Most cars on sale in the country are strict 5-seaters, while some others, especially the MPVs and some large SUVs, offer a 7-seater layout. However, there are some cars that are available with a 6-seater layout, with the middle row featuring two highly comfortable captain seats. These cars make immense sense for those who travel in the back seat but require more comfort than what is generally typical of bench seats that are available in the second row. Keeping this in mind, today, we have put together a detailed list of the best 6 seater cars in India along with their prices and some basic specifications.
The Mahindra KUV100 NXT the most affordable model on our list of Best 6 seater cars in India. Unlike all other models you see on this list, the KUV100 doesn’t come with a pair of captain seats for the middle row but instead offers three seats in both rows. While this setup does feel a bit archaic, it definitely allows the sub-4-metre model to carry up to 6 passengers. The KUV100 was introduced with both petrol and diesel variants, but now, with the advent of the BSVI emission norms, it’s only being sold with the former. The petrol motor on offer here is a 1.2-litre unit that pumps out 82bhp.
Also, the crossover-style B1-segment hatchback is close to the end of its lifecycle, which means you can probably benefit from pretty great discounts if you bargain hard at the dealership. This Mahindra is a direct rival of the Maruti Ignis. It combines the butch look of an SUV with the traditional qualities of a hatchback. Also, the small car has been around for quite some time and is readily available in the used car market.
The Maruti XL6 is nothing but a reworked version of the Ertiga, but as the name suggests, it’s a six-seater model. It also looks a tad more rugged than the Ertiga, which is entirely due to the re-worked front-end. Also, unlike the Ertiga, which is sold through the regular Arena dealerships of the country’s largest-selling carmaker, the XL6 is retailed through the more premium Nexa outlets. It comes with captain chairs for the middle row that results in an enhanced travel experience for the rear occupants.
Powering the Maruti XL6 is a 1.5-litre petrol engine that is available with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed automatic unit. It outputs a maximum power of 105PS and is a sufficiently peppy yet refined unit. The XL6 can be chosen over the Ertiga as long as one doesn’t require the extra seat and wants a bolder look.
The MG Hector took the SUV market by storm back when it was launched in our market. A year later, the carmaker introduced the Hector Plus, a new version of the SUV that is available in 6 and 7-seater layouts. Again, over here, it’s the 6-seater model that grabs our attention with its captain chairs for the rear row. The Hector Plus benefits from all the qualities of the 5-seater sibling but offers more seats and even a revised styling that makes the car look more upmarket.
The MG Hector Plus is available with a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre Diesel engine as well as a 1.5-litre petrol engine. The latter is, in turn, available with both petrol and automatic transmission models. Other than offering a spacious interior, the Hector Plus also offers many features, good ride quality, and decent after-sales service support.
Like the MG Hector Plus, the MG Gloster, which is a full-size SUV that rivals the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour, is available in both 6 and 7-seater configurations. The former comes with captain seats in the middle row. The Gloster also offers a spacious cabin that is a result of increased dimensions over the aforementioned immediate rivals. However, it must be noted here that the 6-seater configuration is not available in the entry-level Super trim.
Powering the MG Gloster is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that is available in two states of tune. In its lower output avatar, the engine outputs 161hp along with 375Nm of maximum torque. However, in its more powerful format, the motor offers 215hp of maximum power and 480Nm of peak torque along with an all-wheel drive. Regardless of the chosen engine variant, one benefits from an 8-speed automatic gearbox on the purchase of this SUV.
Based on the Tata Harrier, the latest-get Safari offers an extra row of seats through which you can have up to seven occupants. However, the top-end XZ-Plus and Adventure Personal editions are available with a 6-seater layout with captain seats for the second row. Other than offering an increased length and more features, the Safari remains identical to the Harrier in most aspects.
Powering the new-gen Tata Safari is the same 170PS 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine that is also available on the Harrier. In fact, it even gets the same manual and automatic transmissions. However, in order to offer a more premium experience, the carmaker has worked on the tuning of the powertrain and NVH package. The new Safari is easily among the best 6-seater cars in India at the moment.
Launched only recently, the Alcazar is to the Creta what the Safari is to the Harrier. The new model is based on the popular 5-seater SUV from the South Korean carmaker and offers a slightly tweaked front facade. It also offers more features and a slightly more upmarket cabin through use of ambient lighting and richer upholstery.
However, while the Tata Safari and the Harrier share the engine options, the same is not the case with the Alcazar and the Creta. The new model, which is available in both 6 and 7-seater configurations, comes with an updated version of the 2.0-litre petrol unit found on the Tucson. The Diesel engine, however, remains the same. The carmaker also seems to have worked extensively on the NVH and suspension packages to enhance the overall driving experience of the Alcazar. Backed by a brilliant after sales network of Hyundai, the new model is certainly among the most sensible choices in our list of Best 6-seater cars in India.
The last model on our list is also the most expensive one. The X7 is the costliest SAV you can buy from the Bavarian carmaker in India. It offers a 6-seater seating configuration along with a strong performance and many comfort-enhancing features. Basically, it’s to the company’s SAV portfolio what the 7-series is to its sedan lineup. The 7-seater SUV is huge, which, along with its modern design, gives it a really high street presence. Costing almost a crore rupees (ex-showroom), the X7 comes with 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines that offer a punchy performance.
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