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Best Minivans in India

For those who have a big family and a massive group of friends, a minivan is an ideal choice!

India is a country where the concept of joint family is prevalent to a great extent. Therefore, most of the families are big, with over four members. For such families, India has an arsenal of minivans. Yes, there are SUVs as well, but not every family is into exploring adventurous terrains and hitting the off-road trails. In this article, we have listed some of the best minivans accessible in India. Note that most of these cars also fall into the multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) category.

Maruti Eeco- Remember the famous Maruti Omni which was regularly used in Bollywood films for kidnapping scenes? The Eeco is like the Omni, but a little better and bigger. The Eeco is available in India in a petrol variant and CNG variant, along with a five-seater setup and a seven-seater setup. The Eeco petrol variant draws power from a G12B unit that generates a peak power of 72.4hp at 6,000rpm and 98Nm at 3,000rpm of maximum torque. Compared to the petrol variant, the CNG variant is equipped with the same engine but makes lesser power and torque figures of 61.7hp at 6,000rpm and 85Nm at 3,000rpm.

Kia Carnival- Honestly, the Kia Carnival is not a mini fan but a massive car that can accommodate nine to 10 people comfortably. The Kia Carnival is available in three seating variants; seven-seater, eight-seater and nine-seater. Unlike the Maruti Eeco, the Kia Carnival is an expensive car with a price-tag hovering between INR 29 lakh and INR 33 lakh. Not to forget, it is also powered by a powerful four-cylinder, 2,199cc engine that is tuned to produce a peak power of 197.2hp at 3,800rpm and a torque number of 440Nm at 2,750rpm. The hefty price-tag offers many premium features, such as a heater, air quality control, automatic climate control, traction control, airbags and more.

V-Class- Last but not least, this van is meant for elite families with tons of money in their pockets. The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is one of the most premium vans in the world, with an astronomical price-tag starting from 71.06 lakh to 1.46 crore. A seven-seater car, the V-Class, is available in two diesel variants; 2,143cc and 1,950cc. The V-Class is powered by a 2.2-litre, V-220d unit, but both the variants have a similar power out of around 160hp and 380Nm.

Rohit Chatterjee

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Rohit Chatterjee is a bona fide moto-enthusiast who has worked with several media houses in his brief career. Chatterjee mostly writes features and news articles related to automobiles and motorsports. When not working, he is found on the interstate clocking over 100kmph on his NS200!
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