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Toyota C-HR Crossover

Toyota describes its latest SUV as ‘the crossover that flows through life’.

The flashy C-HR is a great addition to the compact crossover class. With its head turning exterior, BMW styled cabin and smooth dynamics all at a decent price this is a high rival to the Nissan Qashqai, providing a hybrid drive suitable for busy lives.

Crossover compact cars have been available for a while now but Toyota is hoping their new model which is designed exclusively for European buyers will catch some attention within the market. The Japanese car manufacturer has combined a number of designs in their new model, mixing a bit of coup with a concept car and an off-roader design this really does tick a lot of boxes.

The executives at Toyota have high hopes for the C-HR, claiming it will be in 100,000 homes across Europe, with 75% of these being the high-tech petrol-hybrid model.

So what does C-HR stand for? It means Coup High Rider which makes sense when you see the size of it. The design is based off of the C-HR Concept displayed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, with tight angles and a high-riding SUV build covering the bulky dimensions. When you take a first glance at the car it almost looks like a Nissan Juke, however, it is actually similar in size to a large Qashqai.

Some SUVs are all style on the exterior but the design on the interior is a little disappointing. This is not the case with the Toyota C-HR. With a wraparound dash and large infotainment screen dominating the front cabin the inside it packed with high tech and class. The most impressive thing about the interior is its executive style. Luxury materials of the highest quality are used throughout with ample space for all passengers.

The engineers have not only provided a beautiful model but also a top notch driving experience purely designed around European roads. The steering is naturally weighted and tolerant with strong grip and well contained body roll when taking on tight bends. If you go bouncing over a large pot hole you will feel a shudder but the rest of the time it delivers a smooth ride.

The new Toyota is available in two different models, the 120bhp 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid or the 114bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol and six-speed manual. The hybrid wins on efficiency claiming 74.3mpg and 87kg/km CO2 emissions and zero- emissions when using electric mode for short distances.

As Toyota states ‘It’s time to flow through life at the wheel of the all new Toyota C-HR…’


posted by: Abigail Lavallin 15 November 2016