With three rows of seating, a host of amenities, and a commanding appearance on the road, the Tata Safari and the Toyota Innova Hycross are two vehicles fighting for your attention. Yes, they vary as well; the Hycross has a powerful petrol engine and a hybrid drivetrain, but the Safari is only available with a sole diesel unit. Although the two serve essentially the same purposes, there is a sizable price difference between them, at least if we compare their top-of-the-line variants. So, the Toyota Innova Hycross and the Tata Safari are two reasonable choices if you're planning on housing a cosy and ideal 3-row family car in your garage. Here, we have pitted both models against one another to see how they fare in terms of features, price, specifications, and more.
Toyota Innova Hycross Vs Tata Safari: Exterior
Toyota has chosen a blend of MPV and SUV styles with the generation shift in an effort to give the Innova moniker a greater edge. Additionally, the wheelbase of the MPV is the longest of the two. But when it comes to looks, the Innova Hycross comes out on top. The table below shows the comparison between the dimensions of both models.
If we look at the Red Dark edition of the Safari SUV which was launched this year, it has several notable aesthetic improvements over the standard version, including a red grille insert, a "Dark" symbol on the fenders indicated in the "red" shade, and red brake callipers. Despite the fact that the Innova Hycross and the Safari both have a strong road presence, the former is more likely to leave the finest visual imprint in your mind. 18-inch alloy wheels, auto-LED headlights with LED DRLs, and LED fog lamps are standard on both vehicles.
Toyota Innova Hycross Vs Tata Safari: Engine and Transmission
There is just one diesel engine available for the Tata Safari. It has a 2.0-litre diesel unit that is capable of offering 350Nm of peak torque and 167bhp of maximum power. The two different types of transmissions available are manual and automatic. Both driving modes and several terrain types are available.
On the other hand, there are just petrol engine options for the Innova Hycross. It has two petrol engine choices: a 2.0-litre pure petrol engine with a CVT transmission that can produce 172bhp of peak power and 205Nm of maximum torque. The second petrol engine is a 2.0-litre strong hybrid engine with a total torque and power output of 206Nm and 183bhp, respectively. A CVT transmission is included with this engine. Both engines lack a manual transmission option.
Toyota Innova Hycross Vs Tata Safari: Features
The Hycross MPV from Toyota offers dual-zone climate control, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and ventilated front seats, among other amenities. It also has a panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree camera, connected car technology, and a wireless phone charger.
The Safari is equipped with an Android Auto and Apple CarPlay-compatible 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 7-inch digital driver's display, a 9-speaker sound system, a wireless phone charger, an air purifier, and a panoramic sunroof. Furthermore, it boasts an automatic air conditioner, cruise control, and a four-way power-adjustable co-driver seat with boss mode. A six-way power adjustment with memory and a welcome feature is available for the driver's seat. Both the front and rear ventilated seats are options for the top six-seater variant.
Toyota Innova Hycross Vs Tata Safari: Price
When we compare the cost of both models, we find that the prices for the Safari lineup come to an end where the Hycross strong hybrid lineup's price range begins. Starting at Rs 18.55 lakh for the Hycross Petrol, the Strong Hybrid version costs Rs 25.03 lakh, while the top ZX(O) trim costs Rs 29.99 lakh. The Safari Range has variants ranging in price from Rs 15.65 lakh for the entry-level manual to Rs 25.01 lakh for the automatic Red Dark XZA+ Safari. All prices are ex-showroom.
The Hycross would have been the obvious winner if these vehicles had been priced equally, but the Rs 5 lakh price differential between the two top trims of both cars has made the contest closer than we initially anticipated. Toyota's popular MPV offers more space, practicality, and a comfortable ride, whilst the Safari is more technologically advanced, has more features, and has a more contemporary feel.