FWD Toyota C-HR in detail
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.