Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 4.2" Colour TFT driver information display
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Collision prevention assist
  • Intelligent parking assist with front, rear and side parking sensors
  • Lane change assist and blind Spot monitor
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lights on warning
  • PAS
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Reversing camera
  • Touch 2 Go navigation system
  • Traffic sign recognition

Entertainment

  • JBL Premium Sound System

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Auto high beam
  • Bi-tone black roof
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour heated door mirrors
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • LED rear lights
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wiper
  • Shark fin roof aerial

Interior Features

  • 12V Accessory socket
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated door sills
  • Illuminated entry system
  • Leather gear knob
  • Leather upholstery
  • Nappa leather steering wheel
  • Rear headrests
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column

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
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Road sign information display
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Smart entry

Technical

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Emissions

CO

0.128

CO2 (g/km)

87

HC

0.02

NOx

0.01

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

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

EC Combined (mpg)

72.4

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

68.9

EC Urban (mpg)

80.7

General

Badge Engine CC

1.8

Badge Power

122

Based On ID

Coin Description

Hybrid

Coin Series

Dynamic [Premium]

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

14E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

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)

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

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

5 TWIN SPOKE

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1565

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4360

Wheelbase

2640

Width

1795

Width (including mirrors)

Weight and Capacities

Gross Vehicle Weight

1860

Max. Loading Weight

440

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

725

Minimum Kerbweight

1420

No. of Seats

5

On The Road

Exterior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

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.