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Toyota C-HR HATCHBACK 1.8 Hybrid Design 5dr CVT [Premium]

Toyota C-HR 1.8 Hybrid Design 5dr CVT [Premium]
Toyota C-HR 1.8 Hybrid Design 5dr CVT [Premium]
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Toyota C-HR 1.8 Hybrid Design 5dr CVT [Premium]
Toyota C-HR 1.8 Hybrid Design 5dr CVT [Premium]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelHybrid
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG74.30
  • 0-62mph11 secs
  • Top Speed105 mph
  • C0286 g/km
  • BHP122
  • Torque105 lbs/f
  • P11D19%

Review

Toyota aims to bring something fresh to the growing compact Crossover segment with its C-HR. Here, concept car looks are matched to proven mechanicals that include a hybrid powerplant. If you're thinking of buying something Qashqai-sized in this class or one of the trendier compact models, then this fashionable contender could be exactly what you're looking for.

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Toyota's C-HR is one of the trendiest compact Crossover model choices you can make. Is it also one of the best? Jonathan Crouch decides.

Background

What if you want a fashionable little Crossover - say, something like a Nissan Juke? If that's the case, you may have been a little put off by the cramped interior and rather average build quality you get with models of that sort. So what if another brand were able to offer you a contender that was even trendier, better made, more efficient and not that much more expensive? You'd be interested wouldn't you? Well that's apparently exactly what's being offered here in the form of Toyota's C-HR. 'C-HR' is supposed to stand for 'Coupe High-Rider' and sure enough, this car has a very coupe-style look. More importantly, we're told that it drives in a coupe-like way too. Sounds promising doesn't it? Let's check this model out.

Driving Experience

The C-HR is being offered with two familiar engines from Toyota's Auris hatch. The most affordable variant gets a 114bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine and is available with a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic - and front or all-wheel drive. Alternatively, buyers can choose a full hybrid powertrain with 120bhp, but that's 2WD-only. For the C-HR, Toyota has made its hybrid system lighter and more efficient, and engineered it to give sharper performance. Detailed design changes to the 1.8-litre hybrid engine have resulted in 40% thermal efficiency - a world-beating level for a petrol unit. Other hybrid components have been made lighter and smaller, and have been repositioned for improved packaging. As for handling, well this Toyota aims to set a fresh standard in a segment not noted for sharply-responsive models. The engineers realised that the major issue with taller Crossovers of this sort related to bodyroll and its detrimental effect on ride comfort. Huge efforts have therefore gone into structuring this model's TNGA platform and giving it a low centre of gravity so that the car doesn't pitch about through the corners. Steering feel has been emphasised too, something else that tends to be lacking on this class of car. As a result of all this effort, Chief Engineer Hiroyuki Koba is convinced that a C-HR handles up to a standard comparable with any conventional Focus-segment hatch.

Design and Build

Toyota's first proper entrant in the Crossover segment should cause quite a stir, styled with a combination of a coupe-like upper body and the powerful underpinnings of an SUV. Coupe-like elements include disguised rear door handles, integrated into the rear pillars. At the rear the strongly tapered cabin features a top-hinged tailgate that gives access to loadspace big enough to carry luggage for five people. This styling contrasts with the pronounced flaring of the wheel arches which gives C-HR a wide and powerful stance. Inside, layered architecture for the instrument panel aims to create a warm and welcoming feel and there's an 8-inch 'Toyota Touch 2' multimedia system that's angled slightly towards the driver. Because the touchscreen stands proud of the dashboard, rather than being enclosed by it, the upper section of the dash is considerably shallower in depth, helping secure good field of vision for the driver. The two-tiered front seat design combines a slender, sporty upper section with a more strongly bolstered and supporting lower part. The difference between the two is emphasised by the use of different tones, textures and patterns in the upholstery. Overall, there's a high quality feel to the cabin and decorative parts around the dash are finished in high-quality piano black and satin silver trim.

Market and Model

Expect C-HR ownership to need a £22,000-£30,000 budget of the same order as required by rival trendy Crossovers in this class like Honda's HR-V and Jeep's Renegade. There are three trim levels - 'Icon', 'Excel' and 'Dynamic'. The proposition here gives you slightly less space than models like Nissan's Qashqai and Renault's Kadjar but more fashionable looks and better on-road dynamics. It's a formula will can see quite a number of potential buyers liking quite a lot. Equipment levels fit with this approach. Top level models may be specified with heated front seats, a smart entry system, rear privacy glass, bespoke upholstery (including part-leather), a Park-Assist system, 18-inch alloy wheels and bi-tone metallic paintwork. In addition, the C-HR can be equipped with a tailor-made JBL premium audio system, comprising an eight-channel, 576W stereo amplifier and nine speakers, including two newly-patented acoustic JBL wave guides - known as horn tweeters. More importantly, the Toyota 'Safety Sense' package is standard across the range. It includes a Pre-Collision System with pedestrian warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with steering control, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist.

Cost of Ownership

Hybrid engines are rare in the Crossover segment. In fact, only Kia's Niro can offer petrol/electric technology in this class and that model looks pretty frumpy in comparison to this one. It'll be less efficient too, for a Hybrid-powered C-HR can return up to 78.5mpg on the combined cycle and up to 82g/km of CO2. The alternative engine is a 1.2-litre petrol turbo unit. In front-driven form, this manages up to 51.9mpg on the combined cycle and up to 125g/km of CO2. Specify the CVT auto gearbox and those figures fall only slightly to 48.7mpg and 134g/km. Go for the CVT gearbox and AWD and you're looking at 45.6mpg and 143g/km.

