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Best Cars for Long Drive In 2024 – Price, Specs & Features

Best Cars for Long Drive In 2024 – Price, Specs & Features

Long drives can be a thrilling adventure or a tiring and uncomfortable journey depending on the car you’re driving. Whether you’re planning a cross-country road trip or just a weekend getaway, choosing the right car can make all the difference in your driving experience. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the best cars for long drives and highlight the features that make them ideal for extended periods on the road. From spacious interiors to fuel efficiency and safety features, we’ll cover everything you need to know to choose the perfect car for your next long-distance drive. So buckle up and let’s hit the road.

ModelFuel TypeBody TypeMileage Body Type Used Car Prices
Toyota Innova CrystaDiesel MPV15.60 km/l ₹19.99 Lakh₹13.8 Lakh onward
Tata Safari Diesel SUV 16.14 km/l ₹15.45 Lakhs – ₹23.76 Lakh ₹19 Lakh onward
MG Gloster Diesel SUV 13.27 km/l₹30.00 Lakhs – ₹40.78 LakhNA
Mahindra XUV700 Petrol/DieselSUV 10 km/l-16 km/l ₹13.45 Lakhs – ₹25.47 Lakhs ₹18.1 Lakh 
Mahindra Scorpio N Petrol/Diesel SUV 14 km/l-18 km/l ₹ 11.99 – 23.90 Lakh NA
Mahindra Scorpio Classic Diesel SUV 15 km/l ₹ 12.64 – ₹ 16.14 Lakh₹12.2 Lakh onward
Hyundai Alcazar Petrol/Diesel SUV16 km/l-20.4 km/l ₹15.89 Lakhs – ₹ 20.25 Lakhs NA
Mahindra TharPetrol/DieselSUV18.2 – 20.0 kmpl₹13.59 – ₹16.29 Lakh₹8.5 Lakh onward
Renault TriberPetrol MPV18.2 – 20.0 kmpl₹6.33 – ₹8.97 Lakh ₹6.4 Lakh onward
Maruti Suzuki Brezza PetrolSUV18.76 km/l₹ 7.84 Lakhs – ₹11.49 Lakhs₹12.8 Lakh onward

1. Toyota Innova Crysta

Toyota Innova Crysta

When taking long drives or road trips, space is a major demand and the Toyota Innova Crysta offers that in abundance. Under the hood of the Innova Crysta sits a 2.4L diesel engine that is capable of producing 148 BHP of power and 343 Nm of torque. The motor comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission system as standard. 

What goes without mentioning is that the Innova Crysta comes packed with features that include a large 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, automatic climate control, adjustable driver seat, a parking camera in the back, Bluetooth connectivity, and cruise control. There are also three airbags in front, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control, brake assist, and hill start assist packed into the Innova Crysta.

Ex-showroom Price: ₹19.99 Lakh

Key Specifications of Toyota Innova Crysta:

Engine2.4-litre turbocharged diesel
Transmission5-speed manual
Mileage15.60 kmpl
Maximum Power148 BHP
Peak Torque343 Nm
Fuel Efficiency15.60 km/l
Fuel Type:Diesel
Battery/Tank Capacity:55-litre
Seating Capacity7
Body TypeMPV
Boot Space:300-litre

Key Features of Toyota Innova Crysta:

Multi-function Steering Wheel
Touchscreen infotainment
Roof-mounted rear AC vents
Electrically-adjustable ORVMs
Electric Windows
Push Button Start
Fold middle-row seats with split function
ABS with EBD
Dual Front Airbags
Projector Headlamps
Foglamps
Day/Night IRVM
Central Locking

What’s Good:

  • Comfort
  • Reliability 
  • Low Maintenance
  • Spacious
  • Powerful
  • Resale Value


What’s Not Good:

  • No Automatic Transmission Option
  • No Petrol Option
  • Slightly Overpriced

Check out our collection of used Toyota Innova Crysta cars in India.

2. Tata Safari

Tata Safari

When it comes to long drives or road trips, you cannot go wrong with the Tata Safari! From the time it was first launched till today, the Safari has always delivered one of the best driving experiences for anyone interested in large and powerful cars. The new Safari can be bought as a 6-seater as well as a 7-seater. 

