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Almost perfect with one unforeseen issue
I got my Koba hybrid in October. I got the yellow and black two-tone. I fell in love with it and it's my first absolutely new car. Never lose it in a car park as it stands out. Drives beautifully. This version has all the mod cons you expect and leather seats. Plenty of room for my needs. There is only ever me and maybe one other person in it, so lack of window area in the back is not a problem that some mention in youtube car reviews. Great mileage - I get between 4.9-5.2/100km in driving around the burbs with some freeway on most trips. (Prev...ious 2014 Corolla got 7.4km/100km.) With rear seats folded it has plenty of room for all kinds of little adventures. The one issue is that shortly after buying it I bought a light camper-trailer without realising the hybrid has 0 towing capacity. So now I have to either sell the car or buy a cheap car just for towing my very light camper trailer. :(. I mention this in case others might assume something that comes under SUV badging would be able to tow something - I know I did.
Purchased in October 2020.
Toyota KOBA C-HR Kicked Goals
Love @ a glance, sold on three test drives. I did test drive several other small SUV’s. However the build quality, comfort & safety factors placed KOBA 1st for my purpose. Bought a yellow Koba with optional black roof, tinted front windows, clear UV screen on rear with paint & interior protection. I use the car mainly around metro with some steep hills & haven’t had any issues. Great on petrol, had a day trip with combined metro & regional area around 165 kms, car purred with ease, comfortable to drive, Apple CarPlay invaluable. The “hold” feature once set is great on long drives, there’s no need to sit with yr foot constantly on the brake till yr clear to move on.
Purchased in August 2020 at Jarvis Cars.
Perfect car to drive
i love Chr hybrid good on fuel fill up every three weeks had it 5 months now excellent safety features easy to keep clean Toyota service excellent very helpful ? Would recommend to buy a Toyota then any other car great to drive
Purchased in March 2020 for $38,000.00.
Great car that I’m happy with.
Had my Koba Hybrid for a week already. My previous car, a Mazda SP23 2004 model was a 55 litre fuel tank and got me around 530km to the tank.
My new Koba is a 43 litre tank and so far I’ve gotten 430km on half a tank. Fuel economy is great. Love the look of this vehicle as well, and the inbuilt technology is fantastically. 4 star rating only because the engine is a bit grumbly when running I thought.
Purchased in June 2020 at Le Mans Tottenham .
Purchased my Koba 3 weeks ago , best decision ever ... fuel economy is fantastic easy to drive , looks amazing on the road , real head turner ... love the look and feel of my new ride
Purchased in March 2020 at Toyota Dealers.
Basic but cheap to buy
I've been driving this as a work vehicle for a while including a few long trips. The ride and drive around town is ok. The model I have doesn't have android auto or apple CarPlay. Just a basic unit with poor quality reversing camera. The fuel consumption is high for the performance and size of the vehicle and the CVT is ordinary with no manual mode. I find the seats are very uncomfortable on longer trips. The cargo area is rather shallow and the rear seat is ok if you don't use it. The interior fit and finish is poor, big gaps and sagging bits. Only 1 usb socket in the head unit and 1 12v accessory power in the centre console.
Purchased in November 2019.
It and me were meant to be!
Before I begin, I want to point out a few things. I have read and watched more reviews and articles about Toyota's C-HR than I care to count. They say it is underpowered, and the rear is claustrophobic. And the petrol/2 wheel drive model's fuel consumption can go as high as 8.0L/100km! So with that said allow me to begin. I have recently purchased a 2019 (May built) ex-Toyota executive car. It is the standard 2 wheel drive, 1.2L turbo model with a 6-speed manual gearbox. I was lucky to get this as there were several other people chasing this sa...me car. Anyway, the moment I drove this car I was hooked, seen a lot of them, sat in a lot too, but this was my first drive. The seating position is great, the handling is great and vision is quite good. Yes, the rear quarter "C" pillars are a big blind spot, but be aware of this before you buy. Great seats, great steering and the gear shift is smooth, quick and precise. Better, I think than the current shape (2018 model) Corolla I traded in. It is quite roomy with plenty of storage, beautifully sculptured dash, door trims and centre console. To be fair, the rear doesn't concern me as it will not be used often, and the cool rear handles are fine. The C-HR is a very different looking car whichever way you look at it. It has Japanese/Toyota build quality, and I think the performance is fine (this was one of my main concerns before driving it). It is equipped with an almost useless, space saver spare, but the boot lends itself nicely to some minor alterations, so I suspect fitting a full size spare may work. I will post an update when I get a chance to fit one. The car is fitted with tons of safety tech, more, I think than most at this price point. And I am averaging between 5.8L/100km and 6.2L/100km, with a 6-speed manual model. My model has the standard halogen headlights and normal bulbs for all the other lights except the daytime running lights and fog lights, they are LED's. LED's are brighter, whiter and more energy efficient, but