WITH an attention-grabbing look and hybrid tech to spice up gasoline economic system, the Toyota C-HR is an environment friendly car with loads of kerb attraction.
This SUV has all the time had a putting design, however now it’s been given the GR Sport therapy – that means it will get some further aesthetic prospers, in addition to a extra sporty suspension set-up.
It’s a car that handles nicely and is easy to drive, however lacks a little bit of punch when accelerating.
That stated, the two.0-litre hybrid engine in my take a look at automobile supplied significantly extra energy than the 1.8-litre mannequin, decreasing the 0-62mph time to eight.2 seconds.
The hybrid powertrain works nicely, making for wonderful gasoline economic system of over 50mpg on the official mixed cycle.
A small button right down to the motive force’s left means that you can click on onto EV mode, which sees the automobile operating on pure electrical at decrease speeds. This was helpful in stop-start visitors, however the combustion engine tends to kick on at across the 20mph mark, with a message flashing as much as say the accelerator has been depressed too far for EV mode.
It additionally comes with constantly variable automated transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive.
A lot of the C-HR’s persona stems from its interesting look, with its curved bonnet and creased bodywork serving to it to face out from the gang.
The sunshine signature is instantly eye-catching, with the lights having an extended and skinny impact, extending spherical to the facet of the entrance finish and operating virtually your entire size of the bonnet. The most recent fashions additionally get scrolling indicators.
GR Sport trim brings an much more sporty look, together with bespoke 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels, a black roof and darker tint to the headlight lenses, plus sports activities suspension.
The tweak to set-up is noticeable when driving on the B-roads, with the automobile dealing with properly and feeling well-balanced within the corners.
Inside, you’re greeted by a GR image on the digital instrument cluster if you begin the engine. Related badging will be discovered on the entrance seats.
The sporty seats are snug and supportive, with purple and silver stitching operating via the centre of them.
Loads of good supplies are to be discovered dotted across the cabin, with a textured floor on the within of the doorways, some shiny black trim, and a curved leather-based strip operating throughout the highest of the sprint, actually including a layer of sophistication.
The central touchscreen isn’t the perfect in school, however capabilities nicely sufficient, controlling the satnav, audio and Bluetooth connectivity, whereas you can too choose a operate exhibiting the automobile’s vitality circulate – a should for at present’s economy-minded motorist.
A group of typical buttons beneath the touchscreen management the air-con, permitting you to pick auto, twin local weather management or quick eco.
Heated entrance seats are additionally supplied, which proved helpful within the current chilly snap.
The eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat means that you can discover an excellent driving place, suiting each those that favour a low slung seating place or the next and extra commanding view of the street forward.
Issues get a bit tighter within the again, though you might get three adults in at a squeeze for a brief journey. Nonetheless, a six foot passenger sat behind an equally tall driver would undoubtedly battle for leg room.
The C-HR hybrid begins at a shade underneath £30,000 for the Icon model, however that rises to over £36,000 by the point you’ve climbed the trim path to GR Sport.
With that in thoughts, tech ranges are excessive, with a raft of options together with Smartphone Integration by way of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise management, Toyota Security Sense and Toyota Good Join, which supplies real-time map and visitors info, in addition to street updates by way of over-the-air know-how.
Toyota C- HR hybrid GR Sport
ENGINE: 2-litre hybrid
ECONOMY: Emissions of 120 g/km and common gasoline economic system of 53.3mpg
PERFORMANCE: 0-62 mph in 8.2 seconds
TRANSMISSION: CVT and entrance wheel drive
WARRANTY: As much as 10 years / 100,000 mile