in the second-hand market, the dashboards look and feel new after years of use. So theres no doubting that this cars insides are built to last.
This top-spec Z version of the Innova is a new trim in the range and it comes only with individual captain seats for the middle row. However, the lower variants have the option of a conventional bench instead. The seats are very comfortable, especially on long drives, but the third row is a little lacking in thigh support and is best suited for children. The middle row is adjustable and can be moved forward to liberate more room for the third-row passengers. Legroom for the middle row is good, but the Aria is more spacious thanks to its longer wheelbase and overall length.
The Innova comes equipped with a very useful rear-view camera that uses the touchscreen infotainment system as a display, but the lack of parking sensors means that you cant afford to take your eyes off the screen.
Step into the Aria and the cabin, though airy, doesnt feel as premium as the Toyotas. There are nice bits though, like the air-con vents that are neatly integrated into the dash within the faux wood panels. However, the entire dash doesnt feel as solid as the Innovas. The Arias steering-mounted controls feel flimsy and you often end up pressing them when youre turning the wheel. The Aria is huge, so its a good thing it has parking sensors, which are quite effective, and since our test car is the now-discontinued 4x4 Pleasure variant, it doesnt come with a reversing camera. The top 4x4 Pride variant, however, does get a camera. The air-con unit, though effective on the whole, doesnt do as good a job cooling the front two seats as the Innovas unit, so if youre driving on a hot summers day, youre going to feel a little uncomfortable in the Aria.
The Aria comes with a second row bench and not captain seats. You sit higher in the Innova than in the Aria, but thigh support in the Tata is better, and its third row seats are comfier, especially on long drives. The Aria has lots of useful roof-mounted storage areas, more than you could have asked for in fact.
Overall, where the Innova trumps the Aria is clearly quality. The Tata just doesnt feel as well put together as the Toyota, which is possibly what puts