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Top 3 Safest 3-Row MPVs Available in India

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.

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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.

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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.

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:

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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 Yadav

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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