Spec-sheet brawl: Maxus G50 vs. Toyota Innova

How does the new MPV stack up against the biggest veteran in the segment?
by Leandre Grecia | Aug 28, 2020
ILLUSTRATION: Juan Carlo Maala

There’s a new MPV in the market, and it boasts a mix features rolled into one affordable package. What we’re referring to is the Maxus G50, the eight-seater that AC Motors launched in our market earlier this week.

Given our market’s affinity for spacious and compact people-haulers, a lot of you guys took notice. Plus, there’s also the fact that the G50 takes aim right at the Toyota Innova—arguably one of the most popular vehicles in the segment—making things even more interesting.

Now, we’re guessing a lot of people are wondering how the G50 actually stacks up against the Innova, so we’ll help you guys out and put these two vehicles head to head on paper. For this comparo, we’ll be pitting the top-spec Maxus G50 against the petrol-powered Toyota Innova.

First off, the newcomer. The G50 arrives packing a 1.5-liter in-line-four turbopetrol that’s capable of 167hp and 250Nm of torque mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. This top-of-the-line variant comes with a plethora of added niceties, including a 12.3-inch infotainment system, a 360-degree view monitor, a wireless smartphone charger, a power tailgate, a panoramic sunroof, auto-folding side mirrors, and automatic LED headlamps.

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Next up, the veteran. As mentioned, the Toyota Innova we chose here is the gasoline-powered one, with a 2.0-liter in-line-four petrol mill capable of 136hp and 183Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Like the G50, it also comes equipped with features such as a keyless entry system, push-start ignition, and automatic climate control, but it doesn’t get the frills like the sunroof and automatic liftgate.

Price-wise, the top-spec G50 (P1,288,000) undercuts the mid-variant Toyota Innova (P1,320,000) by just a bit. Which do you think is the better deal here? If you want to see how these two actually look side-by-side on paper, we listed down the full specs below. You can check them out yourself, and tell us your pick afterwards.

2020 Maxus G50 1.5T Premium DCT

2020 Toyota Innova 2.0 G Gasoline AT

Price (Philippine Peso) 1,288,000 1,320,000
Seating capacity 8 8
Engine setup 1.5-liter turbopetrol 2.0-liter I4
Power (hp) 167 136
Torque (Nm) 250 183
Transmission 7-speed DCT 6-speed automatic
Fuel tank capacity (L) 50 55
Brakes (front/rear) Disc/disc Ventilated disc/drum
Wheels 17-inch alloy 16-inch alloy
Tires 215/55 R17 205/65 R16
Front suspension Independent MacPherson strut Independent coil spring, double wishbone with stabilizer
Rear suspension Torsion beam Four-link coil spring
Seat material Leather Fabric
Infotainment system 12.3-inch touchscreen with 6 speakers Display audio with 6 speakers
Cruise control Yes None
Keyless entry Yes Yes
Push-start ignition Yes None
Automatic climate control Yes Yes
Interior ambient lighting None Yes
Mobile wireless charging Yes None
Power tailgate Yes None
Parking assist feature 360-degree view monitor Rear parking sensors
Auto-folding side mirrors Yes None
Automatic headlamps Yes Yes
Panoramic sunroof Yes None
Dimensions (mm) 4,825 x 1,825 x 1,778 (1,800 with roof rail) 4,735 x 1,830 x 1,795
Wheelbase (mm) 2,800 2,750

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