It’s amazing that Toyota has taken so long to actually design and build an exciting SUV, since the original RAV 4.The range of vehicles made by Toyota are dated in layout and quite simple with regards to how they look.
The Toyota C-HR has been a revelation in design, with super angled lines right through to the funky recesses that house the rear door handles. When stationery amongst other vehicles the C-HR immediately attracts people’s attention, due mainly to its outline and colour, something exciting and different. Comments made from other motorists really found the outline and rear end unusually attractive.
The 1.2litre Turbo Petrol Power unit is the same as used in the Auris. 114BHP is delivered, resulting in good acceleration, adequate for every day motoring. Economy is 7.3 /7.4 lts per 100km. The power plant is smooth and refined although a little short in actual grunt. This coupled to the automatic transmission is well placed to deliver swift motion in peak traffic conditions.
The interior is spacious, comfortable, and well laid out with good legroom from the rear seats. Rear visibility is a little lacking due to the shape and slope of the rear tailgate. The rear luggage compartment is on the shallow side due to the spare wheel being full size. The door panels and dashboard are of good quality plastic that enhance the look and feel of the vehicle. Instrumentation is easy to use and provides all the information that drivers require.
While not perfect, it definitely has a “WOW” factor that will attract buyers to it and the fact that it is a Toyota guarantees peace of mind.
Ride quality is comfortable and quiet even when on a stone road surface. Lighting is very good and has adjustments to suit any driver.
We challenge you to book a test drive with a Toyota Dealer, you will be surprised by the Toyota C-HR. – James McClelland