Here is the list of top 5 SUVs/MPVs for large Indian families – Pictures, Price & Details
Among the list of important days through the year the one you probably don’t know about (or probably don’t care about) is the ‘world population day’. Observed on July 11, 2017, the significance of this annual event may vary for everyone. Interestingly, the world population has grown from 400 million in 1000 AD to 6 billion (as recorded in the year 2000) and India is the second country in the population chart. What is worrying is that India is expected to surpass China by 2030 with a projected population growth of 1.65 billion. India is also projected to become the third largest automotive market globally by 2020. With continual rise in population, demand for cars will also increase. While this year’s theme for the world population day is ‘Family planning’, we as usual can’t help but bring you a list of large family vehicles to fit in the ideal India family (including you kids, aunts, uncles and who so even can find a space).
As a kid, I still remember travelling with the entire family on our vacations, stuffed in an old Ambassador with hardly any space to breath (those were the days!) and yet being cheerful about our outing with cousins. As we grew up, the Ambassador was gone and there was no room for us in the petite Maruti Zen. In those days, MPVs and SUVs were not very popular, but thankfully there is wide variety to pick from in the segment.
Despite slump in demand for MPVs, Innova stands rock solid. While carmakers in India are withdrawing their models owning to sluggish sales, Innova continues to be one of the most selling models in the segment. With its last generation leap is has become visually more appealing, feature packed and more desirable. The model is available in 7 and 8 seat layouts, which means your entire family can easily go for an outing. Engine choices on the MPV include 2.7-litre petrol, 2.4-litre & 2.8-litre diesel units in manual and automatic options.
Price Range – Rs 13.31 lakh to Rs 18.84 lakh (petrol)
Rs 13.52 lakh to Rs 20.07 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi)
Powered by the 2.2-litre mHawk, engine with maximum power of 140bhp and 330Nm of torque, the Mahindra XUV500 is easily one of the most popaulr options in the full-size seven-seat SUV space. Available with a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission options, the SUV is now gearing up for a facelift likely to be launched by the end of this year. Set to get a more powerful engine, the facelift will get visual updates and new features. What makes it an ideal family car is the ample space inside and plethora of comfort features.
Price range – Rs 12.19 to Rs 17.07 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Based on Tata Motors’ new IMPACT design language, the Tata Hexa is a replacement to Aria crossover that failed to gain traction in the segment. Sporting muscular looks and aggressive stance, Hexa is another good option in the 7-seater family vehicle segment. It is not only spacious on the inside, but it is also stuffed with a host of comfort and safety features. As for the engine options, it is available with a 2.2-litre VARICOR 320 and 2.2-litre VARICOR 400 diesel engines. The Hexa carline is offered with manual and automatic transmissions.
Price range-Rs 10.95 lakah to Rs 16.23 lakh
Renault rolled out its large MPV Lodgy in 2015 in 7 & 8 seating layouts. Over the years the MPV has received multiple updates and is currently offered with a single diesel engine that offers power in two different tunes-108.5bhp and 103.8 bhp. Both the engines deliver 200Nm torque and come with 5-speed as well as 6-speed manual gearboxes. The MPV offers best-in-class storage space of 1,861-litres which makes one of the best seven-seater family cars in India. As for the features, it gets an electro-hydraulic power steering, ABS with EBD and brake assist to name a few.
Price range-Rs 7.69 lakh to Rs 11.25 lakh
Maruti was instrumental in pioneering the compact MPV segment, though many other vehicles followed the suit but no one could do any damage to Ertiga’s sales. Interestingly, the car continues to be one of the top-sellers for the company. That said, it was among the top 10 best-selling cars in India in may 2017. While the first two rows are comfortable in terms of space, the third one is suitable for kids. The Eritga carline is available with 1.4-litre petrol and 1.3-litre oil burner in manual and automatic options. One must note that Ertiga is also available in CNG option, mated to a manual transmission.
Price range – Rs 6.15 lakh to Rs 10.44 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)