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.
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.......
- C-HR 2WD (No Badge) 1.2L Petrol (2017-2020)
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I had been waiting for this car before it was even released to Australia and I was not at all disappointed. The standard comes packed full of safety features you would need to pay extra for in other models and brands. Performance is super smooth and handles corners well at fast speeds. Don’t find this to be noisy at all. For a 1.2 litre turbo I’m impressed at how fast it can go in an uphill freeway. I love the sleek diamond design inside and the compact small suv feel as I’m nervous about driving big cars. I do find the boot to be quite limited...in space but you’d expect that with a hatchback like design. Running costs are exceptional with only once a year services capped at $195 each time. Haven’t had any issue with performance but find using expensive fuel to be the costly part in keeping this car running at top performance.
C-HR Standard 2WD
The C-HR being a cross between a Corolla and a RAV4 provides the high ride comfort in a mid sized hatch. Having owned this for nearly 4 weeks and done 500kms we have found this a comfortable ride offering ease of access and good handling. Fuel economy seems great especially on open road. The 1.2L Turbo engine is smooth and quiet and the CVT is smooth. The vehicle comes standard with many safety systems only found in higher models of other makes. Overall extremely happy and would recommend it for people who are looking for an ...
Purchased in June 2017 at Mosman Toyota.
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