Over the years, the MPV segment in India has grown and what many called the people mover a decade ago, bears the nametag of a family car. Tata Motors was actually the first in India to showcase an MPV back in the day. It was called the Calypso, but that car never made it to production as the company didn’t see that kind of market back then.
However, the MPV segment has grown and there are a lot many offerings in this segment than before. Car manufacturers have seen a surge in the demand for MPVs and have come with products for the consumers to choose from. We bring you the top 5 most fuel efficient MPVs to choose from.
1) Honda Mobilio
First showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo in February, the Honda Mobilio was one of the most anticipated vehicles of 2014. The Mobilio marked Honda’s foray into a segment where they’ve never been before. The seven-seater MPV is based on the extended version of the Brio platform, which also underpins the Amaze.
Measuring 4,390mm in length, 1,680mm in width and 1,610mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,650mm, the Mobilio is one of the most spacious vehicles in its class. The Mobilio is available with two engine options: 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. Both these engine also power the new-generation Honda City.
The diesel engine, however, is what is of prime interest to us as it churns a good 98bhp and develops a good 200Nm of torque. The Mobilio tops the list as it is the most fuel efficient MPV in India
Mileage: 24.5 km/l
Price: Starts at Rs. 6.49 lakh
2) Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
The Eritga was amongst the first MPVs to hit the market and Maruti Suzuki did a great job in making a car that would appeal to consumers. The Ertiga has 90mm more space between the wheels with 2740mm of wheelbase, but is shorter in length than the Mobilio. The Ertiga measures 1685mm in height and 1695mm in width.
The Ertiga too comes powered by both the petrol and diesel engines but we are looking at the 1.3-litre multijet engine here. The 1.3-litre 16V DDiS diesel engine develops 88.8bhp and 200Nm. That means there’s less power on offer but that has a significant effect on the mileage it has and with 20.77km/l is the second most fuel efficient MPV in the country.
Price: Starts at Rs. 5.80 lakh
3) Datsun Go+
The Datsun Go+ is a surprise winner here. Only available in the petrol variant, the Go+ is the first MPV in India which measures in less than 4 metres and hence creates a new segment of the sub-compact MPV. It largely resembles its hatchback sibling – the GO – except for the additional third row of seats for kids. The front profile of the car is exactly similar to the GO hatchback; in fact, the side profile too remains similar to the hatchback till the C-Pillar. The major changes, however, are made to the rear profile of the car.
The car measures 3995mm in length, 1635mm in width and 1490mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2450mm. With the third row of seats, which are made only for kids, the car offers a boot space of 48-litres. But it can be increased up to 347-litres by folding the third row of seats.
Powering the vehicle is the same, 1.2-litre petrol, engine that does duty on the GO hatchback. This engine churns out a maximum power output of 67bhp and peak torque of 104Nm and it is a strong contender when it comes to fuel efficiency.
Mileage: 20.6 km/l
Price: Starts from Rs. 3.79 lakhs
4) Renault Lodgy (108bhp)
Though the MPV is sold as the Dacia Lodgy in international markets, the Indian model has been re-badged as the Renault Lodgy. The MPV not only shares its platform (slightly modified) with the Duster, but also its interior. The Lodgy marks Renaults foray into the MPV segment and will be the torch bearer when it comes to raking in the sales for the French car manufacturer.
With a class-leading wheelbase of 2810mm, the Lodgy offers quite a spacious cabin. The vehicle can be bought in either 7- or 8-seat configurations. While the 7-seater features captain seats for the second row passengers, the 8-seater will have a flat second row seat for three passengers.
Renault offers a diesel engine with two states of tune – 84bhp and 108bhp. The engine is the same 1.5-litre K9K engine which we’ve seen in the Duster. The Lodgy is a comfortable car and is equally good for city travel and long hauls.
Price: Starts from Rs. 8.19 lakh
5) Mahindra Xylo
The final car in this line up is the Mahindra Xylo. Though a little outdated, this still is an MPV which delivers when it comes to features and even fuel economy. The Xylo is 4250mm long, and has a wheelbase of 2760mm. With a ground clearance of 186mm, the Xylo stands tall and also is very spacious.
The Xylo comes powered by the 2.2-litre mHawk engine which churns out 118bhp and develops 280Nm of torque. The company has plans to revamp the Xylo and introduce it this year with some new features and improving the fuel efficiency of the car.
Price: Starts from Rs. 8.1 lakh