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Toyota Camry Hybrid 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Offers and Features

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Dec 20 2019 Share this blog

The Camry launched in 2019 is the global eight-generation of the car. There have been a number of updates to add to the existing comfort and safety of the passengers. Toyota has launched the Camry with a newer body and engine refinements to better the car over the year. There are now individual rear suspensions with dual wishbones to provide much more comfort in the second row. The new Camry is longer, wider and sits on new 18” wheels. The new front grille is much larger than before and houses the new blue accent logo signifying the hybrid nature of the car. There is also a longer wheelbase that adds to the cabin space, with a lot of advancements on the inside. There is the seat cooling feature in the front row with power recline in the second row. The second row is where you really want to be, with the new touch remote in the centre armrest which can control the audio, seat adjustments and the rear sunshade. There are also features like the wireless charging that add to the executive feel of the car.

The new Camry is powered by a Petrol-Hybrid engine with a total output of 218 bhp with Sport, Normal and EV driving modes. There is the surge of power that you get as soon as you press the accelerator hard, where the 2.5-litre petrol engine gives you a torque of 221 Newton-metre. The electric motor-generator adds to the petrol engine very well, giving it the extra power when needed and enters the EV mode as soon as the petrol engine calms down.

What will impress you?

  • Suspension setup to provide maximum comfort, even at high speeds

  • Made for the Boss! Power adjustable rear seats

  • Rear controls for sunshade

  • Centre armrest audio controls in the rear row

  • Soft-touch material on the dash and top of the class leather upholstery

  • Efficient Petrol-Hybrid engine with 175 bhp 

  • 9 airbags included as standard, with curtain airbags in the front and rear

  • ABS, EBD and vehicle stability control is standard

What Won’t?

  • Low seating, makes ingress and egress is difficult

  • Not for the enthusiast, power output is not rapid

  • No variants to choose from

What’s new in the 2019 Toyota Camry?

The Camry has been with us through seventeen and more years with three generations offered to us by Toyota. This latest generation gets:

  • Added safety features, like a curtain, and knee airbags as standard

  • Rear centre console-mounted audio controls

  • Rear controls for automatic sunshades

  • Rear power adjustable seats

  • Updated exterior looks and dimensions

  • Updated power train that is both smooth and efficient like a petrol hatchback

2019 Camry Variants and Features

The 2019 Camry is available only in one variant. There is a 2.5-litre Petrol hybrid that comes to India. There are still Toyota accessories that one can choose from, like Luggage Tray, Welcome Door Lamp, Floor mats, Cushions etc. There is also the option of choosing the exterior colour from a set of seven options made available to you by Toyota.

Variant

Petrol-Hybrid

Price (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

37.50 lacs

Key Features 


Front LED Fog Lamps

Dusk-sensing LED Projector Headlamps (with Auto Levelling), LED DRLs & Follow-me-Home function

Tilt and Slide Moonroof

Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control

Rear Seats with Power Recline and Trunk access

Electronic Parking Brake with Brake Hold

Parking Assist: Back Guide Monitor, Clearance & Back Sonar

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There isn’t much to choose in the Camry Hybrid, for its available in one trim only. However, to make your Camry stand out in the crowd, you can opt for the exterior shade of Burning Black. It is not as dark as the regular Attitude Black and makes the creases of the car look more evident. Moreover, with those LED headlights on, the car in this shade will surely look even more elegant.

2020 Toyota Camry Engine and Performance

The all-new Camry is powered by a ‘new’ powertrain as well – a 2.5-litre Petrol-Hybrid engine, which churns out 176 bhp of power and 221 nm of torque. This powertrain is the exact same unit that’s deployed in its elder sibling, the Lexus ES 300h. This engine is mated to a (surprisingly) competent CVT gearbox, that sends power to the front wheels. The electric motor is a permanent magnetic synchronous one, and it produces 108 bhp and 202 nm of power and torque, respectively. The total output from the Hybrid powertrain is rated at 215 bhp.

Now, one may think that 215 bhp is produced from the Hybrid powertrain alone, so why is the total output rated at 176 bhp only? Well, to put it in simple words, a power output of the engine and Hybrid powertrain cannot be added together just like that, both the units DO NOT work together simultaneously at full power. You either have full electric, or the engine supporting the electric motor and vice versa. Hence, the combined power and torque output of 176 bhp and 221 nm, respectively.

Step on the gas and the Camry lunges forward hurriedly, thanks to the instant torque from the electric motor. One may take some getting used to this instant surge and might have to be careful as well, especially in B2B traffic. Low-end torque is brilliant, and driving this car within city confines is effortless. The engine turns on only when you floor the pedal for the extra thrust, or when the battery is below a certain charge level. Apart from this, the engine turns on once you cross the 50 kmph barrier. Coming to the gearbox, the CVT provides a seamless experience, and the drive feels extremely smooth.

