Greater space and larger seating capacity is one of the main reasons why people buy MPVs / SUVs. In a country where MPVs still struggle with sales numbers, the unanimous vote for the most successful MPV so far would definitely go to the Innova. The new Innova Crysta is nothing like the car it replaces and is easily the best MPV at its price point. However, it’s not settled if it is indeed the best 7 seater car that you can buy in India.
For this reason, we have compared it with the Ertiga, which is the most successful MPV under the Rs 10 Lac price bracket. The Honda BR-V also forms a part of this comparison since it offers regular bench seats for 7 passengers unlike some of the cars like TUV300 and NuvoSport which offer jump seats for the third row.
Toyota Innova Crysta Vs Honda BR-V Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Design and Exteriors)
The Innova Crysta is an odd ball in this comparison if you consider that it’s the only car that uses the ladder frame construction in this comparison, while the Ertiga and BR-V stick to monocoque. The Innova Crysta certainly looks more edgy and premium than the outgoing car, it seems somewhat inspired from the Corolla. Akio Toyoda’s promise of “No more boring cars” most certainly manifests itself in the Innova Crysta. The Honda BR-V on the other hand is a lot sportier to look at and it carries a more butch face and chrome in great doses, while on the side you would find the similar Mobilo like kink, making it clear that it uses the same platform.
|Dimensions and Capacities||Toyota Innova Crysta||Honda BR-V||Maruti Suzuki Ertiga|
|Length||4735 mm||4456 mm||4265 mm|
|Width||1830 mm||1735 mm||1695 mm|
|Height||1795 mm||1666 mm||1685 mm|
|Wheelbase||2750 mm||2660 mm||2740 mm|
|Ground clearance||193 mm||210 mm||185 mm|
|Boot capacity||300 litres (with third row seats)||223 litres (with third row seats)||--|
The BR-V offers great ground clearance (210mm) that would let you put the car on any tarmac without worrying. The rear overhang which is much bigger and bulkier makes the BR-V look more like an MPV than an SUV, an overall pleasing and functional design nonetheless.
Maruti Ertiga is easily the most subtle and conservative looking of the three. Appealing or not? Hard to argue, it certainly looks understated standing beside the other two cars.
Toyota Innova Crysta Vs Honda BR-V Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Interiors and Features)
Toyota Innova Crysta is the most premium of the lot, you get trays for holding the meal at the back, cup holders for all row of seats etc. Faux wood, dash of silver accents, ambient lightning makes the car look extremely upmarket.
The all new dash of the Innova (below), comes with a 7inch touchscreen system that offers navigation and plush interiors feel as if they have been derived from a much more premium luxury saloon.
The Honda BR-V has a dash (below) that’s derived from Amaze and the dials look familiar to the City. The interiors though rich cannot match the Innova and certainly does not feel as premium. The lack of touchscreen is a gross oversight considering that many other cars in this segment offer it.
The equipment level in the Ertiga is at par with the BR-V or should we say even better since it offers the Apple CarPlay system while the BR-V does not. The beige and brow combination of interior colour works well but the design looks dated since it resembles the Swift and Dzire. The interiors are functional nonetheless.
Toyota Innova Crysta Vs Honda BR-V Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Engine, Gearbox and Transmission)
Toyota InnovaCrysta has two diesel engine choices on offer, with 2.4 litre and 2.8 litre capacity. The larger capacity motor is available with a 6 speed automatic transmission only while the smaller motor uses 5 speed manual transmission.
|Engine and Gearbox||Toyota Innova Crysta||Honda BR-V||Maruti Suzuki Ertiga|
|Engine capacity||2.4 L (D) / 2.8 L (D)||1.5 L (D) / 1.5 L (P)||1.3 L (D) / 1.4 L (P)|
|Gearbox||5 MT / 6 AT||6 MT / 6 MT & 6 AT||5 MT / 5 MT & 4 AT|
|Power||150PS / 174PS||100PS / 120PS||92PS / 90PS|
|Torque||343Nm / 360Nm||200Nm / 145Nm||130Nm / 200Nm|
|Mileage (Kmpl)||16kmpl / 15kmpl (Expected)||21.9 kmpl / 15.4kmpl & 16kmpl||24.52kmpl / 17.5kmpl &17.03kmpl|
Unlike the competition that uses front wheel drive system, in case of the Innova, the engine is longitudinally mounted and drives the rear wheels. The BR-V offers the same engine options as seen on the City, 1.5 litre petrol and diesel. The 1.5 litre petrol is available with a 6 speed manual as well as CVT transmission while the diesel is available with 6 speed manual only. The Ertiga offers 1.4 litre petrol as well as a 1.3 litre diesel engine, the choice of an automatic transmission is available with the petrol only.
Toyota Innova Crysta Vs Honda BR-V Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Mileage and Safety features)
The diesel engines of Toyota Innova Crysta are more fuel efficient than its predecessors. You also get 7 airbags with the top variant along with features like stability control, hill assist etc. while the base variants offers three airbags along with ABS, EBD and BA as standard making it the safest car among the three.
There are no official figures available as of now as far as mileage is concerned but Honda BR-V is expected to deliver mileage similar to the Honda City since it uses the same engine options. The car is expected to offer two airbags as standard across all variants while the higher variants likely to get anti lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution and hill start assist too.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is the most fuel efficient MPV among the three cars, the diesel engine option offers the SHVS micro hybrid technology and is the most fuel efficient of all. You also get driver side airbag as standard with passenger side airbag and ABS available as option even with the base variant LXi(O).
The Ertiga was and still is the best entry-level seven seater car in its segment. The BR-V is for the image conscious buyers who want to stay away from an MPV and still want great practicality along with greater seating capacity. The most expensive of the lot, Innova Crysta remains the workhorse that it used to be, it’s suited for people who want to travel in comfort with their big family, an ultra luxurious car that’s also offers great amount of safety features. Even with the rise in price, we expect the Innova Crysta to do well in the tourism industry that’s looking for replacing the ageing Innova.