Here is my review about the Innova from Indonesia. I have it for just over a year.
Pros about the Innova:
This SUV/MPV is spacious for it’s size. The exterior looks are ok only. The front is OK, but the back is kind of a let down. The interior however is superb! NVH is good, engine is powerful enough for long journey. If the road condition is smooth and no potholes or big dips in the road, the handling is OK.
THe material used for interior is high quality plastic. no rattling or whatsoever until now. In Indonesia Toyota has a good resale value. The kijang is proven to be the best resale value due to demand in the market.
The braking power is superb, audio system is satisfactory. The air conditioning is powerful for a car with its big interior size and is cold enough. Steering is not too light. Spare parts are cheap and there are many accessories available for it. That’s natural since there are many Innova’s around. Seats are comfortable and seating arrangement is also good. Other plus points is its easy and fairly cheap to maintain.
The bad points however is the Innova can be quite bumpy. Reducing the tyre pressure helps a bit. The fuel consumption is not that good. For town driving, expect around 8km/litre. The clutch is a little too sensitive for my liking. You must use it gently, otherwise the car will have slight shock when changing gear.
Relative to the size, the Innova, weighs only 1500kg when empty. The suspension is tune to carry some weight and can feel floaty when empty. Cornering the Innova takes a bit of getting used to. Like many high SUV/MPV, it tends to wallows a bit but that is expected and needs getting used to. Interior can easily gets dirty due to light colours used but can be cleaned easily. Driving below 2000 rpm, the car not so responsive. Finally, the exhaust’s sound is quite loud.
Engine: 1,998CC, Four cylinder, double overhead camshaft, VVT-i
Maximum power: 100kW at 5,600rpm
Maximum torque: 182Nm at 4,000rpm
Transmission: 4-speed automatic with ECT
Suspension: Double wishbone with coil springs and stabiliser (front),
four-link with coil springs and lateral rod (rear)
Steering system: Speed sensing power assisted rack and pinion steering
Brakes: Ventilated discs (front)/ drums (rear)
Tyres: 205/65 R15
Ground clearance: 200mm
Kerb weight: 1,545kg
Fuel Consumtion in real world
Toyota Innova 2.0 (M) City= 8 to 10KM/L, HighWay=12km/L (average100km/h)
The Innova was designed to clear floods.