Powering the Safari is a 2.0L diesel engine that is capable of generating 170BHP of power and 350Nm of torque. This is the same engine found on the Tata Harrier – another best-seller from the brand. In the transmission department, the Tata Safari comes with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. 

The Safari comes with a plethora of updated options including an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with iRA connected car technology, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a panoramic sunroof, a 9-speaker JBL audio set up, cruise control, automatic air-conditioning with 2nd and 3rd seat vents, ambient lighting, and premium leatherette upholstery. It also comes with new safety features including disc brakes for all four wheels, 6 airbags, corner stability control, electronic parking brake, and rollover mitigation.

Ex- Showroom Price: ₹15.45 Lakh-₹23.76 Lakh

Key Specifications of Tata Safari:

Engine2.0-litre turbocharged diesel
Transmission6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Mileage16.14 km/l
Maximum Power170 BHP
Peak Torque350 Nm
Fuel Efficiency16.14 km/l
Fuel Type:Diesel
Battery/Tank Capacity:50-litre
Seating Capacity7
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space:447-litre

Key Features of Tata Safari:

ADAS
Terrain Response Modes
Drive Modes
Semi-digital instrumentation
Panoramic Sunroof
Keyless Entry
Push button start/stop
Harman Audio System
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
Electric Driver’s seat adjustment
Leather upholstery
Cruise Control
6 Airbags
ABS with EBD
Multi-function steering wheel
Fog lamBHP
Alloy Wheels
LED Headlamps

What’s Good:

  • Good ride quality
  • Tried-and-tested Fiat-sourced Diesel engine

What’s Not Good:

  • High body roll
  • Unreliable electricals

Check out our collection of used Tata Safari cars in India.

3. MG Gloster

MG Gloster

The MG Gloster is a large size SUV that goes on to rival the Toyota Fortuner. It’s available in a 7-seater configuration with an optional captain seats layout for the middle row. The SUV has a spacious cabin and comes with tons of features. The MG Gloster is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that is available in two states of tune. In its lower state of output, the engine produces  161 OS and 375Nm of maximum power and torque. However, in its more powerful format, the diesel engine produces 215 BHP of maximum power and 480 Nm of peak torque. It even comes with an all-wheel drive system. Regardless of the chosen engine variant, one benefits from an 8-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

Ex- Showroom Price: ₹32.00 Lakh-₹40.78 Lakh

Key Specifications of MG Gloster:

Engine2.0-litre turbocharged diesel
Transmission8-speed automatic
Mileage13.27 km/l
Maximum Power215  BHP
Peak Torque480 Nm
Fuel Efficiency13.27 km/l
Fuel Type:Diesel
Battery/Tank Capacity:75-litre
Seating Capacity7
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space:343-litre

Key Features of MG Gloster:

Four Wheel Drive
Terrain Response Modes
Drive Modes
ADAS
Connected Car Technology
Digital instrumentation
Panoramic Sunroof
Keyless Entry
Adaptive Cruise Control
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
iSmart Connected Car Technology
6 Airbags
Alloy Wheels
Customizable ambient lights
Steering-mounted paddle shifts
Park Assist
Cooled front seats
ABS with EBD
Multi-function steering wheel
Front and rear fog lamp
LED projector headlamp

What’s Good:

  • Bigger than Toyota Fortuner
  • Level 2 ADAS
  • 4×4 Option

What’s Not Good:

  • Not as capable or reliable as the Toyota Fortuner

Check out our collection of used MG cars in India.

4. Mahindra XUV700

Mahindra XUV700

The Mahindra XUV700 is an obvious choice when it comes to cars designed for long drives. There is more than enough space and power in the vehicle to satisfy any road trip desire you might have. Powering the XUV700 is a 2.0L Turbo-petrol engine that generates 200BHP of power and 380Nm of torque. It is the same engine found in the Thar. There is also a 2.2L diesel engine option that produces 185BHP of power and 450Nm of torque. In the transmission department, the XUV700 comes with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. 

The XUV700 is available with an All-Wheel-Drive option as well. In terms of features, the SUV comes with a digital instrument cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a 360-degree camera, and power doors and windows. Safety is also Mahindra’s priority for the XUV700 and the car comes with features like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, 7 airbags, Level 1 Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), electronic parking brake, and ADS with EBD.

