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GEORGE, Western Cape – It's arguably one of Toyota’s most modern and stylish-looking cars. As the Japanese firm is known for taking a conservative approach to design, the C-HR has been one of the few exceptions to the rule since its arrival in South Africa in early 2017. The range has now received a minor facelift and we spent no fewer than 600 km behind the wheel of the updated version.

What’s new?

The front bumper has been tweaked, while the front lip is now finished in body colour. There are new headlamps on the Standard and Plus models, while the foglamps have also been repositioned. In terms of safety, the Standard and Plus models gain curtain and knee airbags (for a total of six across the range). The flagship Luxury model receives the latest Toyota Safety Sense system, which includes items such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist, rear cross traffic alert, a pre-crash system, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

Inside, there's a new infotainment system that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The screen size has been increased in diameter to eight inches while the multi-information display on the Plus model now measures 4,2 inches. As the vehicle offers WiFi as standard, Toyota has included a 15 GB data package in the retail price. Note an additional 5 GB monthly top-up costs R220 while 10 GB (+ 3 GB) monthly top-ups are R299. There are also 20 GB (+ 3 GB) and 30 GB (+ 3 GB) bundles on offer.

On the road

As before, all variants in the range are powered by the automaker's 1,2-litre turbopetrol engine, still delivering 85 kW and 185 N.m to the front axle. The engine surprised us with its performance, even at a point where four large males were in the cabin. Our test unit was equipped with a continously variable transmission, which keeps the revs at just above 2 000 r/min at an indicated 120 km/h.

Toyota claims the NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) has been improved; indeed, once up to highway speeds, there's little aural interference from the engine, which is impressive if you take the engine size and gearbox type into consideration.

Through the twistiness we encountered on roads such as the Robinson Pass and Tradouw Pass, the little Toyota impressed when thrown into bends with more enthusiasm than it was perhaps designed for. There's a lightness and nimbleness to the driving experience, with dynamics that proved strangely appealing to me.

As has become the case with virtually all Toyota passenger vehicles, the C-HR's ride quality is impressive. Granted, nearly all stretches of road we experienced were smooth but the odd undulation we did encounter proved just how well damped the C-HR is. 

Being a crossover, you sit relatively high in the cabin, even on the seat’s lowest setting. Still, I found the seats themselves comfortable and supportive.


Although this is a minor facelift, the C-HR remains one of the trendiest Toyota models on the market. The small updates are welcome and bring the C-HR bang up to date. Ultimately, it's still a reliable product which stands out in a segment that is becoming increasingly competitive. And, finally, it seems Toyota might just surprise us with a performance variant in the future...

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Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Leather upholstery: Standard
  • Seats quantity: 5
  • Split rear seat: Standard
  • Folding rear seat: Standard
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Climate control automatic air conditioning: Standard
  • Cup bottle holders: front
  • Lumbar support adjustment: driver electric
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Standard
  • Brake assist (BAS/EBA): Standard
  • Traction control: Standard
  • Stability control: Standard
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Driver knee airbag: Standard
  • Front side airbags: Standard
  • Curtain airbags: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 7
  • Automatic drive away locking: Standard
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings: outer rear
  • Approach home safe lighting time delay park headlights: Standard
  • Engine auto Stop Start idle stop ecostop: Standard
  • Hillstart assist hillholder: Standard
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Power steering: Standard
  • On board computer multi information display: Standard
  • Navigation: Standard
  • Cruise control: Standard
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Standard
  • USB port: Standard
  • Powersocket 12V: front
  • Central locking: keyless
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Key less access start hands free key: Standard
  • Electric windows: front + rear
  • Rain sensor auto wipers: Standard
  • Auto dim interior mirror: Standard
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Heated exterior mirrors: Standard
  • Daytime driving running lights: LED
  • Light sensor auto on off lights: Standard
  • Xenon headlights: LED
  • Frontfog lamps lights: LED
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Rear fog lamps lights: Standard
  • Camera for park distance control: rear
  • Rear spoiler: Standard
  • Metallic pearl escent paint: Optional
  • Fuel Type: petrol
  • Fuel range average: 781 km
  • Driven wheels: front
  • Driven wheels quantity: 2
  • Gearratios quantity: V
  • Gearshift: automatic
  • Transmission type: CVT
  • Electromechanical parking brake: Standard
  • Front tyres: 225/50 R18
  • Reartyres: 225/50 R18
  • Length: 4360 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 1795 mm
  • Height: 1565 mm
  • Wheel base: 2640 mm
  • Ground clearance minimum maximum: 160 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 10.4 m
  • Load volume / capacity: 328 L
  • Load volume / capacity: 328 L
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 1440 kg
  • Gross weight (GVM): 1865 kg
  • Towing capacity - unbraked: 720
  • Towing capacity - braked: 1100
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 50l
  • Fuel consumption average: 6.4 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 144g/km
  • Emission control phase Euro EU level: 6
  • Power maximum: 85 kW
  • Power maximum total: 85 kW
  • Power peak revs: 5600 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: 59.0 kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 185 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 1500-4000 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 185 Nm
  • Torque to weight ratio: 128 Nm/ton
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: 11.1s
  • Maximum top speed: 185 km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 1197 cc
  • Engine size: 1.2l
  • enginedetailshort: 1.2T
  • Engine + detail: 1.2 turbo
  • Cylinder layout: inline
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: i4
  • Cam: dohc
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Valves quantity: 16
  • Turbocharger: Standard
  • Warranty time (years): 3
  • Warranty distance (km): 100000 km
  • Service plan: Standard
  • Service plan time (years): 6 services
  • Service plan time (distance): 90000 km
  • Service interval (distance): 15000 km
  • Brand: Toyota
  • Status: c
  • Segment: passenger car
  • MMcode: 60029190
  • MMVariant: C-HR 1.2T LUXURY CVT
  • Introdate: 2018-07-18
  • DuoportarecordID: ToyoC-HR1e15

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