Toyota Innova Hycross vs Kia Carens spec comparison: Features, engine and more

Toyota Innova Highcross Hybrid MPV has been recently unveiled in India and it is threatening others in the segment. When talking about MPVs, discussion about the Kia Carens is inevitable. And being the top seller for its brand in the MPV category, the Kia Carens has become a threat to the Hycross’s market space. Also, both the cars are comparatively new in the Indian market and will compete for the attention of the consumers. Hence, we are pitting these MPVs against each other to find out which one is the better option for the consumers looking for an MPV.

Toyota Innova Highcross vs Kia Carens: Dimensions

The Toyota Innova Highcross continues the legacy of its predecessors while keeping up with the modern times. To scale, the MPV measures 4,755 mm in length, 1,850 mm in width and 1,795 mm in height. Compared to the Kia Carens, which measures 4,540 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width and 1,708 mm in height. Looking at these numbers, it is clear that the Innova Highcross is bigger and hence can offer better space.

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Toyota Innova Highcross vs Kia Carens: Features

On the features front, the Toyota Innova Highcross comes loaded with completely redesigned features. The MPV gets ambient lighting, wood finish in the cabin, quilted leather seats, panoramic sunroof, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and more.

On the sides, the Kia Carens comes with features like fully digital instrument cluster with 4.2-inch TFT, automatic AC for second and third row with AC vents, front-row ventilated seats, BOSE sound system, multiple driving modes, sunroof comes , ambient lighting, wireless charger, air purifier, electric double folding second-row seats and so on.

Toyota Innova Highcross vs Kia Carens: Engine

In terms of powertrain, the Toyota Innova Highcross takes the lead because of its hybrid engine. The MPV is powered by a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that churns out 187 Nm of torque and 186 hp. The engine without the hybrid system can generate a maximum power of 174 horsepower and 197 Nm of torque. They are each connected to a CVT-gearbox.

Kia Carens is available with two engine options. The first is a 1.5-litre petrol engine and the second is a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol unit. The 1.5-litre engine produces 113 bhp peak torque of 144 Nm, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. However, the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine packs 138 bhp and 242 Nm of torque, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission controlled by paddle shifters.