Innova Crysta comes as a premium looking MPV while the Mahindra XUV500 has all the ingredients to compete against the Japanese rival
Toyota Kirloskar Motor launched the new Innova Crysta earlier this year, after showing the car at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo. No wonder, the Toyota Innova has been a very popular car in the Indian market for quite long time, and now with the introduction of Innova Crysta, the popularity has surged to another level.
Toyota Innova Crysta comes sporting a new exterior design, which is more upmarket compared to the previous generation model. The interior of the car also has been refreshed and comes sporting a premium look. It gets several new features, which were not available in the previous model. So far, the Toyota Innova Crysta has evolved into a premium MPV rather than just a people mover.
The Mahindra on the other hand has always been the number one SUV manufacturer in the country. Mahindra XUV500 is a true blue SUV from the Mumbai based automaker, which is also the flagship model. It sports a rugged design, which gives the car a tough look. The car also sports several features, which enable XUV500 to do the off roading efficiently. With the larger diesel engines, this car is pretty much powerful as well.
Though the Toyota Innova Crysta is not a SUV, but with its design, power and performance capabilities, it takes on several SUVs as well. Here we take a look at the spec sheet based comparison between the Toyota Innova Crysta and the Mahindra XUV500. Let’s see, how the cars stand against each other.
Exterior and Dimension:
Toyota Innova Crysta comes with a bulky and beefy appearance. The car sports a new massive hexagonal front grille, which also comes with dual chrome slats running horizontally. The headlamp clusters come wide and sport projector units with integrated LED daytime running lights. The front bumper too looks beefy with unusual looking fog lamps, while the hood also sports sharp creases running toward the nose section.
The side profile of the Toyota Innova Crysta looks muscular with the flared wheel arches, large alloy wheels, sharp creases running through the beltline, turn indicator integrated ORVMs, blackened glass area, and diagonal rear quarter window. Move to the rear profile, the Innova Crysta sports shark fin antenna, integrated roof spoiler, and boomerang shaped wide taillights.
Mahindra XUV500, on the other hand, looks much more aggressive with its ruggedness compared to the Toyota Innova Crysta. The car sports vertically slated front grille, which gives it a menacing look. Apart from that, the wide headlamp clusters feature projector units with integrated uniquely designed LED daytime running lights, while the fog lamps come designed in such manner, which makes it look like a single unit with the headlamps cluster.
The front fascia also features a beefy bumper with skid plate and sleek air intake. The side profile of the car comes bearing crisp character lines, flared wheel arches, alloy wheels, side body cladding, turn indicator integrated ORVMs, blackened glass area. The rear fascia of the car comes donning a roof spoiler with high-mounted stop lamp, vertically stacked taillights, chrome finished tailgate handle bar and a muscular rear bumper as well.
Dimensionally, the Toyota Innova Crysta measures 4,735mm in length, 1,830mm in width, 1,795mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,750mm. On the other hand, the Mahindra XUV500 sports 4,585mm of length, 1,890mm of width, 1,785mm of height and 2,700mm of wheelbase. The Toyota Innova Crysta sports a ground clearance of 174mm, while the Mahindra XUV500 gets 160mm.
So far, the Toyota Innova Crysta comes longer and taller compared to the Mahindra XUV500 and the wheelbase also is longer. On the other hand the Mahindra XUV500 is wider than the MPV.
Interior and Feature
The Toyota Innova Crysta is impressive with its upmarket feel. It comes featuring multifunction steering wheel, dual analog dial and a digital MID consisting instrument cluster, 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system with flanked by control buttons, a premium looking dashboard with wooden trims, cup holders at both end, start and stop button, and front seat arm rest.
The middle seat comes sporting captain seats instead of bench, and the occupants get foldable tables, individual cup holders, arm rests. The cabin of Toyota Innova Crysta also comes equipped with roof illumination with LED ambient lighting. So far, the entire cabin delivers a premium, spacious and comfortable feel. No wonder, the new Innova Crysta has evolved to a much more upmarket car compared to the previous model. The car offers safety features like multiple airbags, even curtain and knee airbags as well.
