The Choice of 7-Seater SUV in Asia, Comparison of Specification and Features – Hello CarUsers, on this article we will brief you about a type of stylist and tough car, namely SUV which stands for “Sport Utility Vehicle”. This article specifically addresses the big bodied SUVs whit 7 passengers capacity at price of about $40,000 (IDR 400 – 500 Millions).


SUV is a trending choice of car consumers nowadays, beside its capability to accommodate many passengers, this type of car is also designed with high ground clearance, tough legs and stylist exterior that gives the impression of luxury and specific prestige for it’s users. So this kind of car is suitable for all road conditions in both urban and rural.


If you’re living in city and often return to your hometown by driving your own car passing uncertain road conditions, having this type of car is the right choice. In addition, you will also look dashing and successful by riding an SUV.


If you are still choosing which SUV will be the occupant of your garage, maybe the following explanations can help you in making decision.


The Price of Seven Passengers SUV Cars in Indonesia and Asia


Even though the buyers of SUV usually have high incomes, it doesn’t mean that prices are no longer a consideration, because the smart buyers will pay attention to the “value-for-money” of the car to be afforded. Therefore, we will see first the price comparison of these seven seaters SUVs.


Following is the price comparison of the big 7 seaters SUV (in IDR Millions):
7 Passengers Capacity
New Car Prices
Used Car Prices
   Mitsubishi – Pajero Sport
442 – 634
412 – 534
360 – 480
320 – 430
   Toyota – Fortuner
467 – 538
425 – 533
385 – 490
350 – 460
   Nissan – X-Trail
385 – 445
370 – 445
350 – 410
   KIA – Sorento
470 – 498
420 – 450
370 – 450
   Hyundai – Santa Fe
421 – 650
350 – 530
220 – 510
   Ford – Everest
400 – 540
404 – 560
300 – 370
295 – 365
   Chevrolet – Captiva
381 – 462
340 – 415
335 – 365


Through the above price list of new and used SUV in Indonesia, it’s clear for you now which cars are coverable by your budget.  The above prices can be quite different from the actual selling prices, as per the varying discounts from each manufacturer.


For more detail brief information, followings are the explanation of each SUV.


1. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport


This car is notoriously tough, so it’s widely used as company operation cars, especially for mining and forestry companies. If previously Pajero Sport is synonymous with racing and company operation cars to navigate rough roads, nowadays this car is also widely used as family car because of its elegant and classy look.


Mitsubishi Pajero Sport does have brand image as a luxury car, but since it’s usually used as company’s operation car in massive numbers, unexpectedly many times the owners of this car are not considered as the real owner. People easily think that it’s only company car. That’s what happens to Pajero Sport owners, especially in Indonesia.


Here is the list of specification, advantages, lacks and user’s complaints of Pajero Sport:
2016:  L x W x H = 4,695 mm  x 1,815 mm  x 1,840 mm
2014:  L x W x H = 4,705 mm  x 1,840 mm  x 1,850 mm
Volume: 2.5L & 3.0L DOHC 4 Cylinders
2014 – 2015:
2.5L : 178 HP @4,000 rpm, Torque:  357 Nm @ 3,500 rpm
3.0L : 220 HP @6,250 rpm, Torque:  320 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Manual       :  5 Speeds
Automatic  :  5 Speeds
Dashing appearance, good driving enjoyment, Soft suspension, good quality of interior materials.
High fuel consumption, ordinary interior look. In certain variant, the practicality of second cabin is lacking of seat sliding feature, this makes the limited third cabin space.
  User’s complaints
Yet there is no significant complaints except the fuel consumption (it’s a big SUV guys! buy a small hatchback for economical fuel consumption!), Beside that, few users complained about the less responsive engine character, less durability of fuel pump, easily plugged injector and few of Pajero Sport emitted black smoke from its exhaust. but all those problems are not common.
Brand Image
Luxury and tough car, Company operation car, racing car.


2. Toyota Fortuner


In Indonesia, Toyota Fortuner already has a very nice brand image as “car of the rich”. It’s common in Indonesia that those who have Toyota Fortuner are considered as people who have big incomes and many other properties, because they are able to pay the high running of the Fortuner’s operation cost, such as: non-economical fuel consumption, expensive spare parts and services costs, etc.


The Toyota’s brand image as a Japanese giant manufacturer of passenger cars also contributes to the fame of Fortuner to exceed the others’. In contrary with Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Toyota Fortuner is rarely used as company’s operation car in massive numbers. In case it’s hired as operation car, usually it’s assigned for those with high position, such as Director, President Director and high government officials.


