5 Best MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) in 2010 (India)

By Turjo, Gaea News Network
Saturday, July 31, 2010


In India, the term MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) describes any general vehicle type having maximum interior room. It is also called minivans, people-carriers, people-movers, or multi-utility vehicles (shortened MUV’s).


MPVs are usually between 1,6001,800 millimetres (6371 inches) tall, which is around 200 mm (7.9 in) taller than a sedan, hatchback or a station wagon. The engine is mounted very close to the front edge of the car, and its elements are grouped higher than in other car types to minimize front overhang length. The rear overhang may be short as in a hatchback or long like in station wagons. Larger MPV’s usually feature three seat rows, having two or three seats each: 2-3-2, 2-2-3 or 2-3-3 (front to rear) are the most common seating configurations. Smaller minivans tend to have two seat rows, with a traditional 2-3 configuration.

Most of the current MPV’s are Front wheel drive. The main advantage is better traction than rear-wheel drive vehicles, under slippery conditions like rain, snow and ice etc. This configuration also allows more inner area along the floor, due to the absence of the drive-shaft hump.

In case you are wondering which MPV’s are currently ruling the Indian roads, we have prepared a list of top 5 cars on the basis of Price, Capacity, Fuel efficiency, Comfort and Safety.

1. Chevrolet Tavera Neo LS- BS III

Chervolet Tavera

The Chevrolet Tavera is a top-of-the-line Multi Utility Vehicle that emits a resolute and reassuring stance. This car in India is available in two Base variants, and seven Neo-2 Variants. These variants are equipped with a 2.5L Direct Injection turbo-diesel engine that delivers 80 bhp. The engine is linked to a 5-speed manual transmission. The vastly comfortable interior is built with excellent refinements and accommodates 8-10 passengers and plenty of cargo.

Price : Rs.6 -8 lakhs

Capacity & Volume

Fuel Tank Capacity (Liter): 55
Seating Capacity (Person) : 10

Fuel Economy
Mileage City (KM/Liter) : 10.9
Mileage Highway (KM/Liter) : 14.6
Mileage Overall (KM/Liter) : 11.64
Maximum Speed : 141Km/Hour
Speed From 0-100KM Per Hour : 22.9seconds
Time To Reach 0-1/4 Mile(Approx 0.402KM) : 22seconds

Final Reduction Gear Ratio : 3.91
No. Of Gears/Speeds : 5Gears
Transmission Type : Manual

Fuel Type : Diesel


  • Power Steering
  • Lockable Spare Wheel Under Floor
  • Front Ash Tray
  • Centre Room Lamp Intermittent Front Wiper
  • Dual Horn
  • Remote Fuel Lid Opener
  • A/C + Heater
  • Front Roof Lamp


  • Body Colored Steel Bumpers and Corners
  • Both side OSRVM
  • Tinted Glasses
  • Chrome plated Front Grille
  • Step in Rear Bumper
  • Full wheel cover
  • Aluminium side step


  • Full Fabric Floor Carpet
  • Premium Jacquard “Beige” Fabric upholstery
  • Door Trim with Fabric
  • Wood finish on Instrument Panel
  • Wood Finish on Centre console, gear knob and power window switches
  • Sporty 3-spoke steering wheel
  • Soft feel fabric on Door Trims
  • Tilt Quarter window

Chervolet Tavera


  • Rear Door Child Lock

Problems: .Tavera lacks in pick up, but cruising at high speed is no problem. Suspension of tavera is very poor for deep pot-holes.

2. Toyota Innova 2.5 EV MS

Toyota Inova

As a product from Toyota, innova offer certain standards. It is spacious,powerful and economic. In Higher varients the interior are up to mark. On road it is like a cruiser slipping over water ( Thanks for its coil spring suspension). It is so powerful and easy to drive.

Price : Rs.8,04,728(Approx) (insurance, road tax and other taxes/charges extra)

Capacity & Volume

Fuel Tank Capacity (Liter) : 55
Seating Capacity (Person) : 8


No. Of Gears/Speeds : 5 Gears
Transmission Type : Manual

Fuel Economy

Mileage City (KM/Liter) : 10.6
Mileage Highway (KM/Liter) : 14
Mileage Overall (KM/Liter) : 11.28


Maximum Speed : 151Km/Hour
Speed From 0-100KM Per Hour : 17.6seconds
Time To Reach 0-1/4 Mile(Approx 0.402KM) : 20.5seconds

Fuel Type : Diesel


  • Tilt Steering Column(Manual)
  • Child Lock
  • 4 Speakers


  • Tubeless Tyres
  • Wiper Front (Mist)
  • Outside Rear View Mirrors (Black/Manual)


  • Tripmeter
  • Glove Box
  • Sunvisor (Driver with Ticket Holder)
  • Sunvisor (Passenger)
  • PVC Seats
Toyota Inova


  • GOA Body

Problems : low visibility in sides and low air inflow inside the car.

