FWD Toy­ota C-HR in de­tail

New Zealand LCV - - ROAD TEST | TOYOTA C-HR -

THE TEST C-HR WAS THE FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE VER­SION (there’s also a per­ma­nent four-wheel drive vari­ant).

It’s a full five-seater with four doors, though with the rear door han­dles con­cealed at the top of the trail­ing edges of the door, it looks like a two-door from a dis­tance.

The front seats are sports style, with sup­port­ive side bol­sters on the cush­ions and wrap-around edges on the back­rest.

In com­mon with many Toy­ota seats the back­rests ini­tially look too nar­row but in fact are roomy and pro­vided su­perb sup­port in the high g-force cor­ner­ing the C-HR is ca­pa­ble of.

In typ­i­cal Toy­ota style, you sit in rather than on the seats. Up­hol­stery is black cloth.

The driver’s and front pas­sen­ger’s seats are man­u­ally-ad­justable, the for­mer six ways and the lat­ter four.

The rear seat back­rest split-folds in a 60/40 ra­tio to ex­tend lug­gage ca­pac­ity.

The cabin feels snug but of­fers good front and rear legroom; the rear door win­dow open­ings rise in a wedge line to­wards the back and limit the view out for shorter pas­sen­gers and small chil­dren.

The C-HR has a five-star AN­CAP rat­ing and is packed with safety kit. There are seven airbags – driver’s knee, dual front and side airbags and front and rear cur­tain shield.

The outer rear seats have Isofix child seat mounts, five lap/sash seat­belts, and seat­belt pre-ten­sion­ers for front cabin and rear outer seat pas­sen­gers.

The ac­tive suite in­cludes blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, the manda­tory elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol (VSC), trailer sway con­trol, rear crosstraf­fic alert, trac­tion con­trol and an ABS anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem with EBD and Brake As­sist.

Driver aids in­clude hill-start as­sist, a high-res re­vers­ing cam­era, and front and rear park­ing sen­sors.

The stan­dard Toy­ota Safety Sense pack­age in­cludes a pre-crash safety sys­tem, lane de­par­ture alert with steer­ing as­sist and sway warn­ing, all-speed dy­namic cruise-con­trol, and au­to­matic head­light high-beam.

The six-speaker sound sys­tem has steer­ing wheel-mounted con­trols. The dash-mounted 6.1-inch touch-screen dis­plays the re­vers­ing cam­era, sound sys­tem set­tings, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, the SUNA traf­fic chan­nel, Blue­tooth tele­phone and Blue­tooth au­dio stream­ing.

The ex­te­rior mir­rors are elec­tri­cally-ad­justable and auto-fold, the elec­tri­cally-wound win­dows have one-touch up and down, the wind­screen wipers are rain-sens­ing, and there’s a rear screen wiper.

The park­ing brake is elec­tronic and the cli­mate-con­trol air­con­di­tion­ing is dual-zone.

Toy­ota of­fers a wide range of ac­ces­sories to cus­tomise the C-HR, in­clud­ing al­ter­na­tive-de­sign and fin­ished wheels, and a tow­bar kit to make use of the ve­hi­cle’s 600kg braked trailer tow­ing abil­ity.

There are also body skirt kits and other body trim en­hance­ments in­clud­ing side steps.

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