Toyota Innova Hycross VS Kia Carnival Compared!

Toyota Innova Hycross VS Kia Carnival

The Toyota Innova Hycross has been unveiled in Indonesia and is on its way to India. Toyota will reveal this Hybrid MPV in India on 25th November, and we expect it to be almost identical to the Indonesian model. The Innova Hycross will be manufactured locally in India, and Toyota is prepared to set new expectations with this MPV. The premium MPV segment in India right now only has the Innova and the Kia Carnival. The Hycross will be a wild card entry that may end up ruling the segment. Today, let’s see the comparison of the Toyota Innova Hycross vs Kia Carnival!

  • Toyota Innova Hycross vs Kia Carnival – Design

Toyota Innova Hycross

The Innova Hycross is very different from the Innova Crysta. It sits on a new monocoque platform which is a first for the Innova series. This urban platform has given Toyota the space to increase the car’s length and wheelbase substantially. The overall design of the Innova is quite simple, with a few modern touches along the front grille, lights, and rear. The design of MPVs is usually kept simple, especially by Toyota. The Kia Carnival on the other hand looks huge. It sits lower than the Innova but it still manages to look much bigger. The curvy yet boxy design of the Carnival gives it a bold look that appeals to a lot of people. With the Carnival looking a bit outdated now, the Innova steps ahead in terms of design in this comparison of Toyota Innova Hycross vs Kia Carnival.

  • Features comparison

Kia is known for being too generous with features. And this is true for the Carnival as well. On the other hand, Toyota is known for being frugal with features, but this is not true for Innova. In fact, the Innova Hycross is more loaded than the Kia Carnival

In terms of features as well, the Hycross goes ahead in this comparison of Toyota Innova Hycross vs Kia Carnival. 

Features Innova Hycross Kia Carnival
360-degree camera Yes No
Sunroof Panoramic Dual sunroofs
Infotainment 10-inch touchscreen 8-inch touchscreen
Ventilated seats Yes Yes
Electrically adjustable rear seats Yes No
Infotainment screens for rear passengers Yes, 10-inch dual screens No
Airbags 7 6


  • Engines

The engine on the Kia Carnival is bigger and performs much better. The 420nm torque is a massive boon for a car of this size. However, the Hybrid engine on the Innova Hycross will give you a mileage of 18-20KM/l in the city! Even on highways, the Hycross won’t be as thirsty as the Carnival. Performance and handling is not something one looks at while buying an MPV. However, since the numbers are so far apart, we’ll give this win to the Carnival in this comparison of Toyota Innova Hycross vs Kia Carnival. 

Toyota Innova Hycross Kia Carnival
2L Petrol engine – 174HP, 205nm

Transmission – CVT

2L Petrol with strong hybrid – 186HP combined power

Transmission – eCVT

2.2L diesel engine – 197HP, 420nm.

Transmission – 8-speed automatic 

Kia Carnival
  • Toyota Innova Hycross vs Kia Carnival – Size

Size is a big factor for people looking for MPVs. They want the maximum number of people to fit in comfortably along with their luggage. Well, size is not a problem for the Kia Carnival at all. You can get it only as a 7-seater. The Innova on the other hand is available with a 6 or a 7-seater configuration and is a bit smaller than the Kia Carnival.

Car Length Height Width Wheelbase
Innova Hycross 4,755mm 1,795mm 1,850mm 2,850mm
Carnival 5,115mm 1,755mm 1,985mm 3,060mm
Toyota Innova Hycross
  • Pricing and VFM

The Kia Carnival starts in India at Rs. 30.99 Lakhs and goes up to Rs. 35.49 Lakhs. The pricing for the Innova is not clear yet but if you compare it with the Indonesian prices, it should start at around Rs. 20 lakhs and top out at Rs. 32 Lakhs. This makes the Innova a much better and value-for-money option when compared to the Carnival. 

Which one would you pick in this comparison of the Toyota Innova Hycross vs Kia Carnival? Let us know in the comments below!