Here is the specification, advantages, lacks and user’s complaints of Toyota Fortuner:
2016:  L x W x H  =  4,795 mm x 1,855 mm  x 1,835 mm
2014:  L x W x H  =  4,705 mm x 1,840 mm  x 1,850 mm
2016:  Volume: 2.4L & 2.8L, DOHC 4 Cylinders, 16 Valves
2014:  Volume: 2.5L & 2.7L, DOHC 4 Cylinders, 16 Valves
Fortuner 2016
2.4L : 150 HP, Torque:  400 Nm
2.7L : 160 HP, Torque:  246 Nm
2.8L : 177 HP, Torque:  450 Nm
Fortuner 2014
2.5L : 144 HP @3,400 rpm, Torque:  246 Nm @ 2,800 rpm
2.7L : 160 HP @5,200 rpm, Torque:  350 Nm @ 3,800 rpm
2016: 6 Speeds,  2014: 5 Speeds
Smooth engine, Dashing appearance, Soft suspension. Furthermore the 2016 Fortuner will be equipped with more sophisticated features, such as start-stop engine button, automatic hill breaking, etc.
High fuel consumption, ordinary exterior and interior look (boring).
  User’s complaints
Hi fuel consumption, few users had problem with engine performance due to bad fuel quality (needs hi cost fuel).
Toyota was sued by Fortuner’s user in early of 2014 due to air bags malfunctioned during crash that caused severe injury. (source:
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Car of the rich, Car for old people: until 2015 type, Fortuner is less favored by young people due to its look, but it seems to be contrary with the 2016 facelift.


3. Nissan New X-Trail


Before the facelift in 2014, this car is less favored by Indonesian people due to the boxy exterior design, especially since 2010, an improvement on the interior indeed make this car better, but changing on the exterior made this car looks no better than the previous version.


Revolutionary facelift performed to Nissan X-Trail in 2014 brought many changing to this car both on the exterior and interior. Despite the significant increase in price, Nisan X-Trail is quite alluring Indonesian consumers. Queue line extending in quite short time during the first launching to the Indonesian automotive market.


Following are the specification, advantages, lacks and user’s complaints of Nissan New X-Trail:


L x W x H =  4,640 mm  x 1,820 mm  x 1,710 mm
Volume: 2.0L & 2.5L, DCVTCS 4 Cylinders
2.0L : 144 HP @6,000 rpm, Torque:  204 Nm @ 4,400 rpm
2.5L : 171 HP @6,000 rpm, Torque:  239 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Manual  and Automatic   :  6 Speeds
Futuristic and dashing exterior design, luxurious interior look and high quality interior materials, the best suspension in its class, smooth and light driving enjoyment, comfort, rich of sophisticated features. Very high value for money as the conclusion.
The third row cabin is quite tight and only fit for children.
  User’s complaints
Yet there is no significant complaint on the performance and quality, but some users revealed their worry about the expensive spare parts.
Brand Image
Young people car, Stylist, Comfortable car, luxurious, sophisticated technology.


4. KIA – Sorento


Revolutionary changing of Korean Cars in 2012 was just awesome. The cheap and low quality image was actually removed from its look. But it’s quite difficult to totally remove the cheap image from Indonesian market, since the limited sales and service networking of KIA.


The exterior design increasingly bringing the luxury european cars into the KIA Sorento face. Furthermore, The sophisticated features and specifications makes this car quite well known and favored, especially among young people who pay attention to the value-for-money and driving comfort. Unfortunately facelift in 2015 slightly to restore the old Korean car look on the face of the new KIA Sorento.


Here is the specification, advantages, lacks and user’s complaints of  KIA Sorento:


L x W x H =  4,685  x 1,885  x 1,700 mm
Petrol: 2.4L, DOHC dual CVVT 4  Cylinders 
Diesel: 2.2L, DOHC 4 Cylinders
Petrol: 2.4L: 185 HP @6,000 rpm, Torque: 241 Nm @3,750 rpm
Diesel: 2.2L: 197 HP @3,800 rpm,Torque: 445 Nm @2,500 rpm
Manual  dan Automatic   :  6 Speeds
Rich of sophisticated features, high level of comfort, dashing exterior look, enjoyment of driving, full sun roof, powerful engine with big torque.
Too light steering results in fake feeling to driver, that the road condition is not easily identified by its driver through the steering wheel vibration.
Another lack as the reason for Indonesian not to buy this car is the dropping resale price mostly due to Korean car image.
  User’s complaints
Yet there is no significant complaint regarding the quality, but the long time spent for waiting the spare part is still the biggest issue.
Brand Image
Korean car, comfort, Sophisticated, less known especially in rural areas.


5. Hyundai Santa Fe


Similar to the KIA Sorento, Korean made Hyundai Santa Fe is also started to be favored by consumers in Asia mostly due to its luxurious and futuristic designs. Hyundai Santa Fe is a gorgeous SUV outside and inside. Its luxurious interior is also outstanding. This SUV is currently the most powerful SUV in its class among the 7-seater big SUV. Even though it’s a big car, the comfort in the interior is just like inside a sedan, thanks to monocoque cassis and smooth suspension.


