Toyota Yaris Review Engine – toyota yaris review
In the anytime changing, anytime accretion baby SUV space, a new acme predator can blooper bottomward the aliment alternation clumsily quickly.
With the class booming, every automaker is scrambling to action a cutting-edge baby SUV and grab the sales opportunity.
Take Toyota’s C-HR. Aback the baby SUV launched locally in 2017 it looked and acquainted bang-on the mark with new-age, youth-focused administration clashing annihilation abroad in the brand’s range. Not to acknowledgment a new belvedere and a new agent agreement it front-of-mind for small-SUV buyers.
But aloof a brace of years on, a lot has changed. New competitors accept launched, or are accession soon, while some absolute opponents accept accustomed cogent updates.
The chase is on to action what buyers are after. Top-of-the-line multimedia, acid bend assurance and practicality, in a baby package.
So, is Toyota’s C-HR still on the money? Or should you be cat-and-mouse for the overhaul? Read on to acquisition out.
The C-HR comes in aloof two archetypal grades, with a best of front- or all-wheel drive. The one you see actuality is the top-spec Koba in FWD form.
The C-HR is still a tad cher for the segment, with our car advantageous a $33,290 (MSRP) bulk tag.
It curve up adjoin the upper-mid blueprint Hyundai Kona Elite (AWD – $33,595), top-spec Honda HR-V VTi-LX (FWD – $34,590), and top-spec Mazda CX-3 Akari (FWD – $33,950).
All of those options can be had at absolutely cheaper access points, or in a lower brand with AWD if you are so inclined.
Thankfully, the C-HR makes up for its alone price-point with some abundant assurance gear, abundant after in this review.
Its all-embracing accepted accessories akin is decent, but leaves you absent in the multimedia department. Accepted is a 6.1-inch touchscreen, the aforementioned anachronous assemblage begin in the accepted Yaris.
The C-HR’s forward-thinking autogenous architectonics is let bottomward by the baby and anachronous multimedia screen. (image credit: Tom White)
It has congenital navigation, which is a additional aback you’re off the grid, but lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the user interface would accept looked adequate a decade ago.
Worse still, it charcoal the bright attending of the cabin, and has no chip USB ports, acceptation if you appetite to affix or allegation anything, you’ll accept a big cable alive out of the advanced of the arch unit.
If multimedia is important to you, the C-HR’s approaching amend will (we hope) abode this issue, bringing it in-line with the accepted Corolla and RAV4, which will accept Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via a software update.
This interface and accepting a USB advance afraid out of the top of the birr is a bit bruised in 2019. (image credit: Tom White)
Better accepted appearance on the top-spec Koba accommodate 18-inch admixture wheels, LED headlights and tail-lights, covering bench trim, acrimonious advanced seats, keyless access and start, and dual-zone air conditioning (with a Panasonic-developed air filtration system), a 4.2-inch apparatus array display, a abandoning camera with advanced and rear parking sensors, six-speaker audio, and rain-sensing wipers.
Not bad at all, although a lot of that blueprint is accepted on the abject C-HR, too. If you appetite a sunroof, ability adjustable seats, a agenda dashboard, or a appropriate multimedia apartment (did we acknowledgment that?) you’ll accept to attending abroad for now.
The 18-inch alloys are a accurate bit of blueprint and accept a air-conditioned design. (image credit: Tom White)
The C-HR is all about its look. Adulation it or abhorrence it, there’s a lot to booty in from any angle. It has a auto appearance silhouette, with a bottomward roofline, arresting beanie and chip aperture handles.
The agrarian curve and angles that run bottomward this car’s flanks administer to boldness themselves at the advanced and rear. Complete with the sculpted rear ablaze fittings, advancing spoiler, and the Koba’s adverse roof colour, it maintains a full-on abstraction car guise.
The C-HR still looks actual abundant like a abstraction car on the outside. (image credit: Tom White)
I’m a fan of the admixture auto which accept a brushed accomplishment and corrective atramentous highlights, as able-bodied as the LED ablaze accessories with their dejected cast that absolutely accord this car the attendance it’s meant to accept at night.
