Toyota’s newest crossover is a surprisingly good car and the main complaint James Batchelor has of it is the C-HR’s poor rear visibility. If that’s the worse feature he could comment on in a seven minute review, then the rest of the car must be pretty good.
As with most Toyota vehicles, we can expect a certain level of reliability and sturdiness from the C-HR but unlike its more vanilla looking brethren, the coupe high rider has a more daring design. Since the vehicle was designed with Europeans in mind, extra thought was put into the exterior and interior.
Batchelor calls it “funky” and for good reason. Carried throughout the interior is a diamond pattern that can be found on the doors, seat upholstery, switch gear, head lining and in the front cabin lights. A strip of blue spans the length of the dash and it can even be found on the doors. Quality was not left by the roadside as there are plenty of soft touch plastics in the cabin along with copious amounts of storage space.
One of the few complaints he did have was of the dark rear passenger area thanks to the black roof lining and small window, it could feel a bit claustrophobic. But that could be down to personal preference. Another was of the poor rear visibility, but Toyota has thought of that and included a standard parking camera with every trim.
Add on a decent sized boot, spacious rear seats, a 1.2-liter petrol model that is a lot of fun to drive, and you have a surprising good car.