Innova Crysta vs Corolla Altis Comparison Review

Toyota Corolla Altis vs Innova Crysta Comparison Review

Why are we comparing these two cars?
The peculiar Indian customer, having a budget of around 15 lakhs has largely shunned the World’s best-selling car, the Corolla in favor of the Innova over the past decade in our country, despite of Innova’s obvious taxi image. When the new Altis was launched in 2014 it became way to expensive to be compared to the Innova, putting it out of direct contention with the Altis, in the minds of the customers. But now, the new Innova Crysta has been launched with an even steeper rise in price, putting it squarely back into the radar of the Toyota Loyalist, buying a car for personal use.

Corolla Altis vs Innova Crysta Video Comparison Review:

Pricing & Features:
Altis’ top-end 'VL AT’ petrol variant costs 21.1 Lakh, on road, Delhi, which is over 3 Lakh rupees cheaper than Innova Crysta’s 'ZX AT' variant retailing for 24.3 lakh Rs. In spite of being cheaper, the Altis VL has numerous extra features over the Crysta ZX like Gearshift Paddles, Rain Sensing Wipers, Light Sensing Headlamps, Rear Sunshade and Auto Dimming Inside Mirror, while the Crysta has Side, Curtain and Knee Airbags over the Altis.

Common Features: ABS, ESP, 2 Airbags, 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, LED DRLs, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Leather Upholstery, Cruise Control, Tilt & Telescopic Steering, Boot Lamp, Fuel Computer

Extra Features in Corolla Altis (VL AT): Gearshift Paddles, Rain Sensing Wipers & Light Sensing Headlamps, Rear Sunshade, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror
Extra Features in Innova Crysta (ZX AT): Side, Curtain and Knee Airbag

Pricing of other variants:
Corolla Altis ‘GL’ petrol-manual costs 19.40 Lakh
Corolla Altis ‘G’ diesel-manual costs 19.25 Lakh
Innova Crysta ‘GX’ 2.4 manual costs 17.25 Lakh
On road, Delhi

Performance & Drivability:
The petrol powered Altis automatic, is a good 2 seconds quicker to 100 kph, than the mighty 2800 cc, diesel engine powered Crysta. While Altis petrol-manual, is a whopping 4 seconds quicker than the manual Crysta. Altis’ 700 kg lower kerb weight, results in an almost 20% better power to weight ratio, than the Crysta AT, and almost 40% better than the manual version. Not to forget, Altis’ petrol power plant, is immensely more refined, than Crysta’s unexpectedly vocal engine, even for a diesel. Altis’ diesel engine though is a sore disappointment; it is 2 seconds slower to 100 kmph than the Crysta manual, and even has substantial turbo-lag compared to the Crysta, making it a nuisance to drive around city streets. Albeit, the Altis diesel does have considerably better refinement than the Crysta.

Power (PS@rpm): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 150@3400, Innova Crysta 2.8 – 174@3400, Corolla Altis (Petrol) – 140@6400, Corolla Altis (Diesel) – 88@3800
Torque (Nm@rpm): Innova Crysta 2.4 - 343@1400-2800, Innova Crysta 2.8 – 360@1200-3400, Corolla Altis (Petrol) – 173@4000, Corolla Altis (Diesel) – 205@1800-2800
Kerb Weight (kg): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 1835, Innova Crysta 2.8 - 1855, Corolla Altis (Petrol) – 1250, Corolla Altis (Diesel) – 1250

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 81, Innova Crysta 2.8 - 94, Corolla Altis (Petrol) – 112, Corolla Altis (Diesel) – 70
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 187, Innova Crysta 2.8 - 194, Corolla Altis (Petrol) – 138, Corolla Altis (Diesel) – 164

Fuel Efficiency:
In our back-to-back tests, the diesel Altis was over 5 kmpl more efficient than the manual Crysta, making it 1 lakh rupees cheaper than Crysta in fuel costs. Even the petrol powered Altis manual was 1.5 kmpl more efficient than the manual Crysta. The automatic geared Altis petrol was consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the Crysta AT. But since petrol is more expensive both cars require identical expenditure on fuel.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Innova Crysta 2.4 (diesel, manual) – 15.1, Corolla Altis (diesel, manual) – 21.3 (difference 6.2)
Corolla Altis (petrol, manual) – 16.7
Innova Crysta 2.8 (diesel, automatic) – 14.29, Corolla Altis (petrol, automatic) – 16.7 (difference 2.4)

