When it comes to car design, bravery should always be applauded. Toyota has stretched a few rules with the flashy new C-HR that, I think, will attract more customers than it will scare away.
Toyota has been making SUV/Crossover cars for years, and the bigger RAV4 has been with us long before other manufacturers even thought of the concept. The C-HR is a notch lower in size, but several grades higher in terms of flamboyance.
Despite the futuristic look, there is a notable balance to the outline of the exterior shape and they have managed to carry the revolutionary trend into the cabin too. Designers at Toyota describe it as a diamond architectural theme and with its protruding wheel arches and coupe-like roofline, they have delivered a car that is truly distinctive and dominates its space.
Toyota has also been brave by not offering a diesel engine – it is a sign of times to come, when diesel will probably become extinct within a decade or two. In this car, there are two drivetrains; Hybrid with CVT transmission and 1.2 turbo direct injection petrol engine with a choice of 6-speed manual or CVT gearbox options. There are three trim levels; Luna, Luna Sport and SOL.
Prices start at €26,895 for the 1.2-litre Luna model with the Luna Sport coming in at €31,950. For the higher spec SOL version, there is a price tag of €30,950. You will pay €29,350 for the basic Luna Hybrid model, €31,950 for the Luna Sport and €32,950 for the top-spec SOL version.
My test car was the 1.2-litre Luna Sport petrol which deals exceptionally well with the size of the car and the power needed to propel it with confidence. It is quite amazing how small petrol engines with turbo chargers are now delivering such performance with all the benefits that result for the planet. This Toyota engine is one of the more impressive ones.
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