I would hate to have one blow out and replace the entire unit. My car has the older infotainment unit, so no Apple CarPlay or Android auto. That's okay, there is a built in sat nav system, which is what I would want the CarPlay for anyway. It has Bluetooth connectivity, so my music is covered. There is even a CD player built in! I don't find the screen too small. Actually, the overall head unit size is quite unobtrusive. Getting back to those bad "C" pillar blind spots, take a little extra care when reversing. Besides, you do have a reversing camera, cross traffic alert and parking sensors to make life a bit easier. Another complaint I read was about the glovebox button not opening properly, however, I have had no issue there. It works fine! I have taken my car around built up areas and country roads, hilly and windy and the C-HR had no issues at all. Perhaps, I assume, unlike the CVT, it is because you have more control with and when you want to change gears and therefore play with the revs/power a bit more. Well at this point there is not much else to say. I am very, very happy with my purchase. Update: April 7. 2020 I have played around with the fitment of a full size spare, but I have come to the conclusion that it is no longer a major concern for me. I carry two cans of Holts Tyre Weld puncture repair (in the event of a puncture a long way from home) as well as having the space saver. I also carry a small foot pump in the event I need to use the Tyre weld products. I have a full size spare wheel in my garage, so in the event of getting a flat locally, I can use the space saver to get home, then switch over to the full size spare. But, having said all this, the option to modify the back to fit a full spare is still there. Also, I have clocked over 10,000Km thus far, no worries, no issues and yes... Still feeling it! Update: May 19. 2020 They say the C-HR is an urban runabout, and not so great on the open country roads, well I enjoyed a 3 hour drive out to the Gippsland lakes and costal area around Seaspray and I can tell you the C-HR is more than capable to stretch it legs (wheels!) on the open roads. It was a great drive covering well over 300 plus kilometres and the aforementioned 3 hours of continuous driving, from which I achieved an average fuel consumption of no less than 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres! Not bad at all. And may I remind you all that my car is the standard C-HR 1.2L Turbo with the 6-speed manual transmission. I concluded this lovely drive back home without any discomfort, the seats are very supportive and comfortable. I should be fair and also point out some of the cars' short comings. As a lot of people are aware, the large C-pillars, also I have discovered when reversing at night the reversing lights could be brighter and clearer, also I think their position hinders this. And the front fog lights are not overly great in eluminating the road from a driver's perspective. I think it is due to the higher and broader front design. I suspect that is why the current facelift model has the fog lights moved up higher. Otherwise not much else to say at this time except that I am still feeling it!!
Purchased in February 2020 at Patterson Cheney Dandenong.
Toyota CHR a small good car
I have using this car for 6 months. It is a powerful, stylish and economic car. I use it for every day commuting. So far could not find any issue with the car. some people feel clastrophobic while travelling in the rear seats due to the small windows.
Purchased in May 2019 for $37,000.00.
Had surging and misfiring issues since brand new. Reported to dealer numerous times and am told its normal. Took car for service today and said, can I test a new one. Toyota have finally agreed that my car has a problem. They are trying to find the issue and they cant. I am very upset about the whole situation. I feel like I do not even want the car anymore. Had times when I think the car is going to break down, even on the freeway. I am a Toyota lover and this is the first time I have had a Toyota issue.
Purchased in February 2018 for $41,000.00.
I absolutely LOVE this car!!! I have a two tone Koba it is White with a Black Roof and looks amazing. Its super smooth to drive especially for long distance drives, I only spend around $60 AUD a fortnight on fuel and I travel around Sydney quite a bit. Its pretty nippy too since its got a turbo engine.
Purchased in August 2019 at Sydney City Toyota for $36,000.00.
Had this as a loan car. Amazing to drive, comfortable seats, nice interior design, smooth gutsy engine. The only thing I don't like is the rear end look and lack of leg room in the back seats. Good for singles and couples but not a practical family car.
Great car but lacking power
This car has great features similar to what you would find in a high end Mercedes!
We use this car for everyday commuting.
We will service this car once a year.
Fun little car that is great on fuel.
Purchased in July 2019 for $30,000.00.
So Many extras!! Love it
I love the look of this new car. I was out looking for something completely different and fell in love. it has so many extras. Auto lights, auto wipers, auto handbrake, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise( which i love so much! no turning it off and on when the car in front is slow), rear cross traffic alert (i had to google this, it tells me when im backing out if a car is coming), blind spot warnings, rear camera, GPS, bluetooth for phone, list goes on and on. So cheap to run compared to my last car, with the option to put in sports mode or ECO.
