Expert Review of Toyota Innova
Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan. This company entered India in 1997 and it is the fourth largest car manufacturer in India after Maruti, Hyundai and Mahindra. This Japanese automaker has recently launched the updated version of Innova MPV in the Indian automobile market. The facelifted versions comes with some impressive updates in the exterior and interior design, while the mechanical parts remains unchanged. This MPV series have quite a few variants with both seven and eight seat configuration. The MPV also has petrol based trims for the customers and it is available in a total of three variants such as G, GX and VX. The Toyota Innova 2.0 G (Petrol) 8 Seater is a base end variant, which is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine that has a EFI fuel supply system, which further enhances the power and torque of this vehicle. This engine delivers a reasonable mileage of around 10.99 Kmpl under standard driving conditions. The overall design and features of the vehicle remains same as the previous model. The exterior styling includes a body colored bumper, rear defogger and body colored outside view rear mirrors. The list of interior features includes an stylish instrumental panel, three spoke power steering wheel, air conditioner with heater and many more such features. The company has blessed this variant with advanced safety and comfort features such as power windows, global outstanding assessment (GOA) body structure, keyless entry and an engine immobilizer.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
This powerful engine is incorporated with an advanced Electronic Fuel Injection supply system, which further enhances the performance of the vehicle. This variant offers an impressive fuel efficiency of about 7.0 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions and 11.4 Kmpl on the highways, when driven under standard conditions.
The automaker is offering this variant in soothing colors as well as some bright colors such as a stylish looking Super White, a classy looking Silver Gold Mica Metallic, a refined looking Silky Gold Mica Metallic and a good looking Grey Mica Metallic finish options.
Acceleration and Pick up
This MPV has been blessed with 2.0-litre petrol engine with five speed manual gearbox touches the mark 0 to 100 Kmph speed in just about 12.8 seconds. The company claims that the vehicle can attain a top speed of 179 Kmph, which is rather impressive.
The front fascia of this vehicle is quite impressive with body colored bumper that has an air dam and well shaped head light cluster with turn signal lamps. It also comes with a black finished radiator grille with three horizontal slats and front wind screen with a set of wipers. The body colored outside rear view mirrors, which are electrically adjustable, rear defoggers, rear wipers, rocker and door lower molding and many other such features, which further enhances the look of the vehicle. Apart from these, the automaker has given this variant a set of 15-inch steel wheels, which are covered by a tubeless tyres of size 205/65 R15 and gives it a stylish look.
This MPV comes with a luxurious and spacious interior cabin. The seats are covered by a good quality fabric upholstery, which gives a premium feel to the occupants. The interior cabin has been equipped with some utility based features such as a large glove box, sun visor each for the driver and co-passenger, three spoke steering wheel, a 12V DC power outlet to charge your gadgets, urethane wrapped gear shift lever knob and many more such aspects. It also comes with a stylish instrumental panel, which is incorporated with a digital clock, tachometer, tripmeter, door ajar warning and driver seat belt warning. The company has equipped this variant with some practical features, which ensures a comfortable journey to all the passengers inside the MPV. The list of features includes an air conditioner with heater, all four power windows, a tilt adjustable steering column, power steering wheel, power door locks, keyless entry, four speakers and many more sophisticated aspects.
The company has blessed the Innova with good body dimensions. This variant extends to an overall length of 4585mm and width of 1760mm along with outside rear view mirrors on both sides. It comes with an overall height of 1760mm and minimum ground clearance of 176mm, which prevents from many surface obstacles. This MPV has got a roomy interior space thanks to the impressive wheel base of 2750mm and a minimum turning radius of 5.4 meters.
This variant is powered by a 2.0-litre, Bharat Stage IV complaint petrol engine that produces a displacement capacity of 1998cc. This mill has been blessed with electronic fuel injection fuel supply system, which further enhances the power and torque. This engine has been incorporated with 16 valve, DOHC, VVT-i and four in-line cylinders that enables it to produces a maximum power of 131.4bhp at 5600rpm and generates a top torque of 181Nm at 4000rpm. This powerful petrol engine is coupled with an advanced five speed manual transmission gearbox, which is very smooth and transmits power to the front wheels of the vehicle.
The company has blessed the wheel arches of this variant with a set of 15-inch steel wheels that gives a sporty and crisp look to the vehicle. These wheels are covered by a tubeless radials tyres of size 205/65 R15 that offers great off-road capability with this vehicle.
This base end variant has been blessed with a robust and proficient suspension system. The front suspension system of this vehicle is fitted with a double wishbone, while the rear suspension is equipped with a four link with lateral rod.
Handling and Control
This multi utility vehicle is perfectly balanced with a proficient braking mechanism. The front wheels of this vehicle are bestowed with a ventilated disc brakes and the rear wheels are fitted with a leading-trailing drum brakes. Apart from these, this vehicle also comes with innovative safety features such as an engine immobilizer, which prevents an unauthorized access and a global outstanding assessment (GOA) body structure that provides a higher level of protection for all the occupants inside this vehicle.
Ample interior space, reliable performance and worth for money.
Many more features to be added, fuel-efficiency to be improved.