Buyer’s Guide Toyota Innova Crysta – Petrol Vs Diesel


Toyota Innova was introduced in the global auto arena in around 2004 and shortly after that it made its Indian debut. How can one forget actor Aamir Khan’s memorable advertisements wherein he talked about Innova’s advantages with such great ease? It was a time when the MPV segment was considered rather dull and didn’t have any attractive cars that created much hype. With the entry of Toyota Innova things started falling into place and consumers started developing a better understanding of Multi-Utility Vehicles. After dominating the market for a good two digit time frame it was high time for Toyota to bestow Innova with its share of revisions. The need was urgent as the sales figures were losing the peak and market was witnessing strong entries in the said class.

Toyota Innova Crysta
Toyota Innova Crysta

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The moment we all have been desperately waiting for arrived early February this year, when at 2016 Auto Expo Toyota showcased Innova’s revamped version, Innova Crysta. The said car was launched in May 2016 marking the commencement of sales of second-generation Innova. But this time, things were a bit different as along with a diesel, Innova now had a petrol counterpart as well. On papers this may sound nice but ask the consumers about the difficulty of choice these two options have created.

Well to ease of the prospective Innova Crysta buyer’s tension, here is a comparison between the two available fuel options.

Engine – Displacement & Performance Variation

Toyota Innova Crysta
Toyota Innova Crysta Engine

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Toyota Innova Crysta as mentioned above is offered in both diesel and petrol choices. Under the diesel tag are present two engine options – one is a 2.4-litre and other is a 2.8-litre 2GD FTV mill. The petrol option on the other hand is available with only one engine choice of 2.7-litre. Coming on to the performance figures, we are mentioning the mills in ascending order of their power output. First in line is the 2.4-litre diesel mill generating a maximum power of 150 PS along with a peak torque of 343 Nm. Next up is the 2.7-litre petrol mill that is tuned to release a maximum power of 166 PS with 245 Nm of torque. Last and the powerful of all is the 174 PS pumping 2.8-liter diesel mill, whose torque figure reads 360 Nm.

Crux – If you are not ready to compromise on the power front then it’s but obvious that the 2.8-liter diesel mill is the perfect pick for you. However, if power is not a major concern than you can decide keeping factors like fuel option of your previous car (it’s better to have one of each kind), and travel type (journey length and frequency) in mind.

Transmission – Manual or Automatic

Auto markets around the globe have witnessed a growing demand for automatic gearbox option. Toyota picking up the latest trend decided to infuse the same character in all-new Innova Crysta. But the said option can only be found in 2.8-litre diesel and 2.7-litre petrol options. The 2.4-litre diesel engine on the other hand has remained untouched with the said auto gear tech and gets the conventional five-speed manual gear setup. Also, both the above mentioned automatic transmission bestowed mills (2.8 –litre diesel and 2.4-litre petrol) are available with manual gearbox option.

Crux – So, if you no longer wish to put anymore effort on the gear changing front and would rather like the car to take gear concerned decision self then automatic transmission is the thing for you. However, if you are of the sorts who like to take control of all the things in his/her hand, especially when on the driver’s seat then all three mills option coupled with manual gearbox are open for you.

Fuel Economy

One of the factors that have a major impact on a buyer’s decision is the fuel economy figures of a car. But with two fuel options available Innova Crysta has two mileage ratings and as per the known fact, petrol option loses on this front from the two diesel mills. The 2.4-litre petrol engine claims to deliver a mileage of 10.83 kmpl with automatic and 9.89 kmpl with manual gearbox. The diesel variants on the other hand are far better performing with running approximately 14 to 15 km per litre. However, both fuel types offer fuel saving tools like Eco and Power Drive mode.

Crux – Whether it is a petrol or diesel mill, the fuel economy of Innova Crysta is not that impressive. However, if you are a person whose kilometers count is high enough then a diesel mill should be into your consideration. If engine maintenance and peaceful ride is what you are thinking then a petrol mill is your perfect match.

Money Matters

Toyota Innova Crysta
Crysta Cabin

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Toyota Innova Crysta obviously costs way more compared to its previous generation but at the same time it also offers way more features over the former version. The cheapest Innova out of the entire lot is 2.7 GX MT petrol variant that costs INR 13,57,681 (ex-showroom Mumbai). However, if you are interested in a diesel variant than you can get the 2.4 G MT diesel trim for INR 13,83,677 (ex-showroom Mumbai). The price keeps on increasing on both sides (diesel and petrol) in accordance to the variants (G, GX, VX & ZX) with diesel always leading with a heavier price tag.

Crux – Price will always depend on your requirements and which out of the two fuel type you prefer.

Innova Crysta Verdict

Innova Crysta will be great in diesel if your occupation or lifestyle involves good amount of traveling. Say, if you easily cover around 1700 to 2000 km monthly, then you’ll easily be able to take advantage of diesel mills mileage and would justify its high price. On the other hand, if your monthly running is less than 1500 km and you usually travel within the city then it is recommended, not to spend extra on diesel trim. In this scenario, petrol will prove a better option.