Purchased in November 2018 at gowans for $34,000.00.
Excellent compact SUV, Superb silent drive, economical and family friendly!
Love this car, have had one for an year. It drives very well, is good for a small to medium family, and very good features packed together in the basic Koba model.
Only drawback, a poor Toyota software (GPS) system, and Boot not powered, only a manual option.
Purchased in August 2018.
A beautiful easy and comfortable ride. Love my car
No issues what so ever. Nice easy features. Toyota feels safe and reliable and great service at heidelberg.
Thank you Toyota
Purchased in December 2017 for $40,000.00.
What a great car!
After driving a Ford Fiesta for ten years, my wife and I were in the market for a replacement vehicle. While the Fiesta had been reliable and well suited my wife, we both agreed that it was severely missing the driving assist technologies which are becoming increasingly prevalent in modern vehicles and thus offering a level of safety assistance we were seeking. Therefore, the criteria was to find a smallish “SUV style” vehicle with a suitably large range of driving assist features and technology. After considerable internet research, we narrow...ed it down to a Hyundai Kona, a Mazda CX3 and the Toyota C-HR. After test driving all three, it became clear that the Toyota C-HR best fitted what we were looking for. The Mazda CX3 had less load capacity and neither of us liked the dashboard. To get the required level of technology we required needed us to select a model which primarily seemed to use a HUD (Heads up display) which neither of us liked. The Hyundai Kona was a worthy contender but was let down by some cheap quality plastics in the interior. It would also prove noticeably higher in the change-over price than the Toyota. My wife and I also felt the Toyota’s seats were more comfortable with my wife complaining about how the Hyundai and Mazda headrests were “pushing her head forward”. Having decided on the vehicle, we were able to source a 2018 runout model in stock at the local dealer with all the features required and at a great changeover price. This was the top of the range KOBA AWD model in Atomic Rush (Ruby Red pearl) paint and with the optional black roof. Please note that in the remainder of this review, I may be referring to features only on the KOBA model that are not on the base model C-HR. We have had the vehicle for a couple of months now and have not regretted our decision one little bit. Specifically: Exterior - Rather futuristic in design, the car is eye-catching from any angle. Fitted with 18” wheels and factory mags (no necessity to change these) there are super bright LED daytime running lights and LED headlights. High beam has an automated control that will automatically dip the lights when there is oncoming traffic. Falseing” is rare. The front indicators have a type of sequential strobing that points in the direction you are turning…a feature I have only seen on some “high end” vehicles. Only disappointment here is that the rear indicators don’t do the same but all rear lights are LED too so they are very bright and clear. The reversing lights are noticeably bright white and this is handy at night…although you also have parking sensors and a rear camera to assist. Handles for the rear two doors are rather high and could be out of reach for small children. They tend to blend in with the vehicle and make it look more like a two door than a four door. Vehicle also has “puddle lamps” giving you a light when stepping out of the vehicle at night. It’s a bit kitsch but these lights also display “Toyota C-HR” on the ground under the mirrors. At least you can turn off these lights if you choose. Interior - Front buckets seats are probably the most comfortable of any car I have ever driver. You are surrounded by lots of plush soft plastics that all feel to be vey high quality. In fact, there is nothing about this car to make you feel that corners have been cut. Doors close with a solid reassuring thud. All windows are electric and feature automatic up and down…normally reserved for the driver window only. Control lighting is a soft blue and well laid out. There is a little bit of a learning curve on the dashboard LED screen as you can navigate left and right and top and down. You soon get to know where things are and you will probably end up leaving it set in one place all the time (Do you really need to keep monitoring the diagram showing where power is being applied to your four wheels and what the G-Rate is as you corner?). The only complaint I have here is to access one of the three driving modes, ECO, NORMAL and SPORT, you must navigate through this screen. A switch maybe on the centre console may have been preferable? Changing the driver modes alters the behaviour of the CVT transmission and air conditioning. Despite being a Constantly Variable Transmission, selecting SPORTS mode will make the transmission feel as if it has seven change points (like a “standard” automatic transmission). Nb. SPORTS mode automatically returns to NORMAL once the engine is turned off. NORMAL and ECO mode remember their selection until you change it yourself. In NORMAL mode, you can also override the automatic and “change gears” by pulling the transmission lever right and then tapping it forward or back to alter the ratio. At 6.1 inches, the Multimedia display for GPS and radio is a little on the small side but has other redeeming features. Even when the GPS is not in use, a female voice will alert you to such things as red light cameras etc. My favourite is when you receive a verbal warning of a school crossing zone ahead yet it will only warn you when the school zone is active…no false alarms for the rest of the day (or night). Only exception is during school holidays as these will be different from state to state. Radio works well and there is a USB socket for attaching a multimedia device (No Apple or Android Car). Strangely, the unit seems a bit dated as it also has a CD player (remember those?) And there is a blue fluorescent digital clock of a type I haven’t seen in cars for about twenty years? GPS works well enough and is updated with traffic alerts so it will offer you alternative routes. Map indicates it has a Q4 2016 update which is a little old for a car purchased new in 2019 but Toyota says that is the latest. There is also a feature to locate not only the nearest garages but also will display the cost of the fuel there. A weather forecasting app is present and you can even bring up the BOM weather radar. Data access is supplied by your bluetooth connected phone.
