Multi-utility vehicles are bought for a purpose by buyers who want a vehicle that can suit different needs from carrying at least seven passengers to flexibility for luggage, and comfortable enough to travel long distances.
The number of multi-utility vehicles in India is steadily increasing with price points starting as low as Rs. 3 lakh. CarToq takes a look at the most value-for-money multi-utility vehicles in India across price segments.
Below Rs. 5 lakh
There are very few MUVs below the Rs. 5 lakh price point. The MUVs in this segment are mainly petrol models such as the Maruti Eeco and Maruti Omni. There are two diesel MUVs as well in the form of the Tata Venture and Mahindra Maxximo van which are mainly sold in rural areas. The vehicle that is most popular, purely on a value-for-money proposition in this segment is the Maruti Eeco. The top-end Eeco comes with air-conditioning and has a tachometer in its instrument panel, but is devoid of any other features. It also comes as a CNG variant. It is powered by a 1.2 litre petrol engine that puts out 73 bhp of power. The Eeco is priced at Rs. 4.2 lakh ex-showroom, making it the most value-for-money budget MUV.
Rs. 5 lakh – Rs. 8 lakh
In the Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 8 lakh category, there are at least three MUVs, all of which offer strong propositions to buyers. The cheapest in the category is the newly launched Mahindra Quanto at a starting price of Rs. 5.9 lakh going up to Rs. 7.5 lakh. The other popular MUV is the Maruti Ertiga, which also starts at a similar price point, going up to Rs. 7.3 lakh for the petrol range and between Rs. 7.3 lakh and Rs. 8.5 lakh for the diesel range. You also have the more commercial application oriented Tata Sumo Grande at a price point of Rs. 7.5 lakh.
When you look at the features offered, the top-end Quanto priced at Rs. 7.5 lakh and the top-end Ertiga petrol priced at Rs. 7.3 lakh offers similar features – two airbags, ABS and alloy wheels. The Ertiga also has steering audio controls and a separate rear AC blower. The Ertiga also features seats that fold to allow more flexibility for loading luggage, while the Quanto has rigid seats.
Overall, the Ertiga has an edge in terms of value-for-money when you compare features and price, but it’s the petrol variant that is more value here. If you consider diesel, the Ertiga is a bit too expensive compared to the Quanto. If it’s a diesel MUV you are looking for, the Quanto is quite a good deal, while the Ertiga is better in petrol. Also read: Mahindra Quanto vs Maruti Ertiga comparison
Rs. 8 lakh – Rs. 12 lakh
In the Rs. 8 lakh to Rs. 12 lakh price segment, it’s again a tough call with the Mahindra Xylo, Chevrolet Tavera, Nissan Evalia and Toyota Innova all competing for the most value-for-money tag. However, when you look at the features that are offered at a given price point, the Mahindra Xylo runs away with the crown. The Xylo E8 and E9 variants are loaded with features (priced between Rs. 9.6 lakh and Rs. 10.6 lakh, while prices of the Innova start at Rs. 9.3 lakh and go all the way up to Rs. 13.2 lakh. The E8 and E9 variants of the Xylo come with ABS, airbags, power mirrors, windows, rear wash-wipe and rear AC vents. The E9 also gets cruise control and voice commands. The Innova doesn’t offer these features even in the top-end variant. The Chevrolet Tavera priced similar to the Xylo is too basic, without even safety features. Overall, it is the Mahindra Xylo that is the most value-for-money MUV in this segment.
Rs. 12 lakh – Rs. 15 lakh
In the Rs. 12 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh segment, you have the top-end variants of the Toyota Innova competing with only one main MUV competitor, the Tata Aria. All variants of the Aria in this price bracket come with ABS and airbags, with the top-end Aria featuring six airbags. The Aria also has GPS, cruise control and Bluetooth. The top-end Innova VX, priced at Rs. 13.3 lakh also features a reverse camera, steering audio controls and touchscreen music system, features that are also present on the Aria Prestige and Pride variants. For those looking for a feature-rich MUV to travel in the Tata Aria is a good deal and better value for money. Also read: 4 most value-for-money SUVs in India
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