In a country which prides itself upon in its traditional culture & values, India has been a land of big families. There were times when families had ten members easy, and there was no family car that was capable of supporting 10 bottoms. However, our well-known penchant for ‘jugaad’ enabled us to make do, with our close knitted families getting those backsides ‘adjusted’ into them cars.

However, with the years we have realized the virtue of modesty in the bedroom as well, and families have been limited to maximum 6 or 7 members with usually, only a couple of children in each household. But, the crux of the matter remains that no hatchback or sedan is capable of adjusting 7 people. Automakers realizing that have been building Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPV) to satiate the need of an all-purpose family car. The market is flooded with MPVs now, a segment which till a decade ago only had a handful of names.

Customers have a whole platter of options to choose from now. Cars are available under all range of budgets now, with MPV’s like the Datsun Go Plus starting from 3.8 lacks & going up to 16.7 lacks with the top variant of the Toyota Innova Crysta. We have taken it upon ourselves to enlighten you regarding the best 7 seater cars in India & have compiled a list of the 5 best 7 seater family cars out there.

1. Toyota Innova – 8.8/10

The Toyota Innova has been the champion of the MPV segment for more than 10 years. It has the most space in its class & comes equipped with a powerful engine. The Toyota Innova is like a  plush, comfortable 7 seater couch which you can readily take out on short & long drives alike.

The champ for a reason, the Innova scores high on all grounds to retain its place at the top

 

The original Innova was powered by a 2.5-liter hulk of an engine which churned out 101 bhp of power & 200 Nm of torque. Mated to a 5-speed gearbox with smooth shifts, the engine, however, did raise a ruckus at higher RPMs. Despite its sheer size & bulk, the Innova isn’t susceptible to too much body roll or vertical pitch. It has three rows of air conditioner vents to ensure that the third row of passengers survives the summer heat in breezy comfort.

Despite getting numerous facelifts since its inception, none of which were fundamentally very different from the first, Toyota has finally opted for an all-out renovation with the Innova Crysta. Phasing out the original Innova, the new Crysta comes in 2 diesel variants (2.4 L – 148 bhp, 343 Nm & 2.8 L – 172 bhp, 360 Nm) along with a petrol variant (2.7 L- 164 bhp, 245 Nm) about to hit the market too. You can read more about it here.

Toyota Innova starting from Rs 6 Lacs on Spinny: Delhi, Bangalore, Gurgaon.

 

Comfortable seats all around and technology to compliment it, the Innova certainly feels like the premium SUV it is

 

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Engine Specs Mileage Transmission Dimensions
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Innova Petrol 2.5L
(101 bhp
200 Nm)
12.99 Kmpl 5 Speed Manual 4585 x 1765 x 1760 mm
Innova
Crysta
Petrol 2.7 L
(164 bhp
245 Nm)
13 kmpl 5-speed Manual / 6-speed Automatic 4735 x 1830 x 1795 mm
Diesel 2.4 L / 2.8 L
(148 bhp
343 Nm)/
(172 bhp
360 Nm)
15.10 kmpl/14.29 kmpl 5-speed Manual / 6-speed Automatic 4735 x 1830 x 1795 mm

Also read: Toyota Innova Review to know more about the best 7 seater car in India.

 

2. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga – 8.4/10

Ertiga looks like the car which the Ritz can see & exclaim “Mamaji”. Based on an extended Swift platform, Maruti would love to call Ertiga it’s the first tryst with MPVs. Probably, Maruti’s first people mover which does not look like a kidnapper’s wet dream, Maruti has come a long way in terms of designing from the likes of Versa & Omni to Ertiga to feature in the list of best 7 seater cars.

 

The new refresh from Maruti filled most of the gaps it had

 

It comes in 2 power options – a 1.4 litre petrol (94 bhp, 130 Nm) & a 1.3 litre diesel (89 bhp, 200 Nm) engine. The petrol variant is smoother of the two, but the diesel is efficient enough & once you factor in fuel economy, the diesel seems equally suitable, if not better. The first car on the list to sport a light-weight monocoque chassis, it has a very car-like driveability and negligible body roll. The A-pillar might take some getting used to, considering how it obstructs the view every now & then.

A good looking MPV, which after making sliding adjustments to the middle row leaves an acceptable amount of space for the passengers seated in the third row. Add to it the India friendly tag of Maruti & you will have the reason behind the competition’s nervousness.

It has quite a lot of the features found in the Swift. Worth mentioning is the miserly boot space of 185 liters after all the three rows have been deployed. The beige interiors which do look good need some maintenance to look squeaky clean.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga starting from Rs 5 lacs available on Spinny.

 

The new Ertiga has improved interior space due to its slightly bigger body

 

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Engine Specs Mileage Transmission Dimensions
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Maruti Ertiga Petrol 1.5 L
(103 bhp
138 Nm)
16.02 kmpl 5 Speed Manual 4395 x 1735 x 1690 mm
Diesel 1.3 L
(89 bhp
200 Nm)
20.77 kmpl 5-speed Manual 4395 x 1735 x 1690 mm
Diesel SHVS 1.3 L
(93 bhp
225 Nm)
24.52 kmpl 5-speed Manual 4395 x 1735 x 1690 mm

Also Read: Most Dependable Cars In India, to know more about how the Ertiga is the most dependable compact MUV.

 

3. Mahindra Marazzo – 8.0/10

Mahindra is well known for its powerful diesel engines which have powered many a powerful beast like the Scorpio & XUV500. Having such a tried & tested, reliable drive train along with those comfortable plushy seats only adds to the Xylo’s appeal which is the 5th & last car to feature on our best 7 seater cars list. It comes powered by two diesel engines – a 2.2-liter mDI CRDe engine (94 bhp, 218 NM) & a 2.5-liter mHawk engine (118 bhp, 280 Nm).

