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Toyota Innova Review: Toyota Innova Refreshed

Toyota Innova Refreshed

By Aditya Chatterjee; 8th November, 2013
Introduction

Toyota Innova Refreshed

The number of Innovas one sights on highways is an indication of Toyota’s MUV market share in the country. Attempting to replace the once bestselling Qualis with an Innova was gutsy but Toyota was successful eventually.

Toyota Innova

The company rightly tapped Indian family’s needs of a bigger vehicle and provided a well finished, strong and durable product. This was also supported by their flourishing dealership network. 

Toyota recently gave the Innova a makeover with a host of exterior and interior upgrades. We find out why the Innova has set a benchmark for other auto manufacturers in our detailed review.

Exterior

The New Year makes Toyota go high on bling. The new version retains its basic look. In addition to the subtle facelift, the Innova got few months back the new version promises to be more expressive about the small features.

Toyota Innova

It gets a-wide-open-mouth-with-vengeance radiator grille. The grille is dipped in chrome and looks very bold. It does not attract instantly but eventually grows over you. The new look also gets a stronger bumper design with a distinct fog lamp design. The new headlights run parallel to the radiator grille and wrap around on the edges. The bonnet has got a V – design highlights which runs prominently on the front bonnet.

Toyota Innova

The side of the car gets contemporary body graphics. Not that sans them the car did not look complete as I still prefer it without the vinyls. The front and rear doors are large and it helps in easy ingress and egress. The door handles are body colored and the top of the line variant also comes with side skirts.

The rear tail door gets a dash of chrome across its width. This design looks similar to the one on Nissan Evalia. It also gets a roof attached spoiler, chrome exhaust pipe and a “Z” badge.

Toyota Innova

Since all the consumers are happy with the Innova, it does not make sense to give it an all new design instead Toyota chose to update the Innova periodically to maintain the novelty factor.

 

Interior

The manufacturer might have tall claims about the vehicle being high on luxury and features but then if the passengers don’t enjoy being inside the cabin then the interiors is not worth it. Thankfully it is not Toyota because the comfort of the Innova is unparallel.

Toyota Innova

Inside the new Innova, nothing has been noticeably changed. The interiors have been retouched with wooden finish to make it look more premium. The instrumental panel has been designed very neatly. It features the essentials such as speedometer, tachometer and engine temperate. The MID (Multi Information Display) gives information about the present gear engaged, distance to empty, outside temperature and the average fuel consumption.

The new seats are finished in dual tone leather which makes it more desirable. The comfort value remains same. In addition to the panel, even the gear knob and the door trims get wooden finish. Not that it brings in a new character but then it is a mild makeover from the earlier offering.

Toyota Innova

The headroom and legroom continue to be the best in class. It has generous legroom and headroom for all 3 rows of passengers. Even when the vehicle is completely loaded, the cabin does not feel crowded. The faux wood finish of the interiors looks good and subtle.

Toyota Innova

These new changes make the cabin feel fresh. It is an undoubted leader when it comes to premium MPV cabins. Other manufacturers are trying very hard to close in the gap but then it seems impossible to match Toyota standards.

Performance

Mechanically it is the same and retains its 2.5L turbocharged diesel engine. It produces a power of 102PS at 3600 rpm and a torque of 200Nm at 1200 – 3600 rpm. The engine is equipped with a 5 speed manual transmission.

Toyota Innova

The diesel unit is very refined and does its job decently. There are other MUVs in this segment but then the performance and durability of the Innova is very difficult to match. Even in the commercial fleet sector, a used Innova commands a premium price and the reason of it is high on performance and low of maintenance engines.

Even in our last Innova review, there were comments like “I am using an Innova for the last eight years and was looking for a replacement but then have realised that there is no other MPV introduced in the last eight years to match the Innova in comfort and reliability. I am planning to go for another innova” - Vilva Sigamani

Toyota Innova

The suspension setup appeared rigid. It is great on uneven road surfaces too because of its higher ground clearance. This one took the streets of Mumbai with good confidence. The transmission remains sticky and can do with some easy movement. One can refer our earlier review for more on Innova’s performance.

