Most people in India like to buy affordable cars, which has helped brands like Maruti Suzuki become the market leader. But gradually, the temptation to go for an SUV has increased in the country, primarily because of its utility and face value. And beyond that, if you have a large family, getting a 7-seater SUV (or MUV) is a no-brainer. But everything else out there, most of you look for advice, suggestions on which is the best 7-seater car to buy in India. And to answer that query, we have come up with a list of the top choices you can look at, depending on different price ranges, brands, and more. Here are the best 7-seater cars in India you can buy right now.
Best 7-seater cars in India to buy in 2021
1. Renault Triber
We start off the list with the Renault Triber, which is the most affordable 7-seater car you can buy in India. Triber is essentially built on the platform used for Kwid. It even borrows its hardware and raw performance from the hatchback. Triber packs a 1-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, which pushes 72 bhp of power and 96 Nm of torque. The unit is mated to a five-speed manual transmission and you also have an AMT variant in the market now. Like most 7-seater cars in the market, Triber can accommodate 7 passengers, however, the last row can be stingy. You get 625-litres boot space after folding all the rows. The MUV comes with a standard 182mm ground clearance. You have a digital instrument panel, reverse camera, keyless entry available with select variants.
Renault Triber price in India starts from Rs 5.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
2. Mahindra Bolero
Bolero from Mahindra has been around for years and that itself, along with its goodwill, puts the 7-seater SUV into the reckoning. Bolero has a tall frame, and its solid build makes it durable for all conditions. In fact, most people in the hills prefer to go with Bolero, because it’s spacious and reliable. The car comes with a 1.5-litre mHawk 100 diesel BS6 engine that puts out 75 bhp of power and 210 Nm of torque. It only has a five-speed manual variant in the market. Feature-wise, Bolero pales in front of the competition but that has not deterred buyers from going for it. For safety, it has ABS, but other aspects are basic.
Mahindra Bolero is available for a starting price of Rs 8.64 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
3. Maruti Suzuki XL6
Moving up the price ladder, you have the Maruti Suzuki XL6, which is the premium version of the popular Ertiga MUV. The front design helps you recognise the XL6 on the road. It gets LED headlamps along with daytime running lights (DRLs). The changes don’t stop with the exteriors. Even on the inside, the plush seating makes a big difference when you’re on the road. It gets other features like cruise control, automatic climate control. The 7-inch infotainment screen gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support as well. For a MUV, XL6 is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol unit that offers 103 bhp and 138 Nm of torque. It comes with a 45-litre fuel tank and provides 209 litres of boot space.
Maruti Suzuki XL6 price in India starts from Rs 9.94 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
4. 2021 Tata Safari
Tata Motors surprised everyone by deciding to bring back Safari SUV in a new and modern avatar. The company knows its popularity and goodwill, so everyone got excited about Safari’s re-entry into the market. The 7-seater car has been built on an architecture platform based on the Land Rover. The SUV comes with a 2-litre Krytec turbocharged diesel engine that produces 170 bhp of power and 350 Nm of torque. Tata has packed the SUV with JBL audio system, an 8.8-inch floating infotainment system, wireless charging support, and rear AC vents.
Tata Safari price in India starts from Rs 14.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
5. Toyota Innova Crysta
Innova is another popular MUV in the market and Toyota continues to give it the royal treatment with the Crysta model. It’s all about the looks with this one. The front grille has been redesigned, so are the headlamps. The curves have been replaced with sharp edges and the stature gets a premium touch. Under the hood, the 7-seater car gets two options; 2.4-litre petrol and 2.7-litre diesel. The petrol variant gives 148 bhp power and 245 Nm torque, while the diesel option produces 148 bhp power and 343 Nm torque. Both the variants get a 5-speed manual and 6-speed AMT options. As for the features, Innova Crysta comes with an 8-inch infotainment system, 3D instrument panel, 7 airbags, ABS with EBD, and hill-start assist among others.
Innova Crysta prices in India start from Rs 16.26 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
6. Hyundai Alcazar
Hyundai has built its SUV foundations with Creta in the market, and now it has upped the stakes with its 7-seater Alcazar, which also has 6-seater variants. The look and design of this SUV are similar to that of the latest Creta model. The broad front grille, tri-beam projector headlamps bring the x-factor to Alcazar. Hyundai has offered Alcazar a Nu 2-litre engine that pushes 153 bhp of power and 191 Nm torque. It also has a 1.5-litre diesel variant that offers 113 bhp of power and 250 Nm torque. Alcazar can be bought with a 6-speed manual or AMT version. The MUV has 6 airbags, a 360-degree camera with surround view, automatic headlamps and more.
Hyundai Alcazar India prices begin from Rs 16.30 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
7. Kia Carnival
Kia came as a breath of fresh air in India, and it continues to build its portfolio with the MUV called Carnival. You have 7-seater as well as 9-seater options for this one. It is taller and wider than its closest rival, Innova Crysta. Carnival gets a 2.2-litre diesel engine that pushes 197 bhp of power and 440 Nm of torque. The unit is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The MUV features sliding doors that can be electronically operated. And you get plenty of other goodies like a smart air purifier, 220-volt socket to charge a laptop. It comes with 6 airbags, a reverse camera, and 540-litre boot space – even after all the rows are open.
Kia Carnival is available in India at a starting price of Rs 24.95 lakh (ex-showroom).