01 TOYOTA C-HR

EVEN IN MID-LIFE, TOYOTA’S STRIKING CROSSOVER REMAINS A SWEET ALL-ROUNDER

TRENT GIUNCO

8.5 /10


THE WEIGHT OF expectation can be a heavy cross to bear. Heading into this comparison as a pre-combat favourite, the Toyota C-HR potentially had more to lose than gain. After all, it’s claimed the top gong in more than one Wheels megatest. However, as you can see by its number-one ranking, any question marks were unwarranted. Apologies for the spoiler.

Released in 2016, the C-HR proved somewhat of a revelation for being a very un-Toyota Toyota, introducing the Toyota New Global Architecture in SUVs to widespread acclaim. The ‘funky’ styling has an unashamedly youthful buyer in mind and it certainly turns heads. Nipped and tucked for the 2020 model year, Toyota’s blink-and-you’llmiss-it update brings minor exterior design tweaks, a top-spec hybrid variant and the fitment of an 8.0-inch touchscreen with long overdue Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

While the entry-level C-HR isn’t ostensibly cheap at $29,540, it still represents good value. It’s packed with Toyota’s Safety Sense technology, which includes items like AEB with pedestrian detection, active cruise control, and lane-departure alert with steering assistance, so there’s some heavy-hitting features.

SPECS

Model Toyota C-HR Turbo