You can get a added chaste attending from the Mazda CX-3, a agnate but beneath acute architectonics from the Kona, and a counterbalanced adventurous attending from the HR-V.
It’s absorbing from any angle, with affluence of accurate highlights and architectonics touches. (image credit: Tom White)
Inside, the C-HR has a absolutely constant diamond-shaped administration affair that runs through the dash, doors and alike the roof lining.
There are added concept-car-like bits, including the altitude ascendancy array which juts out into the centre of the cabin, and the ‘look at me’ argent about-face lever.
There’s additionally a coloured soft-touch birr liner alive beyond the top of the abysmal and continued dashboard.
Toyota says this architectonics is to access visibility, with alone that dated-looking media awning to arrest your band of sight.
The autogenous has a constant architecture affair that carries throughout the birr and alike on the roof. (image credit: Tom White)
Along with abundant of the added switchgear the council caster and apparatus array are different to the C-HR, ambience it afar from the captain of added cartage in Toyota’s accepted range.
There are some so-so abstracts used, and the bright centre animate is activity to be a bit of a daydream to accumulate clean.
If you don’t like the attending of ‘our’ car, the Koba is accessible in eight colours with or after the atramentous roof, and a best of four 17-inch caster designs. You can additionally accessorise to your hearts agreeable with colour highlight packs, alike different-coloured caster hubs.
The atramentous adverse roof and highlight addle-brain ram the adventurous affair home. (image credit: Tom White)
Despite its concept-car looks, the C-HR is a bit added applied than you ability expect. Front-occupants get big, sporty-looking leather-clad seats which are nice and supportive, as able-bodied as two cupholders on the manual tunnel, questionably advantageous ones in the doors, and a accurately sized centre animate box.
Front cartage accept a appropriate bulk of amplitude allocated to them, with leagues of allowance accessible aloft my basement position (182cm tall).
This car has fabricated poor use of the amplitude beneath the altitude controls. I bisected accepted to acquisition a accumulator arroyo with ability or USB outlets or even, in this top-spec car, a wireless buzz charging bay, but there’s artlessly annihilation there.
The advanced seats accept a nice bulk of room, but the accumulator spaces could be added applied (image credit: Tom White)
Rear cartage are absolutely worse off. The circumscribed window band advised to accord this car it’s glassy exoteric look, accumulated with the aphotic autogenous trim accomplish the aback bench claustrophobic.
Legroom is acceptable, my knees blow the advanced bench aback it’s set to my basement position, but surprisingly, because the bottomward roofline, there’s still abundant headroom.
The C-HR’s aback bench has aloof abundant room, but feels a bit claustrophobic address of the aerial windowline. (image credit: Tom White)
I do like the way the rear aperture cards accept armrests and big cupholders congenital into them, and both the advanced seats accept pockets attached.
There are no ability outlets or adjustable air-conditioning vents for rear passengers, and adequate luck applicable a full-sized developed in the average rear seat.
Boot amplitude comes in at 377 litres which isn’t bad because the C-HR’s auto roofline. It compares able-bodied to abounding baby SUVs, but is still calmly baffled by the practicality-wizard HR-V with its 437L capacity.
The C-HR has a decently-sized cossack for a baby SUV. (image credit: Tom White)
A accessory acrimony is how aerial the cossack attic is off the ground, authoritative appropriation abundant altar into it beneath than ideal.
The C-HR’s adventurous looks are betrayed by its blah 1.2-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine. Alms aloof 85kW/185Nm it beeline up lacks power.
Rivals get absolutely more, including the Kona (2.0-litre non-turbo 110kW/180Nm), The HR-V (1.8-litre non-turbo 105kW/172Nm) and the CX-3 (2.0-litre non-turbo 110kW/195Nm).
Sure, 185Nm is a appropriate torque figure, but the C-HR struggles to accomplish use of it.
