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Toyota Innova Hycross Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variant explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Toyota Innova Hycross petrol you should buy based on the ex-showroom prices and variant-wise features. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2023 Innova Hycross's petrol variants and their features. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the 2023 Toyota Innova Hycross with its competitors and other petrol-powered D-segment 3-row SUVs and MPVs like MG Hector Plus, Toyota Innova Crysta, Mahindra XUV700 7-seat and Scorpio N.

Toyota Innova Hycross

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Toyota Innova Hycross Petrol?

The pros or advantages of Innova Hycross petrol are:

  • Extremely fuel efficient hybrid petrol engine with a 21.1kmpl official mileage figure; even the normal petrol variant has a respectable figure of 16.13kmpl
  • Option of captain seats in all variants
  • Higher variants are fairly loaded with features like LED headlamps, ADAS, utility tray in 2nd row, 2-zone auto AC, panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, power driver seat, power tail gate, 6 airbags, rear disc brakes, ventilated front seats, JBL sound system with 8 speakers and a subwoofer
  • Stronger road presence with its large dimensions, styling and proportions deserving of the SUV tag
  • Toyota’s promise of long-term reliability and ease of ownership

The Toyota Innova Hycross petrol has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • No manual transmission in any variant
  • No diesel engine option
  • After factoring in the perceived value of the features in the VX hybrid variant, you’ll have to drive more than 2,00,000km to justify the rest of the price gap over the GX normal petrol variant
  • Fans of the Innova, Qualis and Crysta may not like the fact that the Hycross doesn’t get the more abuse-friendly ladder frame chassis
  • ADAS features don’t include auto-emergency braking; offering it as a switchable feature would’ve satisfied buyers who may want to use this features occasionally

Toyota Innova Hycross Petrol G-SLF - Base Model Features

The base variant of the Innova Hycross only gets the 2.0L normal petrol engine and a CVT automatic transmission. It costs Rs. 18.30 lakh (ex-showroom) for 7-seater with captain seats in the 2nd row. For the bench seat and 8-seater layout, you’ll have to spend another Rs. 5,000. It gets a few notable features like:

  • Rear disc brakes
  • Power mirrors
  • Electronic parking brake
  • 16-inch steel wheels with covers
  • Remote central locking
  • Rear AC vents
  • Option of captain seats in 2nd row with utility tray
  • Front armrest
  • Split folding 2nd and 3rd row seatbacks
  • Hill start assist
  • ESC
  • Front parking
  • Push-button start/stop
  • All power windows
  • Tilt and telescopic steering
  • All adjustable headrests
  • Rear washer wiper
  • Day/night inside mirror

The base variant gets a good number of features. However, you may miss the following features, which are available in the higher variants:

  • Music system or touchscreen
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Rear defogger
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Auto AC
  • Larger 17-inch wheels
  • 2nd row armrest with bench seat
  • Keyless entry

TOYOTA INNOVA HYCROSS G-SLF

BASE MODEL FEATURES

Safety

Functional

Style & Entertainment

Electronic stability control

Electronic parking brake

Front seatback pockets

Outside mirror with turn indicators

Remote central locking

Rear armrest (with 7-seat)

All windows 1-touch up/down

Body-coloured outside mirrors

Std. safety features

2x front USB ports

2x rear USB ports

4x speakers

ISOFIX

4.2-inch MID

Eco mode

Fabric upholstery

Auto hold

Optional 2nd row captain seats

Reclining 3rd row seatbacks

Body-coloured outside door handles

LED reflector headlamps

7/8 x adjustable headrests

Utility tray with captain seats

16-inch steel wheels

Day/night inside mirror

50-50 split folding 3rd row seatbacks

60-40 split folding 2nd row seatbacks

Wheel covers

Front parking sensors

Tilt, telescopic steering

Front seat back pockets

LED tail lights

Anti-theft alarm

Front armrest

2x 12V power sockets

 

Rear washer wiper

Rear AC vents

Speed limiter

 

Hill start assist

Laminated windows

All power windows

 
 

Push-button start/stop

Power mirrors

 

The base variant gets a decent number of features for a commercial buyer. However, if it’s possible to accommodate the higher GX variant, then we’ll recommend even fleet buyers to consider it as it offers much better value for money.

Toyota Innova Hycross Petrol G-SLF vs GX Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The GX variant is also only available with the 2.0L normal petrol engine and CVT automatic transmission. It costs Rs. 19.15 lakh with the captain seats in 2nd row and Rs. 19.20 lakh with the bench seat. These prices are Rs. 85,000 higher than the base model.