Just because the Hyundai’s network in Indonesia is more extensive than the KIA’s, Hyundai Santa Fe has more population and more often seen on the highway than the KIA Sorento.


Following is the specification, advantages, lacks and user’s complaints of Hyundai Santa Fe:
L x W x H = 4,690  x 1,880 x 1,690 mm
Petrol 2.4L, Type: MPI  D-CVVT 4  Cylinders 
Diesel 2.2L, Type: R 2.2 VGT Turbocharged, 4 Cylinders
Petrol 2.4L: 176 HP @6,000 rpm, Torque: 231 Nm @3,750 rpm
Diesel 2.2L: 197 HP @3,800 rpm, Torque: 445Nm @1,800 rpm
Manual  dan Automatic :  6 Speeds
Rich of sophisticated features, Stylist, high level of comfort, dashing exterior look, enjoyment of driving, sun roof.
Just like KIA Sorento, too light steering results in fake feeling to driver. Resale price matter is also become an issue.
  User’s complaints
Yet there is no significant complaint regarding the quality. The difficulty of obtaining the spare part is still the biggest issue.
  Brand Image
Korean car, comfort, Sophisticated, less known especially in rural areas.


6. Ford Everest


This big SUV has already quite long time existed in Indonesia. As well as the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, this car is widely used as field car for the company’s operations. Unlike the Pajero Sport, Ford Everest is very rarely used as family car, mostly because of the Everest’s long boxy design which less fit with the tastes of most private car users in Indonesia.


Facelift performed by Ford on the Everest makes this car looks more in line with the current automotive world. More futuristic and nice looking compared to the previous version, although it still has American taste. Unfortunately, Ford already decided to get out from Indonesian Market that the model is no longer sold in the country.


Here is the specification, advantages, lacks and user’s complaints of Ford Everest:
L x W x H = 4,958 x 1,805 x 1,835 mm
2.4L, Type: Dura TORQ – DOHC , 4 Cylinders , 16 valves
143 HP @3,500 rpm, Torque:  337 Nm @1,800 rpm
Manual: 5 Speeds  and  Automatic:  6 Speeds
Relieved cabins, Tough.
For the previous models:
Less attractive exterior and Interior design. Too long body makes this car not easy turned and less mobility in urban area.
  User’s complaints
High fuel consumption.
Brand Image
American car, Field company car, old/classic style.


7. Chevrolet Captiva


This seven seater SUV made by American car manufacturer is quite rarely populated in Indonesian highway compared to other SUVs. Beside being known as an expensive car, Chevrolet Captiva is not a common choice of Indonesia car consumers due to its resale price and high cost maintenance.


American car manufacturers seemed not to care the indonesian consumers’ taste to the exterior design. Just like Ford Everest, too ordinary exterior is also appear on the Captiva’s look. Even though the taste is relatively vary, but a society in a country should have a mainstream trend. So that high technology specifications and sophisticated features will have less influence than exterior design. Japanese cars are still the mainstream of the Indonesian consumers taste.


Here is the specification, advantages, lacks and user’s complaints of Chevrolet Captiva:


L x W x H = 4,674 x 1,849 x 1,756 mm
2.0L, Type: ECOTEC – DOHC , 4 Cylinders , 16 valves
Diesel 2.0L: 163 HP @3,800 rpm, Torque: 400 Nm @2,000 rpm
Petrol 2.4L: 171 HP @6,400 rpm, Torque: 225 Nm @4,800 rpm
Automatic:  6 Speeds
Responsive transmission and powerful engine, good interior design and quality, high safety features, rich of sophisticated features, good comfort, less fuel consumption compared to others.
Drop resale price, unattractive exterior look.
  User’s complaints
Few users complained about noisy engine and less ergonomic seats.
Brand Image
American luxurious and expensive car, old look car, less known.


Those all what we can explain you about the options of big bodied SUV with 7-passengers capacity at price of about IDR 400 millions in Indonesia. The users’ opinion and complaints we put in this article are gained from online and offline information sources. As a note for all the readers, this is not a scientific article and we are not afilliated or paid by one or more car manufacturing we explained here.


If you ask, which one is our pavorite. Then the answer comes to Hyundai Santa Fe with the powerful Diesel CRDI engine. It’s a kind of big SUV that can be your choice, for comfort, power, style, and perfect handling. Comparing the comfort of Hyundai Santa Fe versus the ladder frame SUVs such as Fortuner, Pajero Sport and Everest, is just like comparing sedan vs MPV.


Hopefuly this article will be useful for you guys, especially those who are seeking information as the references to choose which SUV to be owned. At the end, everyone has his/her own preference in deciding which one to be afforded.


Happy choosing your dream car! be a smart car user!


Rahadian Abdhi

A car enthusiast who love to write his opinion about dynamic automotive world. The automotive technology development is something amazing to him.

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