Maruti Invicto vs Toyota Innova Hycross vs Kia Carens: Check Out Who Wins!

The Maruti Invicto, a crossover vehicle inspired by the Toyota Innova Hycross, is now available to the public. It has replaced the XL6 as Maruti’s most expensive vehicle and is sold exclusively through the Nexa brand of dealerships. The base price of a Maruti Invicto (introduction ex-showroom all over India) is Rs 24.79 lakh.

So, let’s see how its prices compare to those of its MPV rivals and alternatives:


Maruti Invicto Toyota Innova Hycross Kia Carens
G (7-seater)/ G (8-seater) – Rs 18.82 lakh/ Rs 18.87 lakh* Luxury Plus Turbo DCT (6-seater)/ Luxury Plus Turbo DCT (7-seater)- Rs 18.40 lakh/ Rs 18.45 lakh
GX (7-seater)/ GX (8-seater) – Rs 19.67 lakh/ Rs 19.72 lakh
Zeta+ (7-seater)/ Zeta+ (8-seater) – Rs 24.79 lakh/ Rs 24.84 lakh VX Hybrid (7-seater)/ VX Hybrid (8-seater) – Rs 25.30 lakh/ Rs 25.35 lakh
VX (O) Hybrid (7-seater)/ VX (O) Hybrid (8-seater) – Rs 27.27 lakh/ Rs 27.32 lakh
Alpha+ (7-seater) – Rs 28.42 lakh
ZX Hybrid (7-seater) – Rs 29.62 lakh
ZX (O) Hybrid (7-seater) – Rs 30.26 lakh

*The G variant is only available for fleet operators.

The Maruti Invicto stands out as the priciest option in this comparison due to its exclusive availability with the 2-litre petrol-hybrid powertrain. On the other hand, its counterpart, the Innova Hycross, offers a more affordable entry-level variant called the GX, with a price difference of approximately Rs 5 lakh. However, it is important to note that the GX variant lacks electrification and features compared to the Invicto.

The Maruti Invicto is offered in two variants, namely Zeta+ and Alpha+, both equipped adequately and closely resembling the features of the Hycross’ VX and ZX hybrid variants, respectively. In fact, the Maruti MPV is more cost-effective than the Hycross in these comparable variants.

The Invicto Zeta+ is priced Rs 49,000 lower than the Hycross VX Hybrid, while the Alpha+ variant undercuts the ZX Hybrid by Rs 1.2 lakh. The price disparity can be attributed to the fact that the Maruti MPV does not have an identical feature list as those variants and lacks some features and comforts in each comparison.

Both the Invicto and Innova Hycross’ hybrid variants feature a 186PS (combined) 2-litre strong-hybrid powertrain, coupled with an e-CVT, offering a claimed mileage of 23.34kmpl.

As expected, the Kia Carens emerges as the most affordable option on this list since the Invicto and Innova Hycross belong to a higher segment in terms of size, design, and performance. Even in its fully loaded specification, with the new 160PS turbo-petrol engine paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the Kia MPV is more economical than the base-level Invicto by approximately Rs 6.3 lakh.

The entry-level Toyota Innova Hycross with only its naturally aspirated 2-litre petrol engine is also priced higher by over Rs 1 lakh and offers minimal feature comforts. The Hycross G variant comes close to the top-spec Carens in terms of price, but Toyota exclusively sells it to fleet buyers.

The Kia MPV provides two other powertrain options: the 115PS 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine for the most affordable variants, and the 115PS 1.5-litre diesel engine. Each of the Carens’ engines is paired with its own automatic transmission, while the turbo-petrol and diesel engines come with a standard 6-speed iMT (manual without clutch pedal).

As the premium offering between the two, the Innova Hycross boasts certain feature advantages over the Maruti, including ottoman functionality for the captain seats, JBL sound system, 18-inch alloy wheels, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

However, if you are in the market for a traditional diesel MPV, the Toyota Innova Crysta is worth considering. It is priced from Rs 19.38 lakh to Rs 25.68 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Keep in mind, though, that it is only available with a manual transmission and does not offer the premium comforts found in the Invicto and Innova Hycross.

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