Ratings: 2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X – Excellent comfort, but not fuel-efficient

Shaun · May 23, 2021 05:39 PM

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In this article, we’ll dive into the 2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X and scrutinise it through the WapCar’s Ratings test. The Toyota Innova is an MPV that competes against the Nissan Serena and Kia Grand Carnival.

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2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X: Driving Performance – 28/50, lacks torque

2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X - Facts and Figures
Engine 2.0-litre NA 4-cylinder
Transmission 6-speed automatic transmission
Power 139 PS @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 183 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Weight 1,735 kg
0-100 km/h 18.4 seconds
100-0 km/h 46.1 metres

The Toyota Innova is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine with a modest output of 139 PS/183 Nm. Lugging a kerb weight of 1,735 kg is a bit of a tall order.

This is reflected in the 0-100 km/h sprint time as well. It’s 18.4 seconds to compete the century sprint, which is the slowest car we’ve tested yet.

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Even with only one driver onboard, the lack of torque is apparent when going uphill and it struggles to maintain momentum. With a full load, the Toyota Innova will almost certainly struggle to pull its weight.

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Steering is well-weighted and its ratio is on the slower side, this means it’s not sharp to steer but it’s calm at higher speeds.

2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X - Driving Performances Breakdown
Engine Acceleration 1 / 5
In-gear Acceleration 3 / 5
Throttle Response 3 / 5
Transmission Shift Logic 2 / 3
Smoothness 3 / 5
Sport/Manual Mode 3 / 3
Steering Accuracy 1.5 / 3
Response 1 / 3
Weight & Feel 2 / 3
Braking Distance 1.5 / 3
Feel 2 / 3
Handling Chassis Balance 2 / 3
Grip 1.5 / 3
Load Reaction 1.5 / 3
Total   28 / 50 pts

2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X: Ride comfort – 39/50, well-insulated with well-judged suspension

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2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X - Cabin noise
0 km/h (AC off) 40 dB
0 km/h (AC on) 46 dB
60 km/h (AC on) 56 dB
90 km/h (AC on) 61 dB
110 km/h (AC on) 68 dB

The Toyota Innova made it into our Top 10 quietest cars we’ve tested. Below the national speed limit, it’s almost EV-like levels of cabin noise. Only when it approaches triple-digit speeds, wind noise starts to intrude the cabin while tyre and engine noise remain well suppressed.

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Suspension is perfectly tuned to tackle our imperfect road surfaces. It soaks up the worst of our roads with impressive composure. The ladder frame judder is present, but well managed and shouldn’t be a bother to most buyers.

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The leather seats (unique only to the 2.0X, other variants get fabric) are well-contoured, provide more than enough back and thigh support and to cap it all off, the leather used is rather supple and breatheable.

2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X - Ride Comfort Breakdown
Sound Proofing 9 / 10
Suspension 9 / 10
Passenger Comfort 8 / 10
Seat Support 3 / 5
Ergonomics 4 / 5
Engine Refinement 6 / 10
Total points 39 / 50 pts

2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X: Quality and Features – 31/50, par for the course

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2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X - Panel Gaps (mm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 3 3.5 0.5
Front Fender 4 4.5 0.5
Front to Rear Door 4 5 1
Rear Door to quarter panel 4.5 4 0.5
Tailgate 5.5 6 0.5
2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X - Paint Thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 115
Front Fender 122 112
Front Door 119 113
Rear Door 113 109
Rear Quarter Panel 109 124
Tailgate 107
Roof 96
Average paint thickness: 113 µm ±8

The Toyota Innova faired commendably in paint thickness consistency whilst panel gap consistency is average.

2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X - Exterior Material Use
Bonnet Soundproofing Material Thin
Struts Manual
Front Fenders Soundproofing Material Yes
Doors Front Windows Single Glazed
Rear Windows Single Glazed
Construction Multiple
Tailgate/Boot Opening Manual

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The sweeping interior design is a massive step up from the previous generation. Quality wise, it’s as expected from a Toyota at this price range – sturdy but nothing too fancy. No soft plastics to be found, just good quality hard plastics.

