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The Best 7 Seater Cars in India

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In a country which prides itself upon in its traditional culture & values, India has been a land of big families. However, cars that could accommodate these large families were few and far between until the 2010s when an explosion of 7 seater cars took the Indian market by storm. From MUVs to SUVs, car manufacturers have steadily improved their lineup of 7 seater cars to offer more for large families.

Almost every manufacturer today offers a MUV or a SUV that can easily accommodate seven family members while transporting them in luxury. Gone are the days of cramming into a Maruti Suzuki Eeco or Omni to travel to the wedding. Today’s 7 seater cars are not only luxurious inside but are just as eye-catching as sedans on the outside. When you consider that you can buy a 7 seater MUV for the price of a sedan, there are some serious considerations to make.

In order to make your buying decision as simple as possible, we’ve curated the best 7 seater cars you can buy in India. This list is segmented into different budgets to help you choose the right MUV or SUV for your family.

Budget 7 Seater Car (₹5-10 lakhs)

When it comes to curating budget 7 seater cars in India, these usually are available at a price range of ₹5-10 lakhs (ex-showroom). These same cars are available for a lot less in the used car market. The budget 7 seater cars include new and used options for you to consider.

Renault Triber

Renault Triber Seating

Renault seems to have adopted a ‘low cost, high quality’ approach to India and it appears to be working for the French manufacturer. After the Renault Kwid, the Renault Triber is their most popular model, and rightfully so.

Renault Triber Interior

At a starting price of just ₹5.20 lakhs, the Renault Triber offers a lot of space and capability for its price. What will come as a surprise for many is that the Triber has a usable third row in its compact dimensions. The option of two additional airbags on top of the standard dual front airbags and ABS with EBD provides plenty of safety, making this compact MUV an ideal choice if safety is a priority. With a fuel efficient 1.0-litre petrol engine that offers 20 kmpl of mileage, the Triber is perfectly positioned as a great long distance family car.

Renault Triber Seating

Renault Triber Features

  • 1.0-litre petrol engine producing 72 PS of power and 96 Nm of torque
  • Transmissions: 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT automatic transmission
  • 625 litre boot space (without third row)
  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Seating for 6-7 adults

Honda BR-V

Spinny Assured Honda BR-V

The first of the two Honda 7 seaters, the Honda BR-V is the MUV for those looking for more premium interiors on a budget. However, since the BR-V has been discontinued, your best bet to owning one is to buy it pre-owned.

Spinny Assured Honda BR-V interior

The Honda BR-V is an exceptionally practical car in this budget. The interiors inherit Honda’s high quality and premium materials that elevate the passenger experience significantly. The Honda BR-V serves well as a highway cruiser as it is equipped with a 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine with the option of a CVT automatic transmission. While the passengers enjoy the comfortable seats, you can enjoy driving the powerful Honda on the highway.

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Honda BR-V Seating

Honda BR-V Features

  • 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 117 PS of power and 145 Nm of torque
  • 1.5-litre diesel engine producing 99 PS of power and 200 Nm of torque
  • Transmissions: 6-speed manual transmission and CVT automatic transmission
  • 223 litre (with third row) or 691 litre boot space (without third row)
  • Seating for 7 adults

Honda Mobilio

Spinny Assured Honda Mobilio

The predecessor to the BR-V, the Honda Mobilio was Honda’s foray into the 7 seater MUV market. Featuring a front facade similar to the Brio and Amaze, the Mobilio offered plenty of space for 7 people.

Spinny Assured Honda Mobilio

With the same 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines as the BR-V, you can expect the same highway performance from the Mobilio. The Honda Mobilio, however, doesn’t have an automatic transmission, which reduces the potential convenience of owning this car. Where you gain is in the significantly lower price you can find used Honda Mobilio cars as compared to used Honda BR-V cars. For the price of a hatchback, you can get yourself a 7 seater Honda Mobilio for your family.