Purchased in February 2019 at OldMac Toyota.
Love my new CH-R Koba
What an eye turner. I purchased a White one with black roof. Almost got the yellow one, but glad I didn't. Matt at Toyota Croydon couldn't have been more helpful. The turning circle is amazing, and with all the bells and whistles, and yes, like a previous reviewer has said, it feels like I'm driving a Lexus.
Purchased a 2018 toyota koba teal with white roof, sooo many people keep stopping and telling me love your car its certainly an eye stopper. Love the style, the automatic hand brake, vears me back if i accidentally go over a white line, side mirrors fold back when locked, everything is accessible on the steering wheel, have always driven Toyota's but this car is unbelievable, love love my Toyota.
Slated at launch for being slow—but this car is surprisingly zippy!
Got down to two choices; the Mazda CX3 and the CHR. After first testing the CX3, expected the CHR to lack the same grunt, but this car really surprised. Also more advanced in technology and safety, and somehow seemed more roomy inside, and in the hatch area. Great cornering too. So far (one year) nothing has gone wrong. Love driving this car.
A Lexus with a Toyota badge
This is a real suprprise package. The top of the range C-HR Koba model has all the latest technology, all the goodies that you expect on a Lexus and drives surprisingly well. My initial concern was that a 1.2 litre motor, albeit turbocharged, would not be man enough for what is an extremely solidly built car. But I was wrong. The motor is fine for both city and country driving and the digital speedo helps ensure that it does not run away from you. The car is exceptionally well built and the doors close with a very satisfying clunk. I understand...it was one of the few cars that have transitioned from concept to production with minimal changes. It really is a head turner. Having had four Lexus cars we sold the NX to get the C-HR. A clever touch is the rear door handle. See for yourself. Wish I could give it 10 stars.......
Questions & Answers
I am tossing up between this car and the Rav4, we have 2 small kids and lots of stuff, what would be a better option?
The back of the C-HR is quiet small and the sloping rear window stops you putting in tall items. Also the height of rear door handles is an issue for younger children and they are also difficult to reach if you have your hands full. The RAV4 would be more practical.
I agree on some points made by Phillip but not all. The high door handles aren’t an issue as you simply open the doors for the little ones. No biggie. The main reason I’d recommend the Rav4 for you is simply that it’s more of a family car than the C-HR. That’s a shame though, because I’d be disappointed if I had to go the RAV4 over the C-HR :)
The brand new RAV4’s are nice though.
Yes! That’s my issue as I really like the C-HR look better!
I’m looking to buy a new car and the CH-R KOBA is on my list. However, I’ve heard it’s quite slooooww...any feedback on this ?
Hello. It isn’t a high performance car, and I cannot comment on the Koba as it is fitted with a CVT. However, based on my C-HR manual, I think it goes quite well. Performance was a concern for me too. I would advice you to take one on a good long (and hilly) test drive. Good luck.
Thanks for replying !
Yes I’ve heard uphill it can struggle !
Which one are you referring to? The turbo or the hybrid? I’ve just purchased the 2020 Koba Hybrid which I take delivery of next week, but have researched it quite a lot. Admittedly I forgot to take it for a test drive first (yeah I know.....”who does that!?”), but I’m supremely confident it’s a fantastic vehicle and will drive well.
|Category||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs|
|Transmission||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||18" Alloy||18" Alloy||19" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||4.3 L/100km||6.4 L/100km||4.3 L/100km||6.6 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||43 L||50 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.8L||4 Cylinder 1.2L||4 Cylinder 1.8L||4 Cylinder 1.2L|
|Max Power||90kW @ 5600rpm||85kW @ 5200-5600rpm||90kW @ 5600rpm||85kW @ 5200-5600rpm|
|Max Torque||142Nm @ 3600rpm||185Nm @ 1500-4000rpm||142Nm @ 3600rpm||185Nm @ 1500-4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||600 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||137 mm||137 mm|
|Release date||Jan 2020||Jan 2017||Dec 2020||Dec 2020|
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