Toyota Vellfire India review: the luxury MPV you didn’t know you wanted

23rd Feb 2020 11:00 am

The XXL-sized Toyota Vellfire MPV is here to lure you absent from your favourite luxury sedans.

Autocar India regulars would have read our comprehensive first impression of the Toyota Vellfire but what we have here is the ultimate version for India. There are detail discrepancies to the a person we drove ahead of but the USP continues to be the exact same – MPV adaptability with small business-course seat convenience.

 

As the photos make clear, the Vellfire is a total lot of MPV. A Kia Carnival could possibly be for a longer period, but the Vellfire’s stubby bonnet portion and slab-like sides equivalent a massive cabin and make the MPV search more substantial than it is. You will have to be a little bit imaginative to see the ‘samurai’s piercing gaze’ inspiration to the front end but the double decker headlight and chrome large grille positive give the Vellfire a encounter like no other. A slanting next row window is your ideal indicator that the colossus moreover you at a visitors gentle is a Vellfire when LED lights, a roof spoiler and a generous splattering of chrome incorporate some character to the cliff-like rear.

Luxury liner

Make what you want of the way the Vellfire seems to be because, like with other MPVs, it’s not what it’s like on the outside but what it’s like on the within that genuinely matters. The Vellfire’s XXL exterior and 3 metre wheelbase translates into an enormously roomy cabin that is ideal expert from the convenience of the center row. 

The substantial chairs are no much less than thrones and are cozy ample to sense like they’ve been plucked from a Lexus. And that is ahead of you note the little console tucked absent under the armrest for a total range of seat settings. The seats can be heated/cooled, the backrest angle is adjustable and you can even improve the angle and size of the run legrests. With the seats all the way back and at entire extension, what you get is a near-flat mattress. ‘Boss mode’ that slides the front passenger seat ahead at the contact of a button frees up even far more room to extend out at the back. The Vellfire’s center row seats are remarkable. Interval. Just want it wasn’t as large a step up into the cabin.

The Vellfire for India sees the inclusion of a 13.-inch rear amusement display screen that folds out of the roof. The distant manage to summon the display screen and operate it, while, is a little bit far too 1990s. Also portion of the package is a rear sunroof, sunblinds for the next and 3rd row home windows, 16 color possibilities for the roof lighting, and automobile climate manage for the rear portion of the cabin. Fold-out tables and cupholders also assist change the Vellfire into an workplace on the move but frustratingly there are no ability retailers at the back.

Obtain to the 3rd row could have been better. Although the center row seats slide ahead conveniently, the aperture is not large ample for substantial older people to stroll in. Claimed substantial older people will not have an difficulty of deficiency of space at the back while. It’s simple to discover a convenient legroom compromise with the center seat passenger and there’s ample shoulder room for a few at the back as nicely. Foldable armrests and backrest recline up the convenience amount further more. It’s genuinely as fantastic as it will get in the 3rd row. The Vellfire fulfils its obligations as a load lugger with relieve far too. The 3rd row seats can be break up, slid ahead and even folded upwards Innova fashion to free up a flat loading location. A very low and large lip make the job of loading baggage reasonably convenient far too.

 

 

Up front

 

The Vellfire is available with a hybrid powertrain that contains a petrol engine that works in conjunction with a 143hp front axle motor. A 68hp rear axle motor only kicks in when added grip is wanted, forming an electric all-wheel travel method in the procedure. Curiously, the India-spec Vellfire’s 2.five-litre petrol engine is rated at 117hp which is substantially down on the Japan-spec model’s 150hp output. A quick stint of pace limited driving at Toyota’s examination keep track of exposed effectiveness to be enough while we’ll have to have far more time in real-environment ailments to get the entire photograph. The Vellfire has a pure EV mode far too but you have to have to be extremely light with the throttle to travel with no emissions from the tail pipe. Interestingly, a examine by Toyota identified that solid hybrids like the Vellfire operate on battery ability by itself for 60 per cent of the time in Indian city ailments. The assure of very low emissions and substantial gasoline economy could be a attract for some.    

For an MPV of the Vellfire’s size, it’s amazingly simple to get cozy guiding the wheel of. The steering does not call for substantially exertion, the substantial glasshouse presents a terrific look at out and the 360 degree camera with a BMW-like augmented actuality display is slick far too. Also pleasant is the 10-inch touchscreen unit that includes Android Car and Apple CarPlay. The plush front seats make it simple to shell out prolonged several hours guiding the wheel when the front passenger will appreciate the run leg rest far too. Where by the Vellfire loses details is in excellent. Sure, there are many leather-lined and padded surfaces but you don’t have to search far too challenging to discover much less special supplies far too. And that is a little bit of a disgrace for an MPV that goes up towards a Mercedes-Benz V-course.

Vellfire condition

An MPV with a Toyota badge and a near-Rs eighty five lakh (estimated, ex-showroom) price tag tag would normally be a challenging sell. Certainly, the Vellfire is costly for what it is and frankly is not the 1st model that arrives to head for a luxury automobile consumer possibly. But for the chauffeur-driven bulk who shell out most of their time seated at the back, the large Toyota actually has big attraction. And that is all down to the exceptional center row seats that are fantastic ample to swing our vote absent from many like-priced German automobiles. Sit in a person and you are going to get what we’re on about.