What’s it like?
Toyota expects the two.Zero-litre mannequin will account for simply 25% of whole C-HR gross sales however ought to fulfill the will for a peppier, barely swifter variant that it says its prospects have expressed. This appears like a good shout, given we thought the 1.Eight-litre hybrid might really feel a bit too weedy a bit too typically.
In any case, whereas the brand new 2.Zero-litre is certainly not the quickest automotive on the planet, its further poke is welcome. It’s brisk with out precisely being speedy, however there’s sufficient in the best way of urgency behind the best way it accelerates to make its Eight.2sec official Zero-62mph time appear solely credible.
In fact, being paired with a CVT does imply it falls into that outdated pitfall of requiring a very good thrashing to make swift progress, however the NVH enhancements appear to be doing their job. That sometimes gnawing four-cylinder buzz is absolutley audible in such cases, however it stays properly muffled. And actually, the instances that you must use the entire throttle pedals journey are pretty few and much between in the true world anyway. Make use of a gentler contact and the C-HR is often easy and refined in the best way that the majority Toyota hybrids are. No surprises right here.
It handles sensibly, too. The steering is mild, fairly fast and correct. The automotive takes on corners in a way that balances an interesting stage of responsiveness with laidback nonchalance; it modifications instructions swiftly, grips assertively and doesn’t really feel too rolly-polly. It’s not precisely thrilling, however there’s not less than a skinny veneer of likable engagement on supply.
The trip is suitably pliant, solely actually changing into agitated on significantly damaged surfaces. Inside isolation can also be advantageous, except for a notable quantity of wind noise round door mirrors at motorway speeds. The inside feels sometimes effectively made, too, with a seemingly equal focus being positioned on each operate and type.
The asymmetrical fascia makes for a pleasingly driver-focussed structure, every thing is inside simple attain and the overwhelming majority of floor supplies used appear and feel slightly swell. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is now normal, too, which is good news, contemplating the usual Toyota infotainment suite is utter pants.