2020 Toyota Vellfire India Review

You will find detail differences to the one we drove earlier however, the USP stays the same MPV flexibility with business-class chair comfort. Since the pictures make clear, the Vellfire is a whole lot of MPV. A Kia Carnival may be longer, but the Vellfire’s stubby bonnet section and slab-like sides equal a massive cottage and also make the MPV look larger than it is. You are going to need to be a bit imaginative to observe that the’samurai’s piercing gaze’ inspiration to the front end but the double-decker headlight and chrome hefty grille certain give the Vellfire a face like no other.

Toyota Velfire Interior Design Review

Make what you want of the way the Vellfire looks as like with different MPVs, it’s not what it’s like on the outside but exactly what it’s like on the inside that really matters. The Vellfire’s XXL exterior and 3-meter wheelbase translates into an exceptionally roomy cottage that is best experienced in the comfort of the middle row.

The large chairs are no longer than thrones and therefore are comfy enough to feel as though they have been plucked from a Lexus. And that is until you notice the small console tucked from the armrest for an entire range of seat configurations. The seats can be heated/cooled, the backrest angle is flexible and you can even change the angle and length of the powered leg rests. Together with the seats all of the way back and in full extension, what you get is a near-flat mattress. ‘Boss mode’ that slides front passenger seat forward at the touch of a button frees up even more room to stretch out at the back. The Vellfire’s center row seats are excellent. Period. I just wish it wasn’t as big a step up into the cabin.

toyota velfire design
toyota velfire design

The Vellfire for India sees the inclusion of a 13.0-inch back amusement display that folds out of the roof. The remote control to summon the screen and run that, however, is somewhat too 1990s. Also part of this package is a back sunroof, sunblinds for the second and third-row windows, 16 color selections for the roof lighting, and car climate control for the back part of the cottage. Fold-out tables and cupholders also help convert the Vellfire to an office on the move but frustratingly there are no power outlets in the back.

Access to the third row might have been better. Even though the middle row seats slide forward conveniently, the aperture is not large enough for large adults to walk inside. Said large adults will not have an issue of lack of space in the back though. It’s easy to find a handy legroom compromise with the center seat passenger and there’s enough shoulder room for three at the back also. It’s actually as good as it gets in the third row. The Vellfire fulfills its responsibilities as a load-lugger effortlessly too. The third-row seats can be split, slid forward and even folded upwards Innova style to free up a horizontal loading area. A low and broad lip makes the task of loading bag fairly convenient too.

Upfront

The Vellfire can be obtained with a hybrid powertrain that includes a petrol engine that operates in conjunction with a 143hp front axle motor. A 68hp back axle motor only kicks in when added grip is needed, forming an electric all-wheel-drive system in the process. A brief stint of rate restricted driving at Toyota’s test track showed performance to be sufficient though we’ll need additional time in real-world conditions to receive the full picture. Interestingly, a study by Toyota discovered that powerful hybrids like the Vellfire run on battery power alone for 60% of their time in Indian city conditions. The promise of reduced emissions and high fuel economy might be a draw for a few.

For the MPV of the Vellfire’s dimensions, it’s surprisingly easy to find comfy behind the wheel. Also nice is your 10-inch touchscreen unit which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The front chairs make it easy to devote hours behind the wheel while the front passenger will appreciate the powered leg break too. Sure, there are many leather-lined and padded surfaces but you don’t need to look too hard to locate less particular materials too. And that’s a Small pity for an MPV that goes up from a Mercedes-Benz V-class.

Conclusion:

An MPV using a Toyota badge and a near-Rs 85 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom) price tag could typically be a difficult sell. Yes, the Vellfire is expensive for what it is and frankly isn’t the first version that comes to mind for a luxury car buyer. However, for the chauffeur-driven majority who invest most of their time seated in the back, the large Toyota actually has huge appeal. And that is all down to the excellent middle row seats that are great enough to swing away from our vote from several like-priced German cars. Sit in a single and you’ll get what we’re on about.

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