2016 Toyota Innova 2.8 Diesel G Review – Old Love, New Features

For this year, the 2016 Toyota Innova 2.8 Diesel G has finally arrived bringing with it everything that we know and love about the Innova plus tons of new features that make the next generation Innova a tough entry to beat in the MPV market. The Toyota Innova is already more than 10 years old since its introduction in 2005 replacing the Revo. For the past 10 years, the Toyota Innova has been considered to be an MVP due to its versatility as a family car, company fleet vehicle, even as an Uber/Grab business car.

2016 Toyota Innova 2.8 Diesel G Review – Old Love, New Features

The Key Word for the 2016 Toyota Innova 2.8 Diesel G is “Surprising”

On the outside of the 2016 Toyota Innova 2.8 Diesel G, the exterior is a radical departure from the previous generation. The silhouette is the same but the styling take a more aggressive route. Angles replace the curves and to some it might be a little off-putting but this is Toyota’s way of making the Innova more “modern” in order to blend in with the newer vehicles on the road. Under the hood is a 2.8 Liter four cylinder turbodiesel that’s found on the Toyota Hilux but is detuned to 167hp only due to some regulatory policies. For this G trim model, it’s mated to a 5-speed manual.

The cabin of the 2016 Innova 2.8 Diesel G is stepped up even further than the already nice-feeling cockpit of the previous generation. For the 2016 Innova it’s like Toyota invited Lexus designers over to pitch in their input for the interior. Faux wood trim, suede-like inserts, and leather on all touch points; everything feels upscale and can fill the role of a chauffeured vehicle with business executives riding in the second row. Features include a plethora of connectivity options, an improved infotainment screen, illuminated mood lights, even tray tables for the second row. Overall the new Innova interior is on a whole new level of quality versus the old one.

Driving the 2016 Toyota Innova 2.8 Diesel G, the feel of the steering wheel kind of encourages spirited driving but make sure to keep it in straight lines or quick bolts as the engine, even in its detuned state, can still deliver quite a punch but the suspension is tuned for comfort and the amount of body roll is not good for an MPV at speed tackling a corner. Where it makes up for the body roll is in ride comfort, long trips can be had in the Innova with little issues.


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