Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta


The Tata Aria was unable to make much of an impression on Indian customers. Tata’s engineers have gone back to the drawing board to give the Aria a thorough makeover. And Tata has launched the new Hexa. It was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016. The Hexa is much more than a heavily reworked Aria. It now gets an updated exterior, new interior, and an updated engine and transmission. It even gets an AWD system highlighting its SUV credentials, but most will continue drawing comparisons with MPVs. And its biggest MPV rival will be the new Innova Crysta. We have compared the two based on design, features, specifications, expected price, etc. and you can read all about it in our Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta spec sheet comparo.

Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta comparison

Also See – Tata Hexa Test Drive ReviewToyota Innova Crysta vs Old Innova |Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 

Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta Price Comparison

Tata Hexa XE 4×2 MT Rs 11.99 Lakh Toyota Innova Crysta 2.4 G MT Rs. 14.22 lakh
Tata Hexa XM 4×2 MT Rs 13.85 Lakh Toyota Innova Crysta 2.4 GX MT Rs. 15.11 lakh
Tata Hexa XT 4×2 MT Rs 16.20 Lakh Toyota Innova Crysta 2.8 GX AT Rs. 16.41 lakh
Tata Hexa XT 4×4 MT Rs 17.49 Lakh Toyota Innova Crysta 2.4 VX MT Rs. 17.95 lakh
Tata Hexa XMA 4×2 AT Rs 15.05 Lakh Toyota Innova Crysta 2.4 ZX MT Rs. 19.89 lakh
Tata Hexa XTA 4×2 AT Rs 17.40 Lakh Toyota Innova Crysta 2.8 ZX AT Rs. 21.19 lakh

The Toyota Innova Crysta diesel costs between Rs 14.22 lakh and Rs 21.19 lakh. The Tata Hexa is significantly cheaper. The new Innova is much bigger and more luxurious than before, which has pushed prices beyond the 20 lakhs mark. The fully loaded top end Innova Crysta costs almost Rs. 3.5 lakh more than the top end Hexa!

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Tata Hexa expected to be cheaper than the Innova Crysta

Also See – Tata Hexa vs Tata Safari |  Tata Hexa vs Tata Aria

In terms of value for money, the Tata Hexa seems much better. Top-end petrol automatic model of the Innova Crysta costs Rs 19.88 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi). Top of the line Diesel automatic trim of the Hexa is still cheaper.

Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta Features Comparison

The old Innova was criticised for not being really feature-laden. However, Toyota has addressed this issue. The new model comes packed with features such as-

  • Multizone climate control
  • Touchscreen infotainment system
  • Push button start
  • Chilled glovebox
  • Hill start assist
  • Auto shut tailgate

The Aria was never short on features and the Hexa is no different. In fact, it gets even more features. Additions include-

  • Harman 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 10 speaker JBL audio system
  • Ambient lighting
  • Colour MID
  • Six airbags
  • Super Drive Modes

Both vehicles come with seating for six-seven.

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Toyota Innova Crysta’s touchscreen infotainment system

Also See- Tata Land Rover SUV for India 

Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta Specifications Comparison

Toyota Innova Crysta Tata Hexa
Displacement 2.4 litre Diesel/2.8 litre Diesel 2.2 litre Varicor Diesel / Varicor 400 Diesel
Power 150 PS/174 PS 150 PS/156 PS
Torque 343 Nm/360 Nm 320 Nm/400 Nm
Efficiency (ARAI) 15.10 kpl/14.29 kpl -NA-
Transmission 5 speed MT/6 speed AT 5 Speed Manual/ 6 speed Manual and 6 speed Auto
Dimensions (LxWxH) 4735 x 1830 x 1795 mm 4788 x 1903 x 1791 mm

Tata doesn’t yet plan on launching the Hexa with a petrol engine. TATA’s proven 2.2 L diesel continues powering the Hexa. This is the same engine that also powers the Safari Storme. This unit is more powerful than the Innova Crysta’s 2.4 L Diesel engine. Also, the new Innova is available with a 2.8 L diesel that has 360 Nm of torque. Unlike the Tata Hexa, the Innova Crysta does not get an AWD system.

Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta comparison - Tata Hexa Concept Front
Hexa’s 2.2 L diesel churns out 154 bhp and 400 Nm

Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta Mileage Comparison

  Tata Hexa* Toyota Innova Crysta^
Petrol -NA- 2.7 Manual – 9.89 KMPL

2.7 Automatic – 10.83 KMPL

Diesel 2.2 Manual – 14 KMPL

2.2 Automatic – 14 KMPL

2.4 Manual – 15.10 KMPL

2.8 Automatic – 14.29 KMPL


^ARAI Figures

Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta Dimensions Comparison

  Hexa Innova Crysta
Length 4788 mm 4735 mm
Width 1903 mm 1830 mm
Height 1791 mm 1795 mm
Wheelbase 2850 mm 2750 mm
Ground Clearance 200 mm 174 mm

Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta – Exterior & Interior Comparison

First impressions suggest Tata has done a good job with the exteriors of the Hexa, infusing the MPV like shape with SUV like elements such as beefy wheel arches, body cladding, raised ride height, etc. The bonnet now seems flatter. Also, the vertical tail lamp setup has been ditched in favour of a more elegant horizontal unit. The Toyota Innova’s body shouts MPV, which isn’t a bad thing considering it is one. Highlights of Crysta’s exteriors are sleek headlamps flanking the big wide grille up front, bumper mounted indicators and split tail lamps at the back. However, the overall design of the new Innova, especially A-pillar onwards, is very plain and boring. We prefer the rugged looks of the Tata Aria over the van-like Innova.

Tata has given the interiors a makeover as well. The vertical AC vents have been replaced by horizontal units above the audio system. The cabin has an all-black colour scheme. The Innova Crysta’s dashboard design looks very modern. The centre console gets a touchscreen infotainment system with the aircon controls placed below it. The Hexa’s dashboard looks neater and a bit more appealing than the Innova’s.

Also See – Tata Hexa vs Honda BR-V

Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta Comparison Verdict 

Tata has been working hard to ensure the Hexa doesn’t meet the same fate as its predecessor. With prices undercutting the Innova by a significant margin, the Hexa looks set to be a better buy overall. However, Innova’s biggest selling point is the strong brand its enjoys in India. Tata will find it very hard to match, let alone beat that.

  • Design – Looks are a matter of personal taste really. The Hexa looks more rugged and macho as it combines the design elements of an SUV with those of an MPV. The Innova, on the other hand, is an out an out MPV and looks a bit boring from the side and rear.
  • Features – Both the Tata Hexa and the Toyota Innova Crysta boast a long list of equipment and features. However, feature-rich top of the line models of the Innova Crysta are expensive.
  • Specifications – The Tata Hexa gets only one diesel engine in two states of tune. The Innova Crysta is powered by new 2.4 L and 2.8 L diesel engines. It also gets a 2.7 L petrol. Tata offers the Hexa with an optional AWD system. And the Hexa’s Varicor 400 engine churns out more torque.
  • Price – Tata Hexa undercuts the Toyota Innova Crysta by a significant margin making it better value for money.

All things considered, the Tata Hexa seems like a better package, especially in terms of price, looks and specifications. Innova’s refinement levels might be higher and it is backed by Toyota’s reliability and premium images, but it is an expensive alternative to the Hexa.

Toyota Innova Crysta Review Walkaround Video

Tata Hexa Review Walkaround Video

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  1. As usual with all media gurus of India the review has been done in favour of Toyota. It is well evident and anyone with common sense can see that Tata has done an excellent job on improving the looks of Aria and it looks not just better than Crysta but looks miles better than the boat like shape of the Crysta. If Toyota has not given a higher driving position the Hexa will be a better vehicle to drive. When Safari was redesigned to Storme the media commented there is no significant change, blah blah. Now Crysta just looks like a facelift of Innova but I am sure none of the review writers have the guts to say so. We have attained just political independence, but still have a slave mind to foreign goods.
    In my view keeping apart the build quality, reliability (which can only be proved over a course of time) and performance Hexa is a better better done job and I salute Tata Motors for this. I hope Tata engineers have been able to iron out issues related to Performance, reliability and build quality. But even then Crysta will sell more as long as slave minded review writers and users are there.

  2. Thanks for your feedback. Any particular section or line where you feel we have favoured the Innova? Please let us know. We are in the process of reviewing the story.


  3. It is an unbiased review.
    Considering the fact that the Hexa hasn’t been launched yet, a proper comparison can be had only after its been tested.

  4. Well I don’t agree I found they supporting tata hexa I fell looks better of innova even comfort n interiors r premium… tata engine is bad experience with safari comes out to b a bull with too much expenses… I love safari but demands too much servicing ..

