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The new Toyota Camry and its 4 closest rivals

Last updated on: August 29, 2012 14:59 IST

The new Toyota Camry and its 4 closest rivals

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Mansi Malhotra

T
he D-segment of the Indian auto segment got even more tempting with the new Toyota Camry entering the market.

Toyota Camry made its debut in India in 2002 and has been doing decently for Toyota India but below the standards of the overall segment, despite being one of the most popular models around the world in the Toyota line-up.

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With the new looks and tweaks to the design as well as the engine, the 7th generation Camry might bring laurels to Toyota India.

Looking at the hype and attention that it caught during the pre-launch, things look positive, but the segment is highly competitive with each car being a performer as well as good looking, having similar prices.

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The new Toyota Camry will be challenging the likes of Volkswagen Passat, Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord and Skoda Superb, to name a few popular names from the segment.

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Exteriors:

In terms of the exteriors, each car- new Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Passat, Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord and Skoda Superb, flaunt decent looks and the choice of which is the best looking, would be very subjective.

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The Camry and Sonata do look a little plain in front of the other mentioned sedans.

If we have to choose, it would be a close call between the Volkswagen Passat and Honda Accord with the Superb following very close behind.

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The Passat has a very calm look to it, with its comparatively straight face, whereas the Honda Accord looks slightly sharper with its long pushed back headlamps.

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Although as for the new Toyota Camry, without a doubt, compared to its previous model, the looks are much better.

Enhancing the same further, are sharper curves up front, more chrome across the exterior, longer side profile and a wider and more angular rear profile.

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Interior:

In terms of space, the Accord steals the show with an overall exterior length of 4950mm and width of 1845mm along with a height of 1475mm.

Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb have a very similar finishing and quality, thanks to the same family lineage.

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Honda Accord on the other hand has the most premium look and feel to it with huge, comfortable and posh seats at the front as well as rear.

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With regards to the cabin design, once again Honda Accord stands ahead of the rest as overall the cabin looks pricey and up-class.

The rest follow very closely, in fact Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Superb and Honda Accord; all can be kept at par.

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Camry, if measured on a scale of 10 then we would score it somewhere close to 8.5/10 if the aforementioned are 9/10.

Hyundai Sonata as compared to the rest has more sporty features, whereas others have a more executive style to them.

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Engine and drive:

There will be no second when we say that, irrespective of the numbers with just keeping the overall drive quality in consideration, the Volkswagen Passat is unmatchable.

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Following closely behind is the Skoda Superb. The Honda Accord as well as the rest are not that close.

Camry with the new engine rates much higher than before as the powertrain becomes more responsive and powerful.

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Talking numbers (not of all models available in the variant line of each, obviously), the Honda Accord comes with a 2.4-litre 4 cylinder petrol engine which is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission and has a manual transmission option as well, delivers a power of 177.5bhp at 6500rpm and a torque of 222Nm at 4300rpm.

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The Volkswagen Passat comes with a 1.8-litre 4 cylinder diesel engine which is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission and delivers a power of 157.8bhp and a torque of 250Nm.

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The Hyundai Sonata on the other hand comes with a 2.4-litre GDI petrol mill with 6-speed manual as well as automatic transmission, delivering a power of 198bhp at 6300rpm and 250Nm of torque at 4250rpm.

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Superb from the house of Skoda comes with a 1968cc diesel mill and a 1798cc petrol mill.

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Coming to the latest entrant, new Toyota Camry, the engine is 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol mill mated to 6-speed manual transmission.

With the bigger engine, new Camry delivers close to 178.5bhp of power at 6000rpm and a torque of 233Nm at 4100 revs.

Soon enough we'll know what kmpl this engine is capable of delivering in normal city driving conditions.

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As for others, in terms of mileage, the top-end model of the Volkswagen Passat delivers 18kmpl approx, Honda Accord delivers close to 13kmpl, for Skoda Superb Diesel is 14kmpl and for petrol variant is 13kmpl.

Hyundai Sonata delivers 11kmpl.

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Pricing

All the cars fall approximately in the same price range with a little difference.

The all new Toyota Camry is priced at Rs 23.8 lakh.

Honda Accord comes in the price range of Rs 20.28 lakh - Rs 27.37 lakh;

Volkswagen Passat falls in the range of Rs 22.45 - 27.74 lakh;

Hyundai Sonata is priced at Rs 18.52 lakh for the base model and Rs 20.61 lakh for the top end and finally;

Skoda Superb stands at a range of Rs 22.50 - 24 lakh for diesel models and between Rs 18 - 21.10 lakh for petrol.

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Verdict

Overall in terms of looks and overall refinement, the Germans- Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb are clear winners.

Honda Accord on the other hand looks a little outdated.

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Coming to the newbie, Toyota Camry, it has a touch of class as well.

In terms of driving quality, Passat steals the show with Camry gaining points when you like to be chauffeur driven

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The choice for which car to go with would depend more on the brand loyalty than any other thing, because the cars are equally good with slight difference in prices.

Toyota Camry, though comparatively lagging behind the others in the segment looks pretty much ready to bite into the market shares of the competitors.

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