Ex-showroom price: ₹13.45 Lakh-₹25.47 Lakh

Key Specifications of Mahindra XUV700:

Engine2.2-litre Turbocharged Diesel, 2.0-litre Turbocharged Petrol
Transmission6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Mileage16 km/l/10 km/l
Maximum Power185 BHP/200 BHP
Peak Torque450 Nm/380 Nm
Fuel Efficiency16 km/l/10 km/l
Fuel Type:Diesel
Battery/Tank Capacity:60-litre
Seating Capacity7
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space:NA

Key Features of Mahindra XUV700:

Level 2 ADAS
Digital Instrument Cluster
Wide-screen Touchscreen Infotainment
Panoramic Sunroof
Electric Seat Adjustment
11-Speaker Sony Audio System with sub-woofer
Multi-function steering wheel
6 airbags
ABS with EBD

What’s Good:

  • Pricing
  • Design
  • Features
  • Performance

What’s Not Good:

  • Quality Issues
  • ADAS only on top variant

Check out our collection of used Mahindra XUV700 cars in India.

5. Mahindra Scorpio N

Mahindra Scorpio N

Another contender for one of the best cars for long drives in 2024 is the Mahindra Scorpio N. It is basically the newest generation model of Scorpio, one of the highest successful Indian SUVs of all times. It is available with petrol as well as diesel engine options. Both the engines get an optional automatic transmission. Additionally, the diesel engine is on sale with an optional 4-Wheel Drive system on select variants. The 4×4 hardware even comes with terrain response modes and low ratio. The SUV even gets many features such as an electric sunroof, dual-zone climate control, driver drowsiness alert, touchscreen infotainment, JBL audio system with subwoofer and more. This one’s easily among the top Mahindra cars in india

Ex- Showroom Price: ₹11.99 Lakh-₹23.90 Lakh

Key Specifications of Mahindra Scorpio N:

Engine2.2-litre Turbocharged Diesel, 2.0-litre Turbocharged Petrol
Transmission6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Mileage18 km/l/14 km/l 
Maximum Power175 BHP/202 BHP
Peak Torque400 Nm/380 Nm
Fuel Efficiency16 km/l/10 km/l
Fuel Type:Diesel
Battery/Tank Capacity:60-litre
Seating Capacity7
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space:460-litre

Key Features of Mahindra Scorpio N:

4 Wheel Drive System
Soft-touch Dashboard
Terrain Response Modes
Drive Modes
Panoramic Sunroof
Keyless Entry
Push button start/stop
Multi-function steering wheel
JBL Audio System with sub-woofer
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
Leather upholstery
Cruise Control
6 Airbags
ABS with EBD
Fog lamBHP
Alloy Wheels
LED projector Headlamps
Electronic parking brake
Electronic stability program
Vehicle dynamic control 
Traction control

What’s Good:

  • Great road presence
  • More premium than its predecessor
  • Quite capable off the road

What’s Not Good:

  • Is a bit pricey
  • Petrol is low on mileage

Also Read: What is Demo Cars?

6. Mahindra Scorpio Classic

Mahindra Scorpio Classic

Even though the Mahindra Scorpio N has become the newest iteration of the famous SUV, the last generation model has been relaunched as the Scorpio Classic. In fact, it has even got some significant updates to its interior and suspension. All this makes it an excellent choice for long drives. The potent 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine now delivers 130 BHP and 300 Nm, while the suspension now offers a more comfortable ride. There’s also an updated list of features, including a touchscreen infotainment unit. However, there is no automatic transmission option and the SUV is now on sale in a 2WD format only. 

Ex- Showroom Price: ₹12.64 Lakh-₹16.14 Lakh

Key Specifications of Mahindra Scorpio Classic:

Engine2.2-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel
Transmission6-speed manual
Mileage15 km/l
Maximum Power130 BHP
Peak Torque300 Nm
Fuel Efficiency15 km/l
Fuel Type:Diesel
Battery/Tank Capacity:60-litre
Seating Capacity7
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space:460-litre

Key Features of Mahindra Scorpio Classic:

Cruise control
Automatic air-conditioning
7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity
Bluetooth connectivity
LED headlamps with LED DRLs
AUX audio connectivity setup
Rear  parking sensors
Dual front airbags in front
ABS with EBD
Brake assist
Speed alert 
Hill assist control.