2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X - Cabin Material Use
Seat Seat Cover Leather
Armrest Armrest Cover Leather
Dashboard Upper Section Hard Plastic
  Lower Section Hard Plastic
Front Doors Upper Section Hard Plastic
  Middle Section Fabric
  Lower Section Hard Plastic

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The 9-inch infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. It is the same unit found in the Toyota Corolla Altis.

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Basic passive safety features are all accounted for but there’s no ADAS so to speak, only Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X - Quality & Feature Breakdown
Exterior Paint Finish 4 / 4
Panel Gaps 2 / 4
Assembly Quality 1 / 2
Interior Build Quality 4 / 5
Materials Used 3 / 5
Features Safety 8 / 10
ADAS 0 / 5
Luxury 2 / 5
Convenience 4 / 5
Infotainment 3 / 5
Total   31 / 50 pts

2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X: Space and Practicality – 34/50, spacious second-row

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Note: The Toyota Innova 2.0X only has 2 seats in the second row. Front Seat Length denotes cabin width.

With the second row pushed all the way back, legroom and headroom are generous. A 175 cm tall adult has 3 tennis balls of legroom and 1 tennis ball of headroom.

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Second row head- and legroom

Third row head- and legroom are pretty generous as well; with the second row adjusted to normal seating position, there is 1 tennis ball worth of head- and legroom.

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Space in the third row

The 2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X has plenty of large cubby spaces and no less than 13 cupholders, including two on each tray fixated behind the front seats. 

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Boot space is rated at 300 litres with the third-row seats up but can be expanded by stowing away the second- and third-row seats.

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2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X - Interior Space Breakdown
Front Row 5 / 10
Middle/Back Row 8 / 10
Third Row 3 / 5
Boot Space 3 / 5
Practicality 4 / 5
Storage Space 4 / 5
Visibility 4 / 5
Storage Flexibility 3 / 5
Total 34 / 50 pts

2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X: Fuel consumption – 11/20, lack of torque leads to overcompensation

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After travelling 100 km in 50% urban and 50% highway conditions, the Innova used up 11.02 litres of fuel. This gives the 2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X a fuel consumption figure of 11-litre/100km.

Bear in mind that the test was conducted with only the driver on board. With more passengers, expect a higher fuel consumption figure.

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2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown
Fuel Consumption 7 / 15
Eco Mode 2 / 2
Indicator Accuracy 2 / 3
Total points 11 / 20 pts

2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X: Purchase and Cost – 22/30, decent value

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The 2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X is priced at RM 129,677 (OTR without insurance and SST). It is cheaper than its closest rival, the Nissan Serena S-Hybrid which is priced at RM 140,226.

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2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X service costs
Month Mileage (km) Cost (RM)
1 1,000 236
3 5,000 196
6 10,000 356
12 20,000 356
18 30,000 356
24 40,000 776
30 50,000 356
36 60,000 356
42 70,000 356
48 80,000 776
54 90,000 356
60 100,000 356
Total 4,832

Warranty given is 5 years/unlimited mileage which is par for the course. Servicing costs tally up to RM 4,832 over the course of 5 years.

2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X - Purchase & Cost
Purchase Car Price 12 / 15
Warranty 4 / 5
Cost Maintenance 4 / 5
Fuel Cost 2 / 5
Total   22 / 30 pts

2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X: Conclusion – 165/250 pts overall

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2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X scored the most points in ride comfort, followed by interior space and practicality. It’s also decently equipped in terms of interior and safety features.

However, the weakest aspect has to be performance as it lacks the torque to navigate its mass. This also penalizes fuel consumption as a result.

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If you find the modest performance and its impact to fuel consumption acceptable, then there is not much to dissuade you from the Toyota Innova.

Full Ratings list: https://www.wapcar.my/car-ranking

Also read: Pros and Cons: Very practical, but the 2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X needs more power

Shaun

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The quest for automotive knowledge began as soon as the earliest memories. Various sources information, even questionable ones, have been explored including video games, television, magazines, or even internet forums. Still stuck in that rabbit hole.

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