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The C-HR is a bold step for Toyota in terms of design and its distinctive styling along with an upmarket interior does not disappoint. AutoExpress had a chance to test drive the new compact crossover and they gave it four stars out of five.

Developed exclusively with Europe in mind, the C-HR prioritizes driver enjoyment and refinement whilst standing out from the crowded segment with striking lines. It may not be as practical space wise as the Nissan Qashqai, but Toyota made up for it in cabin quality. There’s plenty of flowing surfaces covered in soft touch material, diamond pattern around the cabin, gloss black trim and it’s all topped off with a bright blue finish across the dash. Everything combined gives the cabin a premium feel.

Underpinning the C-HR is the same global platform used in the fourth generation Prius. Thanks to the lightweight and strong platform, the C-HR drives nicely despite the taller body. The steering response is crisp and the car is soaking up all the bumps for a smoother ride.

Toyota has even added a Sport setting to the hybrid for a sharper throttle response, but AutoExpress reckons that the difference between Sport mode and Normal is minimal. For those who are looking for a smoother and brisk acceleration, the 1.2-litre turbo variant may be the better choice as maximum muscle is delivered at 1,500rpm.

Where it could use a bit of improvement is the hybrid engine’s intrusive sound when the throttle is squeezed and the jerky changeover between the regenerative and friction brakes.

The C-HR may not be the most fun to drive, but it is “composed, agile, comfortable, and refined.”

 

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If I wanted exceptional performance, I would have gone for a sedan or coupe instead of a crossover. the C-HR is just something that's so different from the norm and the build quality is just astounding for what you pay for. You're going to be staring at the dash for years to come, may as well have something nice to look at while sitting in relative comfort.
 

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Thankfully according to the reviews I've been reading, the C-HR is still an agile crossover for what it is. Still offers great fuel economy, looks very different compared to it's competitors in the segment, and meets all the criteria you would want out of a crossover. The noticeable changeover from regen and braking is something common in this field though so that's not too much of a worry, it's just something you'll have to get used to if you're not familiar with it.
 

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The two listed cons can be easily overlooked. Noise from outside the cabin can be drowned out with some music.
What I would have liked was to see is the combined fuel economy rating from his test drive. Someone commented that the estimated mileage from Toyota may not be entirely accurate.
 

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Thankfully according to the reviews I've been reading, the C-HR is still an agile crossover for what it is. Still offers great fuel economy, looks very different compared to it's competitors in the segment, and meets all the criteria you would want out of a crossover. The noticeable changeover from regen and braking is something common in this field though so that's not too much of a worry, it's just something you'll have to get used to if you're not familiar with it.
One way to look at this too is the fact Toyota doesn't want to throw all they have at the CHR just yet. Ideally they'll want to adjust with how the rivals progress. No point raising the bar too soon when the production cycle just started.

The most important thing is its good enough, which it is.
 

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Well, Toyota is capable of making a more powerful C-HR so they're definitely not showing the full hand with the initial release. I'd be happy to see a mid life update of the C-HR with that racing engine.
 

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Toyota could come out with a special edition with the larger Gazoo Racing engine, but those aren't too common with the Japanese brand. Last one I've heard of was the camry and I don' think it came with a different engine.
 
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