Mahindra has taken the market by storm with the launch of its brand new MPV, the Marazzo. Early tests tell us that the car is worth all the hype and Mahindra has done a commendable job with this one. But how does it fare compared to the Toyota Innova Crysta, a car which has been the unchallenged MPV king in our country for more than a decade now. Let’s take a look at a comparison between the two formidable competitors.
Our new Mahindra Marazzo vs Toyota Innova Crysta comparison will focus mainly on price/VFM, Specs/Performance, and Design/Road Presence.
Buy the Marazzo if you want great value-for-money!
The folks at Mahindra have made sure that the pricing of the Marazzo is attractive enough to lure customers in. The base variant of the Marazzo, D2, is priced at Rs. 9.99 lakh going all the way up to Rs 13.9 lakh for the top-of-the-line D8 variant. In comparison, the base GX variant of the Innova Crysta comes at a price of Rs. 14.34 lakh, and the top-of-the-line Touring Sport Diesel AT variant commands a premium of Rs. 22.70 lakh.
Hence the Marazzo holds a huge price benefit over its Toyota counterpart, something which can’t be overlooked. It is true that Innova offers a bit more space and equipment but it’s nothing you can’t live without. Toyota’s rock solid build quality is also something which has made generations of customers loyal to the Innova label, but Mahindra for sure is catching up fast. Also to note, if you want a petrol engine vehicle or an automatic gearbox, Crysta is a clear winner because Mahindra is yet to launch both of them on the Marazzo.
With more engine and transmission options, Crysta leads the way!
The Innova Crysta has got three engine options to choose from. It has a 2.7-litre petrol engine (164 Bhp/ 245 Nm) and two diesel engines, a 2.4-litre motor (148 Bhp/343 Nm) and a 2.8-litre motor (172 Bhp/360 Nm). It also gets 6-speed torque converter apart from a 5-speed manual transmission.
The Marazzo, meanwhile, comes equipped only with a 1.5-litre diesel engine churning out 121 Bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Though Mahindra has plans to bring in a petrol oil burner and an automatic gearbox option, it’s still a while away.
Leaving the Crysta’s 2.7-litre petrol motor aside as the Marazzo doesn’t have it yet, we can still see a big difference in power output of both the vehicles. However, the Crysta is around 200 kgs heavier than the Marazzo, the latter tipping the scales at around 1.6 tonnes. The power-to-weight ratio hence gets evened out if we compare Marazzo’s 1.5-litre motor to Crysta’s 2.4-litre motor. But the bigger 2.8-litre diesel motor blows things out of proportion with its high power and torque figures. Then again the 2.8-litre diesel Crysta is much more expensive than the top-end Marazzo, which somehow balances the scale.
That said, if you want an automatic option then the Crysta emerges as the clear winner. Also, if you have no problem in shelling out extra money for better power figures, the Crysta won’t disappoint you.
The Innova Crysta has better street presence!
The Toyota Crysta is longer but a bit narrower in dimension than its Mahindra counterpart. The Crysta measures 4735 mm x 1830 mm x 1795 mm (LWH) whereas the Marrazo measures 4585 mm x 1866 mm x 1774 mm. Though the difference in width and height is quite negligible, length is where the Crysta is a good 150 mm longer than the Marazzo.
With its large stretched out headlamps and imposing stance, the Crysta demands attention more aggressively than the Marazzo. It is not like the Marazzo is understated or not good looking but the Crysta wins hands down here with its sheer size and imposing looks.