Spec Comparo: Toyota Innova Hycross vs Kia Carens vs Toyota Innova Crysta vs Kia Carnival vs Maruti Suzuki XL6
Toyota has launched the all-new Innova Hycross in India with prices starting at Rs 18.30 lakh (ex-showroom). It is available in five variants, namely G, GX, VX, ZX, and ZX (O), along with a choice of seven- or eight-seat layout options. Toyota offers it with a wide range of exterior paint jobs along with two interior tones. Here we compare the new generation Innova with its primary and closest rivals.
Toyota Innova Hycross vs Rivals: Engine, Transmission, and Performance
To begin with, the Toyota Innova Hycross comes with a new 2.0-litre, inline-four petrol engine linked to Toyota's fifth-gen strong-hybrid electric system. The engine produces 152PS/188NM, while the electric motor makes 113PS/206Nm. The combined power output is rated at 186PS. This hybrid powertrain is paired with an e-CVT automatic transmission. On the other hand, the Innova Hycross also gets a non-hybrid 2.0-litre, four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine generating 174PS and 205Nm of torque. The Innova Crysta, which will soon be re-launched, will be powered by the 2.4-litre diesel motor that makes 150PS and 343Nm of torque.
While the Innova Hycross has ditched the diesel engine, its rival, the Kia Carnival still comes with a 2.0-litre, inline-four, turbocharged diesel motor that produces 200PS and 440Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Whereas, the Maruti Suzuki XL6 gets a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that makes 103PS and 136.8Nm of torque. This engine comes mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
The Kia Carens is the only rival to offer a choice of three powertrain options. There is a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine making 140PS and 242Nm of torque and a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol unit that produces 115PS and 144Nm of torque. Unlike the Innova Hycross and XL6, the Carens is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that generates 115PS and 250Nm of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual, seven-speed DCT, and six-speed torque converter.
Toyota Innova Hycross vs Rivals: Features and Safety Equipment
The new-gen Innova Hycross features Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 - a suite of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). This system comprises adaptive cruise control, lane trace assist, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, pre-collision Warning, and auto high beam.
The Toyota Innova Hycross offers numerous features, such as a panoramic sunroof, an eight-way electronically adjustable driver seat with memory function, powered boot opening, dual-zone temperature control (front and rear), cooled front seats, a nine-speaker JBL sound system, rear powered leg rest, digital instrument cluster, front and rear parking sensors, rear window sunshades, 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment, auto-dimming IRVM, leather upholstery, six airbags, TPMS, 360-degree camera, Toyota i-Connect with 65 connected car features, vehicle stability control, and hill hold assist, among others.
Given the price range, the Carnival also comes with a host of features but it does not offer ADAS. Kia has bestowed it with three-zone automatic temperature control, power sliding doors, four disc brakes, engine start/stop switch, dual sunroof, leatherette seats, ESC, power tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, second-row seats with leg support, air Purifier with perfume diffuser and virus protection, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment, auto-dimming mirror with Kia Connect controls, Harman Kardon eight-Speaker sound system, 10.1-inch dual touchscreen setup in the rear, electronic parking brake, 10-way powered driver seat, ventilated driver seat, wireless charging pad, and TPMS, and so on.
The previous generation Innova Crysta is not as loaded with features as the new model. It gets seven airbags, vehicle stability control, hill assist control, a cooled glove box, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an analogue instrument cluster, welcome lamps, front parking sensors, projector headlamps, and a multifunctional steering wheel.
On the other hand, the Maruti Suzuki XL6 offers LED headlamps, paddle shifters, a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with SmartPlay Pro, artificial leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, over 40 connected car functions, smartwatch connectivity, Amazon Alexa support, air-cooled cup holders, ABS with EBD, four airbags, a tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic stability program, hill hold assist, and a 360-degree camera.
Although the Kia Carens is not as costly as the Innova Hycross it is available with a wide range of features, namely push-button start, second-row curtains, cooled cup-holders in the first and second row, multi-drive modes, cruise control with speed limiter, LED headlamps and fog lamps, 64 colours ambient lighting, auto-dimming IRVM, retractable table with cup holder and phone mount, under seat tray, two 10.25-inch displays, Kia Connect, OTA updates, air purifier, electric sunroof, leatherette seats, auto wipers, ventilated front seats, eight-speaker Bose sound system, wireless charging pad with cooling function, and paddle shifters, among others.
Toyota Innova Hycross vs Rivals: Prices
The prices of the all-new Toyota Innova range between Rs 18.30 lakh and Rs 28.97 lakh (ex-showroom). Whereas, the Kia Carnival is priced between Rs 30.99 lakh and 35.49 lakh (ex-showroom). On the other hand, the Kia Carens prices start at Rs 10 lakh and goes up to Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom), while the prices of the Maruti Suzuki XL6 range between Rs 11.29 lakh and Rs 14.55 lakh (ex-showroom).
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