While the SUV segment is seeing a boom in terms of popularity in recent years, carmakers are eyeing every possible avenue to lure in a wider set of buyers towards its dealerships. Spotting the ever-increasing demand for 7-seat SUVs in the past few years, automakers tempts to introduce more brilliant 7-seater cars that’s not only about the space inside but also score very well in terms of styling, performance and comfort. For those who are planning to buy a new 7-seater SUV this year, here’s a look at the top 10 best 7-seater SUV cars in India with specs and price details.
1. Tata Safari
Starting the list of best 7 seater SUV cars in India is the newly-launched Tata Safari which has been in the spotlight for quite some months now. The idea of reviving the Tata Safari nameplate in the form of the three-row Harrier receives polarizing reactions. However, Tata car sales report has shown that the Safari is grabbing exponential response from the Indian buyers. As revealed by the company, 100 units of the new Tata Safari were delivered on the first day.
The new Tata Safari bears no similarities with the older version. It is the brand’s second model after the Harrier to be based on the Omega Arc platform. Be it the 7-seater version of the Harrier, the Tata Safari features the same 2.0-litre Kryotic turbocharged diesel engine that churns out 170 HP of power and 350 Nm of torque. Even the transmission options are also the same with a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed torque converter automatic unit. The 2021 Tata Safari is currently priced at around Rs 14.69 – 21.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The 7-seater SUV car from Tata is competing against the models like MG Hector Plus and the upcoming Mahindra XUV500 or Hyundai Creta 7-seater.
The Mahindra Bolero just received a heavy update one year back along with the BSVI compliance and revised prices. Mahindra Bolero is a popular 7-seater car that is capable of tackling any kind of driving conditions the Indian roads has to throw at it. The powerful and rugged SUV embraces a 1.5-litre three-cylinder mHawk 75 diesel engine under the bonnet, good for the max power of 75 HP. The transmission duties are taken care of by a 5-speed manual transmission.
The Bolero has been a consistent sales-contributor to the company. Keeping the large Indian families in mind, the Mahindra Bolero has the capacity to take 7 people to every place they want to. In terms of features, the Mahindra Bolero may fall shorts of some modern 7-seater SUV cars. Mahindra continues to give the new Bolero with Bluetooth-based music system, a digital instrument cluster, keyless entry, manual AC among some others.
The latest Mahindra Bolero is on sale within the price range of Rs 8.17 – 9.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). According to some recent reports, Mahindra is preparing for the launch of the Bolero Neo which will be developed on a new-age ladder-frame chassis due for this year. Once launched, the 2021 Mahindra Bolero will be one of the most-anticipated upcoming 7-seater cars in 2021.
3. Mahindra Scorpio
Mahindra has been well-known for producing well-received rugged-looking utility vehicles so it comes as no surprise that another M&M car appears in this list here. It’s worth mentioning that Mahindra has been riding on the success of the Mahindra Scorpio for a long time now. Statistics show us that the Scorpio was among the best-selling SUV cars of India in 2020 with the sales figure recorded at 31,240 units. In 2021, the Mahindra Scorpio is all set to welcome a new generation change which is expected to hit it big once it sheds the veils.
The 7-seater SUV by Mahindra makes use of a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder mHawk turbo-diesel engine option that delivers two states of tune – 120 BHP/ 280 Nm and 140 BHP/ 319 Nm. Transmission choices for the Mahindra Scorpio include a 5-speed MT and a 6-speed MT unit.
The boxy-styled Mahindra 7-seater SUV is now available with the price stickers of Rs 11.99 – 16.52 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
4. Toyota Fortuner
It’ll be a big mistake if the Toyota Fortuner is not mentioned in the list of 7-seater SUV cars in India 2021. Toyota just launched the heavily-updated Fortuner early this year, with the price starting at Rs 29.98 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Toyota Fortuner is a legendary premium 7-seater SUV car in India. In its latest avatar, the Toyota Fortuner is available with both regular and a more premium Legender version.
It offers a superior cabin that is spacious enough to accommodate a large Indian family with 7 people on a single drive. Apart from the new aggressive styling, the Fortuner also packs an upgrade in terms of comfort features and performance.
The popular 7-seater SUV comes with powerful 2.7-litre petrol and a 2.8-litre diesel engine option. While the petrol can make 166 HP/ 245 Nm of torque, the diesel motor now can generate 204 HP of power along with 420 Nm (for MT) or 500 Nm (for AT version).
Next in the list of best 7-seater SUVs in India 2021 is the Mahindra XUV500 which, just like the Scorpio sibling, will see a new generation this year. Previously, the Mahindra XUV500 was one of the greatest hits of the Mumbai-based automotive company. Powering the current XUV500 is a 2.2-litre mHawk turbo-diesel engine that is capable of making 155 PS of power against 360 Nm of peak torque. While the previous-gen Mahindra XUV500 7 seater car was offering just an automatic gearbox, the latest XUV500 can be had with both manual and automatic transmission. The Mahindra XUV500 bags a lot of features on its package including a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, power-adjustable driver’s seat, automatic AC, sunroof, cruise control and so on.
The Mahindra XUV500 is currently priced at around Rs 15.13 – 19.56 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Fortuner’s biggest rival, the Ford Endeavour is also a major player in the 7-seater SUV car department. The large-size SUV is powered by a BS6-compliant 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine option that generates 170 PS of power and 420 Nm of torque. Transmission duties are handled by a unique 10-speed automatic transmission with either two-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive capabilities.
Like the Fortuner, the Ford Endeavour is a contemporary 7-seater SUV that is performing well both on and off the roads. In terms of features, the Endeavour comes with both FordPass tech that offers some top-notch functions like live vehicle tracking, remote controls and other car’s information. The Ford Endeavour is now available with the prices of Rs 29.99 - 35.45 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Here's a look at the best 7-seater SUV cars in India 2021. If you think we miss out on any 7-seater SUVs that deserve to be mentioned here, let us know.