What’s Good:

  • Pricing
  • Improved Suspension 
  • Improved Performance

What’s Not Good:

  • Feels Dated
  • No Automatic option

Check out our collection of used Mahindra Scorpio cars in India.

7. Hyundai Alcazar

Hyundai Alcazar

The Hyundai Alcazar is, in essence, a derivative of the Creta. Basically, it’s almost entirely based on the popular 5-seater SUV from Hyundai but comes with a different front facade and more seats. The additional row of seats comes at the back of an elongated wheelbase. There’s even a powerful 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that even powers the Turbo variant of the latest Verna. Plus, the interior of the SUV feels more upmarket. 

The premium mid-size SUV, which is available in both 6- and 7-seater configurations and can be bought even with a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that comes from the Creta. The SUV offers a very comfortable ride along with well-controlled NVH and a strong performance. All this, coupled with the roomy cabin, makes it one of the best long drive cars in India in 2024. 

Ex-showroom Price: ₹15.89 Lakh-₹ 20.25 Lakh

Key Specifications of Hyundai Alcazar:

Engine1.5-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol/1.5-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel
Transmission6-speed manual, 7-speed DCT/6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Mileage19.2 km/l/20.4 km/l
Maximum Power163 BHP/115 BHP
Peak Torque253 Nm/240 Nm
Fuel Efficiency19.2 km/l/20.4 km/l
Fuel Type:Petrol/Diesel
Battery/Tank Capacity:50-litre
Seating Capacity7
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space:180-litre

Key Features of Hyundai Alcazar:

Terrain Response Modes
Drive Modes
Digital Instrument Cluster
Bluelink Connectivity Features
Panoramic Sunroof
Keyless Entry
Push button start/stop
Multi-function steering wheel
Bose 8-speaker Audio System with sub-woofer
Cooled front seats
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
Electric Driver’s seat adjustment
Leather upholstery
Cruise Control
6 Airbags
ABS with EBD
Fog lamBHP
Alloy Wheels
LED Headlamp
Traction Control
Hill Start Assist
Electronic Parking Brake

What’s Good:

  • Available in both petrol and diesel variants
  • High quality cabin with many features
  • Tried-and-tested after sales service
  • Good ride quality
  • Powerful petrol engine

What’s Not Good:

  • Doesn’t look as rugged as rivals
  • No 4×4 option

Check out our collection of used Hyundai Alcazar cars in India.

8. Mahindra Thar

Mahindra Thar

Mahindra designed and built the Thar as an off-road vehicle that is capable of taking on pretty much anything you can throw at it. That is what makes it one of the best cars for taking long drives in. The Thar is powered by either a 2.0L Turbocharged petrol engine that generates 150BHP of power and 300Nm of torque on manual, and 150BHP of power and 320Nm of torque on automatic, or a 2.2L diesel engine that produces 130BHP of power and 300Nm of torque. In the transmission department, the Thar comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard but it can be had with a 6-speed automatic transmission as well. 

Some of the features found on the new Thar include LED DRLs, halogen headlamp, air-conditioning, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, an instrument cluster with a digital MID, cruise control, and steering-mounted controls. For safety, the Thar has ABS with EBD, dual airbags in the front, parking sensors in the rear, and a seatbelt reminder in the front.

Ex-showroom Price – ₹13.59 Lakh-₹16.29 Lakh

Key Specifications of Mahindra Thar:

Engine2.2-litre turbocharged Diesel/1.5-litre Turbocharged Petrol
Transmission6-speed manual/6-speed automatic
Mileage12 km/l-15.2 km/l 
Maximum Power130 BHP/ 150 BHP
Peak Torque300 Nm/320 Nm
Fuel Efficiency12 km/l-15.2 km/l 
Fuel TypeDiesel/Petrol
Battery/Tank Capacity:45-litre-57-litre
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space:NA

Key Features of Mahindra Thar:

4 Wheel Drive System
Multi-function steering wheel
Waterproof Touchscreen Infotainment
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
Dual Front Airbags
ABS with EBD
Fog lamBHP
Alloy Wheels

What’s Good:

  • Capable Off-Roader
  • Powerful
  • Looks

What’s Not Good:

  • Not practical as family car
  • Expensive

Check out our collection of used Mahindra Thar cars in India.

