In the changing landscape of the Indian cars market, the popularity of MPVs has taken a backseat as manufacturers focus more on capturing the SUV segment. Despite this trend, some carmakers continue to place strong bets on their MPV offerings. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best seven-seater cars you can currently buy in India with a budget of Rs. 12 lakh or less.
The Renault Triber stands out as the most affordable seven-seater in the country. Launched to positive reception, it provides three rows of seating at the price of a hatchback or compact sedan. Priced from Rs. 6.33 lakh (ex-showroom), it features a 1.0-litre NA petrol engine paired with a five-speed manual or an AMT gearbox.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
A hit in the ‘more space at less cost’ era, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has maintained its popularity. Tagged as a Life Utility Vehicle (LUV), it started at an aggressive price of Rs. 5.89 lakh (ex-showroom). Currently available with petrol and CNG options, the Ertiga starts from Rs. 8.64 lakh (ex-showroom).
Introduced by Kia India in 2022, the Carens competes with models like Maruti’s Ertiga and XL6. Positioned as a Recreational Vehicle (RV), it offers a modern design and premium features. With seven variants and petrol and diesel engine options, the Carens starts at Rs. 10.45 lakh (ex-showroom).
Mahindra Bolero and Bolero Neo
While not strictly MPVs, the Mahindra Bolero and Bolero Neo offer seven-seat configurations within the budget. The Bolero, with a more raw nature, starts at Rs. 9.79 lakh, while the Bolero Neo, replacing the TUV300 with a more urban design, begins at Rs. 9.64 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom).
These options provide diverse choices for those seeking a seven-seater vehicle in the budget segment, catering to various preferences and needs.