2017 Toyota C-HR Review - Asian Car Guide
January 24, 2018




2017 Toyota C-HR Review

2017 Toyota C-HR Review

It is impossible to ignore the striking looks of Toyota‘s latest crossover, the C-HR. The name C-HR could be taken to mean Compact or Coupe High Rider or Cross Hatch Runabout- the car combines elements of hatch, coupe and SUV.

The C-HR wants to be noticed, with its very flared wheel arches, rear door handles hidden high up at the back, three horizontal openings right across the front, with plenty of air intake space, and the blackened lower part of the sides shaped to give a hunched up look to the upper coloured part of the car.

Then there is the rear with its two spoiler surfaces. The car’s surface is all angles and convolutions!

The standard manual front wheel drive C-HR starts at $26,990 (plus on road costs), with the Koba all-wheel drive automatic variant $35,290 (plus on-road costs), and all models for Australia are built in Japan.

Seats are comfortable, with the high seating position and good all-round visibility we have come to expect from SUVs. Rear seating allows plenty of legroom for adults, although taller passengers may well find themselves brushing against the car’s sloping roof.

Standard features include 17 Silver Alloy Wheels, Halogen Headlamps with LED Fog lights and Daytime Running Lamps, Manually Adjustable Fabric Driver and Passenger Seats with 60:40 Split Fold Rear Seats, dual zone climate control, SatNav, Rain Sensing Wipers, Reversing Camera, seven airbags Toyota Safety Sense+ including Pre-Collision Safety System, autonomous emergency braking, front/rear park sensors, Active Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beam, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert and an electronic park brake and a 6.1-inch screen.

The Koba grade models add heated leather accented front seats, keyless smart entry and push-button start, 18” alloys, LED headlamps, electric lumbar adjust and ‘nanoe’ technology that purifies and moisturises inside air.

Personalisation for the C-HR takes the form of more than 60 available accessories, including floor mats, tow hitches, bars and wiring harnesses, various roof racks for kayaks, etc, wheel caps and various choices of wheel styles, body sticker packs, and scuffing guards.

On the go, the 1.2 Litre turbo powered engine supplies reasonable power, getting around quite well, especially with only one occupant, whilst of course having pretty economic fuel use.

The C-HR feels well planted on the road, with a tight turning circle considering its size. Braking force is applied quickly and evenly and the ride is supple and comfortable even on uneven surfaces.

The C-HR has arguably some of the best driving dynamics and agility of any modern Toyota. It feels remarkably like a hatch – a compliment for any model in this class.

The C-HR is available in various combinations  of Manual or C V T transmission, 2WD or AWD, and then in Koba grade.

The only problem is for the rest of the Toyota fleet, in particular aging models like the RAV4 that could struggle to live up to this standard.

The C-HR comes with a three year/100,000km warranty and service intervals are every 12 months/15,000km.

Those annual services cost just $195, which makes your three-year total less than $600. And because it is a Toyota, you will know it will run forever.