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Toyota C-HR Hybrid - Copyright green car magazine

Toyota C-HR Hybrid

Toyota is breaking new ground in design. After the announcements away from a boring design, the manufacturer has followed suit. With the C-HR Hybrid, Toyota has presented a new layout that is garnished with some interesting aspects from the outside and inside. We tested the hybrid variant with 122 PS (90 kW) system output in the "Flow" equipment variant.

Toyota is promoting a new design direction. The crossover SUV stands on a solid foundation with raised wheel arches and ends with a coupé shape that appears lighter at the top. The shape is supported by light-refracting and shaping edges. Compared to the Prius, it has a very pleasing shape that is intended to appeal to a broader audience. The compact off-road vehicle is also convincing in terms of its inner values: after entering the console area, there is a harmonious line management that extends over the entire dashboard. A higher center console with a sufficiently large touchscreen as a command center rounds off the design. Nothing is impossible at Toyota. From the design at first glance, the C-HR actually appeals to a younger, urban audience and in fact all SUV offshoots are still very far ahead in the driver's favor.

Toyota C-HR Hybrid - Copyright green car magazine
Toyota C-HR Hybrid - Copyright green car magazine

The seats are provided with good lateral guidance and various adjustment options. The view sweeps over the indicated diamond pattern on the headliner and in the door panels. With all the design details in the interior, you only notice the limited storage space: When the two obligatory cup holders are occupied, it is a little tight for the smartphone. The rear seats can be reached using the door opener integrated in the C-pillar. Here on the back seats, the window cutouts are very small due to the shape. This is annoying for the youngsters because they cannot even look out the window.

Toyota C-HR Hybrid - Copyright green car magazine
Toyota C-HR Hybrid - Copyright green car magazine

The technical solutions that are already integrated in some equipment variants are noticeably extensive. To avoid collisions, a camera and a millimeter wave radar cooperate with each other from a speed of 10 km / h to continuously measure the distance to vehicles and people. In the event of danger, the warning is passed on to the driver optically and acoustically. The adaptive cruise control system automatically regulates the speed of the vehicle in front. In our tests, we used this tool almost exclusively on motorways. It is definitely recommended for longer journeys.
The lane departure warning system is based on the lane markings and must always be given special attention. The assistant should only be used on well-marked lanes. If you want to save yourself the manual fading in and out in the dark, the high beam assistant is well equipped, as the system detects the headlights and taillights of vehicles ahead and oncoming vehicles. A detail that is being advertised more and more frequently by all manufacturers is the parking assistants for parking. In this car with a reversing monitor, however, this is not absolutely necessary and is only available as standard at an additional cost or in the lounge equipment.

Hybrid drive and driving characteristics

The hybrid drive in the current C-HR is based on a 1,8-liter four-cylinder engine, coupled with 2 electric motors with different tasks: One works primarily as a generator to feed the nickel-metal hydride hybrid battery. The second electric motor with an output of 53 kW and 163 Nm torque serves as the drive unit and is used as a stand-alone unit or as a support unit, depending on the operating mode. The single-stage automatic gearbox with a fixed ratio makes for a somewhat dispassionate driving experience. The driving style can only be influenced here using the accelerator pedal. The dynamic external appearance is slowed down by an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in approx. 11 seconds. In addition to the normal drive level, there is an additional option for downhill driving, in which the engine brake is included. Overall, the dresser driving style is a contradiction to the sporty appearance.

The good approaches in design should simply find their continuation in the engine and the transmission, then the love in return would definitely be greater. What remains is a visually and technically sophisticated car that is sure to find buyers. Suitable for everyday use and comfortably generously equipped with a solid trunk with 377 liters, it is definitely equipped for everyday urban life. It is economical in terms of fuel consumption and consumed 4 to 6 liters of super / 100 km in the strict winter conditions in our tests.


Accessories and special equipment

As with the other models, individual equipment at Toyota is only possible to a limited extent; the technical equipment is determined by the equipment variant selected. While there is still a manageable number of paint colors, the remaining selection is essentially limited to a specified leather interior for 590 euros and an LED headlight package for 890 euros and a few trim strips.


Source: test report from green car magazine II / 2017

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