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Toyota Innova Ownership Review

Toyota Innova has been a favorite MUV for a good time now. It was an expensive successor of the already popular Toyota Qualis but then the company was very confident about it and the fact that it is still one of the best selling MUVs vindicates the company’s belief in it.

This time we interview Mr.Nagraj, who owns a 2010 Toyota Innova petrol variant. It has completed 75,000 kms. Let’s find out how positive is Mr.Nagraj on his ownership of Toyota Innova and does he recommend it to others.

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It is a 2010 Toyota Innova GX 7 seater diesel variant. It has a 4 cylinder 2494cc engine, which produces a power output of 102PS and a torque of 200NM. Mr. Nagraj has been getting a mileage of around 12 KMPL. The vehicle has standard accessories which include Air conditioning, Power steering, Power windows and central locking.etc. It has fabric upholstery along with well maintained interiors.

The tables below give details of specifications and key features of the same. Images and tables are provided for latest available car at showroom for glossy effect and to provide price details at the time of review.

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Technical Specification of Toyota Innova

  Innova Diesel
Toyota GX
Onroad price Bangalore 1453482
Engine type
Engine CC / Cylinder 2494/4
Power in PS/RPM 102/3600
Torque in NM 200/3400
Transmission 5/M
Dimensions (mm)
Length 4585
Width 1760
Height 1760
Wheel base 2750
Ground clearance 176
Minimum Radius 5.4
Gross weight (kgs) 2300
Tyres 205/65 R15
Mileage  (kmpl) 15
Fuel Tank capacity in Liters 55

Question: Since when do you own this car and what motivated you to go for this brand and model?

Answer:  I own the car since August 2010. Toyota has always maintained its brand image for providing very reliable cars backed by efficient servicing. The Toyota Qualis which was introduced earlier was a highly reliable model and we owned it before buying the Innova. Since we were very comfortable with the Toyota brand, we chose the Innova to succeed our Qualis.

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Question: How was your experience with earlier models to present one?.

Answer: Earlier I owned Toyota Qualis. The Qualis provided great comfort in driving, comfort and overall performance. There is no second thought that it still is a very reliable MUV but then the Innova is the latest generation MUV and the design of Qualis has got obsolete so choosing the Innova was a unanimous decision.

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Question: Can you tell something about present status of car?

Answer: At present it’s in quite good condition. I have maintained the car well by getting servicing done from authorized service centers.  Till date I have not given it to any other place other than official service station for servicing.

Questions: How is the experience compared to earlier cars?

Answer: Obviously it’s a great experience in owning Innova. Though it looks like a bulky car and is difficult to drive in narrow turnings, I have got used to is and so maneuvering the car outside such tight turns and parking’s is not that difficult. However for a new driver the size and dimensions of the car can be a big issue specially driving out of tight parking spaces.

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Features of Toyota Innova

Variants E GX VX
Ex Showroom Price Bangalore NA 1189323 1381495
Airbags No 1 2
ABS+EBD+Brake asst No Yes Yes
Central locking Yes Yes Yes
Rear De-Fogger No No Yes
Rear Wiper and washer No Yes Yes
Front Fog lamps No No Yes
Seat material PVC Fabric Fabric High
Power windows No Yes Yes
Power steering Yes Yes Yes
AC with Heater Yes Yes Yes
Rear AC Vents No No Yes
Tilt steering column Yes Yes Yes
Electrically adjustable ORVM No Yes Yes
Integrated 2DIN Audio No No Yes
Steering mounted audio control No Yes Yes


Question: How about cost per service?

Answer: Generally my cost per service is around Rs. 5000, including change of oil, tuning, washing etc.

Question: Any accident repairs done, insurance claimed?

Answer:  Till now no accident repairs done. I follow the traffic rules properly and give lots of importance to safety while driving as it helps avoid accidents.

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Question: Any mileage issues?

Answer: I am getting mileage of around 10Kmpl in city and 12 in highway which is good considering traffic conditions during peak hours.

Question: How was your experience in long drives?

Answer: We have taken it long drives of around 1000KM and more. We use the Innova mostly for long trips only as we have a small car for city usage.

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 Question: Any breakdown faced and how was the problem solved?

Answer: No Breakdown faced till now.

Question: Any good and bad experience at service station?

Answer: Service quality is good with respect to workmanship. I did not face any problem with service. The service people do give high importance to quality work and delivery in time. Service quality is good and satisfies my needs.

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Question: How do you rate the overall ownership, would you recommend the same to others?

Answer: It’s a highly reliable car with ample space. With the kind of cushioning, leg space, adjustment of seats etc, one won’t feel tired even after being seated continuously for 3 hours. We have even driven for more than 5 hours at a stretch and did not face any problem.

Question: If you wish to go for a new car, which make and model would you choose and why?

Answer: Currently we are not looking to buy a new car as we are more than satisfied with the performance of our present vehicle. The mileage and the performance of the car have been superb so far and do not encourage us to look for any other alternatives. Also, the prices of new cars have gone up so the new version of our model is available at a greater price. The resale value of the Toyota Innova is also very good so it’s assured that we will get a good deal in case we decide to sell it. We have decided to keep this car for a long time now.

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Competition of Toyota Innova

  Toyota Renault Mahindra Tata  Motors Mahindra
  Innova Duster XUV500 Safari Scorpio
Ex showroom price Mumbai 1164329 1146072 1403205 1255812 1042588
Cubic capacity 2494 1461 2179 2179 2179
Power in PS/RPM 102/3600 110/3900 140/3750  140/4000 120/4000
Torque in NM/RPM 200/3400 248/2250 330/2800 320/2700 290/2800
Turning circle radius 5.4 5.2 5.6M 5.6 5
Fuel Tank  in Liters 55 50 70 65 60
Seating  7 Seater 5  Seater 8 Seater 7 Seater 7Seater
Mileage in KMPL 15 19 12 12 14
Key Features
Tubeless tyres Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ski rack Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear Wash and wiper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Digital Drive Assist system Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mobile charging point Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flat bed seat No Yes Yes No No
Arm rest for driver and co driver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Height adjustable driver seat No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intellipark reverse assist Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Engine Immobiliser Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear AC Venta Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tilt steering No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Keyless entry Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Central locking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power windows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear Defogger No Yes Yes Yes Yes
2-DIN Audio system No Yes Yes Yes Yes
ABS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Airbag 1 2 2 2 2

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Question: What’s your opinion about the new options available in the market?

Answer: The market offers a lot number of options like the Safari and the Scorpio, I have driven them both. Both of them offer great performance along with good interiors but then they cannot compete with the executive image of the Innova especially as the Innova scores more in comfort and performance comparing it with the other models. However, if one is looking for a 4x4, then the Innova is not advisable.

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Toyota Innova till date is one of the best selling MUVs in the market. Their huge presence on road indicates the same. However, if the prices of the diesel cars are hiked drastically then it would be a tough decision to opt for them.

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