Top 10 Safe, Comfortable, Spacious & Reliable Cars for Long Drive and Road Trips in India
We all love getting away from the daily hustle and taking some time off to relax with our family or friends. Some like to do it with a road trip or just a weekend getaway or the sheer pleasure to go on a long drive. Cars for long drives and road trips surely need to meet some conditions like space, comfort, powerful engine and a good average. In addition to this, these cars also should have good luggage space, be reliable and safe. Hence we at MyNewCar have listed down top 10 cars that are best for long drives and road trips across various segments.
1. Ford Freestyle : Price Range: Rs 6.69 lakh - Rs 10.15 lakh Ex-Showroom, India
The Freestyle from Ford is one of the sporty-looking crossovers and it also gets a rugged look along with ample ground clearance. Coming to the cabin, it is very roomy and it provides good shoulder room and legroom thus providing a comfortable experience especially on long drives. It offers a boot space of 257 litres which isn’t very big but it surely can hold up to 4 medium-sized bags with ease. Although the Freestyle is a crossover and has decent ground clearance it is not meant for hardcore off-road but it certainly takes on uneven roads and dusty trails with ease. Both the petrol and diesel engines are peppy and offer decent power and good mileage of 23.8 kmpl on the diesel engine and 18.5 kmpl on the petrol engine. The top of the line model comes loaded with six airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, hill hold control and ESP over and above the standard safety features.
2. Tata Altroz : Price Range: Rs 6.04 lakh - Rs 10.49 lakh Ex-Showroom, India
After the Nexon, the Tata Altroz is the second vehicle to roll out from Tata Motor’s stable to achieve 5-star safety rating at the Global NCAP crash test. Coming to the cabin, egress ingress can be done with ease as the doors open full 90 degrees. The driver seat gets height adjustable features, whereas at the rear the floor is flat with rear AC vents and there is ample leg space and headroom. The boot space offered in the Altroz is about 345 litres and it can carry quite a few large bags as well. Both the petrol and diesel engine are refined and offer smooth drive and they also come with three-driving modes Eco, City and Sports. The petrol engine offers a mileage of 19.05 kmpl whereas the diesel engine offers a mileage of 25.11 kmpl. Tata Motors offers the top of the line trim level with front dual airbags and ABS with EBD along with other standard safety features. But the main highlight is the robust build quality and the 5-star safety rating it has bagged at the G-NCAP crash test.
3. Honda All-NewCity : Price Range: Rs 12.50 lakh - Rs 17.10 lakh Ex-Showroom, India
Recently Honda launched the all-new City which is fifth-generation iteration and the fourth-gen model is still on sale alongside. With the latest-gen model launched, Honda offers a spacious cabin for utmost comfort along with the latest modern technology and equipment. It gets a boot space of 506 litres which can accommodate luggage for a weekend getaway and long trips. Honda offers the new-gen City with both petrol and diesel engine wherein the petrol engine gets the option of CVT automatic gearbox which is very comfortable and offers a smooth drive. The petrol engine offers an average of 17.8 kmpl to 18.4 kmpl, whereas the diesel engine offers an average of 24.1 kmpl. Coming to the safety features, Honda offers the all-new City with 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control, ESP and traction control above the standard safety features. In addition to this, the C-segment sedan has also bagged a 5-star rating at the ASEAN crash.
4. Skoda Superb : Price Range: Rs 29.99 lakh - Rs 32.99 lakh Ex-Showroom, India
The Skoda Superb is capable of competing with the BMW 3 series and the Mercedes Benz C-Class and it can also act as one of the alternatives for these entry-level luxury cars. The cabin of the Superb is very spacious and it also comes equipped with a host of creature comfort features which offers a comfortable ride. It is offered with a 12-way electrically adjustable front seat which will help to position the driver seat, three-zone climate control, a lot of legroom at the rear and ambient lighting, sunroof, keyless and a powered tailgate with 625 litres of boot space. Skoda only offers the Superb with a 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine which is peppy and offers a good driving experience. Adding to the comfort in the ride quality is the soft suspension setup which helps to absorb the road bumps with ease. Although the turbo petrol engine is quite peppy it also delivers a decent mileage of 15.1 kmpl. Coming to safety, the Superb scored 5-star ratings at the Euro NCAP crash tests. Over and above the standard safety features it comes loaded with 8 airbags, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold Control and Traction Control.
5. Maruti Suzuki XL6 : Price Range: Rs 9.84 lakh - Rs 11.51 lakh Ex-Showroom, India
Maruti Suzuki developed the XL6 based on the New Ertiga and with this, it brought in good premium equipment and creature comfort features. This Premium MPV gets an all-black cabin theme, spacious interiors and it comes loaded with the comfortable captain seats in the second row which can be easily reclined. The third row is the same as found on the New Ertiga but with it is now easily accessible due to the captain seats in the second row and it offers a boot space of 209 litres with the third row up. To deliver a comfortable ride and good driving experience the XL6 comes loaded with automatic climate control, AC vents at the rear, cruise control, automatic headlamps and height-adjustable driver’s seat. With the BS6 emission norms coming into place, the diesel engine has been discontinued. The XL6 only comes powered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that also gets Maruti’s SHVS mild hybrid system. This petrol engine is coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox which delivers an average of 19.01 kmpl and it also gets the option for a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission that gives out an average of 17.99 kmpl. Just like the New Ertiga, even the XL6 comes loaded with front dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, a speed warning system and seat-belt reminders. The automatic variants get additional Hill Hold Control and ESP.