The car has three driving modes – Eco, Normal and Sport. These driving modes not only alter the engine performance but also make some alterations to the gearbox. Result? Throttle response is sharper and gearbox shifts aggressively in Sport Mode. Eco and Normal modes seem like a gimmick, and there is not much of a difference in the two modes.

Models

Toyota Camry

Skoda Superb

Volkswagen Passat

Honda Accord

Price (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

37.50 lacs

25.99-33.50 lacs

25.99-33.21 lacs

43.21 lacs

Engine (Petrol)

2.5-litre Petrol-Hybrid four-cylinder

1.8-litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder

-

2.0-litre Atkinson Cycle i-Vtec Petrol-Hybrid four-cylinder

Transmission

CVT

6-Speed Manual/7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

-

CVT

Power (bhp)

176 @ 5700rpm

177 @ 4000rpm

-

212 @ 6200rpm

Torque (nm)

221 @ 3600rpm

320 @ 1450rpm

-

315

Engine (Diesel)

-

2.0-litre TDI four-cylinder

2.0-litre TDI four-cylinder

-

Transmission 

-

6-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

6-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

-

Power (bhp)

-

174 @ 3600rpm

174 @ 3600rpm

-

Torque(nm)

-

350 @ 1500rpm

350 @ 1500rpm

-

The NVH levels are supreme since the engine is switched off in most of the situations. The electric motor does its job with ease, and silently. Even when the engine turns on, there isn’t a very noticeable change in the overall NVH levels, and the Camry cruises very silently.

When it comes to competition, the Camry does lose out since it doesn’t have a Diesel in its lineup, however, its biggest USP is its Hybrid powertrain, which its closest rivals lack.

Acceleration

There is the Petrol-Hybrid engine powering the new Camry. The engine is able to produce 18 horsepower more than the previous outgoing Camry, but the new fourth-generation hybrid motor-generator produces 120 bhp which is 23 horsepower lower than before. There is a higher torque produced by the petrol engine, though the motor-generator loses 68 Newton-metre of torque.

The 2.5-litre petrol engine is naturally aspirated and yet quite in audible on urban roads or cruising speeds. If driven in a relaxed manner, the Camry gives you a tall fuel economy that keeps your wallet fat. Accelerating hard to close gaps in traffic or for overtaking on highways, the electric motor delivers the needed extra punch in a smooth linear manner. There is still the rubber-band effect, where the Camry holds onto gears even at high engine revolutions. The engine does sound eager at this time, but the cabin still remains very peaceful.

Models

Toyota Camry

Skoda Superb

Volkswagen Passat

Honda Accord


10.8 sec

N/A

8.5 sec

N/A

Engine (Petrol)

2.5-litre Petrol-Hybrid

1.8-litre TSI Turbocharged

NA

2.0-litre Atkinson Cycle i-Vtec Petrol-Hybrid

0-100 kmph (seconds)

7.4

8.52

NA

7.3

Engine (Diesel)

NA

2.0-litre TDI four-cylinder

2.0-litre TDI four-cylinder

NA

0-100 (seconds)

NA

7.83

8.05

NA


The Camry is meant for the executive class is not designed for the purpose of performance. It is truly the car for the people that prefer to be driven to their destination and enjoy the back seat more than the front.

Ride and Handling

There is the executive feel that defines the Camry amongst the Toyota customers. To keep up the name of the Camry, the eight-generation offers much more superior luxury to its passengers. There are a lot of tweaks made into it to provide a better ride quality and comfort. There is the new Toyota New Global Architecture modular platform used, that comprises a higher percentage of high-tensile steel. The car is longer and wider by 35 mm and 15 mm respectively with a 50 mm longer wheelbase than the previous version.

It is definitely suited for the backseat passengers. The driving dynamics are not the best in the class. The steering is electrically adjustable and feels heavier than the previous version. The Camry does feel confident on the corners but with a good amount of body roll at high speeds. It is easy to control the long and wide car easily with the better responsive steering and you feel that power delivered to you as per request. Overtaking and catching up with traffic on the streets is quite easy and the transition between petrol and electric motor is seamless. There is, however, that growl of the engine that is felt once you push the accelerator down, hard.

