From the moment you step inside the Innova Crysta, it makes you feel like you are sitting in an uber modern lounge and not just a car. Toyota has worked extensively to make the details stand out and to make it a very harmonious design. Get into the comfortable driver’s seat, the first thing that strikes you is the futuristic dash. What you notice first-up is the single aluminum strip running right across the dash from either of the corner aircon vents. This is something that Toyota found very difficult to achieve, considering how wide the dash is. The only real negative on the interior front though is the fact that the plastic quality on the lower half of the dashboard is a little poor and could have been much better.
The next thing to catch your attention is the 4.2-inch TFT screen that sits bang in the middle of the dash. Now this screen does not fit flush into the dashboard, but still looks quite funky. It’s like a tablet fixed in the middle of the dashboard that gives out the navigation, audio, telephone, and other details. Right below the screen are the aircon controls, which are devoid of any unnecessary buttons. Just two dials and some chrome buttons in the centre with a legible display to make it as user-friendly as possible.
The leather-wrapped steering feels good to hold and comes with all the connectivity buttons you need; so you don’t need to lift your hands off the wheel at all. The instrument binnacle is brilliant as well. While the tachometer and the speedometer are pretty easy to read, it is the screen in the centre that grabs attention. It reads out the fuel consumption, cruising range, average speed, and even has a compass.
In fact if you’re bored driving on a highway, you can even set fuel-efficiency targets, with the screen telling you how well you have fared. Pretty neat and especially usefull for all the milage obsessed. The Innova also gets plenty of storage, including two gloveboxes for knick-knacks. These can hold as many as twenty-one one-litre bottles and was designed keeping the Indian customer and the hot Indian climate in mind.
Moving to the back, the rear seats feel very comfortable. Now these are all-new seats that Toyota have designed considering the long distance driving most Innova are used for in the private and commercial market. They can now accommodate larger frames more easily and provide better support as well. Rear passengers also get a tray attached to the back of the front seats to place laptops or for refreshments.
A very practical touch is the cup holder on the side of the rear seat and sits open at the touch of a button and can hold two cups. Other than that, the rear passenger can also slide the co-driver’s seat forward using the lever located on the co-driver’s seat itself. The rear passengers also get cozy lounge lighting on the roof, along with a screen for the rear aircon controls. It’s a pleasant place to be in and the chauffer driven are in for a really good time. Toyota has really stepped up the game here and this is going to be a hard precedent to follow. A point we must add before we move on to the mechanical bits on the new Innova is the fact that the wind noise in the cabin was actually quite high. There was a constant hum and woosh that we could hear on both the cars and that did become a little annoying after a while.
The Toyota Innova Crysta has a decent sized boot with all rows up. However, fold the third row and what you get is acres of luggage space. Enough to relocate appliances of a house.
The speedometer on the Toyota Innova Crysta is easy to read an uncluttered. It has all the details needed by the driver.
Gear lever on the Toyota Innova has a slightly longer throw and the clutch travel is also pronounced. However, shifting is smooth and does not have any niggles. The automatic transmission is also a very well-refined one.
There are more than 20 bottle holders (you read that right) in the Toyota Innova Crysta at some very clever locations. Case in point are the cupholders mounted to the captain seats in the seven seater trim of the MPV. These can be folded away when not needed.
All variants of the Toyota Innova Crysta have two gloveboxes, both of which are located in front of the co-driver. While the upper glovebox is cooled, the lower one can be locked when needed.
The audio system on the Toyota Innova Crysta has seamless connectivity and good sound quality. This unit, however, is available only on the top-end ZX trims only.
Air Conditioning unit on the Toyota Innova Crysta cools the entire cabin very quickly. What does stand out is the ambient lighting housed above the roof mounted second row AC vents.
Arm rests on the Toyota Innova Crysta are very comfortable and are big enough to keep your arm comfortable during long hauls