Honda Mobilio Seating

Honda Mobilio Features

  • 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 117 PS of power and 145 Nm of torque
  • 1.5-litre diesel engine producing 99 PS of power and 200 Nm of torque
  • Transmissions: 6-speed manual transmission
  • 223 litre (with third row) or 521 litre boot space (without third row)
  • Seating for 6-7 adults

2015 Toyota Innova

Spinny Assured 2015 Toyota Innova

The segment king for the last decade has been the Toyota Innova. However, in this budget, your choices would be limited to used Toyota Innova cars from 2015 and earlier. Even as a used car, the Innova presents excellent value for those looking for it.

Spinny Assured 2015 Toyota Innova Interior

Toyota’s famed reliability is what makes the Innova such a great value proposition. The power and reliability of the 2.0-litre petrol and 2.5-litre diesel engine ensure the Innova is perfectly at home on long cruises. Combined with comfortable and premium interiors, make even an used Innova very attractive to own. It’s fair to say that the used Toyota Innova still poses a significant competition for MUVs under ₹10 lakhs.

Toyota innova Seating

Toyota Innova Features

  • 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 130 PS of power and 181 Nm of torque
  • 2.5-litre diesel engine producing 101 PS of power and 200 Nm of torque
  • Transmissions: 5-speed manual transmission
  • 300 litre (with third row) or 760 litre (without third row) boot space
  • Seating for 6-7 adults

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
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India’s value king has a MUV built specifically for this price bracket. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has been immensely successful in capturing the market vacated by the Toyota Innova.

Maruti Suzuki Interior
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Despite its size, the lightweight construction and car-like driveability make it especially suited for the city. Combined with a usable third row and plenty of interior space, the Maruti Ertiga is perfectly positioned as a people mover for the city. The Ertiga comes equipped with a 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine, both of which are economical for city and highway use. The interiors of the Ertiga are also more towards comfort and practicality rather than premium. However, in this price bracket, the Maruti Ertiga offers a lot of value for those looking for a capable 7 seater MUV.

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Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Seating

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Features

  • 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 103 PS of power and 138 Nm of torque
  • 1.5-litre diesel engine producing 89 PS of power and 200 Nm of torque
  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Transmissions: 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission
  • 209 litre (with third row) or 550 litre (without third row) boot space
  • Seating for 6-7 adults

Budget 7 Seater Cars Comparison

Car

Mileage

Seating Capacity

Price

(Ex-showroom)

Used Car Price

Renault Triber

18-19 kmpl

6-7 adults

₹5.2-7.5 lakhs

Honda BR-V

15-21.9 kmpl

6-7 adults

₹5-9 lakhs

Honda Mobilio

17.3-24.2 kmpl

6-7 adults

₹4-5.5 lakhs

Toyota Innova

13-17 kmpl

6-7 adults

₹6-8.5 lakhs

Maruti Ertiga

18-26 kmpl

6-7 adults

₹7.7-10.5 lakhs

Premium 7 Seater Car (₹10-30 lakhs)

Buying a premium 7 seater car involves looking at your exact needs. Depending on how many people you want to transport or the features you value, there are different cars with very little overlap with each other. With that said, there are great choices when it comes to the premium 7 seater segment.

Maruti Suzuki XL6

Maruti Suzuki XL6

If you felt the Ertiga felt cheap but still appreciate its practicality, Maruti has just the MUV for you. The Maruti Suzuki XL6 upgrades the interior experience while also featuring a more premium exterior design.

Maruti Suzuki XL6 dashboard

While the driving experience is similar to the Maruti Ertiga, the XL6 employs more premium leatherette for the upholstery and offers captain seats to distinguish itself from its sibling. The Maruti Suzuki XL6 is only equipped with a 1.5-litre petrol engine, which will be more suited for city driving. Apart from this, the XL6 is essentially a more premium Ertiga and is suitable for those looking for premium while retaining value.