TOYOTA INNOVA HYCROSS G-SLF vs GX | PRICE COMPARISON

 

G-SLF

Difference

GX

7-seat

Rs. 18,30,000

Rs. 85,000

Rs. 19,15,000

Difference

Rs. 5,000

 

Rs. 5,000

8-seat

Rs. 18,35,000

Rs. 85,000

Rs. 19,20,000

In the higher GX variant, you get the following notable additional features:

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Wired Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Rear parking camera
  • Keyless entry
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • 2nd row armrest with bench seats
  • Power folding mirrors

In this variant, you may still miss features like:

  • Larger 17-inch wheels
  • Front parking sensors
  • Speed limiter
  • Cruise control
  • Auto AC
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Rear window curtains
  • Rear defogger

TOYOTA INNOVA HYCROSS GX

FEATURES OVER G-SLF

Others

Functional

Rear parking camera

Multi drive modes

16-inch alloy wheels

Telematics

Grey front grille

Power folding mirrors with auto fold

(-) Front and rear parking sensors

Height-adjustable driver seat

8-inch touchscreen

Rear armrest (with 8-seat also)

Wired Android Auto

Keyless entry

Wired Apple Carplay

+1x Front USB port

Bluetooth

(-) Speed limiter

Steering-mounted controls

 

The GX variant more than justifies the price gap over the base variant and is best for buyers who don’t have a very high running. For higher mileage car buyers, the hybrid engine is more suitable because of its better fuel efficiency.

Toyota Innova Hycross Petrol GX vs VX Hybrid Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The VX variant is only available with the 2.0L hybrid petrol engine and is the most affordable option for Hycross hybrid buyers. This engine gets only the automatic transmission option. The VX hybrid variant costs Rs. 24.01 lakh with the 7-seat layout and Rs. 24.06 lakh with the 8-seat option. These prices are Rs. 4.86 lakh higher than the lower GX normal petrol variant.

TOYOTA INNOVA HYCROSS GX vs VX HYBRID | PRICE COMPARISON

 

GX

Difference

VX Hybrid

7-seat

Rs. 19,15,000

Rs. 4,86,000

Rs. 24,01,000

Difference

Rs. 5,000

 

Rs. 5,000

8-seat

Rs. 19,20,000

Rs. 4,86,000

Rs. 24,06,000

Over the GX normal petrol, the VX hybrid gets extra features like:

  • Larger 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Auto AC
  • Paddle shifters
  • Cruise control
  • Rear window curtains
  • Auto-dimming inside mirror
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Rear defogger
  • LED headlamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Soft-touch dashboard
  • Ambient lighting
  • Puddle lamps

In the VX hybrid variant, you may miss features like:

  • Powered tailgate
  • Power driver seat
  • Sunroof

TOYOTA INNOVA HYCROSS VX HYBRID

FEATURES OVER GX

Safety & Entertainment

Functional

Style

Triple LED headlamps

EV mode

17-inch alloy wheels

Rear defogger

Puddle lamps

LED DRLs

Tyre pressure sensors

Auto AC

Full LED tail lamps

Auto-dimming inside mirror

Illuminated front cup holders

Chrome exterior accents

Acoustic windows

Cruise control

Colour LCD instrument cluster

360-degree camera

Rear window curtains

Soft-touch dashboard

Front and rear parking sensors

Luggage board

Leather gear and steering wheel

2x speakers

Paddle shifters

Blue ambient light

While the GX Hybrid variant offers some must-have features for a decent ownership experience, we can’t ignore the fact that it is quite expensive for the hybrid technology. Even after factoring in the perceived value of its additional features, you will have to drive around for more than 2,00,000km to recover the remainder of the price gap. This is too high to justify upgrading to the hybrid powertrain. So, for most buyers, the GX is a suitable variant but if you have high running or you want to buy a variant for a good ownership experience, then the VX hybrid earns our top recommendation.

Toyota Innova Hycross Petrol VX Hybrid vs ZX Hybrid Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

Just like the VX variant, the ZX is also available only with the hybrid petrol-automatic powertrain but it only gets the captain seat option in the 2nd row. This variant costs Rs. 28.33 lakh, which is Rs. 4.32 lakh higher than the lower VX variant.