9. Renault Triber

Renault Triber

Long drives are usually taken with friends or family and the Renault Triber gives you the option of taking them all along. With a maximum of 7 seats, the Triber is a very spacious vehicle that can be used for seating more people or for storage. The Triber is powered by a new BSVI-compliant 1.0L petrol engine that produces 72BHP of power and 96Nm of torque. According to Renault, there will also be a 1.0L Turbo-petrol engine option in the near future. The current engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard with the option for a 5-speed automatic gearbox as well. 

Renault sells cars that come with some of the latest technology and features and the Triber is following that tradition. There is an 8-inch touchscreen MediaNav infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, large 15-inch wheels, automatic air-conditioning, dual airbags in front, side airbags, ABD with EBD, parking sensors in the rear, and cruise control. One of the biggest advantages of the Renault Triber is its affordability and in India, that counts for a lot.

Ex-showroom Price – ₹6.33 Lakh-₹8.97 Lakh

Key Specifications of Renault Triber:

Engine1.2-litre Petrol
Transmission5-speed manual/5-speed AMT
Mileage18.2 km/l – 20.0 km/l 
Maximum Power71 BHP
Peak Torque136 Nm
Fuel Efficiency18.2 km/l – 20.0 km/l
Fuel TypePetrol
Battery/Tank Capacity:40-litre
Seating Capacity7
Body TypeMPV
Boot Space:84-litre

Key Features of Renault Triber:

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Android Auto
Apple CarPlay
15-inch wheels
Automatic Climate Control
4 Airbags
ABS
EBD
Rear Parking Sensors

What’s Good:

  • Price
  • Spacious
  • Flexible Seating Options

What’s Not Good:

  • Feels Basic
  • Underpowered

Check out our collection of used Renault Triber cars in India.

10. Maruti Brezza

Maruti Brezza

If you want a small but powerful and comfortable SUV for long drives, the Maruti Brezza can be your best bet. The Brezza is one of most well-rounded options in the entry-level SUV segment. The Brezza comes with a 1.5L petrol engine that outputs 105 BHP of power and 138Nm of torque. The motor comes paired with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. In terms of features, the Vitara Brezza comes with cruise control, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, push-button start/stop, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. When it comes to safety, the Vitara Brezza carries parking sensors in the rear, dual airbags in the front, and ABS with EBD.

Ex-showroom Price: ₹7.84 Lakh-₹11.49 Lakh

Key Specifications of Maruti Brezza:

Engine1.5-litre, four-cylinder, naturally-aspirated
Transmission5-speed manual, 6-speed Automatic
Mileage18.76 km/l
Maximum Power105 BHP
Peak Torque138 Nm
Fuel Efficiency18.76 km/l
Fuel TypePetrol
Battery/Tank Capacity:55-litre
Seating Capacity5
Body TypeSUV
Boot Space:328-litre

 Key Features of Maruti Brezza:

Push button start/stop
Keyless Entry
Smartplay Pro touchscreen infotainment unit
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
Leather upholstery
4 Airbags
Alloy Wheels
Electrically Adjustable ORVMs
ABS with EBD
Cruise Control
Multi-function steering wheel
Fog lamBHP
Projector Headlamp

What’s Good:

  • Well-priced
  • Decent fuel efficiency and power
  • Excellent automatic transmission 

What’s Not Good:

  • No diesel option

Check out our collection of used Maruti Brezza cars in India.

Conclusion

Next time you decide to take a long drive or a road trip, make sure you have the right vehicle. If you have friends or family with you, an SUV or MUV would be ideal whereas if you choose to drive alone or with a couple of people, a hatchback or sedan would be perfect. Whatever your choice, having the right car that is capable of taking on the task at hand is very important. Which of the above-mentioned cars do you think is the best for long drives?

FAQs

Q. Which is the highest selling model among the best cars for long drive in 2023?

Among the highest selling best cars for long drive in India 2023 is the Renault Triber and Maruti Brezza.

Q. Which is the most fuel-efficient car for long drive in 2024?

Currently, the Maruti Brezza is the most fuel-efficient car for long drive in India.

Q. Is there an upcoming car in India that is best car for long drive in India in 2023?

The upcoming 5-door Mahindra Thar can be good choice for long drives. 

Q, Which is the lowest maintenance vehicle among the best car for long drive in India?

The Renault Triber and Maruti Brezza are the lowest maintenance cars for long drives in India.