The Mahindra XUV500 interiors doesn’t look as much premium and appealing as the Toyota Innova Crysta. Mahindra’s flagship SUV comes sporting dual tone interior finish, multifunction steering wheel with silver accent, dual pod instrument cluster which comes with a unique design. The centre console sports a touchscreen infotainment system, which works as the display for the reverse parking camera with guidelines as well. The electrically operable sunroof gives the cabin a premium feel.
Mahindra XUV500 comes with three row seating arrangements, automatic climate control, second row AC vents, while the safety features include six airbags, ABS, EBD, push button engine start/stop, cruise control, seat belt warning, brake assist, ESP, hill hold control, traction control, hill decent control, tyre pressure monitoring system etc.
Toyota Innova Crysta vs Mahindra XUV500 Power and Performance
The Toyota Innova Crysta takes power from the all new GD series engine which include a 2.4-litre and a 2.8-litre diesel engine. The 2.4-litre DOHC inline four-cylinder 2GD-FTV diesel CRDI BS-IV compliant engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, churning out 150 PS of peak power at 3,400 RPM and 343 NM of peak torque in between 1,400 RPM to 2,800 RPM.
On the other hand, the 2.8-litre 1G-FTV 16V CRDI DOHC diesel engine comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission pumping out 174PS of peak power at 3,400RPM and 360NM of peak torque in between 1,200 to 3,400 RPM. A 2.7-litre petrol engine is also introduced to Innova Crysta recently. The Innova Crysta comes with Eco and Power drive modes.
The petrol engine is a 2.7-litre four-cylinder dual VVT-i unit, which comes available with both manual and automatic transmissions. The engine kicks out 166 PS of peak power and 245 NM of peak torque.
Mahindra XUV500 on the other hand is available with a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine, which is available with a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission options. The engine churns out 142 PS of peak power and 330 NM of peak torque, while the fuel economy stands at 16 kmpl. Though the Mahindra XUV500 comes with two-wheel drive as standard, but there is an AWD drivetrain on offer as well.
Due to the diesel ban in Delhi-NCR, Mahindra & Mahindra has introduced a 1.99-litre mHawk diesel engine to the car in the region. The Mumbai based automaker has already cleared, that it will continue selling the downsized engine in the Delhi-NCR region. Meanwhile, it is clear, that Toyota Innova Crysta comes with multiple engine options compared to Mahindra XUV500’s lone unit, while the power output for the car is also better than the Mahindra SUV.
Toyota Innova Crysta vs Mahindra XUV500 Price
Toyota Innova Crysta is priced from Rs. 13.73 lakhs to Rs. 20.93 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The Mahindra XUV500 is staked between Rs. 12.26 lakhs and Rs. 18.27 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). In comparison, the XUV500 is the cheapest of the two and will depend on customers’ preference of features.
Innova Crysta vs XUV500 Spec Comparison Verdict:
The Toyota Innova Crysta and Mahindra XUV500 both come as muscular and beefy cars. While the Innova Crysta has been a very popular and successful MPVs in the Indian market since its launch, the Mahindra XUV500 too has made its own place in the market with its appearance and ride quality. The Toyota Innova Crysta has been designed to attract the urban customers, but it has also made a strong impression in the rural market.
In terms of design, both the cars come with very masculine appeal. The Innova Crysta looks suave compared to the Mahindra XUV500, as the latter one looks rugged and more aggressive. The Innova Crysta offers a more spacious interior compared to XUV500, which ensures a comfortable journey for the 3rd row occupants as well. The Innova Crysta’s interior looks quite premium than its rival from Mahindra, as the Toyota vehicles sports several upmarket features.
Being equipped with a bit larger engines, the Toyota Innova comes more powerful than the Mahindra XUV500, and the safety features equipped in the vehicle make it more desirable to the customers. But on the pricing front, the Innova Crysta comes a bit higher priced than the Mahindra XUV500.
The XUV500 comes equipped with all-wheel drive system, automatic transmission alongside AWD with AT for superior off-roading performance. On the styling front too, the exterior is more appealing and eye-grabbing for the XUV. The attractive features that will do the talking are sunroof, corner lighting, S-shaped Daytime Running Lights, sunroof and others but the pricing preference of the customers will be the deciding factor as ever between these models.