Braking

The Camry is equipped with regenerative braking that charges the battery as soon as you let go of the A-pedal. There is a smooth, seamless transition to the EV mode and you can observe that right on the Heads Up Display. There are Ventilated Disc and Solid Discs in the front and rear respectively. However, there is a bite that is felt on the application of brakes. There is some practice that you will require to understand the crisp braking in the Camry. The brake pedal is wide and it is quite easy to step on as and when required. Even hard braking is not felt in the cabin with the deep, well-cushioned seats.

Model

Toyota Camry

Skoda Superb

Volkswagen Passat

Honda Accord

Front Brakes

Ventilated Disc

Disc

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Rear Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

Curb Weight (kg)

1665

1540

1450

1620

Fuel Economy

The Camry will never be a strain to regularly drive around. There is the reliability of Toyota with the Camry and the engine is designed to provide the maximum possible fuel economy, comparable with a small hatch. The updated and refined Petrol engine clubbed with the Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor, the ARAI rated fuel economy figure is close to 23 kilometres per litre of fuel. The regenerative braking jumps in to charge the battery as soon as you let go of the accelerator.

Model

Toyota Camry

Skoda Superb

Volkswagen Passat

Honda Accord

Mileage (Kmpl - Petrol)

23.27

14.67

NA

23.1

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

50

66

NA

60

Range (Km)

1164

968

NA

1386

The Camry falls a little short in terms of mileage with the Honda Accord. The fuel tank is smaller, but overall the Camry can perform well in the city and the highways with the fuel economy it offers.

2020 Toyota Camry Exteriors

The Camry has gone through a good surgical update this year. There are the new front and rear bumpers with extensions. The front looks much more aggressive owing to the bigger and sharper grille. The logo has been given a blue background signifying the hybrid engine. The chrome finish in the finish has been made smaller to accommodate the bigger grille on the front. There are fog lamps that seem a bit smaller but add to the sweetness of the bigger grille. The new headlamps with LED DRL’s are hypnotising on the new Camry. The DRL’s give the car a fluidic touch.

Moving on to the rear end of the car, the tail lamps add to the wide look of the car. The tail lamps are bigger and sharper and definitely add to the bigger look and feel of the Camry.

Model

Toyota Camry

Skoda Superb

Volkswagen Passat

Honda Accord

Kerb weight (kg)

1665

1565

1535

1620

Length(mm)

4885

4861

4767

4933

Width(mm)

1840

1864

1832

1849

Height(mm)

1455

1483

1456

1464

Ground clearance (mm)

160

164

160

170

Wheelbase (mm)

2825

2841

2786

2776

The longer wheelbase of the Camry gives the passengers a great legroom and capability to stretch out in the back. There is enough space in the back to easily accommodate six-foot-tall passengers with headroom to spare. Even fitting in three passengers in the second row is possible. If there are just two or one passenger in the back, the centre console can be pulled down and the space in the Camry can be enjoyed. The overall length of the Camry is shorter than the Superb and Accord but there is more legroom for the passengers in the cabin.

Exterior Features

  • New Bold Front Grille

  • V-Shaped front grille

  • Confident and wider waistline

  • New LED DRL’s

  • Stretched out tail lamps

  • Integrated spoiler

2020 Toyota Camry Interiors

The Camry as always maintains the executive feel in its eight-generation as well. The longest wheelbase of the Camry in the class gives a very good amount of legroom, headroom and shoulder room to the passengers. There is comfortable space in the front row with the dash at placed very well just above the knees. To maintain great visibility of the road and surroundings ahead, the dashboard is kept low, with premium materials. The infotainment system has a black onyx finish with seamless control buttons. Even the A-pillars are made thinner to improve visibility and to make the manoeuvrability of the long car easy for the driver. The rearview mirrors are pulled closer, behind the A-pillars to reduce the blind zone. Premium feel fills the cabin with the leather upholstery.

It is easy to accommodate three passengers in the second row and if reduced down to two passengers there is a lot more executive feel to it. There is the centre console with a touch control to adjust the seat position and audio controls. The rear sunshades can also be controlled using the panel. It is also possible to adjust the front passenger seat from the second row.

Model

Toyota Camry

Skoda Superb

Volkswagen Passat

Honda Accord

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Infotainment System

The infotainment system on the centre of the dash is surrounded by a nice onyx trim around it. The touchscreen is a little fiddly to use at first and takes a little while to work with it perfectly. There is satellite navigation integrated into it by Toyota but it falls short with the absence of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The buttons on the system are well integrated into the frame and have a very premium feel. There are USB charging ports at the lower end of the front armrest for the second-row passengers.

