In the last two decades, the car culture in India has changed, and the priorities of buyers have shifted. While some look for features, others are still focused on fuel economy. Many of them even seek build quality and reliability. Customers now have a variety of options to choose from. The Indian market has become a lot more competitive than before, and even in such conditions, a brand like Toyota has managed to maintain the popularity of its premium MPV, Innova. Here, we discuss 10 reasons why we think the Toyota Innova is still very popular among buyers after so many years.
Toyota and reliability go hand in hand. They are known for making some of the most reliable cars in the world. This is one of the reasons why people buy the Innova. The first-generation Toyota Innova came with D-4D engines. This was one of the most reliable engines offered with this MPV. We have several examples of first-gen Innovas in India that have covered over 4 lakh kms without any major issues. The current generation Innova uses hybrid technology, and Toyota is a pioneer in this technology too. Even before the Innova, Toyota had introduced this tech in other models globally.
Low Cost of Maintenance
As the engine is extremely reliable, customers can actually use the vehicle for a longer period of time, and even the maintenance and running costs are lower compared to other vehicles. This is one of the reasons why you see many cab aggregators using the Innova in their fleets.
The older generation of Innovas had a ladder-frame chassis, yet the car managed to offer an extremely comfortable ride to the occupants. People who often go on long drives or travel outstation prefer the Innova for this reason. The cabin feels extremely airy, and along with comfortable seats, it offers a fatigue-free journey.
Practical & Usable Third-row Seat
In most three-row MPVs or SUVs, we have faced issues with the third row, but not in the Innova. Toyota actually offers a usable third-row space, and even with all three rows up, there is enough space for some luggage at the back. The third-row seat doesn’t feel too cramped, and an adult can sit here comfortably for longer journeys. There is enough headroom and shoulder room for passengers in all three rows.
This is an area that can make or break the deal for many customers. We have come across several instances where people were not satisfied with the after-sales service from a brand. This even became a reason for them to sell the car and look for other options. However, when it comes to Toyota, we have hardly come across a person or customer who is not satisfied with the service. This is also a reason behind the Innova’s success.
Great Resale Value
All the points mentioned above are reasons why it has a great resale value. Even today, people are ready to spend over 5 lakhs on a Type 2 Innova MPV that has easily covered over 2 lakh km. People are well aware of the reliable nature of the engine and the vehicle, and they are ready to shell out that amount too. If it is a well-maintained Innova, then the price would go up even more.
Lack of Alternatives
Another reason why Toyota has been ruling this segment for years is that there are no alternatives. No other manufacturer in the country has been able to match what the Innova offers. There were products in the market positioned below the Toyota Innova; however, they couldn’t replace what the Innova offers. This is one of the reasons why people still buy the Innova, even when it is relatively expensive.
The Toyota Innova is a large MPV, and just like any car, within the city, the older generation models did not offer much in terms of fuel efficiency. However, with Toyota’s strong hybrid technology, things have now improved. The strong hybrid version of the Innova Hycross has an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 23.24 kmpl. The regular petrol version has around 16.13 kmpl. Toyota is still offering the Crysta in the market, which returns around 12 kmpl. This is a great figure considering the size of the vehicle.
With the current generation of the Innova, Toyota has completely skipped the diesel engine. It now comes with a 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre strong hybrid petrol engine. However, when the manufacturer realized that there is still demand for the diesel engine, they reintroduced the Innova Crysta diesel in the market. This engine is compliant with the latest emission norms.
As mentioned above, Toyota offers an extremely spacious cabin. The Innova came with an interior that was basic; however, over the years, the Japanese car manufacturer added more features to retain customer attention. In the latest generation Innova, the brand even offers a panoramic sunroof. This is the first time Toyota is offering a feature like this in the MPV.