6. Mahindra XUV 300 : Price Range: Rs 7.94 lakh - Rs 12.30 lakh Ex-Showroom, India
With the launch of the XUV 300, Mahindra entered into the compact SUV segment and it also ticked many of the right boxes. Coming to the rear row, it boasts of the best in segment legroom and adequate headroom making the cabin roomier and comfortable. In addition to this, the seats are also supportive, it gets adjustable headrests and three-point seat belts at the rear. For utmost comfort, the XUV 300 comes loaded with cruise control, dual-zone climate control along with memory functions, heated mirrors and front parking sensors as well. Although there is generous legroom at the rear, the boot space offered is 259 litres. Mahindra powers the XUV 300 with a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine that is only mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and it delivers a mileage of 17kmpl. On the other hand, the diesel model is powered with a 1.5-litre turbo unit which is coupled to a 6-speed manual and AMT unit that delivers an average of 20kmpl. The Mahindra XUV 300 scored 5-star rating at the Global NCAP crash test and it comes loaded with features such as 7 airbags, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold Control and Traction Control over and above the standards safety features.
7. Hyundai Creta : Price Range: Rs 9.81 lakh - Rs 17.31 lakh Ex-Showroom, India
With the launch of the New Creta Hyundai aims to regain the segment leader position in its segment. Hyundai offers the New Creta with futuristic design language, feature-loaded cabin and various engine and transmission options. The seats offer adequate cushioning and good thigh support which provides great comfort, especially during long drives. The cabin offers good headroom and legroom at the front and rear which is even comfortable for six-footers as well. Under the hood are two petrol and one diesel engine options - a 1.5-litre MPi unit which is mated to a 6-speed manual and Intelligent Variable Transmission that offers a mileage of 17 kmpl and a 1.4-litre Turbo unit which is coupled to a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission which offers an average of 17kmpl. Whereas the diesel model Creta is powered with a 1.5-litre unit which is mated to a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox that offers an average of 21 kmpl and 19 kmpl respectively. For the first time, Hyundai has offered the latest iteration Creta with driving modes – Eco, Comfort, Sports and traction control modes for driving on snow, sand and mud. Over and above the standard safety features, the New Creta also comes loaded with 6 airbags, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold Control and Traction Control
8. Toyota Innova Crysta : Price Range: Rs 15.66 lakh - Rs 24.76 lakh Ex-Showroom, India
The Innova Crysta has been one of the most loved and famous cars to run out of Toyota’s stable in the Indian market. Right from car buyers with a big family up to taxi aggregators, all have been choosing this MPV to cater to their needs. Over the years many updates have been provided and now this MPV has been more luxurious and comfortable than before. It is being offered in 7 and 8 seat configuration, in which this MPV gets captain seats in the middle row for the 7 seater model. The legroom and shoulder room is adequate, the third row is easily accessible and doesn't feel cramped at all. Overall the seats offer good thigh support and don't make you feel tired on long drives and it is one of the most spacious in its competition. With the third row up, it offers a boot space of 300 litres and with the third row folded it offers a massive boot space of 760 litres. Toyota powers the Innova Crysta with a 2.7-litre petrol engine which is mated to a 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox. This petrol engine offers a mileage of 11.25 kmpl and 10.75 kmpl respectively for the manual and automatic version. It also is powered with a 2.4-litre diesel engine that is coupled to a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox and both the models offer an average of 15.1 kmpl. Over and above the standard safety features the Innova Crysta comes loaded with 7 airbags along with Brake Assist, ESP and Hill Hold Control.
9. KIA Carnival : Price Range: Rs 24.95 lakh - Rs 33.95 lakh Ex-Showroom, India
After the launch of the Kia Seltos in the Indian market, Kia Motors launched its second model which was an MPV. Since its launch, the Kia Carnival has been an instant hit and with this, it is a very capable MPV which gives a good competition to the Innova Crysta. Kia offers the Carnival in 7,8 and 9 seating configuration and it offers an ample amount of space inside the cabin. The lower models get resistance cloth seats which offer comfort to the passengers, especially on long drives. Whereas, the top of the line trim levels gets a VIP second row and it also offers leg support for better comfort. The Carnival comes loaded with creature comfort features such as 10-way adjustable driver seat, a smart air purifier, smart power tailgate, power sliding doors, three-zone climate control, heated & ventilated seats and car connected technology. It gets a massive boot space of 540 litres which can easily accommodate luggage for long trips and weekend getaways. Powering the Kia Carnival is a 2.2-litre diesel engine that is only coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission and offers an average of 14.29 kmpl. In terms of safety, the top of the line model comes loaded with 6 airbags, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold Control and Traction Control
10. Ford Endeavour : Price Range: Rs 29.99 lakh - Rs 34.45 lakh Ex-Showroom, India
The Ford Endeavour is one of the most capable full-size SUV on sale in the Indian market. This SUV can take you to the office, out on weekend getaways with the family and for some fun offroading. With the Endeavour, Ford has not only offered an imposing road presence but even good ride quality and luxurious and modern creature comfort features. Inside the cabin, the Endeavour offers ample legroom, headroom and shoulder room in the front and middle rows as compared to its rivals. The front seats are large and they also offer more cushion support that helps during long drives and offers a comfortable ride. The middle row gets a bench seat which is also very comfortable and spacious. Coming to the third row, the knee room can be adjusted by sliding the second row whereas it still offers better headroom than its competitors. Ford offers the Endeavour with a boot space of 450 litres and both the third row and the second row can be folded flat. Powering the Ford Endeavour is a 2.0 EcoBlue Diesel Engine that is mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox and it comes in 4x2 and 4x4 configuration. This diesel engine offers an average of 12.4 kmpl which is quite good when compared to the weight of the car and also the 4x4 technology. In terms of safety, Ford offers this full-size SUV with 7 airbags, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control with rollover stability, Hill Descent Control and Traction Control.
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