Toyota C-HR 2020
Safer and sharper C-HR
Our favourite urban crossover has recently been given a few pertinent tweaks to make it even more appealing.
As always, Toyota made tweaks that undoubtedly improved the car and not just for the sake of a ‘mid-life refresher’.
As such, one of the most important updates relates to the safety of the C-HR range. Toyota Safety Sense is now available on the flagship ‘Luxury’ grade model, which comprises a complete suite of electronic driver safety aids. These are made up of Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Pre-crash system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assist. It’s not just the Luxury model that is safer, though – the standard and Plus grades receive side, curtain and driver knee airbags (in addition to the front driver and passenger airbags) while rear seatbelt force limiters and pre-tensioners have been added to the standard grade derivative.
Slightly less important but flashier and more exciting are the tech upgrades that the C-HR range has received. A brand new multimedia system makes its debut on the 2020 C-HR, and it makes the vehicle more connected than ever. It allows full smartphone integration and supports even the latest versions of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. This feature allows occupants to mirror their cell phone on the vehicle screen, opening up a world of connectivity options, including music streaming and navigation solutions.
Along with he added connectivity, the new system has a larger display, 8-inch as opposed to the previous 6-inch display.
All C-HR models indeed all new Toyotas, come equipped with Toyota Connect, including a complimentary 15Gb in-car Wi-Fi allocation, vehicle telematics and enhanced user features via the MyToyota app.
On the outside there are even more changes to the C-HR, with the front bumper being made wider and more vertical side air intakes. In turn, the fog lights have been moved higher and outwards. More tech has been included, in the form of premium LED headlights on the standard and Plus models )the Luxury model already featured this technology), and the daytime running lights and indicators are now in one cluster. The taillights have been made a brighter shade of red and are now connected by a gloss black spoiler for a cleaner design.
Driving the C-HR remains the same experience, and that’s because there was no need at all to change it. The turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine continues unchanged and is still paired with a CVT or six-speed manual gearbox. Power output is 85kW and torque peaks at 185Nm (fuel consumption is a claimed 6.3L/100km), and these figures combine for brisk real-world performance. The high torque output makes the C-HR a great cruising car that belies its ‘urban’ nature – give it the chance to stretch its legs on the open road and it revels in it. Likewise, hills and mid-range overtaking are dealt with smoothly and effortlessly.
Other than the larger screen and new tech, the interior of the C-HR remains untouched, and it is a great place to spend time. High quality materials and a design that is at once sensible and stylish are the hallmarks, while the biggest surprise is probably the amount of interior space that the Toyota engineers have conjured out of the diminutive exterior dimensions.
C-HR prices are listed at R371 700 for the 1.2T, R403 000 for the 1.2T Plus, R415 100 for the 1.2T Plus CVT and R476 600 for the 1.2T Luxury CVT. All models come standard with a 3-year/100 000km warranty and a 6-services/90 000 km service plan.
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