MPV segment : A comparo for the best family car in India

Besides compact sedan and compact SUV, MPV’s have become popular and serves a perfect purpose of big families. It’s not only about performance, but a balanced combination of performance, space, features, looks and drive quality. Balancing all these qualities carrying seven passengers comfortably on board are mainly expectations from any MPV in market in India.

We compile specs on all available MPV’s in Indian market starting from Mahindra Xyl0 to newly launched Honda Mobilio, lets see who fairs better.

MPV comparison

MPV comparison

Dimensions:
When it comes to MPV, yes size does matter. Tata Aria is the biggest in size amongst all MPV’s, it is 4780mm long, 1895mm in width and 1760mm in height. After Aria Innova is 4585mm long with 1765mm width and 1760mm height.
Unfortunately the segment leader in sales, Ertiga is smaller in size amongst all MPV’s available in Indian market. Ertiga is 4265mm in length, 1695mm in width and 1685mm in height.
Though Aria is not much loved, but it surely scores fairly when specs are compared. But the long term reliability of Toyota Innova and easy on pocket Maruti Ertiga kills the all the good things that are available at Aria.  Honda Mobilio scores high here with its well designed rear end unlike other plain MPVs.

MPVs side profile

MPVs side profile

Styling:
Designed with a hugeness of dimensions and space, you can’t really expect MPV’s to be beautiful. Boxy is the way of an MPV, well still there are some who score fairly when it comes to styling. Designed on Ritz platform Ertiga is one fine looking amongst other MPVs, though it has been quite some time these cars are in market newly launched Mobilio design feels fresh and smart. The trend is changing and Indian market is accepting a car front face and stretched boot of sedans. The stylish and modular platform MPVs to hit the market in 2015 are Ford Figo based MPV and Datsun Go+ and Maruti might bring in the 7 seater concept based on ‘Wagon R 3 Rows Concept’ which was showcased in 2013 in Indonesia.

Performance:
When comparing MPV’s performances economy is the most important factor to be considered. Surely it’s not how fast you travel with your family, it’s also about how economical your trip would be.
Newly launched Honda Mobile is powered by Honda’s newly developed 1.5-L I-DTEC with ARAI certified 24.2 KMPL. Maruti Ertiga is runner up powered with Fiats tried and tested 1.3 Multijet Diesel motor with 20KMPL fuel efficiency.
Though Tata Aria is a most powerful MPV available in Indian market with newly refreshed 2.2-L VariCOR motor producing 148 BHP of raw power and not to forget it is the only MPV that comes with 4×4 option, where with just click of button you can convert your MPV into a powerful SUV. Innova is second most powerful MPV with 2KD-FTV-2.5L motor churning out 130 BHP.

Features and safety:
Manufacturers are offering vehicles with newly invented luxury and safety features to attract more and more buyers. ABS, airbags and dual AC remain the common features offered on these MPV’s. Tata Aria is packed with features such as 6 airbags EBD, ESP and keyless entry plus Harmon Kardon 12 speaker, 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Verdict:
No doubt Tata Aria scores more point on paper, but when it comes to actual sales figure Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga is segment leader, not to forget it is the only MPV which comes with the company fitted CNG unit. Maruti’s Aftersales network and easy maintenance take Ertiga to number 1 though its not the biggest MPV or most powerful or the most fuel efficient.   Toyota Innova is giving head to head competition to Ertiga at sales chart. Over the year Innova gained a taxi market image and that is the main reason family car buyers do not prefer Innova when it comes to an MPV buying decision. Newly launched Honda Mobilio is surely a game changer machine, and it will change MPV scenario in India. Mobile looks like a perfect alternative for Ertiga and Innova as it’s the latest entry in the market without the taxi market  image till now.

MPV comparison

MPV comparison

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