Think of a hybrid car and tell me in less than 3 seconds a car brand, fast! I’m almost 100% sure that that brand that has come to mind is Toyota. And is that the manufacturer nippon was the most hopes put in this type of vehicle since the first moment, with the launch of the first generation of the Toyota Prius in the late 90’s. Today we test the Toyota C-HR, which could be defined briefly as the Toyota Prius crossover. The finishing of our unit tests is the most high, the Dynamic Plus.
it is Clear that Toyota is a benchmark in hybrid vehicles. In Spain, Toyota and Lexus have already accumulated more than 100,000 hybrids sold, representing its products in 9 of the 10 top-selling cars using this propulsion. Around the world Toyota has already delivered more than 10 million hybrids, which is said soon. Toyota Prius, Auris, Yaris, RAV4, and now the crossover Toyota C-HR, a model that follows the philosophy of the new Prius.
we Say that pursuing a philosophy as that of the Prius because the Toyota C-HR, while still being a hybrid is very efficient, it is a model that has been designed externally, both to reduce the aerodynamic resistance as to make heads turn wherever it goes. Mechanically mounts the same hybrid system, also developing a maximum power of 122 CV that will give a few consumption very content in the city and in the process slow.
Out of the ordinary
Aesthetically it’s a model that, as we said, will attract a lot of attention. This is always a good thing, since that tends to mean that we are before a model of very high-performance or in front of a car design is very eye-catching. You can be more beautiful or more ugly, tastes are personal things, but eye-catching and different is. In addition, these lines are so bold, have been combined with a body type crossover, so fashionable lately.
In the front we find a hood at a height very high, SUV styling. The headlights, with lighting Full LED, have a look partially aggressive so narrow that they are transmitting also the technological image, usual Toyota. The bumper is of very large dimensions and with forms angular, giving character to the front. The lower part has been designed in black color, incorporate lights, fog lamps and a large air intake. To the side and above the tuition to appear more pipes for the air.
side view will be rather more attractive than the front. First, it will highlight your silhouette with the aforementioned hood to a great height, and the form of coupé, which represent the remaining 75% of the side with smooth and speedy fall from the ceiling. At the end of the roof we find a prominent spoiler. In this perspective also allow to see the striking pilots on the rear, of which we’ll talk a bit more below.
Highlight also the little glazed surface in the rear doors and opening handle . In the whole of the lower part appear protections, although the skills of offroad of this car are practically nil. The wheels, nice design and 18”, will not be the best allies for efficiency. As I’ve posted, using a body bittern with roof and B-pillars, side mirrors and lower part of the bodywork in the color black.
Probably the rear is the most striking of the whole, with a very sharp and sophisticated lines. At the top we have the aforementioned spoiler. We went down and we found a few drivers in the shape of a boomerang and LED lighting that are part of a good surface on the side, seeming to be out of the body. The gate also makes wing, in the area of attachment between the bezel and the own body, and in addition draws a eye-catching hexagon. The bumper is also of very large dimensions, with marked lines and the lower area in black color.
eye-catching Design, but that remains habitable
Despite being designed about the same platform of the Toyota Prius, the Toyota C-HR has a level different to that of his brother of the range. The crossover that today we tested has a dimensions 4.36 meters long, 1,79 and 1.55 high; while his battle is 2,64 meters. The weight approved is 1.455 kilos. In this way, the Toyota C-HR is shorter, wider and taller than the Prius. The battle is short in the crossover and the weight is almost identical.
Pass cabin, and we found ourselves with a few seats, front spacious and comfortable, as in most vehicles of this size. We are located at a height somewhat higher than that of a compact, but not as high as in a large SUV, a mid-point. The regulation of steering wheel, seat and safety belt will allow us a quick driving posture is suitable.
rear seats leave a sour taste. The distance to the legs is quite good and the width is also not bad, but the body design that looks for an “air coupe” markedly limits the space for the head. People from 1.80 meters approximately you will begin to feel a bit uncomfortable here behind. In addition, it does not help the small windows post – , with much panelling transmitted little sensation of amplitude. The opening of the doors and the low ceiling height are not beneficial to enter and exit here behind.
Go with the trunk. The cargo space of the Toyota C-HR cubes to a total of 377 litres, which will be less than the average of the segment. Fortunately, with a few forms very cubic that allow you to take advantage of all the space and not to stay too far back compared to its rivals. Under the floor we found a repair kit for punctures.
The exterior design, we have found it quite eye-catching and original, something that is repeated in the interior. Here will highlight above all the touch-screen of 8” of the dashboard, which is located at a height very high and slightly oriented towards the driver. Although it may seem otherwise, does not come to hinder the vision of the road. The quality materials on the dashboard, doors and seats is very high, even higher than that of the Toyota Prius, with a good padded in almost all the parties and feel very good. The blue line that traverses the dashboard gives a characteristic touch to this area.
steering wheel is also in good touch and the handling of your boutonniere is of easy adaptation. For its part, the scorecard is virtually identical to the one used by the brand in some other hybrid models. All the buttons on the dashboard are easy to read and handling, and it is very well located. It is also true that the infotainment system Toyota should receive an update, not for improper handling or operation, but by a design that is already somewhat outdated compared to the competition.
the Less we liked it inserts in gloss black the tunnel of transmission, the dashboard and steering wheel. They are very pretty, but they trap dust and fingerprints easily much as we endeavor to take care of it. As we have quoted above, the design of the rear doors is not very flattering from the inside, leaving little light and making it difficult to see what there is outside the car, so if we travel in these places later, as from the position of the driver looking back and by the three-quarters rear.
