The name C-HR stands for Compact High–Rider and this crossover is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the same underpinnings that support the new Prius.
There’s no mistaking the car’s exterior. It’s one of Toyota’s bolder designs and it looks futuristic. Everywhere you look, there are curves, contours and bulges. The sloped roof and rising shoulder line make for a coupe-like stance while the inward facing boomerang taillights bring a highly distinctive edge to the already striking rear fascia.
The 1.8 G variant comes with 18-inch alloy wheels with a two-tone finish. The engine puts out 122 hp and 142 Nm and the total hybrid system output is rated at 122 hp. Mated to a Super CVT-i transmission, this crossover consumes a mere 3.9 litres for every 100 km travelled.
The well-sorted suspension set-up delivers a wieldy feel and great response. The ride is also sophisticated, with a good blend of control and suppleness.
Inside, the cabin feels high-quality and, in contrast to the funky exterior, is neatly and logically laid out. Highlights include the sports seats with leather/fabric upholstery, leather steering wheel and gear knob, Nanoe, and gorgeously illuminated 4.2-inch multi-information display.
The C-HR Hybrid 1.8 G is also one of the safest cars in its class with Toyota Safety Sense P (pre-crash safety system, lane departure alert, automatic high beam and radar cruise control), automatic anti-dazzle inner mirror, blind spot monitor, vehicle stability control and eight airbags as standard equipment.