The Innova is rightly the best MUV India has seen and its rock solid performance elaborates it further.

Toyota Innova

 

Tech specs
Technical Specifications
 Make Toyota
 Model Innova
Variant ZX
Engine capacity 2494
Power in PS/RPM 102/3600
Torque in Nm/RPM 200/3400
GearBox 5/M
Dimesions in MM
Length 4585
Width 1760
Height 1760
Wheel Base 2560
Ground clearence 176
Tyre rating 205/65 R15
Fuel Tank Capacity 55
Average Mileage in KMPL 14
Gross Weight (Kg) 2300
Turning circle radius 5.4M
Features
Features E G GX VX
Alloy wheels No No No Yes
Rear Wipers No No Yes Yes
Rear Defogger No No Yes Yes
Front Fog Lamps No No No Yes
Electrical Adjust ORVM No Yes Yes Yes
Multi Informaton Display No No No Yes
3 Spoke steering wheel Yes Yes No No
4 Spoke Steering wheel No No Yes Yes
Leather steering wheel No No No Yes
Wood like finish panel No No No Yes
Driver seat Height Adjust No No Yes Yes
AC Yes Yes Yes Yes
AC With Auto control No No No Yes
Power steering Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power windows No Yes Yes Yes
2 DIN Audio with DVD No No No Yes
Key less entry No Yes Yes Yes
ABS No No Yes Yes
Air bags No No Driver Driver +Co driver
Immobilser No Yes Yes Yes
Ex Show room Price Mumbai
7 Seater 10,22,556 10,77,911 12,31,556 14,38,354
8 Seater 10,18,051 10,82,434 12,36,175 14,42,964
Competition
Specifications
Toyota
Innova
Mahindra
XUV500
Tata Motors
Aria
Variant ZX W8 FWD Pride
Cubic capacity 2494 2179 2179
Power in PS/RPM 102/3600 140/3750 140/ 4000
Torque in Nm/RPM 200/3400 330/2800 320/2700
Ground clearance in MM 176 NA 200
Turning circle radius in M 5.4 5.6 5.6
Fuel Tank  in Liters 55 70 60
Seating  7 Seater 8 Seater 8 Seater
Mileage in KMPL 14 12 12
Dimesions in MM
Length 4585 4585 4780
Width 1760 1890 1895
Height 1760 1785 1780
Wheel Base 2560 2700 2850
Tyre rating 205/65 R15 235/65 R17 235/65 R17
Key Features
Alloy wheels Yes Yes Yes
Rear Wipers Yes Yes Yes
Rear Defogger Yes Yes Yes
Front Fog Lamps Yes Yes Yes
Electrical Adjust ORVM Yes Yes Yes
Multi Informaton Display Yes Yes Yes
Leather steering wheel Yes Yes Yes
Driver seat Height Adjust Yes Yes Yes
AC With Auto control Yes Yes Yes
Power steering Yes Yes Yes
Power windows Yes Yes Yes
2 DIN Audio with DVD Yes Yes Yes
Key less entry Yes Yes Yes
ABS Yes Yes Yes
Air bags Yes Yes Yes
Immobilser Yes Yes Yes
ABS Yes Yes Yes
Airbags 2 6 6
Ex showroom price Mumbai 14,91,936 14,55,700 15,64,161
Conclusion

So everything about the Innova is appreciated by all. It is the most comfortable, efficient and durable MUV of the country. So that makes the Toyota Innova the most perfect multi utility travel solution? Perhaps but then there is a small condition.

Toyota Innova

The condition is you should be ready to cough up a hefty price tag of close to Rs.20 lakhs on on-road price of the fully loaded Z variant which gets all the fancy bits of chrome, vinyls and wooden interior finish.

To its advantage is the trust factor which the Innova brings with itself. No other MUV can be parallel to it but then all this for a steep price tag is what the consumer has to decide.

Toyota Innova