Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 4.2" Colour TFT driver information display
  • 8" touch screen
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Bluetooth system
  • Collision prevention assist
  • Intelligent parking assist with front, rear and side parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lights on warning
  • PAS
  • Push button starter
  • Reversing camera
  • Touch 2 Go navigation system
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • 6 speakers
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • USB connection

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Auto high beam
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour heated door mirrors
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric folding/heated door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wiper
  • Shark fin roof aerial

Interior Features

  • 12V Accessory socket
  • Ambient lighting
  • Child seat anchorage points
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front head restraints
  • Glovebox illumination
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated entry system
  • Leather gear knob
  • Nappa leather steering wheel
  • Rear headrests
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • WIL - Whiplash Injury Lessening seats

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS+EBD+Brake assist
  • Airbag deactivation switch
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • ESP + traction control
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Road sign information display
  • Toyota safety sense
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Smart entry

Technical

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Wheels

  • 18" Dynamic alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Emissions

CO

0.104

CO2 (g/km)

138

HC

0.0017

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

67.5

NOx

0.022

Particles

0.0012

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1197

Compression Ratio

10.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

71.5

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

74.5

Engine Code

8NR-FTS

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO INJECTION

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

46.3

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

53.3

EC Urban (mpg)

38.7

General

Badge Engine CC

1.2

Badge Power

115

Based On ID

Coin Description

T

Coin Series

Design

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

15E

Man 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

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

100000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

5

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

10.9

Engine Power - BHP

115

Engine Power - KW

85

Engine Power - RPM

5600

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

136

Engine Torque - MKG

18.9

Engine Torque - NM

185

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

118

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/50 R18

Tyre Size Rear

225/50 R18

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1565

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4360

Wheelbase

2640

Width

1795

Width (including mirrors)

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

43

Gross Vehicle Weight

1845

Max. Loading Weight

525

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1300

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

720

Minimum Kerbweight

1320

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.4

On The Road

Exterior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

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.

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 £21,000-£28,000 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.