2018 Toyota C-HR

  • 14th March 2018 by SGDriver
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This is a car for a 28 year old who’s having a mid-life crisis. The looks are definitely not boring. It’s got exaggerated, aggressive lines, and concealed rear door handles. It is definitely a very handsome car.

It drives like a very good compact car. The driving dynamics don’t quite live up to the futuristic sports car looks, but they do the job very well. The ride is firm but comfortable (for the car’s size), handling is totally adequate if not sporty, and cornering is pretty flat. And while you do get a bit of Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) drone when you stomp the pedal to enter a highway, and it takes some time to get to highway speed, day-to-day acceleration around town is perfectly acceptable. It’s got that easy-to-maneuver, easy-to-live-with feel that speaks to the Toyota underneath.

It’s a small, four-door car, but it’s not tiny. It’s got a real backseat with room for a couple of adults. The downside is that, in the back, you sit very low. Front seat room is totally adequate, with good headroom. And there’s cargo room behind the rear seats, accessible by a large opening hatch. The impression you will get is that it’s not as small as I thought it would be.

Visibility out the front and to the front sides is actually pretty decent, thanks to a large windshield and thin A-pillars. Rear view is very narrow. Luckily a rear view camera comes standard.

At SGD100,000 for the 1.8l at the PI’s, all C-HR’s now come with the Toyota’s Safety Sense – P package, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. That’s impressive.Fuel tank capacity is 43l and gives you about 18km/l for city driving.At 100km/h, you do hear a fair amount of wind. Consider that if you drive on the expressways at high speeds, which would be practically never.

Toyota built the rear door handles into the tops of the rear doors. It’s a cool styling trick and helps make the C-HR looks like a raised up two door coupe. And it’s fine for adults, once they stand there for a second and scratch their heads and then ask you “OK, how do I open this thing?” But if you have little kids, they might have trouble reaching the rear door handles. That can be a plus or a minus depending on how you feel about having your kids in the car.

In a segment filled with me-too vehicles, the C-HR is a rare beacon of light. With its the striking looks, you’ll have no problem getting girls to look at you when you drive this car.

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