Mahindra’s new design is striking and eye-catching to look at

 

The double-wishbone front suspension and the twist beam setup at the rear mean this is one of the best Mahindra to drive so far. The comfy seats of this MUV and ample of space translate to a pleasant ride all around on bumpy roads. The interiors come in a homey beige color and the dashboard is clean and organised.

The car comes with ample safety and lifestyle features, ABS, EBD, dual airbags and all-wheel disc brakes standard on all. Rear air con and a responsive 7.0-inch infotainment system with android auto and reversing camera and sensors. Cruise control and LED headlamps are part of the top variants topping out at around 14 lakhs

 

The light interior is easy on the eyes and gives the cabin an airier feel

 

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Mahindra Marazzo Diesel 1.5 L
(121 bhp
300 Nm)
17.3 kmpl 6-speed Manual 4585 x 1866 x 1774 mm

4. Tata Hexa – 7.7/10

Tata Motors has pulled itself up and reimagined itself as a modern automaker in 2019. Tata launched the Hexa in 2016 based on its new design philosophy and while it is a looker on the outside, it is much sturdier and reliable than the previous Tata models like the Aria and the Indica. This is one Tata you can rely on.

Different than your typical Tata you are used to

 

The lush interior is complemented by the 10 speaker JBL audio system controlled by a rather small 5” touchscreen interface. Safety features for this MUV start off at ABS and dual airbags as standard, with the top variants getting traction control, 6 airbags and hill assist to boot. The third row is spacious and roomy compared to others in the segment with enough space for adults to fit comfortably for a pleasant journey.

The base XE variant of this 7-seater produces a respectable 148hp with a torque of 320Nm. The top variants come with a slightly beefier engine producing 154hp and 400Nm of torque. The engines are relatively efficient with a mileage of 17.6kmpl (ARAI) and are BSIV Emission Norm Compliance. The ride is soft and comfortable and this is unlike any Tata you’ve ever driven before.

 

The seats are comfortably soft and plushy for long rides with the family

 

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Engine Specs Mileage Transmission Dimensions
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Tata Hexa Diesel 2.2 L
(147.94 bhp
320 Nm)
14.4 kmpl 5-speed Manual 4788 x 1900 x 1785 mm
2.5 L
(153.86 bhp
400 Nm)
14.4 kmpl 6-speed Manual/6-speed Automatic 4788 x 1900 x 1785 mm

Also Read: Diesel Car Maintenance Tips for tips on how to maintain your diesel car.

 

5. Renault Lodgy – 7.2/10

 

The boxy shape has its own charm and is sure to find its buyers

 

The Renault Lodgy has the stereotypical boxy look of an MPV. That being said, the Lodgy isn’t bad to look at it with its chrome grille and those angular feline headlamps. Unlike its compact competitors Mobilia & Ertiga, it really offers the third seat passengers with the luxury of true space. It is shorter in length than our forerunner Innova, but has a longer wheelbase & is second on our list of the best 7 seater cars.

The Lodgy is powered by the 1.5-liter diesel engine as already seen in the Duster. It has been tuned to be offered in 2 variants – 84 bhp & 108 bhp mated to a 5-speed & 6-speed manual transmission respectively. It is a great driving experience with the turbo kicking in at 1500 RPM & seeing the car happily speed into three digits. Be careful though, the car does have a tendency to display body roll while cornering at high speeds. It not only shares its engine with the Duster but has a similar touchscreen multimedia system too along with a reversing camera.

 

The practical exterior gives ample amounts of space on the inside

 

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Engine Specs Mileage Transmission Dimensions
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Lodgy Diesel 1.5 litre
(84 bhp
200 Nm)
21.04 kmpl 5 Speed Manual 4498 x 1751 x 1697 mm
1.5 litre
(108 bhp
245 Nm)
19.98 kmpl 6-speed Manual 4498 x 1751 x 1697 mm

Also read : Ideal Family Car, if you are looking for more information regarding the features of the best 7 seater car for your family.

 

It wasn’t by any means an easy job to decide the list of the Best 7 Seater Cars in India, and we had many close competitors.

List of cars that didn’t make the cut:-

 

  • Toyota Fortuner

The big reliable SUV from Toyota was refreshed a while back and with it brought much-needed changes and additions to it to keep it a viable choice in the market. Now feature packed enough to take on the Ford Endeavour and a refreshed drivetrain, the SUV pulls through to the top of the food chain. Though a little expensive, the relatively low maintenance and the reliability it offers, are much worth the price it asks for.

fortuner exterior

 

  • Ford Endeavour

The refreshing Ford Endeavour is a beast to drive on and off the road. It is much nicer to drive than the Fortuner and the 3.2 liter Diesel offering power for days and Ford packing it with class-leading features and luxury proves that the new Endeavour is well worth the market share it has been stealing from the Toyota counterpart.

endeavour exteriorboi

 

  • Mahindra XUV500

Mahindra planted its feet in the segment with its XUV500 and its powerful engine and comfort and safety for the entire family. Though the 3rd row is a little too cramped for it to be viable for anyone other than children if it’s not that much of a deal breaker the XUV500 is a fun to drive SUV well worth the price.

xuv500 exteriorboi

 

  • Mahindra Scorpio

Though it might seem a little bit outdated, the Mahindra Scorpio is a proper SUV package from Mahindra is packed with a 140hp mHawk turbo diesel along with features like a 6” touchscreen, reversing camera, auto headlamps, and wipers and cruise control. The Scorpio enjoys a strong resale value in the used car market making it a strong contender in the 7-seater segment

scorpio exterior

 

Which of these cars are going to be the newest addition to your family? Let us know in the comments below.
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