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Eye-catching – Toyota C-HR Excel

What is it?

Quite the eye catcher, that’s what. It needs to be, pitched into a small crossover market that includes the likes of the Peugeot 2008, Nissan Juke, Citroen C3 and Renault Captur.

Ever since launch in 2017, the C-HR has stood out with its attractive, sporty look – although admittedly looks can be subjective.

There are two petrol from which to choose a 120hp 1.8-litre and  182hp 2-litre wkith both being pretty good on fuel economy thanks to the hybrid set-up. It comes with CVT transmission and those engines are hybrid only with the charge harvested from the brakes so zero-emissions range is rather tiny but useful in traffic nonetheless.

Even though the C-HR has been around for five years, there has been once facelift and nothing much really changed to look at it – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The range comes in at just under £29,000 but you can head north of £30K depending on model and specification. Toyota claims just under mid-50s mpg  for the 1.8-litre engine on the WLTP cycle and we achieved 49mpg on test.

What do we think?

With some many quality rivals the C-HR relies on those striking looks especially when you add in great fuel economy from Toyota’s clever hybrid system and very good road manners.

The 1.8-litre engine we tested is not the most electrifying choice when it comes to performance, weighed down by it lithium-ion batteries while the CVT transmission does tend to complain noisily if you are particularly hard on the accelerator.

Ride, however, is a different story with a suspension and steering set up that gives you oodles of confidence when cornering and around the country roads. It feels comfortable without being soft and floaty and it smooths out a lot of the lumps and bumps in the road.

One thing the mid-life face lift did address was the interior and Toyota

DSC 9705 scaled 1has upped the ante here with  soft-touch surfaces providing a more premium feel. The layout is sensible layout and it’s nice to see  physical controls for the climate control and there’s a 4.2-inch digital instrument display plus an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen as standard. Toyota’s latest Smart Connect+ interface includes Apple CarPlay and Android connectivity.

Couple of niggles – I would like to have more USB ports for use by passengers while rear visibility isn’t great, but that’s the compromise with the styling. However, there’s reasonable room all round with some foot space under the front seats and boot space measures 377 litres with the seats up and 924 with them folded.


P11D Value: £30,110

Engine: 1.8-litre petrol hybrid

Max Power: 120hp

Max Torque: 90Kw

Top speed: 105mph

0-62mpg:  11 secs

Fuel economy (as tested): 49.4mpg

CO2: 86g/km





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