HEY GOOD-LOOKING! Toyota has taken a gulp of fresh air as the brand breaks away and hits the road running on style and sass in a segment that’s already overcrowded with an element of same-same. The C-HR is simply nudging them out of the way. Kudos to Toyota for not being caught snoozing at the wheel when it comes to eye-catching design elements for this new babe on the block. To be fair, apart from pretty good performance and box-ticking talents, this car is all about looks. Sound familiar? Just one look at the OTT shape, from its upturned nose to its sweeping Kardashian derrière, this is a car that will be fought over. The C-HR is perhaps the coolest-looking crossover in its class, especially with all that integrated detailing in the bodywork and coupé-like roofline flowing down the back to highlight the sci-fi tail lights. Hold on, did you check out the 17-inch alloy wheels? INSIDER TRADE-UPS Look inside and you’ll be blown away with the high-quality decor, as this cool car preens the minute you open the door. It’s absolutely up to the minute – all futuristic and chic, with a diamondpattern theme throughout. One of the pluses for anyone who drives her wheels in heels is the higher seating position. It’s right on trend, but is also practical, as you can see a lot more all around from your elevated perch. You’ll love the unique, two-tiered front seats with a sporty bucket-style upper part and a more supportive lower area. It’s like being cuddled as you drive! If you are a techie freak, relax, it’s all there as the C-HR rolls-out the latest convenience and comfort features including cruise control, rear sensors, power windows and media connections. The C-HR’s touch screen infotainment system has a colour display, while climate control is standard. SPACED OUT Space-wise, there’s more room in the boot than you would expect from a compact car and, despite the sloping roof, you can pack for a family vacation or hit the sales big time. Want more? Just fold those 60/40-split folding back seats flat and you’ll have even more room for cargo and the large, wide-opening tailgate makes it easy to load heavy or awkward items. If you’re a road tripper or gym bunny, you’ll be grateful for the door bins that’ll easily hold drink bottles, a large glove box for all your goodies and a lidded container between the front seats. SPEEDY SPECS • Powered by a new 1,2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 85 kW and a torque of 185 N.m.
• The slick six-speed manual gearbox works like a dream, or opt for the CVT gearbox which is going to sweep up bouquets for its refinement and quietness.
• Every model offers Sport, Normal and Eco driving modes to suit different driving conditions.
• You’ll be even more impressed to know that although it’s a looker and a goer, it’s also frugal, using 6,4 L/100 km.
• Although it’s not billed or built to be a racetrack roadster, it cracks 100 km/h in under 11 seconds.
• The new TNGA-based platform ( Toyota New Global Architecture) and updated suspension ensure the C-HR is so easy and such fun to drive.