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Toyota’s upgraded C-HR compact SUV range gains a new high-grade hybrid model

I spoke earlier of the upgraded Toyota C-HR compact SUV – as I said this somewhat radical SUV a crossover between hatchback, coupe and SUV. The 1.2-litre turbo four-cylinder engines carryover linked to CVT automatic transmissions, available in standard grade and high-grade Koba variants, both with a choice of 2WD or AWD. Prices are up by a min $550, the entry automatic now $29,540.  The upgrades see minor styling updates – a new front bumper design, new LED headlights, new alloy wheels and new LED tail-lights on high-grade Koba models. Toyota has also added a hybrid CH-R, taking to eight the number of models it now offers with this fuel-saving technology – available only in 2WD in high spec Koba for $36,440.

I tested the Hybrid C-HR which utilises a 1.8-litre petrol four linked to an electric motor with combined output of 90kW. The Toyota C-HR styling is extroverted and clever, the Hybrid performance smooth and eager especially from rest, the ride and seat comfort top class in a cabin that’s very polished and highly equipped with top fit and finishes – active and passive driver assist features abound while a new larger 8-inch colour touch screen is a welcome bonus. A minus however is the swept up tail design and high level door handles on the rear doors which restrict rear three quarter vision. Warranty 5–year’s unlimited kilometre. Annual capped price service $195.

I’m David Berthon

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