2017 Toyota C-HR Road Test and Review…
In a market hungry for crossovers Toyota has taken its time entering a vehicle into the ultra-competitive segment, it has mostly been worth the wait though.
Power comes exclusively from a 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine.
Transmission choice, in the base model at least, is six-speed manual or a CVT auto (with seven ‘steps’ if driving in manual mode).
The upper-spec Toyota C-HR Koba is auto-only.
All-wheel drive is available across the range at a $2,000 premium.
I had a drive of the upper-spec variant with the 2WD powertrain and came away quite convinced that Toyota has a potentially very successful model on its hands.
Yes, the seating position is up reasonably high, but the C-HR handles particularly well.
A double-wishbone rear suspension set-up delivers quite good road holding and the suspension set-up is quite pleasant too.
The only noticeable thing was how the new Toyota performed on lose gravel/unsealed roads - the feel here, especially from the rear, was quite twitchy.
In normal driving though, aside from only reasonable performance, the C-HR offers a reasonably good all-round package.
As is always the case, you might find that the manual would provide a more spirited drive, if that is important to you.
There is also a drive mode select across both manual and auto models, these allow you to run in Eco, Normal and Sports modes.
My test car averaged 8.5L/100km, the claimed rate for this variant is 6.4L/100km.
A couple of other observations from the drive - firstly, yes there is some wind noise around the windscreen/wing-mirrors when at speed.
And the extremely chunky C pillars (the ones at the rear of the car) do affect rear 3/4 visibility.
While inside the cabin of the C-HR you will find reasonably good legroom up front, though a bump in the floor just under the seat base pretty much prevents you from sitting in any position other than with legs straight out (if you are on the taller side).
The door pockets are really only large enough for a bottle, while the glove box is reasonably sized.
Same goes for the centre console box - it’s quite deep, though not particularly wide.
Rear seat legroom is only just adequate, while boot space (377 litres) is also reasonable.
The good bits inside the cabin include the fit and finish, the generally quite attractive materials/plastics, clear gauges, climate control settings and the positioning of the infotainment screen.
The seats also provide quite good support and the side bolsters hold you in adequately as well.
Comfort levels are raised with reasonably soft armrests and the Toyota C-HR steering wheel feels good in your hands.
A note here for prospective buyers, you adjust drive modes via the arrows located on the right hand side of the steering wheel (this is not immediately obvious).
The C-HR also misses out on rear air-conditioning vents.
So there we have it, some early observations of a interesting new model from Toyota.
More details on the standard features/model variants etc. is available here.
In the meantime, yes, this is a better than reasonable offering and one that is sure to attract many Australian car/SUV buyers in coming years.
I look forward to having an extended drive of the new Toyota C-HR in the near future.