3.Mahindra Xylo E8

Mahendra Xylo

The sporty and refined Mahindra Xylo MPV carries several elegant styling cues of the renewed and refreshed Mahindra Scorpio. It blends the elegance of a sedan with the ruggedness of an SUV. The E2, E4, E6, E8 and E8 ABS MPVs are powered by 112 bhp 2.5-litre turbocharged mEagle diesel engine, which has a name similar to the popular mHawk engine on the Scorpio. The D2, however, has a 2.5L mDI CRDe engine producing 95 bhp. All variants of the Xylo come with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

Price : Rs. 5,61,771 (approx.)

Capacity & Volume

Fuel Tank Capacity (Liter) 55
Seating Capacity (Person) 7
Fuel Economy
Mileage City (KM/Liter) 10.4
Mileage Highway (KM/Liter) 14
Mileage Overall (KM/Liter) 11.12

Maximum Speed Km/Hour

Speed From 0-100KM Per Hour : seconds
Time To Reach 0-1/4 Mile(Approx 0.402KM) : seconds

No. Of Gears/Speeds : 5 Gears
Transmission Type : Manual

Fuel type : Disel


  • HVAC
  • Surround cool dual AC’s
  • Floor console
  • Power steering
  • Puddle lamp on front & rear doors
  • Tilt steering
  • Keyless entry
  • Central locking
  • Illumination ring
  • Power window
  • Power window express up/down (driver side) with anti-pinch
  • Two DIN audio system
  • Rear defogger
  • Electric remote fuel lid opener


  • Body coloured electric Outside rear view mirrors Electric (Body Coloured)
  • Fog lamps
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Alloy wheels
  • Side body cladding Body Coloured (Steel insert)
  • Coloured Bumpers
  • Coloured Grill
  • Coloured Handles & outside rear view mirrors & footstep end caps
  • Rear wash & wipe (rear wiper)


  • Digital Drive Assist System
  • Roof console for spectacle holder
  • Mobile charging points (front on IP and middle on centre console)
  • Courtesy lamps (1+1+2)
  • Rear glass embedded antenna
  • Theater Style Seating (7,8)
  • Flat bed front seats
  • Armrest for driver and co-driver
  • 3 position lumbar support for front & middle captain seats
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Foldable arm rest in the middle and last seat with utility space
  • Seat material made of PVC
  • 8 front facing, 7seater (captain seats)
Mahendra Xylo


  • Tubeless tyres
  • intellipark reverse assist
  • Engine immobilizer (Transponder based)

Problems: Poor interior design and height.

4. Tata Sumo Grande MK II LX

Tata Sumo Grande

Indian auto giant Tata Motors has come up with its all new version of Multi Utility Vehicle (MUV), Sumo with a unique-catchy name of The Sumo Grande, that promises to deliver “more than meets the eye”. Casted with the blend of elements that offers the stylish-sporty looks of a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) with the comfort-convenience and performance of a family car. The clear lined outlook and the roomy-comfy interiors of the Sumo Grande car is perfectly complimented by the strong performance of latest engine and transmission technology, that makes sure that all the passengers get a superb riding experience.

Price : Rs. 5,75, 034 (Approx)

Capacity & Volume
Fuel Tank Capacity (Liter) : 65
Seating Capacity (Person) : 7

Fuel Economy
Mileage City (KM/Liter) : 10
Mileage Highway (KM/Liter) : 14
Mileage Overall (KM/Liter) : 11.2

Maximum Speed : Km/Hour
Speed From 0-100KM Per Hour : seconds
Time To Reach 0-1/4 Mile(Approx 0.402KM) :seconds


No. Of Gears/Speeds : 5 Gears
Transmission Type : Manual

Fuel Type: : Disel

  • Power steering
  • HVAC (Heating, ventilation and AC)
  • Dual Integrated Roof AC with roof mounted Ducts
  • Power windows (All four)
  • Driver side Express Down Power Windows
  • Electrically adjustable side Rearview mirrors
  • Key less Entry
  • 3 Position Lumbar support for Front seats
  • Arm rest on Driver and Co-driver Seats
  • Foldable Hand Rest On Middle Row Seats
  • 65:35 split and completely folding Middle row seats
  • Completely tumbling and removable type 3rd row seat
  • Cup Holders on Floor console,2nd and 3rd Row
  • Cigarette Lighter in Centre console
  • 12 V Power Point for front & middle Row
  • Rear Wash & Wiper
  • Electrical Rear Glass Demister
  • In-car illumination: Front Roof lamp, Middle row lamp, Illuminated Ignition Key slot
  • Adjustable light intensity on Instrument panel
  • Tachometer
  • Analog Clock on Center console
  • Side Foot Steps
  • Magazine Pockets in the Door Pads & Bottle holder
  • Mirrors with turn indicators
  • Entertainment - Music System with 6 Speakers + iPod port
  • Remote fuel flap operation
  • Multi-stage Height Adjustable Driver Seat
  • Goggle case
  • Puddle Lamps on doors
  • Internal Radio Antenna
  • Inner Door Handle
  • After Key Switch off, 30 sec Power Window Operation
  • Power Windows