Interior Features

  • Wireless Charging Station

  • Sunroof

  • 3-Zone automatic climate control

  • 10-way electrically powered front seats with memory function in driver seat

  • Power adjustable rear seats

  • Front row seat cooling feature

  • 4 Cup Holders, two in the front and second-row each

  • 9-Speaker JBL Audio system

Boot Capacity

In the 2019 Camry, the battery pack has been moved from the back of the second row to beneath them. This also gives the possibility to access the trunk from the second row. The boot lid can be opened from the remote key. Illumination light is also provided in the boot. There is a total of 436 litres of boot space in the car.

Model

Toyota Camry

Skoda Superb

Volkswagen Passat

Honda Accord

Cargo Volume (Litres)

436

625

586

NA

The Camry does not score much when we look at the numbers here, but there is the rear legroom that has been provided. There is enough space in the Camry to carry luggage to suit the daily needs and goods needed for a short trip.

2020 Toyota Camry Safety Rating and Reliability

Toyota has made the car safe for its passengers and pedestrians as well. The Vehicle Stability Control comes in the car as a standard feature. There are various other features onboard like Electrochromic Inside Rear-View Mirror, Impact Sensing Fuel-Cut off, Brake Hold Function, and Curtain Shield. The overall safety rating awarded to the Camry is 5-star. There is utmost safety given to the users of the Camry, also the reduced width of the A-pillars and door-mounted rear-view mirrors to reduce blind spots improves the ease to drive around obstacles.

Safety Features

  • 7 Airbags

  • Curtain Shield

  • Knee Airbag

  • Front and Rear parking sensors

  • Electrochromic Inside Rear View Mirror

  • Brake Hold Function

  • Impact Sensing Fuel-Cut off

  • Automatic rain-sensing wipers

2020 Toyota Camry Head-to-Head Competition Check

There is great competition in the segment where Camry finds itself. There is the Skoda Superb, Honda Accord, VW Passat and Skoda Superb. The Camry stands in competition with the premium badges that only cater to the luxury segment. We can say that Camry and Accord do provide us with the long legroom and second-row space comparable to a 7-series BMW, S-Class Mercedes Benz and Audi A8 L at a very low price tag. The Camry and Accord can be placed just a step lower than these in the sedan segment.

Toyota Camry Vs Honda Accord

The Camry and Accord have always competed in the same segment. Previously, the Accord catered a more sporty and spacious touch, while Camry only topped in the comfort sector. When both the rivals entered with only the Hybrid option, Camry took a swift win with the comfort and also the Hybrid technology well thought out by Toyota. The Accord provides similar driving modes as the Camry. There is the EV mode, regenerative braking, Sport, and Normal mode. Even the total output of the systems is similar, a little higher in the Camry. But the Accord utilises a 2.0-litre petrol i-Vtec engine to power two electric motor generators. The engine does not kick in until cruising at 70 kmph or higher. In the Camry, there is regenerative braking that comes to life as soon as the accelerator pedal is let go and the engine can also drive the wheels when you need the most power.

In terms of exterior, there are blue accents on the headlamps and tail lamps of the Accord, only the front logo is surrounded by blue accents. Hybrid badges are similarly placed on the two. The wheelbase of the Accord has been shortened and the cabin has been made taller that gives it a more compact look. While the Camry has grown in length, width and wheelbase. There is now more legroom and headroom in the Camry with the touch control in the second row adding to the executive feel. Clearly, the Hybrid stage has been taken away by the Toyota Camry.

Toyota Camry Vs Skoda Superb 

The Skoda Superb L&K finds itself at a much higher stage than the Camry in terms of power, driving pleasure, and ride quality. There is much more power packed in the Skoda. The Camry does not focus much on power but the hybrid fuel economy with executive comfort. The interior in the Superb is beige in colour with Piano black touches on the interior trims. The Camry is similar in the feel of the interior. There is the Canton 12-speaker system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the Camry, on the other hand, gets a JBL 9-Speaker system that does not provide smartphone connectivity. 

There is 625 litres of boot space in the back of the Superb which is far less in the Camry. There is only the executive second row with touch controls and ample of legroom that is a plus in the Camry. There is also the fuel economy that gives a winning chance to the Toyota Camry. Also as the Camry holds the Toyota badge, service cost and reliability is higher.

Final Verdict

Camry is very well suited for people that prefer to be driven around, rather than taking the steering wheel in their own command. There is no doubt that the Camry is made to give you the executive feel. There is comfort in the front and a lot of it in the back. The three-zone automatic climate control helps you create three personal environments, with the seat cooling function in the front rows. You can also recline the rear seats up to 8 degrees, does not seem much but does the work perfectly. A large amount of headroom and legroom in the rear is only available in the Camry. To top the sweetness of the Camry, there is the petrol hybrid engine that provides 176 bhp in total with the fuel economy of a small hatch.

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