  5. Namaskar, i feel the review is unbiased and i wish to congratulate Mr. Dhruv Saxena and his team for a thoughtful comparison. Thoughtful, because after its launch Tata Hexa will practically be the only rival to Innova. Now the days are gone when Tata Motor’s products were inferior. I had an Indica & currently own a Zest, also my daughter just bought Tiago. Believe me, though Indica was the most ‘practical’ car in its segment, it was plagued with quality issues and i remember my monthly to my mechanic. Before finalising Zest I had made up my mind for Amaze. But a friend suggested to drive the Zest and after driving i immediately finalised it. As an Indica owner i can very well assure that current breed of Tata cars are, i dare to say, better than Honda or Suzuki cars as they are made for India & others are adapted. So i strongly feel that Tata will not repeat the ‘pricing blunder’ of “Aria’ with Hexa. If rightly priced, Hexa will definitely be a strong contender to Innova & then, may be, Toyota will reduce Innova price like what happened with S Cross…

  6. Well we need to be more practical with our thoughts also, With which we are comparing are doing same business for 100 years and TATA started just launched their first car in around 91 or so . They are in this for 20/30 years so definitely they will achieve that quality and coming years years may prove. I have test driven Safari/Fortuner etc and believe me for featured list yes safari lacks but drive ability blind folded you may not identify.

  7. Dear Mr. Dhruv,
    I am sorry, I never visited the site since then after writing that comment. I did not mean your review at all. There are many popular review video makers who I have seen doing what I mentioned. The article you have posted above was not at all biased and I really appreciate it. In fact after reading your write up what I felt was ” well now those buggers will pop up to screw up this and bring Toyota forward” For me Toyota cars are very good but have poor VFM factor


  8. Hexa is better in every angle than innova, be it engine, body, interior, wheelbase, price. The only thing that stands in hexa way is the brand image of Toyota in crysta. I hope Tata hexa will turn the tables this time

  9. well, Tata has done a god job with hexa one would never identify the hexa is the tata product unless they see the brand . Because when we see at those old tata cars people would just reveal the brand at the fist wink of there eyes, but now it’s quite difficult to identify the brand after seeing the entire product that’s the difference in the new design in hexa. In fact tata would lead the market with hexa when it is compared with the competitor it might get more customer satisfaction with the price range what it’s getting launch .
    When it comes to the motor it is make decent amount of power and good torque this says that the engine has much punch when we see the competitors with that segment.

  10. Tata should address and attend to seriously repeated complaints raised by the customers on different sites with regard to its flagship car ” HEXA”. Must render top quality after sale service on all service centers.

  11. Dear Friends , Tata is a trusted brand in india and abroad . Who can forget Tata’s outstanding contribution in the indian economy. TATA is only the company in india Which follows the ethics and pricipals in business. Earlier time for automatic transmition car , we have to pay more than 20 locs , but because of TATA it is affordable price as in zest . The same thing was for multidrive mode , but TATA made it affordable. We have full faith in tata , that whatever car they bring in the market in the market , it is tried and tested at all the world class car’s parameter . But most of the indian people’s perspective is brand , like INNONA crysta , honda , hundai . I hope within few year TATA will be number one company in the world.

  12. Tata motors are now making quality products and their interior fit and finish,paint qualities are far superior than Toyota,Honda,etc.This engine is a gem.

  13. First of all, the comparison is very well written. If one to compare between these two cars – TATA Hexa and Toyota Innova Crista, I would strongly suggest them to go through your blog since it contains a well informative account of the two and there is really nothing more to add to it. Just that, I really like studying about cars and was doing a bit of research myself. That is when I came across certain descriptions of the two cars. Concluding from there, I would have to say, when it comes to TATA Hexa, it is a premium SUV that comes in 5 amazing colour – tungsten silver, sky grey, pearl white, platinum silver and Arizona blue. The key features of the car that attracts hundreds of buyers everyday include – smart infotainment system (that comes with a 10 speaker music system and a navigation system which works on the press of a remote), the amazing and powerful VARICOR motor which comes with a 4×4 AWD transmission and automatic transmission that can switch between driving modes to make driver easy and comfortable. The car also comes with other attractive features like – reverse parking sensor, ORVM demister, hill hold control, NAVIMAPS app, front dual airbags, adjustable tilt steering, roof rails, daytime running lights, alloy wheels and many more. The car comes with practical and usable safety equipment too. On the other hand, Toyota Innova Crysta is a majestic car with too much of seating space. It is stylish and good looking and comes in tempting colour variants as well. The key features of the car would include – 7 SRS Airbags (providing safety at a time of crash to all the passengers of the car), Hill-Start Assist Control which supports drivers on steep hills while Downhill Assist control supports drivers on slippery downward slopes. Other features that the car boasts of include – cruise control, multireflector headlamp, clutch start system, sunvisor, engine immobiliser, automatic climate control and the list goes on. So if you ask me, I will not be able to choose between the two. It is hard.

  14. Sir – Now that both the cars in the market can you provide an update. Test Drives by novices like me are not accurate since we do not know what to test for actually. Also important is the life of the car. Innova can run for lacs of miles would Hexa be able to match that with the same level of comfort or we will need to run to garrage every now and then. Let us say 7 years down the line would we be able to say that my total costs is still less for Hexa and it provodes the same comfort as the Crysts bought at the same time.


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