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Innova Crysta 2.4 (diesel, manual) – 3.45, Corolla Altis (diesel, manual) – 2.45, Corolla Altis (petrol, manual) – 3.65
Innova Crysta 2.8 (diesel, automatic) – 3.65, Corolla Altis (petrol, automatic) – 3.65

Space & Comfort:
The Crysta is an immensely more spacious car than the Altis. But the problem with its ZX variant, is that, it comes with two captain seats in the middle row. Therefore if you wish to travel with five occupants, the fifth occupant has to sit on the fairly uncomfortable third row. Also Crysta's 300 litre boot capacity, with all seats up, may not be enough to carry five people's luggage, meaning the excess luggage will spill over, right next to the fifth passenger. Altis on the other hand, can comfortably accommodate three occupants in the middle row with a decent 470 litres of space available in the boot, for luggage. In Crysta's lower variants, you can go for the 8-seater configuration. Then you can fold the last row of seats, to liberate a cavernous 758 litres of boot-space. Both cars have exquisitely well appointed and durable interiors, albeit, still a notch below the German sedans, like Jetta.

Length (mm): Innova Crysta – 4735, Corolla Altis – 4620
Width (mm): Innova Crysta – 1830, Corolla Altis – 1775
Height (mm): Innova Crysta – 1795, Corolla Altis – 1475

Ride Quality & Handling:
The Crysta is far better suited to the reality, of the Indian road conditions than the Altis, which has been one of the main reasons, for customer's overwhelming preference towards it, over the Altis. Though Toyota has taken efforts, to give the Altis some added ride height for India, you still have to be cautious, while going over broken roads and potholes. In the Crysta you can stampede over bad roads, without even giving them a second thought. The Altis claws back some lost ground, around the turns. Even though it is nowhere as good as, rivals like Octavia and Jetta, in terms of handling, it is still way ahead of the Crysta. Crysta has significant body roll around the bends, which coupled to the slow and inaccurate steering setup, makes it a drag around the turns.

Ground Clearance (mm): Innova Crysta – 176, Corolla Altis – 175

Tyre Size:
Innova Crysta – 205/65R16 (GX/VX), 215/55R17 (ZX)
Corolla Altis – 195/65R15 (J/JS/G/GL),205/55R16 (VL)

Reliability and After Sales Service: 
No other competitor even comes close to matching the matchless reliability and After Sales Service of Toyota. Both Corolla and Innova have already proven this beyond doubt in the past decade in India.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Both cars bear legendary name tags and thus are bound to hold outstanding residual value for years to come.
Innova Crysta ZX AT (Diesel automatic) – 14.60, Corolla Altis VL AT (Petrol automatic) – 12.70
Innova Crysta ZX (Diesel manual) – 10.85, Corolla Altis GL (Petrol manual) – 11.60, Corolla Altis G (Diesel manual) – 12.10

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
The Crysta ZX automatic works out to be 1.25 Lakh rupees more expensive than the Altis VL automatic. Amongst the manual geared vehicles, the diesel Crysta GX and Altis G work out to be more or less similar in terms of Overall Ownership costs, while the petrol powered Altis GL works out to be over 1.5 lakh rupees more expensive.
Innova Crysta ZX AT (Diesel automatic) – 13.35, Corolla Altis VL AT (Petrol automatic) – 12.10
Innova Crysta ZX (Diesel manual) – 9.80, Corolla Altis GL (Petrol manual) – 11.40, Corolla Altis G (Diesel manual) – 9.60

You just can't go wrong with either of these cars. The Altis is a better car for personal use than the Crysta. The petrol version of the Altis is THE most popular car in the World, bar none. Compared to the Crysta it is quicker, smoother, easier to maneuver in city and entertaining to pilot on mountain roads. But it does not have the sheer versatility of the Crysta. The Crysta can take on more passengers or more luggage or both whenever the need arises. It can tackle, horrible road conditions and even some light off-roading when the need arises. The new one doesn't even ask you to compromise on creature comforts neither does it cost much more than the Altis. It suits the 'Indian' customers needs better than the World's bestselling car and thus emerges as the winner of this comparison test.

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