Test Drive – Toyota Innova VX – Day 3 – Four random items

30/07/2009 - 00:10 | ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,   | Shrawan Raja

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Today's article throws light on four random items which fall under no particular category. The top-end model has these bits which are helpful and not so helpful at times.

Controls mounted on the steering -

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The Innova's steering is positioned like on a car - at an ideal angle, it also comes with adjustment for height. The top-end model we're driving is equipped with controls for the audio system and MID. You can use the controls to turn up or down the volume, and toggle between the displays on the MID, which even have a digital compass, which should help if you hate maps.

The steering without the leather wrap does not feel very nice to grip. On a car that costs almost 13 lakhs, we feel it is essential to have leather on the steering and gear knob.

Reverse sensor and parking system

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The factory fitted reverse parking sensor shouts louder as you come closer to putting a dent on your Innova. There are no sensors anywhere else, and we felt parking sensors around the car could be a boon while parking a vehicle of this size. We figured why Toyota had not provided a headrest for the middle passenger in the last two rows while reversing. The seats are fixed at an elevated position, so the absence.

Maybe the next generation Innova should have the third headrest and also all-round sensors.



The tailgate is helped by gas links, and we loved the release button position just below the steering on the dashboard. What surprisingly is missing is a grip or indent by which one can pull it down while shutting it. It is like giving doors without handles. Weird.

MP3 Player

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The Innova has a MP3 player with 6 speakers fitted at the production line. If you need an exact idea about its quality, then the Xylo's music system was much better.

The Innova's stereo does not have USB connectivity, so your thumb drive stays in your draw. The system came with a remote, which we thought is a better alternative to controls placed between the rear seats or other locations.

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