Gone are the days when SUVs were mostly 7-seaters or 6-seaters. Today’s SUVs have taken the 5-seater route and the bigger cars are mostly MPVs. These “Multi-Purpose Vehicles” have greater significance for larger families and hence, are one of the best-selling segments.
Presently, Honda 6 seater car are slowly catching up the other brands like Mahindra. After the Mobilio was discontinued, the Honda BR-V took over the baton and has had a very successful tenure till date.
The good thing is, there are many other cars similar to the BR-V or any other MPV and we are here to discuss the same.
The Renault Lodgy is one of the better cars to be had if you are looking for a 6-seater. The second row can be split 60:40 to make way for the third-row occupants. It looks very premium on the outside and the features on the inside are very much at par. All the rows are quite spacious, barring the third row, which is slightly smaller for tall passengers.
However, the car is offered in diesel trims only, but with two different tunings. The 1.5-litre engine either makes 84 bhp power and 200 Nm torque or 108 bhp power and 245 Nm torque. The smaller tunes are mated to a 5-speed manual while the higher-tuned models have a 6-speed transmission unit.
The Honda BR-V is one of the better-designed MPVs in India and has an aesthetic. Further, the roof rails add to the attractiveness. It is also, one of the most powerful cars in the segment and has a low price tag.
The Honda BR-V is available in two fuel trims, both being 1.5-litre units. The petrol model makes 117 bhp power and 145 Nm torque and is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. On the other hand, the diesel motor churns out 99 bhp power and 200 Nm torque but gets a 6-speed manual gearbox only.
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The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is one of the biggest names in the segment and has been doing well for quite some time now. It has a simple designing approach with little or no sharp lines passing along the body. The seating inside is quite spacious, including the third row.
However, the best part about the Ertiga is that it is very frugal, especially the diesel and CNG trims. The 1.4-litre petrol model is claimed to have a fuel efficiency of over 17 kmpl, while the diesel has 24.52 kmpl on paper. The CNG variants too have a fuel efficiency of around 24 kmpl. Hence, more number of buyers have preferred the Ertiga over any other car.
Affordable and exciting MPVs are steadily progressing in the industry. What these MPVs have done is they have bridged the gap between something as premium and expensive as the Toyota Innova Crysta and as unnecessarily affordable as the Maruti Suzuki Omni.
The present breed of such cars have all the tricks up their sleeves, that is, they are stylish, powerful as well as affordable.