Toyota C-HR Dynamic

Hybrid 1.8 CVT

Toyota C-HR, 2024, front, action
Toyota C-HR, 2024, nose
Toyota C-HR, 2024, side, action
Toyota C-HR, 2024, rear, action
Toyota C-HR, 2024, interior
Toyota C-HR, 2024, control panel
Toyota C-HR, 2024, rear seats
Toyota C-HR, 2024, boot

TOYOTA'S striking mid-level crossover stands out in many ways with its sleek and dynamic shape with sharp creases, angles, high riding stance.

The vehicle has always been stylish, but now the profile is even more dramatic and now features a unique coupe-like silhouette, larger alloy 18-inch alloy wheels and a shortened ‘hammerhead' frontal design.

If you like gizmos such as flush-fitting door handles, then it has them and it also features full LED headlights with integrated turn indicators and in case you missed it, the model name is integrated into the rear light bar and is illuminated as you start up or switch off.

Toyota makes much of it being ‘customer-centred' and includes premium features such as ambient lighting with 64 colour options and a panoramic roof that requires no sunshade and rear privacy glass.

The cabin feels light and airy robust, high-quality fixtures and fittings and a piano black plastic finish. There are neat chrome finishes and blue strips throughout the cabin to emphasise the car's eco-friendly nature.

In practical terms, a reasonably spacious 388 litre boot will accommodate most needs.

The line-up includes the latest two litre plug-in hybrid which joins the 1.8 and 2.0-litre models, powered by the fifth generation Toyota full hybrid electric system. This system delivers a stronger combination of power and efficiency.

The 1.8 HEV system driven here, boasts an ultra-efficient engine and delivers a powerful total output of 138bhp. Meanwhile, the 2.0-litre hybrid offers an even more engaging driving experience with its higher output of 195bhp.

The electric motor is always in operation and the petrol engine kicks in at any speed, depending on the battery charge and driving conditions. You can monitor your driving performance using the myriad dials and readouts on the 12.3-inch touchscreen, which also controls smartphone connectivity, sound system, and cloud-based navigation.

A 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display in the binnacle delivers instant information to the driver.

On the road, performance is brisk with the petrol/electric combination delivering decent pace and excellent fuel economy. It accelerates to 60mph in just over 10 seconds, a second quicker than it previous incarnation and the claimed economy of nearly 60mpg, with careful driving, was not far off the mark.

Designed with the European market in its sights, the ride is comfortable with the suspension working efficiently to iron out all but the worst of the lumps and bumps our dismal roads have to offer.

Handling is also decent enough, it's no performance car after all, but it feels stable with responsive steering.

All models are well-equipped, even the entry-level version, with 17-inch alloy wheels, powered/folding door mirrors with auto-folding function, smart entry, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and automatic wipers.

Move up the grades and the creature comforts expand, with the likes of a climate control system that incorporates nanoe-X air quality technology to combat viruses, bacteria and odours in the cabin.

Other advanced features include Toyota Safety Sense, which alerts drivers to potential crashes and provides assistance like autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian recognition.

FAST FACTS

Toyota C-HR Dynamic Hybrid 1.8 CVT

Price: £34,685

Mechanical: 138bhp, 1,798cc, 4 cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via e-CVT transmission

Max Speed: 106mph

0-62mph:10.2 seconds

Combined MPG: 58.5

Insurance Group: 20

C02 emissions: 108g/km

Bik rating: 26%

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

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