Toyota Innova Hycross vs Tata Safari vs Mahindra XUV700: specifications comparison

Innova Hycross vs Tata Safari vs Mahindra XUV700

Toyota recently took the wraps off the Innova Hycross to reveal a radically different MPV than what the Innova nameplate has been known for in India. For the first time, the Innova is now underpinned by a monocoque chassis, gets front-wheel drive, is more feature-laden than ever, and most importantly, gets a strong hybrid powertrain under its hood.

For an expected price of Rs 23 lakh-28 lakh and with its three-row layout of 7- or 8-seater configurations, the Innova Hycross will, no doubt, face stiff competition from similarly priced three-row SUVs. Here, we are taking a look at how the new Innova Hycross compares to the likes of the Tata Safari and Mahindra XUV700 on paper in terms of dimensions, powertrain and seating layouts.

Toyota Innova Hycross vs Tata Safari vs Mahindra XUV700: dimensions

Toyota Innova Hycross vs rivals: dimension
Innova Hycross Safari XUV700
Length 4,755mm 4,661mm 4,695mm
Width 1,850mm 1,894mm 1,890mm
Height 1,795mm 1,786mm 1,755mm
Wheelbase 2,850mm 2,741mm 2,750mm
Ground clearance 185mm - -
Wheel size 18-inch 18-inch 17-inch/18-inch

The new Innova Hycross is the longest vehicle in this comparison – it is 94mm longer than the Safari and 60mm longer than the XUV700. It also has the longest wheelbase – 109mm and 100mm longer than the Safari and XUV700, respectively. The Innova Hycross is, however, narrower than both these SUVs.

As far as height is concerned, despite being an MPV, the Hycross is taller than the Safari by 9mm and 40mm than the XUV700. And while Mahindra and Tata haven’t quoted ground clearance for their respective SUVs, the Innova Hycross has a ground clearance of 185mm. All vehicles ride on 18-inch alloy wheels, while the XUV700 also gets 17-inch alloys for its lower-spec trims.

The new Innova Hycross is also significantly larger than the current Innova Crysta. It has grown 20mm in length and width over its predecessor, while the wheelbase has gone up by 100mm. However, the height, at 1,795mm, remains unchanged. Toyota has also maintained the same 185mm ground clearance, and approach and departure angles of the Innova Crysta.

Toyota Innova Hycross vs Tata Safari vs Mahindra XUV700: powertrain

Toyota Innova Hycross vs rivals: powertrain
Innova Hycross Safari XUV700
Type 4 cyl, NA petrol/ 4 cyl petrol strong-hybrid 4 cyl, turbo-diesel 4 cyl, turbo-petrol/4 cyl, turbo-diesel
Displacement 1,987cc 1956cc 1997cc/2184cc
Power 174hp/186hp 170hp 200hp/ 155hp, 185hp (AT)
Torque 197Nm/187Nm 350Nm 380Nm/360Nm, 450Nm (AT)
MT gearbox - 6-speed 6-speed
AT gearbox CVT/e-CVT 6-speed torque converter 6-speed torque converter
Drive layout FWD FWD FWD/FWD, AWD(AT)

All three vehicles widely differ in terms of their powertrain options. While the new Innova Hycross is petrol-only, coupled with a strong hybrid system in higher variants, the Safari is diesel-only, and the XUV700 comes with both petrol and diesel engines.

Starting with the Innova Hycross, it uses a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine that produces 172hp and 205Nm of torque, and solely comes mated to a CVT gearbox. In higher variants, the same engine is used in a different configuration – the combustion engine churns out 152hp and 187Nm of torque, which is coupled to an electric motor for a combined power output of 186hp. This powertrain comes mated to an e-CVT gearbox.

Both petrol powertrains on the Innova Hycross are slightly more powerful than the Safari’s sole diesel engine, but they are way down on torque.

Conversely, both petrol powertrains on the Hycross are down on power compared to the petrol engine of the XUV700. Meanwhile, the diesel engine on the XUV700 comes in two different tunes in manual and automatic configurations. The diesel-MT powertrain is down on power when compared to both powertrains on the Innova Hycross. However, in the diesel-AT option, the XUV700 is more powerful than the petrol-NA powertrain of the Innova Hycross, and only 1hp down compared to the strong-hybrid powertrain. Here again, the Hycross is severely down on torque – in fact, the XUV700 with its diesel-AT powertrain has the most torque in this competition.

Another key point of difference is the gearbox option. The Innova Hycross does not get a manual gearbox with either powertrain, while both the Safari and XUV700 get a 6-speed manual unit. As for the automatic gearbox option, the Safari and the XUV700 use 6-speed torque converter units, while the Hycross uses a CVT and e-CVT gearbox for its non-hybrid and hybrid powertrain respectively. Lastly, all SUVs are front-wheel drive as standard, but the XUV700 can also be optioned with an AWD system for its diesel-AT powertrain.

Toyota Innova Hycross vs Tata Safari vs Mahindra XUV700: seating configurations

The Innova Hycross, Safari and XUV700 are all three-row vehicles, but they still differ in their seating layouts. The Innova Hycross is offered in 7- or 8-seater guises; the middle row can be optioned with either a bench seat or captain seats with the ottoman feature, while the third row gets a 3-seat bench layout as standard.

Meanwhile, the XUV700 comes in either 5- or 7-seater options and does not get the option of captain seats. Lastly, the Tata Safari can be had in a 6- or 7-seater configuration where the middle row can be optioned with a pair of captain seats.

Toyota Innova Hycross vs Tata Safari vs Mahindra XUV700: price

Toyota is expected to announce prices for the Innova Hycross in India sometime in January 2023. Toyota India dealers say the Hycross is likely to be priced just above the current Innova Crysta, somewhere between Rs 22 lakh-28 lakh, ex-showroom. For reference, the Tata Safari is currently priced between Rs 15.45 lakh-23.76 lakh, while the XUV700 is priced between Rs 13.45 lakh-24.95 lakh, both prices ex-showroom.

Also see: 

Toyota Innova Hycross walkaround video

Toyota Innova Hycross Image Gallery

Toyota Innova Crysta will be sold alongside the Innova Hycross

Feature: Toyota Innova – Journey to becoming India’s favourite MPV

from Autocar India

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