Toyota C-HR: More power for the bestseller

Characteristic design

It was worth it that Toyota boss Akio Toyoda demanded more courage from his designers a few years ago and also gave them the necessary freedom. The striking design of the currently face-lifted C-HR (Coupé High Rider) has not been revised, but it has been skilfully polished.

The optical design revision of the front and rear view does not make the characterful crossover a new car, but in the sum of numerous renewed details it creates a modern and pleasing impression with a presence typical of SUVs. For example with narrow LED headlights and a sculptural front. The rear is dominated by a spoiler growing out of the roof and interestingly shaped taillights. The large wheels look for protection under muscular wheel arches and suggest impressively off-road capability, which the front-wheel drive as a crossover, i.e. as a compact SUV, does not want to show and should show.

The extra power is good for the crossover

Exceptional design: the Toyota C-HR can polarize Photos: Toyota

In addition to the well-known 1,2-liter turbo four-cylinder and the 1,8-liter hybrid drive, a 2,0-liter hybrid drive is now available, which with 184 hp system performance should meet the desire of many customers for more dynamism. Expressed in numbers, this is 8,2 seconds from a standstill to 100 km / h. The top speed is given by Toyota at 180 km / h. No performance specification without consumption information: According to the new WLTP standard (World Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure), the C-HR manages with a little more than five liters of petrol per 100 kilometers. CO2 emissions are 119 g / km. Of course, all of this is underlined by today's most stringent emissions standard, Euro 6 d-Temp.

While there is always a question of what range can be achieved in the electric mode of a hybrid, Toyota turns the question logically much more intelligently and asks what electrical components result from driving with electricity. How much does the battery power contribute to the total distance? And values ​​between 40 and 60 percent electric driving in everyday operation are much more impressive than how many kilometers can be covered with a battery charge. The overall balance is crucial, and the C-HR does exceptionally well. Overall, the new C-HR should be noted that Toyota has a great deal of experience with hybrid drives. After all, the company introduced the world's first car hybrid drive in the Prius back in 1996.

Comfort has also won

Driving in the C-HR 2.0 liter is satisfactory in every respect. Comfortably sprung and with a soundscape that is only noticeable at high speeds, the 2-liter hybrid is an efficient mobility tool, even on long journeys. The continuously variable automatic transmission has overcome the weakness of the weaker predecessor with its 122 system horsepower. It is no wonder that the more powerful drive still manages with about five liters, but simply thanks to the further development of the hybrid drive.

The interior has gained material value

The interior has been significantly revised. Materials, processing, the overall quality impression has clearly increased in value. The central dominating touchscreen for navigation etc. including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is unusual. Connectivity is very important: in the event of an accident, an emergency call is made via an onboard connection and the navigation maps are also regularly updated online.

Display of the electrical part

Of course, the top version comes with important assistants as standard. For example, an emergency braking system, the adaptive cruise control, which reliably maintained the set distance to vehicles in front on our test drive, high-beam assistant, traffic sign recognition, parking aid and a cross-traffic assistant, which warns of cross-traffic when parking. The reversing camera proved to be one of the most useful systems on our test drive around Portugal's capital Lisbon. When parking in reverse, the camera is worth its weight in gold.

For compact SUVs, the loading space or trunk is "appropriate for the species". 360 liters in the normal configuration and 1200 liters with the backrests folded forward. The maximum load including passengers is 445 kg. If you have to transport more, you can tow a trailer weighing up to 725 kg.

The price for the Toyota bestseller (2018 C-HRs were sold in Germany in 14.000) starts for the 2.0-liter version with 184 hp we drove at 38.690 euros and will be at the dealer from January 25, 2020.

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