1.8 VVT-I Hybrid
The Toyota C-HR is only available with a mechanical in our country, the hybrid drive system of 122 CV. This set consists of an engine 1.8 petrol working on Atkinson Cycle, which develops 98 HP, while an electric motor 72 CV will be associated with him. Together, they will deliver a maximum power of 122 HP. Before getting to the front axle, the energy passes through a change CVT, usual in the japanese firm.
benefits Toyota C-HR will not be too dynamic, although it does enough to move with relative ease between the urban traffic. Declares an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 11 seconds and a maximum speed of 170 km/h. Meanwhile, his mixed-use approved for 3.9 liters (with tires 18”), being a statistic virtually impossible to achieve in normal driving.
Chassis worthy of admiration
the time Comes, with the key/remote in the pocket, open the car, sit back, regular seat, mirrors and steering wheel, stepping on the brake and start the car by pressing the button “Power”. The silence will make us doubt if he is really ripped, confirming the word “Ready” lit on the dashboard. We put the D on the shift lever of the transmission, release the brake and walk out. As is usual in hybrids, if we have load and the conditions allow, we will start running only with the electric motor.
once more, set of the propulsion system with the change to CVT show great softness and ease in operation, with reactions controlled in the maneuvers slow. Despite this, it is still “the sticks” of the feeling of slipping when power demands relatively high and the high engine sound thermal that reaches the passenger compartment. Like Toyota should consider the introduction of a dual-clutch transmission at some point for its operation is more similar to that of a manual change.
In relation to consumption, we have returned the car to the brand after several hundred kilometers and a few days to bring it with a total average of 5.5 liters 100. Well it is true that a good part of our tours were long distances on the highway. In the land 100 % urban, which is the best place to be moving and to where it actually is designed, we get an average consumption of 4.2 l/100 km after several kilometres of loitering bill without paying attention to the consumption and driving in a normal way.
Despite not being much less of a sports car, has left us very satisfied capacity dynamic. The chassis supports a driving is quite sporty than we expected, while maintaining an effective way to the inclinations of the body and allowing a step by curve fast. This is especially visible in curves very closed and linked to mountain passes that require agility, especially in descent. In upgrades the engine noise is not invited to raise the pace.
highway will be displayed comfortable, though the slopes will once again that the heat engine is revving excessively, whereby the ride comfort and also the fuel consumption. The chassis absorbs well the different irregularities and the isolation of aerodynamic and rolling is achieved. In any case, the urban areas will be the habitat where the more comfortable you will find this hybrid crossover.
four driving modes and three of them are reached via the menu of the small screen of the box. Honestly, this would be best solved with a single button on the dashboard. modes are Eco, Normal and Sport, which adapt the mapping of the accelerator pedal, the withholdings when we accelerate and the hardness of the address. An address which, by the way, we enjoyed it very much for its precision. Also available is the EV mode, that is activated from the center console and will allow for a greater operation of the electric motor without the intervention of the gasoline engine, as long as we have battery backup.
you May have wondered if a car is suitable for excursions off the tarmac. The answer is no. We have tested it for some paths and the angles of your body as well as its reduced ground clearance do not allow to go beyond roads in good condition, which may ride on any other normal tourism and current. Therefore, it has fewer capabilities than a model SUV like the Toyota RAV4 and similar to the Toyota Auris, to cite some examples of internal trademark.
We put an end to this test of the Toyota C-HR. It is a car that we liked from the emotional point of view but not too far from the rational. In these times is appreciated, and much, some brands are committed to a design so different to the usual, risking and with a lot of innovation in their aesthetics. However, this design is so stylized is at odds with the comfort, since it reduces the livability and ease of access in the squares later, as well as the visibility for the driver and the occupants of the rear seats.
on the other hand, will be a car agile and dynamic in the city and in areas mousetraps. Your weak point on the open road will be the power delivery of the engine. It is not that the engine is bad or not very strong, but the chassis is far above the possibilities of the drive system, that is to say, this structure could support many tens of horses.
- Wheels in 17-inch
- Lights function “Follow Me Home”
- Sensors of light and rain
- security System Precolisión with pedestrian detection
- Warns of involuntary change of lane
- signal Recognition
- Lights long automatic
- halogen Headlamps with LED daytime running light
- reversing Camera
- Wizard-start slope
- 8-inch touch Screen
- Toyota Touch 2
- Connections Aux, USB and CD entry
- Bluetooth hands-free
- keyless Start
- Climate control bizona
- multi-function Display colour TFT 4.2-inch
- 7 airbags
- Wheels in 18 inches
- rear windows obscured
- advanced System of assistance when parking
- Humidifier and air purifier
- heated front Seats
- power Windows with auto one-touch, four windows
- Paint duotone (black roof)
- adaptive cruise Control
- Headlamps with LED lighting
- Antinieblas front of LED
- rear headlights-LED –
- cross-traffic Alert rear
- premium audio System JBL with nine speakers
|1.8 VVT-I Hybrid||CVT||Active||24.250 €|
|1.8 VVT-I Hybrid||CVT||Advance||24.990 €|
|1.8 VVT-I Hybrid||CVT||Dynamic Plus||28.500 €|
the Opinion of the editor
- revolutionary Design
- fuel Consumption
- Habitability rear seats
- Vision at the three-quarter rear
- Sound of the engine in accelerations
Gallery of images Toyota C-HR