【YouTube】2024 Toyota C-HIR Neat And Extravagant Saloon Car


Toyota C-HR review
“If you like the mad looks of this second-generation C-HR, there’s very little else to count against it”

Good stuff
Stands out, more practical than it looks, good control layout and screens, tidy road manners

Bad stuff
Visibility poor in the back, stay away if you dislike hybrids

What is it?

This is the second generation of Toyota’s C-HR, a mid-size crossover that started life in 2017 as a funky SUV commissioned by Toyota boss Akio Toyoda as a sort of experiment to see what the company could do. A toe in the water, with no expectation of how it might sell.

Much to the company’s own surprise it sold in far bigger numbers than expected. Up to 330,000 or so C-HRs a year rolled out globally, with customers sold on the blend of sensible shoes powertrains and funky styling.

Bit more pressure for the second one…

You’d think so, but clearly Toyota hasn’t felt the need to play it safe. If anything, the newer one is even more out there than the original. Which is good, because it means the car stands out in a heavily congested part of the car market that includes the Nissan Qashqai, Seat Ateca, Citroen C3 Aircross and Ford Puma.

It slots into the Toyota range above the Aygo X and Yaris Cross. But it’s smaller than the RAV4, which is quite a chunky thing these days. In most of the world there’s now a thing called Corolla Cross, which is the same size as the C-HR but has a boxier outline for more interior space and outward vision.

It looks… pretty good.
It does, doesn’t it? The C-HR hits all the latest trends to go for a full house in design bingo: two-tone paints, contrasting roof, slimline LED headlights, aero-led styling and even this season’s must-have full-width rear light bar. Better aero helps economy at motorway speeds. But not much, because the frontal area has grown, and the wheels now go up to 20 inches.

Toyota says the C-HR is designed for people “who are not afraid to stand out”. The irony of course of the C-HR’s ‘something a bit different’ schtick is that there are thousands of other people feeling equally individual behind the wheel of their mass market SUVs from one of the world’s largest carmakers.

Is it hybrid only now?

All C-HRs are electrified now, but just one has a plug. There are both 1.8- and 2.0-litre engines available as prime movers, just as with the Corolla, with the regular Toyota hybrid system. Boosted by their motors at full throttle, they give total system outputs of 138 and 193bhp.

There’s no EV option, but you can get a plug-in hybrid (or at least, you will get the option when it goes on sale later in 2024). It has the same 2.0 engine, but because the electrical system is more juiced up, you’ve got a total of 223bhp.

What’s it like inside?
The interior is jazzed up from what we’d usually expect inside a Toyota. The 50 shades of grey plastic have been given fancy new textures and patterns, and there’s certainly a better variety of material inside. It feels more premium than before.

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