Rivervale's Guide to the Toyota C-HR
The Toyota C-HR is the first offering from Toyota to be made in the crowded compact SUV segment. Toyota are one of the last manufacturers to join the race to cash in on the popularity explosion SUV’s have experienced over the past 10 years.
Production of the C-HR only began in 2016, so was it worth the wait?
Here at Rivervale Car Leasing we decided we needed to take a closer look, so our Account Manager Paul explored the Toyota C-HR 1.8 Hybrid Excel …
The C-HR faces tough competition from the also brand new Seat Ateca, and the Nissan Qashqai which has become firmly established as a favourite here in the UK. To make sure the Toyota C-HR stands out from the crowd, edgy, angular lines are used on the outside which Toyota say are inspired by the ‘multi-faceted perfection of a diamond’ and do produce an eye-catching look. The inside is packed full of the latest technology to keep you connected on the go, and a hybrid version is available for those with the planet on their minds.
Which Engines are Available in the Toyota C-HR
There are 4 different engines available. The most economical is the 1.8 petrol hybrid which comes in automatic and front wheel drive only. This achieves an impressive 72.4 mpg while only producing a small 86 g/km of CO2. The other non-hybrid engines are all 1.2 litre turbo petrol engines. There is a manual and automatic version which are both front wheel drive and achieve 47.1-47.9 mpg with the manual version having the fastest 0-62 time of 10.9 seconds. The final engine choice is an automatic all wheel drive version producing 144g/km CO2 and 44.8mpg. Full details of each engine can be seen in the table below;
Toyota C-HR Engines
|1.2 litre petrol turbo 6-speed manual with 115HP FWD||1.2 litre petrol turbo automatic with 115HP FWD||1.2 petrol turbo automatic with 115 HP AWD||1.8 petrol hybrid automatic with 122HP FWD|
|Combined mpg||47.1 - 47.9||47.9||44.8||72.4 - 74.3|
|Urban mpg||38.2||38.7||37.2||80.7 - 83.1|
|Extra urban mpg||55.4||55.4||49.6||68.9|
|CO2 emissions||135 - 136 g/km||134 - 135 g/km||144 g/km||86 - 87 g/km|
|Maximum speed||118 mph||114 mph||111 mph||105 mph|
|Acceleration from 0-62 mph||10.9 seconds||11.1 seconds||11.4 seconds||11 seconds|
|Maximum torque||185 Nm||185 Nm||185 Nm||142 Nm|
Which Safety Features and Driver Aids can I Find on the Toyota C-HR?
Toyota Safety Sense comes as standard across all C-HR models and is the name given to a collection of features designed to help prevent collisions and reduce the severity of collisions at higher speeds. Features included are;
- Pre-Collision System - sensors and cameras monitor the area to the front of the vehicle for any other cars or obstacles that may be too close. An audio warning is given to the driver and brakes are applied automatically if the necessary action is not taken.
- Adaptive Cruise Control - drivers can set a minimum distance they would like to keep between them and the car in front as well as an ideal speed to travel at. If the distance needs to be increased between the C-HR and the vehicle in front, speed will be decrease and then will return to the set speed once distance to the car in front has increased to allow this.
- Automatic High Beam - headlights will automatically switch from high to low beam depending on light conditions and will automatically dip to avoid dazzling oncoming vehicles.
- Road Sign Assist - road signs are displayed on a TFT display behind the steering wheel, so you always know important information such as the speed limit and overtaking restrictions.
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Control - the area surrounding the C-HR is monitored for pedestrians who may cross the path of travel. If this occurs an audio and visual warning is given and brakes are applied if the driver does not respond to warnings quickly enough.
Which Trim Levels are Available on the Toyota C-HR?
Trim levels are limited to 3. Icon is the entry level trim which provides a high level of technology features including; rain sensing wipers, dual zone air conditioning, electronic parking brake, Toyota safety sense and 17” alloys. Toyota Touch 2 is also included which provides Bluetooth, reversing camera, information display, MP3 and iPod connectivity and multimedia management all via an 8” touchscreen. Adding the Tech Pack to this model upgrades you to smart entry and push button start and increases the range of driver aids to include blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure assist and auto folding mirrors.
The next trim level is Excel, which is the trim featured in the Rivervale Guide to the Toyota C-HR. At this trim level alloys increase in size to 18”, privacy glass is gained along with heated front seats, partial leather seats, front and rear parking sensors and all the features from the Tech Pack. Toyota Touch 2 is no with Go Navigation with full map navigation, speed limit and speed camera warning and an intuitive detour function to keep you on time! The premium pack can be added here to gain full leather seats and a JBL premium audio system.
The final trim level available is the most luxurious Dynamic which includes all of the Excel features as well as LED fog lights and headlights, black and blue seats, dark violet tones on the upper dashboard, light blue ambient lighting on front doors and contrasting black roof options.
The choices don’t stop there with multiple optional packs to choose from including the SUV pack, Sport Pack, Parking pack and Protection Pack to make sure you get exactly what you want from your C-HR.
Prices for the Toyota C-HR begin at £21,065
Do you think the Toyota C-HR stands out enough to find a place in the compact SUV segment?
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7 March 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy