5 most affordable 7 seat cars, SUVs on sale in India in 2020-2021

That demand for affordable seven-seaters is still quite strong and can be seen from the last month’s sales figures. Two of the five models that make up the most affordable seven-seaters have a presence on the 10 bestselling cars in November 2020 list. Read on to know which models seat seven, on the strictest of budgets.

1. Maruti Eeco 



The Maruti Eeco is the most affordable way to transport seven, though it is rather utilitarian. The cabin is reasonably spacious, but comfortable or modern, it is not. It feels basic, outdated and built to a cost. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is sufficient for the city but feels strained with a full load, especially with the optional CNG kit.

Maruti Eeco fact file
Eeco petrol Eeco CNG
Engine 1196cc, 4 cyls, petrol 1196cc, 4 cyls, CNG
Power 73hp 63hp
Torque 98Nm 85Nm
Gearbox 5-speed MT 5-speed MT
ARAI mileage 16.11kpl 20.88km/kg
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 3.81-4.22 lakh Rs 4.95 lakh
ACI rating 4/10 4/10

2. Datsun Go+ 



While Datsun calls it a 7-seater, the Go+’s last row of seats is more or less unusable for adults or even older kids. The most recent facelift helped keep it looking fresh and brought more equipment, but there’s no getting away from its light build. The Datsun Go+’s 1.2-litre petrol engine gets manual and CVT gearbox options, both of which are suited for urban driving.

Datsun Go+ fact file
Go+ MT Go+ CVT
Engine 1198cc, 4 cyls, petrol 1198cc, 4 cyls, petrol
Power 68hp 77hp
Torque 104Nm 104Nm
Gearbox 5-speed MT CVT
ARAI mileage 19.02kpl 18.57kpl
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 4.20-6.26 lakh Rs 6.70-6.90 lakh
ACI rating 6/10 6/10

3. Renault Triber



The Renault Tribers mix of genuine practicality, comfort and features at this price point is simply unmatched. Thus, it represents very good value. The third row is also usable, but the space is perhaps better utilised as a massive, expanded boot. The 1.0 petrol engine is just about adequate, and it feels strained when loaded up and out of depth on the highway. The AMT gearbox option does add convenience to the package though. While a Triber turbo-petrol is coming, its launch has been delayed.

Renault Triber fact file
Triber MT Triber AMT
Engine 999cc, 3 cyls, petrol 999cc, 3 cyls, petrol
Power 72hp 72hp
Torque 96Nm 96Nm
Gearbox 5-speed MT 5-speed AMT
ARAI mileage 19kpl 18.27kpl
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 5.12-6.95 lakh Rs 6.30-7.35 lakh
ACI rating 8/10 8/10

4. Maruti Ertiga 



Maruti’s second-gen MPV is known for its ease of use in the city – especially in automatic form – and on the highway too. It’s decently frugal too, thanks to the mild-hybrid tech on offer. The Maruti Ertiga scores high on practicality and space, though a few more premium features at this price point would not go amiss.

Maruti Ertiga fact file
Ertiga MT Ertiga AT Ertiga CNG
Engine 1462cc, 4 cyls, mild-hybrid petrol 1462cc, 4 cyls, mild-hybrid petrol 1462cc, 4 cyls, mild-hybrid CNG
Power 105hp 105hp 92hp
Torque 138Nm 138Nm 122Nm
Gearbox 5-speed MT 4-speed torque converter 5-speed MT
ARAI mileage 19.01kpl 17.99kpl 26.08km/kg
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 7.59-9.71 lakh Rs 9.36-10.13 lakh Rs 8.95 lakh
ACI rating 9/10 9/10 9/10

5. Mahindra Bolero



There’s good reason the Mahindra Bolero is still one of the best-selling models every month. While it feels crude and outdated, its rugged, hardy and reliable nature attracts buyers. However, the second and third rows of seats are cramped and the cabin isn’t inviting either. The 2.5-litre diesel engine feels out of breath at anything above moderate speeds.

Mahindra Bolero fact file
Engine 1498cc, 3 cyls, turbo-diesel
Power 76hp
Torque 210Nm
Gearbox 5-speed MT
ARAI mileage NA
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 8.01-9.01 lakh
ACI rating 5/10

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