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2020 Toyota C-HR

I really like the new Toyota C-HR.  The fresh styling is funky and curvy, while the front lights look bigger on the smooth C-HR’s beak.  Toyota has stretched the styling envelope with this car’s looks.  Both on the outside and in, the new 2020 Toyota C-HR is nice and interesting to look at.  Check out the rear exterior door handles which are located high up on the C-Pillar.  Slip inside the sporty compact SUV, and the C-HR is a nice place to be.

Every model comes with a reversing camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an 8-inch touch screen and even cruise control, all of which are features that are nice to have.  Electric windows, a decent audio system, strong air-conditioning units and comfortable supportive seats do go a long way in making a car really nice to live with.  The Toyota C-HR is that sort of companion: nice to do life with.  Get yourself into the more luxurious models and you’ll find leather seats and satellite navigation amidst the higher spec list of Limited features.

Decent storage in the glovebox, door bins and centre console make the C-HR a handy vehicle for carrying knick-knacks in.  A 12V socket is located in the centre console; there are USB ports and cupholders too.  Rear seat passengers have a nice space to do travel time, and the seats are really very comfortable.  Leg and head room are good, though the high window sill might make it a little difficult for Junior to see out the windows.  Isofix points are very easy connections for fitting a child seat into.

Tethering points are located in the boot space, and the volume for swallowing luggage is on a par with a VW Golf.  A nice deep floor ensures you can easily carry suit cases and large boxes behind the rear seats.  Of course, the rear seats can be split folded or folded entirely forwards, though there is a sizable step up from the boot floor to the folded-flat rear seat backs.

Nice light and agile handling makes for a fun drive in the new Toyota C-HR.  The steering is light, and the C-HR hunkers down well in the corners.  Toyota have done a great job of the suspension which, whilst it handles very well, also rides comfortably.  So, if you happen to find yourself travelling down a rough B-road, the ride quality remains very good.  The front seats are also exceptionally comfortable to sit in – being both supportive and offering a secondary isolation from pesky road bumps.  Certainly if you are doing some longer commuting and travelling, then you’re going to like the Toyota C-HR’s comfort levels.

Safety features include things like lane departure warning, emergency braking, great front visibility (rear C-Pillars pretty large though), an auto parking option, birds eye view monitoring, auto rain sensing wipers, seven SRS airbags, a reversing camera, rear cross traffic alert, and Toyota’s very good pre-collision system with vehicle and pedestrian detection.

The go-forward power for the 2020 Toyota C-HR can be in FWD or AWD fashion, manual and auto.  The engines are lively units that offer bullet-proof reliability and good fuel efficiency.  Using the Prius’s 1.8-litre hybrid engine, the Koba verion ensures that you are getting a superb motor with amazing fuel economy.

A 1.2-litre Turbo petrol motor is also available with a good delivery of response.  You can get the 0-100 km/h dash done and dusted in around 11 seconds for C-HRs with this engine, while an average fuel consumption figure of around 5.5-to-6 litres is easily doable.

For a compact, sporty SUV the Toyota C-HR fits the bill nicely, even though there are similarly priced SUVs which are a bit roomier inside.  It also offers a drive that’s different and stylish, making the compact Toyota C-HR a winner.