The neigh­bours won’t com­plain when you park this on your drive

Cynon Valley - - MOTABILITY - ED­WARD STEPHENS news­desk@waleson­

IF hy­brids are the fu­ture for mo­tor­ing, as some pun­dits pre­dict, it’s only fit­ting that cars us­ing the hy­brid sys­tem should look fu­tur­is­tic too.

And they don’t come much more fu­tur­is­tic than Toy­ota’s C-HR.

In a world of look-alike cars, this dra­matic look­ing cross­over dares to be dif­fer­ent.

With its mus­cu­lar ap­pear­ance, tall stance, swept back head­lights, rad­i­cally flared wheel arches, fu­tur­is­tic creases in the metal and high-set rear lights, this is a car that’ll get you no­ticed.

At first glance, it’s easy to take it for a coupe thanks to the clev­erly con­cealed han­dles in the rear doors but the C-HR (it stand for Coupe High-Rider) is a full five-door model with a gen­er­ous amount of in­te­rior space for a car of its size.

Get be­hind the wheel and while one of the two di­als fac­ing you is a con­ven­tional speedome­ter, the rev counter has been re­placed by a dial which reads charge, eco and power.

It’s a dial which not only tells you what’s go­ing on un­der the bon­net but helps you keep fuel con­sump­tion to a min­i­mum.

And for the best re­sults, the idea is to keep the nee­dle in the charge or eco bands.

And, to be fair, it’s quite easy to do with the C-HR, which is why the car is so eco­nom­i­cal.

In fact, at one stage, I se­ri­ously won­dered if the fuel gauge was bro­ken be­cause the nee­dle didn’t move off the full mark for the first three days of driv­ing the C-HR, which is prob­a­bly not sur­pris­ing for a car with a claimed av­er­age con­sump­tion of more than 72 miles per gal­lon.

It‘s sur­pris­ing when driv­ing around town just how of­ten the car is pow­ered – in si­lence – by the elec­tric mo­tor alone.

When you re­ally need the power the petrol en­gine cuts in in­stantly, and while you can hear it, this is still a very quiet car.

And while it’s never go­ing to win any burn up at the traf­fic lights it’s not lack­ing in per­for­mance ei­ther when the nee­dle goes into the power zone.

The ride, too, is im­pres­sive, with a sus­pen­sion firm enough to pro­vide good cor­ner­ing abil­ity but sup­ple enough to en­sure com­fort for all on board.

Stan­dard fea­tures on the Dy­namic model tested here in­cludes a rear view cam­era, front and rear park­ing sen­sors, Park As­sist, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, dual zone air con­di­tion­ing and key­less en­try.

Full leather seat­ing – with com­fort­able heated front seats – was in­cluded as part of a £1,595 pre­mium pack.

In the cen­tre of the dash­board sits an eight-inch iPad-like touch screen to ac­cess the car’s in­fo­tain­ment func­tions and satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion.

And while the in­te­rior is pre­dom­i­nantly black a vivid blue strip stretches across the dash­board and onto the two front doors to add a touch of colour.

The C-HR has a de­cent sized boot, too – of­fer­ing 377 litres of space with the rear seat­backs in place – so it‘s just as suit­able for the fam­ily mo­torist as the un­at­tached sin­gle one.

What­ever your fam­ily sta­tus, you can be sure your neigh­bours won’t miss it when you park a C-HR on your drive. £28,620 120bhp, 1,798cc, 4cyl petrol en­gine with elec­tric mo­tor driv­ing front wheels via CVT au­to­matic gear­box 105mph 11 sec­onds 72.4 14 87g/km 15% 5 years/100,000 miles

They don’t come much more fu­tur­is­tic than Toy­ota’s C-HR

A vivid blue strip stretches across the dash­board and onto the two front doors to add a touch of colour

The full leather seat­ing looks smart

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