Inside, the Touring Sport looks and feels, wait for it, like the Innova Crysta. There’s that instant familiarity you would expect, that is both a positive and a negative. Positive, because you know what you are going to get and negative, well, because this cabin isn’t entirely premium looking or feeling. More on that later.
Again, there are minor changes made to the Touring Sport in terms of design and layout of materials – the dash is still full of horizontally layered surfacing and surprisingly lively looking trim bits. The centre console is dominated by a 7-inch display integrated nicely and sitting atop a neat series of knobs and buttons for the climate control. In terms of quality, the buttons and dials have a tactile feel and the leather-wrapped steering wheel feels great to hold as well. What also comes as a neat touch are the softly padded door armrests and the sun visors although we wish some of the bits (including the dash-mounted cup holders, the glove-box switch and the infotainment system’s UI) had a better finish.
Speaking of changes, you will notice that the Touring Sport gets all-black leather upholstery with red contrast stitching. The dash also gets a rather loud red wood trim to match the upholstery. Continuing with the red theme, the instrument cluster is backlit in red and the stitching on the steering wheel is finished in the same shade as well.
The Innova Crysta was always designed to eat up kilometres and the Touring Sport is no different. When it comes to space and practicality, there are very few vehicles on this side of Rs 30 lakhs, which are as impressive as the Toyota. You get a commanding view of the road and a surprisingly good amount of frontal visibility despite the large ORVMs. The front seats are large and accommodating and the footwell is large enough for most drivers. Toyota has put in a little extra work in improving the cabin ambience by offering sturdy tray tables and wraparound style ambient lighting on the roof for rear seat occupants. As for the actual seat comfort, there’s a great deal of legroom and headroom, but the middle row is surprisingly flat with very few contours. What’s more, the seatbelt latch for the captain seats is not a separate element but integrated into the seat base. So, with the seatbelt put on, it robs the occupant of some of the lateral support that the seat has to offer.
The Touring Sport essentially gets the same level of kit as a standard like the Innova Crysta. There’s a touch screen infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB and aux-in ports, Eco and Power drive modes, electric mirrors with retract, electric adjustment for driver’s seat and a three zone climate control. In terms of safety kit, the Touring Sport leaves a good impression by offering seven airbags, ABS, brake assist, ESP and hill-start assist.