Need advice: Which car to replace our first gen Innova?

Keeping Innova Hycross aside, what other cars can be considered?

BHPian Roadster101 recently shared this with other enthusiasts

Having recently sold my Innova, I'm on the lookout for a new car. Let me start of by saying that this isn't a conventional what car thread. As they say, only an Innova can replace an Innova and my family is no exception from this saying. However, Hycross being our top priority, we aren't able to explore other cars with as open a mind.

My query today is, keeping Hycross aside, what other cars can be considered?


  • Fuel - We are open to both Diesel and Petrol as well as Hybrids.
  • Transmission - Dad is inclined towards automatic but I personally want a manual as I'm about to turn 18 in a year and few months and I'd love to drive stick shift.
  • Body type - Preferably SUV, but open to sedans as well.
  • Budget - 25 Lakhs +/- 10% OTR
  • Length - Longer than 4.5 metres

Cars not considered:

  • VAG twins (Taigun and Kushaq) due to less cabin space
  • Kia Seltos - Poor safety
  • MG Hector and Hector plus - Poor MG reliability and ugly front design
  • Tata Safari and Harrier - Poor reliability again

Cars in consideration: (In order from most to least preferred)

  • Toyota Innova Hycross
  • Honda City
  • Skoda Slavia
  • Mahindra Scorpio
  • Mahindra Thar
  • Hyundai Creta
  • Mahindra XUV7OO

Should I stick with the Hycross or explore other options. Feel free to suggest any car I've missed out.


Here's what GTO had to say on the matter:

Innova Hycross, XUV700 or Carnival would be the best replacements. Want a value for money comfort-mobile? Go for the Hector CVT.

Here's what BHPian jai_asnani_98 had to say on the matter:

Since you are considering sedans, it implies that you don't need a 7/8 seater strictly like the Innova.

Creta, Thar, City and Slavia can in no way 'replace' the Innova. Leaves you with ScorpioN(seriously hope you're not talking about the Classic), XUV700 and Hycross.

Basis few reviews, Hycross does not seem appealing enough to those who own a Crysta. This thread nowhere mentions Crysta, so I assume you owned one of the models upto 2015. Thus, you should definitely consider Hycross.

Mahindra has upped their game and hit it outta the park with the XUV700. I personally, am not a fan of too many gizmos and creature comforts on cars. An indestructible machine like the Innova is just what I like. AX5 variant seems like a sweet choice and an even sweeter deal if you feel the same.

Do check out the Compass!

PS- Not clear from the thread whether you own a Crysta. If not, it has been relaunched and truly deserves all the attention. Enjoy it while it lasts!


Here's what BHPian hrk997 had to say on the matter:

Kia Carnival! The only car that can replace an Innova is a bigger Innova. I haven't driven the car, but crazy road presence. The rear seats look absolutely comfy. It's a true step up from the Innova.

Also consider the mg Hector, but it has several shortcomings. XUV 700 is the best car you can get, provided you can even get one.

Octavia and Superb are your go to sedan alternatives.

Here's what BHPian Shreyans_Jain had to say on the matter:

25L + 10% only gets you the non hybrid HyCross. The base VX trim of the hybrid costs over 30L on road. Unless you are looking for a car specifically to ferry 6 or 7 adults, there are better options to be had. Scorpio, Thar etc are also not going to cut it.

You should take a good hard look at the Honda City hybrid. It has the space, the comfort, the performance, the premium ambience, the reliability and the feel good factor + street cred, everything you are looking for. It is totally future proof for Delhi NCR, and meets your budget as well. This should be your top choice.

Another car you should consider is the Hyundai Alcazar, in the new 1.5 turbo petrol guise.

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