  • Front and Rear Gate Scuff Plates
  • Fabric inserts on Door Pads
  • Stylized Wheel Rim Covers
  • Body Coloured Pull Type Door Handles
  • Body Coloured Bumpers
  • Chrome Tailgate Applique
  • Under body Spare Wheel
  • Intelligent Rotary Lock Mechanism
  • Follow me home
  • Graphic Instrument Cluster


  • Central Console & Door Switch Plate finish (Faux Wood)
  • Soft Velvet Feel Full Fabric with Back Pocket
  • Two tone Barley Beige & Ebony Black
Tata Sumo Grande


  • Side Impact Bars
  • Tiltable & Collapsible Steering Column
  • Tubeless tyres
  • Engine Immobilizer (ECU Controlled)
  • Fire Resistant Seat Fabric
  • Scotch Guard treated Stain Proof Seats
  • Clear Lens Fog lamps
  • Rear Fog Lamps
  • Motorized Head Lamps adjustment
  • Central Locking
  • Child Safety Lock
  • Antiglare Internal Rear View Mirror
  • Drivers Seat belt Unfastened Warning
  • Door Open Warning
  • High Mount Stop Lamp
  • Low Fuel indicator Warning
  • Stylized Front Grill
  • Sump Guard (Handsome Grey)
  • Door Rub Rails with Chrome Insert

Safety & Security

  • Child Safety Locks
  • Immobilizer

:Hard suspension, rocky drive,Cheapest quality plastics.

5. Mahindra Bolero XL 10

Mahindra Bolero

The rugged Bolero is ideal for Indian roads with its superb off-road capabilities and excellent power. This comfortable and spacious MUV signifies ruggedness, durability, reliability, and economic maintenance. A good choice of diesel variants include SLX, SLE, XL, XLS, MDI, DI, and VLX CRDe. All variants are powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged engine that generates 63 to 68 bhp, where as the VLX CRDe churns out 97 bhp. A responsive 5-speed manual transmission is standard among all variants.

This car has quiet cabin that features ergonomically contoured anti-submarine seats, practical vinyl seating, and rubber flooring throughout the interior. The front looks more aggressive with a new commanding grille element, huge headlamps, and a muscular front bumper. Standard features on the Bolero include front fog lamps, power windows, power steering, and tinted window glass. Safety is ensured by features such as child safety locks, front/rear seatbelts, crumple zones, and collapsible steering.

Price : Rs. 5.5 lacs - 7 lacs

Capacity & Volume
Fuel Tank Capacity (Liter) : 60
Seating Capacity (Person) : 10

Fuel Economy
Mileage City (KM/Liter) : 9.5
Mileage Highway (KM/Liter) : 13.2
Mileage Overall (KM/Liter) : 10.2
Maximum Speed : 125Km/Hour
Speed From 0-100KM Per Hour : 28.93seconds
Time To Reach 0-1/4 Mile(Approx 0.402KM) : seconds


No. Of Gears/Speeds : 5Gears
Transmission Type : Manual

Fuel Type : Disel


  • Power Steering
  • Trunk Light
  • Vanity Mirror
  • Rear Reading Lamp
  • Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest
  • Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts


  • Air Conditioner
  • Fabric Upholstery
  • Glove Compartment


  • Adjustable headlights
  • Manullay adjustable Ext. Rear View mirror
  • Wheel Covers
  • Tinted Glass
  • Side stepper

Mahindra Bolero

Safety Features : Standard

Problems : de-fogging of wind screen missing,
vibration at certain speeds and Cannot fold rear seat down.

All the cars that we have enlisted, might vary in price and features depending on the availability in the market.We welcome reviews on the MPV’s you are using currently or have used before. And if you think that any other car should have been within the top 5 list, feel free to share your views.

October 7, 2010: 1:06 am

Mahindra Bolero VLX CRDe is a powerful car from Mahindra. This car is featured with CRDe engines which provide smooth and great performance with high pick up and low fuel consumption. The tyre of the vehicle is radial which ensures safe driving.

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