Indian families have always been large, which has always made planning family trips difficult. Since the 80s and 90s, we have learned to “squeeze” our beloved family members into the backseat of our sedans and hatchbacks. However, as technology grew, Indians fell in love with seven-seaters that could take them places without much “adjustment”.
Our love for sizeable vehicles have only grown with time. Utility vehicles now account for a massive 40% of the total vehicle share in India. In this article, we will look at what makes the seven-seaters a popular choice, and which seven-seaters currently dominate the Indian market.
Highly Spacious and Adaptable
One of the biggest advantages of a seven-seater is the space it offers. When compared to a hatchback or even a sedan, a seven-seater offers a lot more space and convenience not only for the driver but also for six other passengers. Thus, a seven-seater can offer what other cars in the league cannot; a space to carry more members and more luggage. A typical seven-seater MUV comes with an average length of under 5 meters. This means that a seven-seater can offer a lot more space than a sedan, without much parking hassles. A family of 5 to 6 members can easily enjoy long rides and highway runs thanks to the great amount of leg and head-room offered by a seven-seater. Not only that, but a seven-seater also offers seats that can be removed or customized to create an even larger boot and luggage space offering adaptability for all purposes.
Imagine a family of 6 travelling by a hatchback, squeezy isn’t it? This is where a seven-seater comes to rescue. With seating capacity designed to carry 7 individuals, seven-seater MUVs are far more comfortable than an average-sized sedan or hatchback. And to offer impeccable comfort and convenience, every seven-seater is equipped with features such as extra storage spaces, rear power sockets, rear AC vents with controllers, rear seat under-thigh support, rear seatbelts and much more to ensure maximum comfort for those at the rear as well. And with kids on board, the back seat of a seven-seater is a perfect location.
Since a seven-seater MUV is specially designed to carry seven passengers, it is always equipped with the manufacturer’s most powerful engine option. An average seven-seater in India comes with at least a 2.0-litre engine option to provide the sizeable machine with enough power to transport a family of seven with decent fuel efficiency. Another added advantage of a seven-seater vehicle is its powerful towing capacity in face of emergencies and breakdowns of other family vehicles. A seven-seater also offers powerful off-roading and all-terrain capabilities so that roads can’t limit your family vacations.
The core frame of a seven-seater is also much stronger and durable when compared to hatches and sedans. To further justify its sizable dimensions seven-seater MUVs are also equipped with advanced safety features to help them absorb the force of a collision.
With a higher viewing angle, the driver is also at a better position to judge when to apply emergency brakes and avoid and accident. Further, the addition of features such as traction control, hill assist, impact sensing door unlock, one can get a much safer feeling in a seven-seater.
In terms of practicality, buying a seven-seater will not only save you the cost of buying two cars for your family but also save you the long term costs of fuel and maintenance. With a seven-seater capacity, you can be assured of a larger fuel tank every time you start your journey. Even though a typical seven-seater is priced on the higher side, in the long run, it proves to be a cost saver.
Buying a seven-seater might not suit everyone’s budget, but if you too are in love, we have a list of the top seven-seater MUVs you can buy without a thought.
1. Renault Triber
Renault’s latest seven-seater offering, the Renault Triber has been aggressively priced at Rs 4.99 lakh to Rs 6.78 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). With a 1.0 Liter 3-cylinder engine, the car can deliver a maximum power 72 Ps and a maximum torque of 96Nm. With a mileage of 20kmpl and features like the 8-inch infotainment system, second and third row AC vents, ABS with EBD, the Renault Triber is the most versatile car under the 10 lakh mark. So if you are looking for a seven-seater budget vehicle, the Renault Triber could be a perfect choice. Capable of being converted from a 5 seater to a 7 seater, the Renault Triber is an adaptable and convenient vehicle.
2. Kia Carnival
For those looking to buy a vehicle that can comfortably transport five to seven people with a host of premium features, the newly launched Kia Carnival could be the perfect seven-seater. Priced between Rs. 24.95 – 33.95 (ex-showroom Delhi), this incredibly loaded vehicle from Kia is truly a head turner. Offered with a BS6 compliant 2.2 litre engine, the vehicle is capable of returning a 200PS of maximum power and 400Nm of maximum torque. The engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission for a convenient yet powerful drive.
Equipped with features such as a dual-panel sunroof, three-zone climate control, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 10.1-inch touch display for the middle row passengers, the KIA Carnival is a class apart in terms of luxury offerings and features . Just like the KIA Seltos, the KIA Carnival also comes with Kia’s signature UVO connected car technology.
In terms of safety, the KIA is well equipped with rear view cameras, auto headlamps, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, 4-wheel disc brakes, ISOFIX child seat restraints, and Rear Parking Sensors standard across all variants.
3. Toyota Innova
Priced at Rs 15.36 – 23.02 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Innova Crysta comes with a massive legacy of trust and popularity. Launched as an upgrade to the hugely popular Toyota Innova, the Crysta comes with a massive 2.4-litre diesel and 2.7-litre petrol engine. While the diesel variant returns a maximum power of 147.8 Bhp and a maximum torque of 343 Nm, the petrol variant returns a maximum power of 163.7 Bhp and a maximum torque of 245 Nm. Both the variants can be mated to either a manual or AMT transmission.
With features like ABS with EBD, dual airbags, a touch navigation system, speed-sensing door locks, rear seatbelts and AC vents etc., the Toyota Innova Crysta is a robust and trustable vehicle both in terms of the maintenance cost, as well as features and safety.
And thanks to its massive popularity, a pre-owned Innova Crysta can also be brought home for a price of Rs. 10-14 Lakhs. What’s more is that the previous generation second hand Toyota Innovas can also be purchased from the pre-owned vehicle market for a budget of about 7-10 Lakhs.
4. Maruti Ertiga
Maruti’s best seven-seater offering; The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is priced at Rs 7.59 lakh to Rs 11.20 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The car is available with BS6 compliant 1.5 litre petrol engine and with diesel and petrol BS4 engines in the pre-owned market. The petrol trim produces 105PS of power and 138Nm of torque, whereas, the diesel version returns a 95PS of power and 225Nm of torque. The petrol version comes mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmissions, the diesel variant can only be had with a 6-speed manual transmission. The car is also offered in a 1.5 litre CNG variant for those looking to save even more. In terms of mileage, the diesel variant returns an impressive 24.2 kmpl while the petrol returns a 19.01 kmpl.
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Equipped with features like projector head and fog lamps, 7-inch infotainment system, push-button start-stop, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seats and much more, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is for those looking for Maruti’s reliability and fuel efficiency.
Thanks to Maruti’s huge sales, used Maruti Suzuki Ertiga can also be purchased from the pre-owned vehicle market for an average price of about Rs 5.5 to 10 lakhs depending upon the year and variant up for grabs.
And if you are looking to bring home a pre-owned seven-seater, visit Spinny and choose from a huge variety of pre-inspected and non-accidental cars. At Spinny, we offer maximum comfort and convenience so that your car buying experience is absolutely hassle-free.