Maruti Suzuki XL6 Seating

Maruti Suzuki XL6 Features

  • 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 103 PS of power and 138 Nm of torque
  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Transmissions: 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission
  • 209 litre (with third row) or 550 litre (without third row) boot space
  • Seating for 6 adults

Toyota Innova Crysta

Toyota Innova Crysta

The segment king was significantly improved with the Toyota Innova Crysta. Featuring a more modern design and even more premium features inside, the Innova Crysta further dominated the competition.

Toyota Innova Crysta Interior

The option of seating 7 or 8 people in the Innova Crysta is certainly a major selling point for this 7 seater MUV. The interior upholstery is finished in leatherette while the powerful 2.4-litre diesel and 2.7-litre petrol engines reliably power down highways. The captain seats and ambient lighting are definite highlights of the passenger experience. As this is a larger MUV, the Innova Crysta isn’t as suited to city driving as its smaller competitors. However, it is one of the few that provides long-lasting performance and comfort to its owners. The Toyota Innova Crysta is the MUV to buy if you are looking for long-lasting value and reliability to match.

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Toyota Innova Crysta Features

  • 2.7-litre petrol engine producing 166 PS of power and 245 Nm of torque
  • 2.4-litre diesel engine producing 150 PS of power and 360 Nm of torque
  • Transmissions: 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission
  • 300 litre (with third row) or 760 litre (without third row) boot space
  • Seating for 7-8 adults

Mahindra Marazzo

Mahindra Marazzo

When it comes to utility vehicles, Mahindra is sure to offer a very capable product. In the 7 seater MUV segment, the Mahindra Marazzo represents the Indian manufacturer. Offering a unique design and durable build quality, the Marazzo delivers a lot for those looking for a solid 7 seater car for India.

Mahindra’s earlier forays into the 7 seater MUV segment weren’t too exciting. However, with the Mahindra Marazzo, Mahindra now has an attractive and very distinctive MUV in its lineup. While it is a 7 seater, the Marazzo is offered with either bench seats or captain seats, offering flexibility for different use cases. Coming from Mahindra, the 1.5-litre diesel engine is as reliable as it is powerful. The Marazzo is the MUV to look for if you are looking for something between the Maruti Ertiga and the Toyota Innova.

Mahindra Marazzo Features

  • 1.5-litre diesel engine producing 121 PS of power and 300 Nm of torque
  • Transmissions: 5-speed manual transmission
  • 190 litre (with third row) or 680 litre (without third row) boot space
  • Seating for 6-7 adults

Kia Carnival

Kia Carnival

The Kia Carnival is the newest entrant in the 7 seater MUV market. Compared to the segment leader, the Carnival offers more seating capacity while still retaining practicality.

Kia Carnival Interior

Seven people is the minimum that the Kia Carnival can transport. This luxurious MUV can easily transport 9 people in indulgent luxury. The driving experience is just as elegant with a 2.2-litre diesel engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The addition of dual sunroof and electrically powered captain seats, you can be certain that you will be travelling luxuriously in the Kia Carnival.

Kia Carnival Features

  • 2.2-litre diesel engine producing 200 PS of power and 440 Nm of torque
  • Transmissions: 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Dual sunroof and 6-speaker Harman sound system
  • 540 litre (with third row) or 1624 litre (without third row) boot space
  • Seating for 7-9 adults

Premium 7 Seater Car Comparison

Car

Mileage

Seating Capacity

Price

(Ex-showroom)

Maruti XL6

18-19 kmpl

6 adults

₹9.8-10.4 lakhs

Toyota Innova Crysta

11-16 kmpl

7-8 adults

₹16.2-24.3 lakhs

Mahindra Marazzo

17.33 kmpl

6-7 adults

₹11.6-13.7 lakhs

Kia Carnival

14 kmpl

7-9 adults

₹24.5-33.9 lakhs