Alphard VS Vellfire

The Toyota Alphard is a minivan produced by the Japanese automaker Toyota since 2002. It is available as a seven- or eight-seater with petrol and hybrid engine options. Hybrid variants have been available since 2003 and it incorporates Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. The vehicle was named after Alphard, the brightest star in the constellation Hydra. It has an atmospheric design, and the interior is spacious and upscale. Interior is fitted with attractive features, with many models sporting leather seats alongside high-quality trimmings.

The Toyota Vellfire is a luxury seven-seater MPV that is based on the Toyota Alphard. It features a sportier look and a different powertrain, compared to the MPV it is based on. Toyota is billing the Vellfire not as a people mover but as a premium luxury car. The car has a lot to offer and is genuinely comfortable, especially for the rear passengers but it has its work cut out as it sits between the Kia Carnival at one end of the MPV spectrum and the Mercedes-Benz V-Class on the other.

Nonetheless, the Toyota Vellfire is best suited to drivers who prefer strength and individuality at the cost of a higher price tag in comparison to the Alphard.

Toyota officials and dealers say the van’s interior comfort offers a more subtle way for China’s rich to signal their wealth in a climate where overt excess is frowned upon. And in China, trends that catch on at the premium end traditionally spread quickly through the rest of the market.