While the segment of entry level compact hatchbacks and sedans has only seen growth in their popularity and number of offerings, the seven seater vehicles are still growing at a stagnant pace.
The seven seater vehicles remain a preferred choice for those buyers with large families or fleet operators who need an economic vehicle to go from point A to point B, and carry more than five people. Following is a list of five cheapest 7 seater cars in India:
Maruti Suzuki Eeco
The Maruti Suzuki Eeco is currently the first name in the list of cheapest seven seater vehicles in India. The Eeco is nothing but a pared down basic version of the Maruti Suzuki Versa which was launched years ago, but failed to pick up the pace due to its high sticker price.
Indians were not ready to shell out large sum of money for a van at that time, and this led to discontinuation of the Versa. However, the van came back with the name of Maruti Suzuki Eeco, and this time around, it was more of a basic people carrier with lesser features, which brought down the price point significantly.
Post the discontinuation of the crude and basic Omni owing to the new safety norms, the Eeco is now the most basic seven seater car from Maruti Suzuki. While the Maruti Suzuki Eeco is available with both five and eight seater versions, it is the latter which is more popular due to its added practicality.
Powering the Maruti Suzuki Eeco is a 1.2-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, which is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and makes 73 PS of maximum power and 98 Nm of maximum torque.
The Mahindra Supro is the flagship offering from the small commercial vehicle lineup from the homegrown auto maker. The Mahindra Supro started off its life in the form of a basic two seater load carrying van. However, after witnessing its popularity in the Tier 3 cities and rural areas, Mahindra decided to make a people mover version of the same.
Available in only one standard variant, the Mahindra Supro is actually a 10-seater vehicle, with two additional jump seats in the last row that is best suited only for kids. However, these two small seats can be folded down to make additional luggage room. The Mahindra Supro is decently equipped with essentials like manual AC, power steering and ABS.
The Mahindra Supro is the cheapest seven-seater vehicle to be powered by a diesel engine, which is a 0.9-liter two-cylinder oil burner unit. Coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox, this engine makes 47 PS of maximum power and 100 Nm of maximum torque. Unlike others in this list, the Mahindra Supro is looked upon only by commercial fleet owners or taxi operators.
The Datsun Go+ is an entry level seven seater vehicle, with tits third row of seats best suited only for two people. It gets three rows of seats at the price of an entry level hatchback, which makes it a decent multi-purpose vehicle for its price.
The Datsun GO+ is based on the five seater Datsun GO hatchback, and is a stretched form of the latter, which liberates much more space behind the second row of seats to add in an extra bench at the back.
The Datsun Go+, when launched, was criticized heavily for its crude fit and finish levels and evident cost cutting, which eventually compromised its safety levels as well. However, the Datsun GO+ received a mild facelift during the BS6 transition, and with this version, it came with improved levels of quality and additional features like repositioning of handbrake lever, a touchscreen infotainment system and rear power windows.
The Datsun GO+ shares its 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with its hatchback counterpart, the Datsun Go. The engine, which is available with both the options of a 5-speed manual and CVT, churns out a maximum power output of 68 PS in the manual version and 77 PS in the CVT version. The peak torque output, meanwhile, is similar in both the versions at 104 Nm.
The Renault Tiber is undisputedly the most ‘premium’ sub four meter offering in this list of cheapest seven seater cars in India. Built on the same platform as that of the entry level Kwid, the Renault Triber is one of the most intelligently engineered vehicles of India.
The Renault Triber might be measuring under the sub four-meter mark, however, it cleverly incorporates three rows of seats and has ample space for seven passengers on board.
The Renault Triber is primarily targeted towards value conscious large families, and comes with modern day features like touchscreen infotainment system, push button start, steering mounted audio controls and adjustable rear view mirrors.
The Renault Triber shares its 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with the smaller Kwid hatchback, which is not the most powerful engine around in its segment. This engine is god enough to produce a maximum power output of 72 PS and a maximum torque output of 96 Nm. The Renault Triber is available with both the transmission options of a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
With the Ertiga, Maruti Suzuki rewrote the rules of entry level compact seven seaters in the Indian car market. The car like driving mannerisms, ample space for seven people and its economic nature thanks to its high fuel efficiency and low maintenance costs makes it one highly popular choice among car buyers in India.
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, when launched, was available with just a 1.3-liter diesel engine, which used to make 90 PS of power and 220 Nm of torque. However, this engine is a thing of past now, and the Ertiga can now be had only with a 1.5-liter petrol engine.
This engine is the same unit as that in the other offerings from Maruti Suzuki like Ciaz, Vitara Brezza and S-Cross, and here it makes 105 PS of maximum power and 138 Nm of maximum torque. One can choose between two transmission options of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox in the Ertiga.