. But scenario could change if the tarmac is not smooth enough. From inside
Ultra silent cabin! You need to experience this.
The higher gears seem smoother
Navigation works well. The lady talks too much though! I need to see if I can control her
The steering control gets pressed at time by mistake specially when you take turns or reverse. It needs some getting used to!
Lot of attention from other vehicles and road side! I think because few reds on the road so far!
Did try the Cruise control as well. Will write about the same soon.