Summary

We can see a ready market for this C-HR. Plenty of people attracted by a model like Nissan's Juke in the Crossover class would rather like a contender that'll be slightly bigger, more sophisticated and better-finished. This is that car. We think the styling will attract many, but there are other product strong points too. Proven hybrid technology brings the potential for impressive efficiency and we rate the more conventional 1.2-litre petrol engine too. Plus C-HR buyers will like the sharp handling and the strong standards of safety and media connectivity. Style and sense combined then? Quite a few buyers in this segment may well think that.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
Auto high beam
Automatic headlight levelling
Automatic headlights
Automatic retractable door mirrors
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirrors
Body coloured bumpers
Boot door release with push button
Electric folding/heated door mirrors with integrated indicators
Electrochromatic rear view mirror
Follow me home headlights
Front and rear electric windows
Front fog lights
Hard tonneau cover
Heated rear windscreen
Intermittent wipe
LED daytime running lights
LED High mounted stop lamp
LED rear brake lights
Projector and reflector halogen headlights
Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
Rear combination lamp
Rear privacy glass
Rear spoiler
Rear wiper
Shark fin antenna
Trailer Sway Control
Driver Convenience
7" Coloured TFT multi informational display
8" touch screen
Adaptive cruise control
Adjustable speed limiter
Bluetooth connectivity
Electric power steering
Intelligent parking assist with front & rear parking sensors
Lane departure alert with Steering Control
Lights on warning
Pre collision system with pedestrian detection
Push button starter
Reversing camera
Reversing camera display in audio screen
Road sign assist - RSA
Touch 2 Go navigation system
Trip computer
Voice recognition
Entertainment
DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
JBL premium sound system with 9 speakers
Steering wheel mounted controls
USB and Aux in connectors + 12V front outlet
Wi-fi connectivity
Interior Features
12V Accessory socket
3 spoke leather steering wheel with multimedia switches
Ambient lighting
Chrome interior door handles
Clean air filter
Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support
Driver and front passenger personal light
Driver and front passenger Whiplash Injury Lessening seats
Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
Dual zone automatic air conditioning
Folding rear seats
Front and rear door pockets
Front console box and front cupholders
Front cupholders x 2
Front head restraints
Gear shift indicator
Glovebox with internal light
Heated driver and front passenger seats
Illuminated entry system
Isofix seat fixing
Leather effect padded armrest on front console box
Leather gearshift
Leather upholstery
Light blue ambient lighting on front doors
Pollen filter
Rear headrests
Tilt/telescopic steering column
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS+EBD+Brake assist
Electronic parking brake
ESP + traction control
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Front passenger airbag on/off switch
Hill start assist control (HAC)
Rear child proof door locks
Road sign information display
Supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags - 7 airbags including driver, front passenger, curtain, side and knee airbags
Toyota safety sense
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Immobiliser
Intrusion alarm
Motion sensor alarm
Remote central locking
Smart entry + Smart start
Technical
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
Wheels
18" 5 double spoke black machined face alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.098
CO2 (g/km) 86
HC 0.013
Noise Level dB(A) 66.7
NOx 0.006
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1798
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 80.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 88.3
Engine Code 2ZR-FXE
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears 1 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 74.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 70.6
EC Urban (mpg) 83
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 4.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 4.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 4.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 4.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 4.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 4.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 3.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 55.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 57.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 43.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 45.6
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 61.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 65.7
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 64.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 68.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 68.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 74.3
General
Badge Engine CC 1.8
Badge Power 122
Coin Description Hybrid
Coin Series Design [Premium]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 14E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 95
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 77
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 76
NCAP Safety Assist % 78
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 100000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 5
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 11
Engine Power - BHP 122
Engine Power - KW 90
Engine Power - RPM 5200
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 105
Engine Torque - MKG 14.5
Engine Torque - NM 142
Engine Torque - RPM 3600
Top Speed 105
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/50 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/50 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 5 DOUBLE SPOKE
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1565
Length 4360
Wheelbase 2640
Width 1795
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 43
Gross Vehicle Weight 1860
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 377
Max. Loading Weight 440
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 725
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 725
Minimum Kerbweight 1420
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.4

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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £383.99 p/m £16.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £414.99 p/m £59.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £437.99 p/m £90.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £322.99 p/m £29.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £357.99 p/m £68.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £391.99 p/m £104.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £300.99 p/m £39.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £333.99 p/m £73.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £363.99 p/m £117.99 p/m
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £545.00
Pearlescent paint £795.00
Towing solutions - Detachable - 7 pin+13 pin £499.00
Packs
Chrome accent pack - C-HR £400.00
Dark brown accent pack - C-HR £400.00
Grey accent pack - C-HR £400.00
Lime green accent pack - C-HR £400.00
Protection pack - C-HR £250.00
Red accent pack - C-HR £400.00
Sports pack - C-HR £850.00
SUV pack - C-HR £975.00
White accent pack - C-HR £400.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Cyan splash £545.00
Metallic - Decuma Grey £545.00
Metallic - Eclipse Black £545.00
Metallic - Havana Brown £545.00
Metallic - Metalstream £545.00
Metallic - Nebula blue £545.00
Metallic - Tyrol silver £545.00
Pearl - Tokyo Red £795.00
Pearl - White pearl £795.00
Solid - Pure white FOC
Trim
Leather - Black FOC
* option prices shown are estimated