With the growing fascination for SUV/MPVs in India, there are new models being launched in the segment almost every quarter. Here is our expert’s list of the best 7-seater/family vehicles in India today.
Toyota Innova Crysta
The Toyota Innova has been the reigning champion of the MPV segment in India for quite some time now. The roomy and plush interiors of the Innova are designed to provide optimum levels of luxury and comfort. The MPV recently got a total facelift in the form of the new Toyota Innova Crysta that has the option of a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. It comes in two diesel variants and one petrol versions with a mammoth engine of 2.7L that churns out 164 BHP and a torque of 245 Nm. The size, power and comfort provided by the Toyota Innova Crysta makes it the ideal family car.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
A veteran player in the Indian automobile industry, Maruti made a grand entry into the MPV market with the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. Based on an ergonomic design like its successful hatchback venture ‘Swift’, the Ertiga sports a pretty lightweight monocoque chassis and has enough seating space for its passengers in each row. Available in a 1.3 litre turbo-diesel version as well as a 1.4 litre petrol version, the Ertiga also comes with the option of a 4-speed automatic transmission gearbox. The Maruti Suzuki name helps add to the trust factor for the traditional Indian family.
Mahindra XUV 500
The Mahindra brand has been known to produce powerful beastly cars like the Scorpio and the Xylo for the Indian consumers. A classy design along with the recent upgrades added to the car makes the Mahindra XUV500 a first-class buy. The MPV has a mighty 2.2 litre mHawk diesel engine under its hood along with a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission tuned to it which allows it to reach from 0-60 kmph in just 5.4 seconds. The ultra-modern looks of the Mahindra XUV 500 give it an edge in the style department as well.
Inspired by the Ford F-150, one of America’s best-selling cars; the Ford Endeavour was launched in India to compete with the likes of SUVs such as the Toyota Fortuner and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. It is available in two diesel options, a 3.2 Litre 5-cylinder engine or a 2.2 Litre 4-cylinder engine that provides it with immense power, both on the road as well as off-road. Since every adventure needs entertainment as well, the Endeavour is fitted with Ford’s latest infotainment system called the SYNC3, which supports both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. The Ford Endeavour truly defines the term ‘Multi-Purpose Vehicle’.
A company known for its continuous innovation, Honda was pretty unnerved by the dismal response received by its Mobilio. Not one to stay down, Honda has made a tremendous comeback into the 7-seater MPV segment with the Honda BR-V. Powered by a mighty 2 Litre VTEC engine or a 1.5 Litre Turbo VCT, the Honda BR-V has an option of a 6-speed automatic CVT in the petrol version. With top-of-the-line features and a sporty look that is typical of the Honda brand, the BR-V is as good as a 7-seater SUV can get.