New Tata Safari is the latest addition to the 7-seater SUV category in India. Here is a list of best 7-seater SUVs in India
With the recent unveiling of the all-new Tata Safari, the 7-seater SUV segment in India has become a bit more interesting. Upon launch this month, it will compete with the likes of the MG Hector Plus and the Mahindra XUV 500 in the sub-Rs 20 lakh segment and the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner from a price segment above. To see how it fares against the competition, we have this list of the 5 main 7-seater SUV in India.
Tata Safari is the latest one added to the list of 7-seater SUV in India.The all-new Tata Safari is basically an elongated version of the Harrier to make room for the third row of seats. Known as the Gravitas during concept form, it looks largely similar to the smaller Harrier except for a few discernible changes. There is a new roofline that apes the classic stepped roof of the older Safari, which also frees up more headroom in the rear. Other changes include a new chrome grille and new taillights while it gets new exclusive colours as well. Over to the interior, the new Tata Safari retains the design of the Harrier but gets new Oyster White upholstery that makes the cabin feel more spacious. It gets features like an 8.8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system, panoramic sunroof, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry, and push-button start.
The Tata Safari is powered by the same powertrain as the Harrier's Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 170 PS/350 Nm of peak power and torque figures. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The MG Gloster is the largest and most expensive vehicle the automaker sells in India. It is a large 7-seater SUV which looks imposing and has great road presence. First displayed at the 2020 AutoExpo, the Gloster’s front-end features LED headlamps with DRLs, fog lamps with round chrome bezel, an octagonal grille with chrome slats, and a sculpted bumper and hood. Over to the side and rear, it gets dual-tone alloy wheels, chrome garnish around the window line and on the door handles, roof rails, and LED taillights. Over to the interior, the Gloster gets all the features like a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an i-Smart suite with an integrated e-SIM that is independent of the user’s phone, and the i-Smart feature that has over a 100 voice-controlled features.
Powertrain wise, the MG Gloster comes with a 4-cylinder twin-turbo diesel unit that churns out 218 PS/480 Nm of peak power and torque which is mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic. There’s on-demand four-wheel-drive on offer as well with a rear locking differential and a BorgWarner transfer case.
MG Hector Plus
From the exterior, the MG Hector Plus looks largely identical to the normal Hector but gets a longer wheelbase to accommodate the third row of seats. It just received a mid-life facelift which now comes in a 7-seat as well as a 6-seat option with captain seats for the middle row. The front-end looks similar to the Hector with its split-headlights and cascading grille but gets a slightly different bumper. The rear end gets tweaked LED taillights. One key differentiating feature is that the Hector Plus gets an automated tailgate. Other notable features include a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment with i-Smart voice command system, panoramic sunroof, and tire pressure monitoring system.
The MG Hector Plus is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine which makes 143 PS and a 2.0-litre diesel which makes 170 PS. The petrol is mated to a DCT automatic only, while the oil-burner can be specced with a 6-speed manual as well.
Toyota’s 7-seater SUV has been at the top of the sales charts ever since its launch over a decade ago. Currently in its second-generation, the Fortuner just received a mid-life facelift and now gets redesigned LED headlights with integrated LED DRLs, an updated grille, and a more aggressive new front bumper. Over to the side, the Fortuner gets new 18-inch alloy wheels while the rear gets new LED taillights. The interior gets a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which now supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other new features include an 8-way power-adjustable and ventilated seats for front passengers, an 11-speaker JBL audio system, 360-degree camera for parking, parking sensors, and ambient lighting.
The Toyota Fortuner comes with two engine options - 1 petrol and 1 diesel. The petrol engine is a 2.7-litre unit which makes 166 PS/245 Nm of peak power and torque respectively and can be mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. The oil-burner is a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel which churns max power and torque 177 PS/420 Nm when paired to a 6-speed manual. However, when mated to the 6-speed automatic, the engine makes 204 PS/500 Nm of max power and torque.
The Mahindra XUV 500 completes our list of 7-seater SUV in India, and while it is starting to look dated it still remains a very capable 7-seater SUV. Available in seven trim levels, the top trims come with features like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with integrated Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, a sunroof, and cruise control.
The XUV 500 is powered by a BS-VI compliant 2.2-litre diesel engine that makes 155 PS/360 Nm of max power and torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. But, if you can delay your purchase to the summer of this year, the all-new XUV 500 will be launched by then and it certainly can be a new and interesting option to think over.