TOYOTA INNOVA HYCROSS VX HYBRID vs ZX HYBRID | PRICE COMPARISON

 

VX Hybrid

Difference

ZX Hybrid

7-seat

Rs. 24,01,000

Rs. 4,32,000

Rs. 28,33,000

Difference

Rs. 5,000

 

-

8-seat

Rs. 24,06,000

-

-

In the high-end ZX hybrid variant, you will get the following additional features over the VX hybrid:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Ventilated seats
  • Air purifier
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Larger 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Larger touchscreen
  • JBL sound system with subwoofer
  • Wireless Apple Carplay
  • 2x front side thorax and 2x curtain airbags
  • 2-zone auto AC
  • Powered driver seat with memory and welcome function
  • Power reclining captain seats in 2nd row
  • Powered tail gate

TOYOTA INNOVA HYCROSS ZX HYBRID

FEATURES OVER ZX HYBRID

Safety & Entertainment

Functional

Style

LED fog lamps

Powered tail gate

18-inch alloy wheels

2x front side thorax airbags

Wheel arch cladding

Panoramic sunroof

2x curtain airbags

Air purifier

Glossy accents on grille

IR-cut windows

2-zone auto AC

Dual-function LED DRLs

+2x speakers

Ventilated front seats

Chrome window line

subwoofer

8-way power driver seat

Chrome door handles

Wireless Apple Carplay

Memory, welcome function for power driver seat

Leather upholstery

JBL sound system

2-way power reclining captain seats

 

10.1-inch touchscreen

   

The ZX variant has several upmarket features for a nice ownership experience. However, it’s difficult to ignore the fact that the higher ZX (O) variant only costs another Rs. 64,000 and more than justifies the upgrade cost. So, you should buy the ZX trim only if you absolutely don’t want the ADAS features. Otherwise, for an upmarket ownership experience, we’ll suggest getting the top-spec ZX (O) variant.

Toyota Innova Hycross Petrol ZX Hybrid vs ZX (O) Hybrid Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The top-spec ZX (O) variant mainly adds ADAS features to improve the safety and driving experience. It costs rs. 28.97 lakh, which is Rs. 64,000 higher than the lower ZX variant.

TOYOTA INNOVA HYCROSS ZX HYBRID vs ZX (O) HYBRID | PRICE COMPARISON

 

ZX Hybrid

Difference

ZX (O) Hybrid

7-seat

Rs. 28,33,000

Rs. 64,000

Rs. 28,97,000

The notable additional features of the ZX (O) hybrid over the ZX hybrid variant are:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Auto high beam
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane keep assist
  • Crash safety warning
  • Blind spot monitoring

TOYOTA INNOVA HYCROSS ZX (O) HYBRID

FEATURES OVER ZX HYBRID

ADAS

Adaptive cruise control

Blind spot monitoring

Auto high beam

Rear cross traffic alert

Lane keep assist

Crash safety warning

For the ADAS features of the top model, the Rs. 64,000 price jump is negligible. So, for buyers interested in an upmarket ownership experience, we’ll highly recommend upgrading to the ZX (O) instead of the ZX variant.

Which Variant Of The 2023 Toyota Innova Hycross Petrol Should You Buy?

In terms of buying recommendations, there are 2 main options — the 2.0L normal petrol-automatic and 2.0L hybrid petrol-automatic. If you have limited running or want to use the car for commercial purposes, then the affordable normal petrol engine is a good choice. Between the G-SLF and GX variants, the G-SLF is suitable for fleet buyers while the GX is a better option for personal use. However, if you can accommodate the GX variant, then we’ll suggest even fleet buyers to consider the upgrade as it offers better value for money.

TOYOTA INNOVA HYCROSS PETROL-AUTOMATIC

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

Price

Recommendation

G-SLF

Rs. 18,30,000

Suitable for fleet and commercial buyers only

GX

Rs. 19,15,000

Suitable for budget buyers w/ low running

VX Hybrid

Rs. 24,01,000

Top recommended for buyers with very high running

ZX Hybrid

Rs. 28,33,000

Fully-loaded hybrid variant for those who want feel-good features; consider upgrading to ZX (O) for ADAS

ZX (O) Hybrid

Rs. 28,97,000

Value for money upgrade for Hycross ZX buyers

If you have very high running, then the VX hybrid variant is a good option and our top recommendation. However, it’s worth noting that you will have to drive around for more than 2.0 lakh kilometres to recover the price delta between the GX and VX hybrid. This variant gets most of the must-have and some good-to-have features for a nice ownership experience. If you want a well-loaded car, then you should directly buy the ZX (O) trim. The ZX (O) only costs Rs. 64,000 more than the ZX but justifies this cost with the features. So, for an upmarket ownership experience, you should buy the ZX (O), which offers slightly better value for money than the ZX trim.

