Nissan Evalia Vs Toyota Innova– Which Is Better MPV?


Toyota has been ruling the MPV segment for quite some time now and despite the slowdown in the overall market, the Innova is still selling good numbers. A few months back with the launch of Ertiga, the sales of Innova did show some drop but with the recent unavailability of Ertiga due to Maruti’s plant shutdown, Innova is once again back in the business.

Although Ertiga is not a direct competitor to the Innova simply because of the price difference but a new car is heading towards the market and is expected to give Innova a run for its money. We are talking about Nissan Evalia which is all set to enter the market this month and here we are with a comparison of the two – Nissan Evalia Vs Toyota Innova.

Also read: Maruti Ertiga Vs Toyota Innova

Nissan Evalia Vs Toyota Innova

Exteriors Comparison

We have been seeing the Innova for years and over time Toyota has brought some changes to the car in terms of aesthetics. And the latest generation does look somewhat elegant and classy. The latest modifications made to the car’s exteriors, though mild, give a new meaning to the car.

The Evalia on the other hand is a decent looking car with a new design. One very important thing about the Evalia is that its rear doors are sliding ones and not hinged ones. This makes the Evalia look more like a commercial vehicle as we have only seen such kind of door mechanism in Eeco, Versa and the likes. But since Evalia is an entirely different product, we do accept it with open arms.

Nissan Evalia MPV Dimensions

  • Length – 4400 mm
  • Height – 1880 mm
  • Width – 1690 mm
  • Wheelbase – 2725mm (95mm longer than the Nissan X-TRAIL)

Toyota Innova MPV Dimensions

  • Length = 4585 mm
  • Width = 1760 mm
  • Height = 1760 mm
  • Wheelbase = 2750 mm

In terms of proportions, as we can see, the Evalia is significantly taller but Toyota is longer, wider and even has a marginally longer wheelbase. So we can expect similar legroom amount in both the cars, while Evalia could offer more headroom.

Interiors Comparison

Nissan Evalia Interiors

image – Nissan Evalia Interior

Evalia’s interior design is new and nice to look at. There are cup holders on either side, a dashboard mounted gear stick, a simple centre console. Features list includes Dual Airbags on front seats (except for base XE variant), Disk brakes at front and drum brakes at rear, ABS and EBD with Brake Assist, Engine Immobilizer, Rear AC Vents on XL and XV trims , Rear Monitor Camera on top end XV, 2 Din Integrated Audio system with AM/ FM/ CD support, Central Locking system and Keyless entry, Power Steering, Tilt adjust power steering, Tables at the back of front seats, Alloy wheels on XV trim and many more.


image – Toyota Innova Interior

The Innova’s dashboard design is quite interesting and the centre console is much better looking than Evalia’s centre console. Features list includes Rear Defogger, Front Fog Lamps , MID (Multi Information Display) , Front Map Lamp (With Overhead Storage Console), Wooden Panel (Wood-like Finish), Rear Air Conditioner Ceiling Vents (For 2nd & 3rd Rows), Tilt Steering Column, Power Steering, Power Windows (With Driver side Auto Down), Power Door Lock, Audio System, Microphone + Amplifier, Audio,Mid & Bluetooth Phone Control on Steering, Keyless Entry, Back Monitor Camera with Display, ABS , SRS Airbags , Immobilizer etc.

If you are looking for space more than anything else then Evalia is certainly going to impress you as it can not only accommodate 7 people at once but also offers plenty of boot space at the same time.

Engine Comparison

Nissan Evalia Engine Specifications

  • 1.5 Litre turbocharged K9K Diesel Engine
  • Peak Power of 85 BHP @ 3750 RPM
  • Peak Torque of 200 Nm @1900 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • Fuel Mileage of around 20 KMPL
  • Power to weight ratio of 60 BHP per 1000 kg

Toyota Innova Engine Specifications

  • 2.5 litre turbocharged CRDI diesel engine
  • Max power of 102 BHP @ 3600 RPM
  • Max torque of 200 Nm @ 1400 – 3400 RPM
  • ARAI certified mileage of 12.99 KMPL
  • 5 speed manual transmission
  • Power to weight ratio of 61 BHP per 1000 kg

Evalia has a smaller engine with less power output but remarkably it has the same torque output of 200 Nm as Innova’s engine. Another important thing to note is that Nissan claims to have achieved a good mileage figure of 20 KMPL whereas the Innova returns 13 KMPL only.

Performance & Handling

Innova used to have an upper hand when it comes to driving dynamics but we believe, Evalia will beat the Innova here. Evalia has an extremely light steering wheel, a small turning radius and small gear ratios which are perfect for city driving. The Innova is no doubt a good car, but Evalia is slightly better.


Nissan Evalia Prices Ex-Showroom Delhi are as follows:

  • Nissan Evalia XE is priced at Rs.8.49 Lakhs
  • Nissan Evalia XE+ is priced at Rs. 8.92 Lakhs
  • Nissan Evalia XL is priced at Rs. 9.49 Lakhs
  • Nissan Evalia XV is priced at Rs. 9.99 Lakhs

Toyota Innova 2012 Price Ex-Showroom Delhi

  • Toyota Innova 2012 2.5 EV (Diesel) MS8Seater is priced at Rs.9,34,702
  • Toyota Innova 2012 2.5 EV (Diesel) MS7Seater is priced at Rs.9,39,231
  • Toyota Innova 2012 2.5 EV (Diesel) PS8Seater is priced at Rs.9,90,316
  • Toyota Innova 2012 2.5 EV (Diesel) PS7Seater is priced at Rs.9,94,845
  • Toyota Innova 2012 2.5 G (Diesel)8 Seater is priced at Rs.10,48,775
  • Toyota Innova 2012 2.5 G (Diesel)7 Seater is priced at Rs.10,44,351
  • Toyota Innova 2012 2.5 GX (Diesel)8Seater is priced at Rs.11,89,707
  • Toyota Innova 2012 2.5 GX (Diesel)7Seater is priced at Rs.11,85,177
  • Toyota Innova 2012 2.5 VX M(Diesel)8Seater is priced at Rs.13,89,308
  • Toyota Innova 2012 2.5 VX M(Diesel)7Seater is priced at Rs.13,84,884

The base pricing of the two cars differs by almost a 90 k which is huge amount. While the Evalia starts at 8.49 lakhs and ends at 9.99 lakhs, the Innova starts at 9.34 lakhs and ends at 13.89 lakhs. WHile Evalia is available in four variants only, the Innova comes in 10 different variants, with each grade offering both 7 seat and 8 seat configurations.

Car Blog India Verdict– Nissan Evalia Vs Toyota Innova

As of now, considering the features and pricing, the Evalia seems to be a smarter buy. But does it mean Innova is not worth its price? Innova is priced well but with the launch of Evalia things are going to get changed and people could start considering Evalia over Innova.

If space, fuel efficiency and ease of driving are your utmost concerns then Evalia will prove to be the best choice. Whereas if you are looking for comfort,  features and looks, and can sacrifice on mileage then Innova is car for you.