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Toyota Camry Hybrid Review: The Hybrid of the Future

Toyota Camry Hybrid. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)

Toyota Camry Hybrid. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)

The Toyota Camry Hybrid packs in a perfect mix of technology and luxury.

Amongst the ever rising concerns for pollution levels in the city along with the rising prices of fuel, Hybrids like the Toyota Camry stand out as a brilliant choice of transport, promising to give you that magic mileage figure while being easy on the environment as they emit lower CO2 particles.

The car is a popular choice among luxury sedan lovers because of its charm, elegance, best-in-class comfort, ownership experience and Toyota’s assurance of Quality, Durability and Reliability. What’s the reason behind this love? Let’s find out.

Toyota Camry Hybrid from the front. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that it has a no-nonsense design that keeps things simple and clean, with nothing too quirky on the inside either. Priced at ₹30.9 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) it’s not exactly a cheap car, but then when you look under the hood, you see the reason justifying that price tag.

The Camry Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-litre four cylinder VVT-i engine supported by a permanent magnet synchronous motor with a 6.5 Ah Nickel-Metal hydride battery pack.

Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system and the petrol engine work in tandem and the car is capable of sensing and changing the source of power from petrol engine to the electric motor depending on the driving conditions and requirements. What this means in simple words, is that despite being a spacious luxury sedan, it managed to deliver a mileage of around 19.16 kmpl during our testing, which is quite similar to the mileage delivered by most hatchbacks.

The engine comes mated to an E-CVT automatic transmission, and the cumulative power output is 202 BHP and 213 Nm of torque, making it a powerful performer.

Chances are that you might have a chauffeur to drive you around in a luxury sedan like this one, and if that is the case then you won’t be disappointed. The suspension has been tuned for passenger comfort which translates into a good ride quality. The luxury inside the cabin is top notch which is evident from the leather trim with real stitching extending to the dashboard. The chauffeur driven executives can increase leg room for themselves by moving the front seat at a push of a button. The rear seat can be power reclined to get into the most comfortable seating posture, making the Toyota Camry the only car in its class to have this feature.

There’s plenty of electronics on offer as well, like Hill Start Assist and 3-zone climate control system. For those interested, the car also has a hybrid energy monitor which constantly displays the status of the battery, the engine, energy regeneration and other essential information in real-time. For safety, there are 7 airbags fitted inside the cabin.

Toyota Camry Hybrid interiors. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)

Measuring at 4850 mm in length, the car is even longer than most entry-level luxury sedans with loads of leg room at the back. It gets 20% lesser boot space as compared to a regular Camry because of the HV battery pack fitted inside the car.

At the end of the day what you have is a car that’s high on the ‘luxury’ factor, and lives up to the ‘sedan’ factor as well. It also offers the entire set of controls for rear occupants, housed within the rear armrest. What’s more, the car is a Hybrid which means you don’t have to feel guilty about driving around in a fuel guzzler, it’s easy on the pocket when it comes to running costs and is backed by Toyota’s excellent quality, durability and reliability.

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first published:August 26, 2016, 14:49 IST