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Toyota Innova Hycross Petrol?

In terms of engine specs, even the hybrid engine of the Innova Hycross is no match for the turbo petrol engines of the Mahindra XUV700 and Scorpio N. But no car in this comparison can match the mileage figure of 21.1kmpl of the Innova Hycross. Even the Innova Hycross normal petrol has a decent 16.13kmpl mileage figure.

On paper, the Hycross normal petrol and hybrid petrol engines offer comparable power and torque output. But, the torque delivery of the hybrid engine is such that they offer much better low-end torque for better drivability. In fact, when you’re driving at city speeds, the Innova Hycross hybrid petrol can run exclusively on the electric motor, without even turning on the engine.

The most shocking thing about engine specs of the Innova Hycross is that it doesn't get a manual transmission at all.

TOYOTA INNOVA HYCROSS VS COMPETITORS

BASE PETROL ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

Innova Hycross

Innova Crysta

XUV700 7S

Hector Plus

Scorpio-N

Engine

2.0L

2.0L Hybrid

2.7L

2.0L Turbo

1.5L Turbo

2.0L Turbo

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

4

4

Displacement

1987cc

1987cc

2694cc

1997cc

1451cc

1997cc

Power

174PS @ 6600rpm

186PS

166PS @ 5200rpm

200PS @ 5000rpm

143PS @ 5000rpm

203PS @ 5000rpm

Torque

205Nm @ 4500 - 4900rpm

206Nm

245Nm @ 4000rpm

380Nm @ 1750 - 3000rpm

250Nm @ 3600rpm

370Nm/380Nm (MT/AT) @ 1750 - 3000rpm

Manual

-

-

5-speed

6MT

6MT

6MT

Manual FE

-

-

10.6kmpl

NA

14.03kmpl

NA

Automatic

CVT

eCVT

6-speed TC

6TC

CVT

6TC

Auto FE

16.13kmpl

21.1kmpl

10.5kmpl

NA

11.67kmpl

NA

What Are The Dimensions Of The Toyota Innova Hycross?

The Toyota Innova Hycross is a fairly long and wide car with the longest-in-class wheelbase for a spacious cabin. 16-inch wheels on the base petrol engine of the Innova Hycross may appear small considering the large size of the car. The higher variants with the hybrid petrol engine get larger 17-inch and 18-inch wheel sizes for a better stance.

TOYOTA INNOVA HYCROSS vs COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Innova Hycross

Innova Crysta

XUV700

Hector Plus

Scorpio N

Length

4755mm

4735mm

4695mm

4720mm

4662mm

Width

1845 - 1850mm

1830mm

1890mm

1835mm

1917mm

Height

1785 - 1790mm

1795mm

1755mm

1760mm

1870mm

Wheelbase

2850mm

2750mm

2750mm

2750mm

2750mm

Ground Clearance

185mm*

NA

NA

192mm

187mm

Boot Space

NA

300L

NA

155L

NA

Fuel Tank

52L

65L

60L

60L

57L

Tyre (base)

205/65 R16

205/65 R16

235/65 R17

215/60 R17

245/65 R17

Tyre (top)

225/50 R18

215/55 R17

235/60 R18

215/55 R18

255/60 R18

*Estimated based on Indonesia spec model

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2023 Toyota Innova Hycross?

The 2023 Innova Hycross is available in the following 7 colour options:

  • Deep night blue
  • Flat white
  • Metallic white
  • Flat black
  • Metallic black
  • Silver
  • Light bronze

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700 - 3850mm

Ignis, Nios, Swift, Tiago

       

B Segment

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Exceptions: New City, Virtus, Slavia

Creta, Seltos, Compass, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D1

4500 - 4750mm

Carens, XUV700, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Scorpio N, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D Segment

D2

> 4750mm

Gloster, Fortuner, Superb, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

3 Comments

  1. K Koshy says:
    December 01 2022 21:21:23

    Great companion

  2. K Koshy says:
    December 01 2022 21:21:24

    Great companion

  3. B Balraj says:
    January 28 2023 07:48:19

    Excellent review

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