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    Top 3 Safest 3-Row MPVs Available in India

    by Mahesh Yadav on Saturday, Jul 24 2021

    It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. This rule applies to an extra row of seats and safety features. They both remain mostly unused until you need them, and when you need them, they become indispensable.

     

    Safest MPVs GNCAP Tested

    So, here’s a list of cars for those who want the safest MPVs with 3-row seating for 6 to 8 passengers,

    Note: The adult safety score is out of 17, while the child safety score is out of 49. GNCAP then condenses the score into a star rating for easy understanding. For the sake of consistency, this list only includes made-in-India MPVs tested by Global NCAP.

    1. Mahindra Marazzo

    Mahindra Marazzo

    Going by the sales figures, the Mahindra’s Marazzo is the least popular car on this list. But, it’s the only car on this list with an abuse-friendly ladder frame chassis and also the only one with a diesel engine.

    If that’s not enough to convince you to seriously consider the Marazzo, then its safety score certainly will. In the GNCAP test, this MPV scored 12.85 points for adult safety out of 17 and 22 points for child safety. Its overall safety rating stands at 4 stars for adults and 3 for kids.

    Also Read - 2021 Top 10 Safest Cars in India Under 10 Lakh

    Unfortunately, the Marazzo neither has a petrol engine nor an automatic transmission. Both of these things are in high demand lately.

    Mahindra Marazzo

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    M2 7S 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 12.03 lakh

    M2 8S 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 12.03 lakh

    M4 Plus 7S 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 13.12 lakh

    M4 Plus 8S 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 13.2 lakh

    M6 Plus 7S 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 14.04 lakh

    M6 Plus 8S 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 14.12 lakh


    2. Renault Triber

    Triber

    The Renault Triber is the most affordable MPV on this list and probably the most value-for-money offering as well. The Triber got 11.62 points in adult occupant safety and 27 points in child safety. It earned 4 stars for adult safety and 3 stars for child safety.

    Please note that GNCAP tested the 2-airbag version of the Triber. So, if you buy a higher variant with 2 extra airbags, you will get an MPV with a slightly better real-world safety score than what’s projected in the GNCAP results.

    The only thing that keeps us from wholeheartedly recommending the Triber is its mediocre engine performance. The Triber’s 1.0-litre normal petrol engine is adequate for city driving, but out on the highways, it’ll have a tough time keeping up. This is especially concerning if you frequently travel on the interstate roads with a full load of 7 occupants and some luggage.

    Also Read - 2021 Safest SUVs Under 10 Lakh in India

    If the Triber gets the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, then it’d be an easy pick for budget MPV buyers.

    Renault Triber

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    RXE 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 5.49 lakh

    RXL 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.13 lakh

    RXT 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.67 lakh

    RXZ 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.27 lakh

    RXL 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 6.62 lakh

    RXT 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 7.17 lakh

    RXZ 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 7.77 lakh


    3. Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga & Nexa XL6

    Maruti Ertiga

    Finally, we have the Ertiga and XL6 twins from Maruti Suzuki Arena and Nexa, respectively. It managed to score 9.25 points out of 17 for adult safety and 17.75 out of 49 for child safety for a final tally of 3 stars in both categories.

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    Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    LXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.82 lakh

    VXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

    Rs. 8.57 lakh

    ZXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.4 lakh

    ZXI Plus 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.91 lakh

    VXI 1.5L CNG Manual

    Rs. 9.37 lakh

    VXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

    Rs. 9.77 lakh

    ZXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

    Rs. 10.59 lakh


    Among these two cars, the XL6 is better-suited for personal use as it has separate captain seats in the second row. It’s also the better option for you if you’re not fond of the Ertiga’s taxi image. Here are the prices of the Maruti Suzuki Nexa XL6:

    Also read - 7 Best Low-Budget Cars With High Ground Clearance Under Rs. 5 Lakh

    Maruti Suzuki Nexa XL6

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    Zeta 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.95 lakh

    Alpha 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

    Rs. 10.54 lakh

    Zeta 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

    Rs. 11.15 lakh

    Alpha 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

    Rs. 11.74 lakh


    While there are other cars with 3-row seating options like the MG Hector Plus, Toyota Innova Crysta, Kia Carnival and Hyundai Alcazar, GNCAP hasn’t yet tested either of these.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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