Innova Crysta vs XUV500 Comparison Review

Toyota Innova Crysta vs Mahindra XUV500 Comparison Review

Why are we comparing these two cars?
The XUV500 looks like an SUV, while the Innova Crysta looks like an MPV. But it’s the Innova which has rear wheel drive and sturdy underpinnings shared with the Hilux pick-up truck, while the XUV is based on a car like ‘monocoque’ chassis and front wheel drive. So, which one is the ‘real’ SUV amongst the two and which one is a more practical, technically sound and better value-for-money option is what we are trying to find out.
XUV500 vs Innova Crysta Comparison Video Review:

Pricing & Features:
XUV500’s top-of-the-line 'W10’ variant costs 18.95 Lakh, on road, Delhi. Innova Crysta’s high-end 'ZX' (manual) variant retails for 23.9 lakh, which is an exorbitant 5 Lakh Rs. more than the XUV500. The Innova Crysta has extra Side, Curtain and Knee Airbags for added safety, while the XUV500 has extra Electric Sunroof, TPMS & Hill Descent Control over the Crysta. (XUV500 'W8 AT' automatic costs 18.95 Lakh Rs. while Innova Crysta's 'GX AT' automatic costs 19.55 Lakh, on road, Delhi)

Common Features: ABS, ESP, Airbags - 6, Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Touchscreen, Navigation, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Defogger, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels, Electrically Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Mood lighting, Cornering Lamps, LED DRLs, Leather Upholstery, Tilt & Telescopic Steering, Boot Lamp, Fuel Computer Electric Tailgate Release

Extra Features in XUV500 (W10): Electric Sunroof, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Hill Descent Control

Extra Features in Innova Crysta (VX): Airbags - Side, Curtain & Knee

Performance & Drivability:
Innova Crysta has moderately better performance than the XUV500 across the rev-range. It is 16% more powerful and 14% more torquey than the XUV500 in terms of torque to weight ratio. The difference was especially noticeable when we drove the two automatics back-to-back, the XUV500 automatic feels much more sluggish than the Innova Crysta AT. Toyota taking the extra effort of putting a bigger engine in the automatic variants to maintain equal levels of performance as the manual versions, is really commendable.

Power (PS@rpm): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 150@3400, Innova Crysta 2.8 – 174@3400, XUV500 - 140@3750
Torque (Nm@rpm): Innova Crysta 2.4 - 343@1400-2800, Innova Crysta 2.8 – 360@1200-3400, XUV500 – 330@1600-2800
Kerb Weight (kg): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 1835, Innova Crysta 2.8 - 1855, XUV500 - 1875

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 81, Innova Crysta 2.8 - 94, XUV500 – 75
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 187, Innova Crysta 2.8 - 194, XUV500 – 176

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, the manual Crysta was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the manual XUV500, while the Crysta automatic returned almost 2 kmpl less than the manual variant and 1 kmpl more than the automatic XUV.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Innova Crysta 2.4 (diesel, manual) – 15.1, XUV500 (diesel, manual) – 16.0
Innova Crysta 2.8 (diesel, automatic) – 14.29, XUV500 (diesel, automatic) – 13.85

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Innova Crysta (diesel, manual) – 2.80, XUV500 (diesel, manual) – 3.00
Innova Crysta (diesel, automatic) – 3.55, XUV500 (diesel, automatic) - 3.55

Space & Comfort:
The Innova Crysta trumps the XUV500 when it comes to comfort and ergonomics inside the cabin. XUV’s front two rows are as spacious as the Crysta’s if not more, but Crysta’s seats are more supportive and comfortable over long distances. XUV’s third row though is a complete disappointment, good only for small children. Crysta’s third row is much better and genuinely useful even for adults. With all the seats in place, the XUV has just 93 litres of boot-space which is lesser than the Tata Nano, in contrast to the Crysta’s 300 litre boot capacity.

Length (mm): Innova Crysta – 4735, XUV500 – 4585
Width (mm): Innova Crysta – 1830, XUV500 – 1890
Height (mm): Innova Crysta – 1795, XUV500 – 1785

Ride Quality & Handling:
XUV’s vague and ponderous road manners are in complete contrast to Innova Crysta’s precise and anchored road behavior. The sheer authority with which Innova Crysta smothers the Indian roads is unbelievable. The XUV500 also handles the rough road well, but transfers slightly more impact to the occupants. XUV’s stability under hard braking is also not as good as the Crysta’s.

Ground Clearance (mm): Innova Crysta – 174, XUV500 – declared 160 (actual 200)

Tyre Size:
Innova Crysta – 205/65R16 (GX/VX), 215/55R17 (ZX)
XUV500 - 235/65R17

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Mahindra is still eons behind Toyota when it comes to sheer product reliability and service support in our country. All the Mahindra products till date have had teething troubles at launch, while Toyota has consistently delivered vehicles with lesser problems than any other manufacturer in India. Toyota’s service quality and turnaround is also the best in the industry, whereas Mahindra though much improved is not yet up-to-the-mark.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
The Innova Crysta is bound to hold significantly better resale value than the XUV over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years.
Innova Crysta ZX (Diesel manual) – 14.35, XUV500 W10 (Diesel manual) – 10.25
Innova Crysta GX AT (Diesel automatic) – 11.15, XUV500 W8 AT (Diesel automatic) - 10.25

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
In spite of being 5 lakh Rs. more expensive than the XUV, the Crysta works out to be 75,000 Rs. more expensive in terms of Overall Cost of Ownership, thanks to lesser depreciation and lesser outlay on fuel.
Innova Crysta ZX (Diesel manual) – 12.35, XUV500 W10 (Diesel manual) – 11.75
Innova Crysta GX AT (Diesel automatic) – 11.95, XUV500 W8 AT (Diesel automatic) - 12.25

Verdict:
The XUV500 and Innova Crysta are like chalk and cheese. XUV500 is the chalk and Crysta is the cheese. XUV500 is a bit of a poser, while the Crysta is a proper wolf in a sheep’s clothing. Crysta looks urban but gobbles up rural terrain far more convincingly than the XUV500. The sheer monolithic build quality and sublime refinement of the Crysta makes the XUV’s interiors feel like you are seated inside cheap, vibrating plastic-ware. Crysta’s comfort and airy ambience is also much more pleasant than XUV. Last but not the least, the Crysta’s basic fundamentals of performance-efficiency & dynamics are noticeably superior to the XUV’s making it stratospherically better value-for-money and more practical alternative, than not just the XUV, but also the D-segment Accords, Superbs and Passats of this world.

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