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Toyota C-HR: CH(U)R, bro?

Toyota C-HR review Autocar


Everyone continues to clamber onto the small suv bandwagon, and manufacturers not yet there are missing out on the bonanza. Toyota was late to the market with its c-hr which offered something a wee bit different.

Most in the class are naturally aspirated but the wild looking C-HR brings a downsized turbo to the mix. In pretty much every other sector, turbos are now ruling the roost. But even in the small car area things are changing as they also will amongst the tiny high riders.

Not that in this particular case the small turbo offers any sort of performance advantage. In our three-way comparison the front-drive C-HR was roundly spanked on the acceleration front by the naturally aspirated CX-3 and XV Sport, both with 2.0L fours. The Mazda registered a 0-100 time in the late eights, and the XV was a second astray but the C-HR could only manage a best of 11.5sec. Same for its overtaking prowess, bested comfortably by the other two.

The sci-fi design looks interesting, for sure, and a bit more excitement on the design front never hurts from Toyota but not at the expense of rearward visibility which is pretty awful in the C-HR. A reversing camera and blind spot monitoring partly make amends.

It’s here: we drive Toyota’s highly anticipated CH-R

Toyota C-HR review Driven


Toyota New Zealand launches C-HR that’s not to be mistaken for another car acronym.

Toyota NZ is confident it has plenty of buyers for its new compact SUV, but Kiwis may have a problem remembering its acronym name.

The Toyota C-HR was originally a compact SUV built specifically for the Europe market; but the decision was made to make it available globally.

Production started in Japan late last year with a variety of models available: a 1.2-litre petrol, 1.5-litre petrol, 2-litre petrol and 1.8-litre petrol hybrid.

Toyota NZ decided to (smartly) just have one engine and transmission (the 1.2-litre linked to CVT) and two drivetrains — either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.

The name is an acronym for Compact High Rider or Cross Hatch Runabout, says Toyota’s design team, but it’s easy at first to confuse the name with Honda’s acronym-based vehicles, the HR-V (High Rider Vehicle) and CR-V (Compact Recreational Vehicle).

An easy way to remember the Toyota model (so you don’t embarrass yourself when you go into a car dealership) is by either pronouncing it “Chur” or by thinking “See HR”.

Competition does include the HR-V, plus Mitsubishi’s ASX, Suzuki Vitara, Mazda CX-3 and the Holden Trax, says Toyota.

Price-wise it is near the top end of the competition but has a plethora of safety features and all-new design.

2017 Toyota C-HR 2WD – Car Review – impracticably gorgeous


Drive Life shot up to Auckland for the launch of the C-HR a few months back. Mostly it was the design that caught motoring journalists’ attention – eye catching to say the least.

On a one-day drive, the C-HR came across as a good handling, competent, compact SUV.

Remember that girl you went out with for one date? Things went well and you felt a good connection. Then you go away for a week and all the things you missed the first time drive you a little crazy.

Would this be the case with the C-HR? Only one way to find out; go on a week-long date.

For your cash you get a 6-speaker audio system, built-in SatNav with SUNA traffic updates, a 4.2” driver’s information display, dual-zone AC, auto dimming rear view mirror, auto lights and wipers, auto-up/down for all windows, electrically folding mirrors, leather steering wheel, electric park brake with Auto Hold function, rear privacy glass, LED headlights, auto high beams, DRLs, LED tail lights, LED fog lamps, 18” alloys, sequential front indicators, and a 6.1” centre touchscreen display.

Safety-wise, you get Toyota’s Safety Sense package, which includes Pre-Crash Safety System, Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, 7 airbags, Blind Spot Monitoring, Hill Start Assist, reversing camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

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