Toyota maybe late to the small crossover party but it’s certainly gate crashing in style writes Geraldine Herbert
What is it? Toyota has finally added a small crossover to their line up to rival Seat’s Ateca, Peugeot’s 3008 and the Nissan Qashqai. C-HR stands for Coupe-High Rider and it sports a sleek coupe-shape roofline, bulging wheel arches and sharp creases
Styling? While Lexus has been busy carving out a niche in the radical-styling department, Toyota has always been a little, dare we say, dull – so quirky, muscular and colourful are not words you would readily associate with the Japanese car-maker. The new funky C-HR is certainly the one to stand out in the supermarket car park. .
Under the Bonnet? Proving how much things have changed with compact SUV engines, there’s no diesel option just one 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.8-litre petrol/electric hybrid. The 1.2 petrol engine produces a modest 85kW of power and 185Nm of torque, but on the road it feels far faster than the numbers suggest and it’s peppy and flexible. If you’re doing your bit for the planet, the hybrid model will save you plenty of trips to the pumps by returning 74.33 mpg. The 1.2 CVT is also offered with the option of all-wheel drive.
What about inside? Inside it’s surprisingly roomy, even in the back, although kids may find their vision slightly compromised by the upward-sloping rear windows and tall passengers may find it a little too snug. The boot offers a reasonable 377 litres of space. The cabin looks great and is really easy to use, with everything the compact SUV market demands, including an 8in touchscreen for sat-nav, reversing camera and a full range of infotainment features.
On the Road? The C-HR is also very good to drive and the steering is accurate while the suspension absorbs bumps nicely and keeps you cosseted from wind and road noise. Overall there is a nice balance of dynamics and comfort.
And Safety? It’s packed with things that protect you including a Pre-Collision System with pedestrian warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with steering control, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist.
What are my options? There are three trim levels, Icon, Excel and Dynamic to fit all budgets. Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic air conditioning, 17-inch alloys, the Toyota Touch 2 touchscreen controlled multimedia system with integrated reversing camera, front fog lamps, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, dusk-sensing headlights and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The 1.2 CVT is also offered with the option of all-wheel drive.
Will it break the bank? Prices for the 1.2 petrol start at £20,995 and for the 1.8 Hybrid at £23,595.
What it says about you? A dedicated follower of fashion, you know exactly how to stand out in a crowd
Verdict? Stylish, lively and green, the C-HR will appeal to the young and the young at heart, injecting some real fun both into the brand and the compact SUV sector.
Why you’ll buy one? Stylish, good to drive, well equipped
Why you won’t? Not the most practical car, no diesel option, rear headroom
Toyota C-HR 1.2T
Engine: 1,197cc, 85kW @ 5,200 – 5,600rpm, 185Nm @ 1,500 – 4,000rpm
Max speed: 118mph
0-60: 10.9 seconds
Emissions : 135g/km
Model price range: £20,995 – £27,995
No of Doors: 5 doors
Euro NCAP : Not yet tested
Fuel type: Petrol
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 47.9.mpg
Boot Capacity Seats up: 377 litres
Car Seats: 2 Isofix fittings in the rear
14th June, 2017