Since a very long time in the Indian Auto Industry, MUVs or Multipurpose Vehicles were considered to be an arm of the SUV segment. With big manufacturers focusing only on offering masculine and powerful SUV features in their vehicles, the practicality which truly defines a MUV, somewhere took a back seat. But with changing times and dynamic consumer demand, a need for weighing practicality and fuel efficiency overlooks, ruggedness and off-road capabilities of a typical SUV was felt. And with this thought in mind, the Indian Auto Industry saw the rise of the MUV segment.
Thus, MUVs are now more than just an average and boxy looking people carrier. Car manufacturers have truly redefined the MUV segment and made them more luxurious than ever before. So if you are looking for a vehicle that is luxurious, practical, spacious and powerful, then we have a list of 3 luxury MUVs that are surely for you.
The credit of redefining the MUV segment with top-notch luxury in India surely goes to the recently launched Kia Carnival. Kia Motor’s second entrant in India, the Kia Carnival is a perfect blend of practicality, luxury, comfort and safety. With its practical approach and class-leading features, the Carnival has managed to establish itself as a premium and luxurious MUV.
The Indian trim of the Kia Carnival is offered with a powerful 2.2-litre 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine, which is paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The BS6 compliant turbo diesel engine is capable of producing 200PS of maximum power and 440Nm of maximum torque. Keeping in mind the Indian road scenarios, Kia motors have tweaked the suspension set-up of the Carnival to provide a comfortable ride quality. Despite being a sizeable vehicle, the Carnival feels planted even during triple-digit speeds. The refinement quality of the engine is commendable as negligible sound enters the cabin even while cruising at high speeds.
In terms of features and comfort, the Carnival comes with a 2+2+3 seating design in the 7-seater variant, a 2+3+3 design in the 8 seater variant, and for the first time in the Indian market a 2+2+2+3 seating design for the 9-seater variant. And with its one-touch electronic doors; the Kia Carnival brings a lot of new and exciting features for the Indian Car buyers. Starting from the one-touch electronic doors to the Harman sourced 8 speaker setup, front and rear 10-inch infotainment system, Nappa-leather seats and much more, the Kia Carnival offers a plethora of segment-first features. What’s more is Kia’s signature UVO Connect system that offers 37 connected car features, 3-zone climate control and a dual sunroof. The overall package offered by Kia in the Carnival is nothing short of perfection.
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Coming to the safety department, the Kia Carnival offers 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, rollover mitigation, hill hold control, front and rear parking sensors along with a virtual safety tech operated using the UVO app. There is also an inclusion of an SOS button on the rearview mirror which when pushed elicits an immediate response from the Kia call centre. Much more than just luxury and looks, the Kia Carnival is a vehicle that promises the safety and comfort of all its passengers.
In terms of pricing, the all-new Kia Carnival is priced at Rs. 24.95 – 33.95 Lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi). The Carnival is offered in 3 different colours and 5 different variants. And with Kia’s impeccable customer support and service, the after-sales experience will be quite smooth.
Any list featuring top MUVs in India is incomplete without mentioning the brand Toyota. With its Innova and Innova Crysta, Toyota has managed to woo the customers with its premium MUV offering since 2005. And with the recent launch of the Vellfire, Toyota is all set to dive into the luxurious MUV segment.
What the company calls a masterpiece of luxury and craftsmanship, The Toyota Vellfire is offered in a single Executive Lounge variant which is powered by a 2.5-litre hybrid petrol engine capable of delivering a 117PS of maximum power and 198Nm of peak torque. The vehicle is also equipped with two motors each mounted at the front and rear axle delivering a 105KW and 50Kw respectively, giving the Vellfire an electronically governed all-wheel-drive. Being a smart-hybrid, the complete powertrain works on a battery that is run by 60:40 split between electric and internal combustion by default. The Vellfire delivers a mileage of 16.35 Kmpl
In terms of features, the Toyota Vellfire is sheer luxury. The MUV comes with 2 captain seats in the second row equipped with a complete reclining function and an electronic footrest. The seats are ventilated with both cold and hot air. The vehicle is also topped with a lot of storage spaces including cup holders and fold-out tray tables. There is also a roof-mounted screen for second-row entertainment which supports features like HDMI and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Vellfire also gets a 17-speaker JBL audio system and dual sunroofs. Overall, the cabin has a luxurious feel with premium leather and wooden finishes. The centre is dominated by a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Other features such as the three-zone climate control, 16-colour roof ambient lighting, green-tinted and acoustic glass also add up to the premium stance.
Coming to the Safety department, the Vellfire does well with its seven airbags with ABS, EBD, panoramic view monitor, hill start assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, parking assist as standard across all variants.
Priced at Rs. 79.5 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi), the Toyota Vellfire is nothing but sheer luxury backed by Toyota’s trust, reliability and after-sales services.
Mercedes Benz V Class
Mercedes is a name that is quite synonymous with luxury. No wonder it’s making its way into our list of the top 3 luxury MUVs in India. The Mercedes Benz V Class is a vehicle that is a lot more than just being a MUV. It is a completely different offering altogether.
The Mercedes V Class is Minivan MUV crossover, which can easily seat 6/7 passengers. The V Class is available in three variants; the first one is the is an extra-long Expression variant that comes with a 2+2+3 layout, while the other two variants namely the Exclusive and Elite variant, come with a 2+2+2 seating configuration, Irrespective of the variant you chose the V Class is a super luxurious ride for anyone travelling in it. The Expression and Exclusive variants of the V Class are offered with a BS6 compliant 2.1-litre diesel engine that capable of producing a maximum power of 163PS and a peak torque 380Nm mated to a 7-speed Automatic Transmission. The Elite Variant, on the other hand, comes with a 2.0-litre engine which produces similar outputs to that of the 2.2-litre version but comes mated to a 9-G Tronic Automatic Gearbox. The engine offers a decent mileage of16 Kmpl.
In terms of features, the V Class shines with flying colours. The vehicle is topped with a host of premium and luxurious features such as thermotropic climate control system, premium leather seats with incline and massage functions, panoramic sunroof and a 15-speaker Burmester sound system on the Elite variant. Other features such as the folding, movable table package, swivelling front seats, ambient lighting, separately opening rear window, 12V power sockets for all passengers and Mercedes’ Audio 20 infotainment system with navigation add up to the luxury quotient of the vehicle.
For safety, the V-Class gets topped with six airbags, window bags, attention assist, crosswind assist, collision prevention assist, headlight assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system standard across all variants. The V Class also gets 360-degree cameras with blind-spot detection and lane assist.
As mentioned the Mercedes V Class is available in 3 different variants and 7 different colours with a price tag of Rs 68.4 Lakh – 1.46 Cr (Ex-showroom, Delhi). And with a price that high, Mercedes promises a smooth and hassle-free after-sales experience with its widespread network.
So now that you have a fair idea about the top 3 luxurious MUVs in India, you can decide where to invest your hard-earned money. No matter which vehicle you chose, you’re sure to get a comfortable and luxurious experience.