Going on a long drive on weekends in your vehicle is always amusing. It’s the journey that matters more than the destination. That said, it is even more lively and pleasant if the entire family is travelling together with 5-6 members. And that weekend car should also do duties on the weekdays with you sitting on the captain seats for the utmost comfort. So, today, we bring you 10 cars that get captain seats. After all these rides, have to manage the work on the weekdays and leisure on the weekends without compromise on comfort. Let’s dive straight in.
Note: The prices mentioned are ex-showroom prices for the base variants of the vehicles.
Maruti Suzuki XL6 (₹9.92Lakhs)
When you hear Maruti Suzuki the first thing that comes to mind is the fuel efficiency next comes the price. And this little less known Maruti Suzuki XL6 delivers exactly that. This MPV is among the cheapest in the country to get 2nd-row captain seats. If you are not aware, XL6 is based on one of the best-selling MPVs the Ertiga with some additions.
And no Ertiga does not come with captain seats. The Maruti Suzuki XL6 comes powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine that pushes 103hp of max power and 138Nm of peak torque. Setting the power down is a 5-speed manual transmission and for convenience, a 4-speed AT (Torque Converter) on offer.
Mahindra Marazzo (₹12.03Lakhs)
Next on the list is an MPV from the homegrown carmaker Mahindra, it is Marazzo. This MPV comfortably sits in the middle of a huge gap that is between XL6 (or Ertiga) and the king Toyota Innova Crysta. This makes the Marazzo a very unique composition as it gets a decent spec sheet. Not to forget, Mahindra Marazzo also gets a powerful engine.
Sadly, with this vehicle, you only get a diesel engine that is of course BS6 compliant. Marazzo sports a 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine that generates 121bhp of power and 300Nm of torque. One of the USP of the Marazzo is that the 3rd or the last row can seat 3 people versus the 2 in many of its competition. So technically it’s a 7 seater vehicle with captain seats.
MG Hector Plus (₹13.63Lakhs)
Moving up the price list we have a new entry from the MG, the Hector Plus. This vehicle is essentially the Hector with a larger overhang to accommodate the last row of seats. The Hector Plus did get a subtle update at the beginning of 2021. Link the other MPV this too has an option of a 6 or a 7 seater variant to choose from. And for the obvious reason, it is the 6 seater variant that gets the comfortable captain seats for the middle row.
A good thing about this vehicle is that it is one of the most comfortable vehicles on this list. Another plus point, it gets an option of both a petrol engine as well as a diesel engine. The MG Hector Plus gets a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine that churns 141bhp of max power and the torque output sits at 250Nm. On the other hand, the diesel is the Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre motor that pushes 168hp of power and about 360Nm of peak torque.
Tata Safari (₹14.99Lakhs)
Moving on, the legend is back, or is it? The latest entry on the list is the Tata Safari. The Indian carmaker Tata launched the SUV in the starting months of 2021, February to be exact. Well, the looks are always subjective, with the Safari it’s more like a love it or hate it relation. To begin with, the new Tata Safari is based on the Harrier which has been there in the market for a while now.
Where Tata Harrier gets its own identity, Safari has to make a little compromise as it looks similar to its sibling from the front. But that would be nitpicking to an otherwise robust and comfortable vehicle. Like the others on the list, this too gets an option of a 6 and a 7 seater with the former one having the captain seats. Moving on, Tata Safari gets only a diesel powertrain. This engine too is a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre motor that the company likes to call Kryotec. (168hp power and 360Nm torque)
Toyota Innova Crysta (₹16.53Lakhs)
Think 6 or 7 seater vehicle or an MPV with captain seats, think Toyota Innova Crysta. The vehicle does not need any introduction. Toyota Innova is the oldest car on the list and it shows, as the vehicle has come along with and has become from good to perfect. Toyota Innova offers the perfect balance between comfort and price. Though the MPV is priced slightly on the higher side.
It is worth mentioning, being a Toyota, Innova is reliable and is not super expensive to maintain. Talking about the engine, Crysta gets a couple of engines to choose from, petrol and diesel. The petrol is a 2.7-litre naturally aspirated engine that is healthy enough to generate 164hp of power and 245Nm of maximum torque. On the contrary, the 2.4-litre diesel engine is capable of generating 148hp of power and 343Nm of peak torque.
Kia Carnival (₹24.95Lakhs)
If you have the money and want to experience the most luxurious back seats in an MPV, Kia Carnival is the way to go. Kia launched the Carnival back in 2020 and the sales numbers say it all. Kia with the Carnival got a really positive response from the Indian market. Of course, Carnival gets a plethora of features that even some cars a class above lack.
The USP of the Carnival has to be its humongous captain seats at the great. They offer tremendous comfort with a few gadgets and gizmos. That said, it is one of the cars to be chauffeured around. Additionally, the 4th generation of Carnival recently scored a 5-star rating in the ANCAP crash test. And as per our sources, this generation Carnival may come to India super soon.
As of now the 3rd gen Kia Carnival in India gets only an option of a turbo-diesel engine. This motor is a 2.2-litre CRDi that churns 197hp of maximum power and 440Nm of peak torque. Also, Carnival comes with an option of 7,8 and a 9 seater to choose from.
MG Gloster (₹29.98Lakhs)
Another vehicle which is an SUV to get captain seats in the middle row is the MG Gloster. This too has been recently introduced with some first in segment features. Talking about the features the selling point of the Gloster has to be the ADAS feature. Well, if there is more you want know about the MG Gloster. Moving on, this SUV gets an option of 6 or a seven-seater. And yes, at this price point, this is the only vehicle to sport captain seats.
MG Gloster is the longest, widest and tallest vehicle in the segment making the interior of the SUV super-duper spacious. We think space at the rear of the car is more than a kind sized bed. Now, let’s talk a bit technical. It is the whole family you want to take off-roading worry not Gloster comes with a 4WD system. Moving on to the engine, it comes only with a diesel engine in two different specs. The more powerful motor is capable enough of generating a max power of 215hp and peak torque of 480Nm.
Hyundai Alcazar (₹12-₹20Lakhs)*
The upcoming vehicle that will have captain seats in the middle row is the Creta Alcazar (Creta Max). As the name suggests, this vehicle is following the trend of elongating the wheelbase and the overhangs to make space for the 3rd row of seats. Talking about the features and the specification, the Hyundai Alcazar will likely borrow them from the current Creta.
Though the SUV will be feature-packed it will not be unique in any terms. To begin with, we can expect the Alcazar to arrive with two engines petrol and diesel. The petrol engine is a 2.0-litre engine that pushes 150hp of max power and 192Nm of peak torque. Well, the diesel may be a little underpowered. Alcazar may get the same 1.5-litre engine with 113hp and 250Nm of peak torque.
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