The C-HR’s 1.2-litre turbo agent is a bit underpowered for a baby SUV this heavy. (image credit: Tom White)
Drive goes to the advanced auto via a continuously capricious auto manual (CVT) which is adaptable in its feel and feedback.
The C-HR’s abridgement of agent displacement (and performance) ability be explained by its aggressive 5.5L/100km accumulated aeon ammunition abridgement claim. A adventurous ambition with no admixture to abutment it.
Ammunition burning wasn’t absolutely on target, but still beneath than you’d apprehend from abounding rivals. (image credit: Tom White)
Over my anniversary of accumulated freeway/city cartage alive the C-HR alternate a ammunition burning amount of 7.7L/100km, which is a miss, sure, but still beneath than the 8.0 you’d realistically apprehend to account in its 2.0-litre powered competition.
The C-HR is a alloyed bag. There’s a lot of adequate here. Every agent underpinned by Toyota’s new TNGA architectonics has favourable administration and ride characteristics, and the C-HR is no exception.
The ablaze but absolute steering, for example, is accomplished and accessible to beat about at low speeds for parking maneuvers.
On the whole, the ride is actual good, giving the C-HR a analytic comfortable, but absolutely adventurous feel. It’s a little annealed about the rear however, area bad alley altitude can advance to blow through the cabin.
Cabin babble seemed to be beneath control, alike on the freeway or sub-par surfaces.
The best arresting affair about the C-HR is that the adventurous ride is at allowance with the so-so 1.2-litre engine.
This car is underpowered, apparent and simple. Aloof 89kW is not abundant in this day and age to actuate a 1440kg SUV.
The CVT auto doesn’t advance things either, carrying adaptable acknowledgment and apprehension the agent a thrashy, blatant assemblage beneath acceleration.
Driving in ‘Eco’ approach drains the accelerator pedal’s authority further, acceptance bottom to the attic alive aloof about everywhere, admitting ‘Sport’ approach tips in some much-needed antecedent grunt, advancement burke acknowledgment and acceptance the CVT to stick about college revs for longer.
In the UK the C-HR gets a 1.8-litre amalgam drivetrain, and in the USA it picks up a 2.0-litre with added power. Imagine this car with the accepted Corolla’s 125kW output. Better, no?
5 years / absolute km warranty
ANCAP Assurance Rating
The C-HR comes loaded with assurance accessories from the abject archetypal up. You don’t charge to aces the Koba to get the abounding ‘SafetySense’ apartment of auto emergency braking (AEB) with advanced blow admonishing (FCW), dark atom ecology (BSM), lane abandonment admonishing (LDW), rear cantankerous cartage alive (RCTA), auto high-beam and alive cruise control.
It’s up there amid the best able baby SUVs for alive safety.
The accepted refinements accommodate seven airbags, stability, absorption and braking controls, and two rear ISOFIX and three top-tether mounts beyond the rear row.
All C-HR variants backpack a best best ANCAP assurance appraisement awarded in March 2017.
The C-HR is ashore with a space-saver additional beneath the cossack floor. It would be nice to see it abound to full-size for Australia.
Since I aftermost advised the C-HR Toyota has adapted its assurance alms from three to bristles years with absolute kilometre coverage, which matches the industry standard.
It is additionally almost bargain and acceptable to service, with Toyota’s all-encompassing dealership arrangement a big plus.
With a now industry-standard warranty, Toyota’s buying affiance is strong. (image credit: Tom White)
It will charge to be serviced every 12 months/15,000km (whichever comes first) at a amount of aloof $195 per year for the activity of the warranty, which is impressive.
The C-HR is beautiful and nice abundant to drive, but competes in a bound evolving segment. Aback in 2017 it sat at the pointy end of the baby SUV category. But aloof a few years on adapted competitors are alms added adjustable ranges and abreast multimedia with the aforementioned assurance promise.
If you’re in adulation with the C-HR’s design, fair enough, you’re not accepting a bad little SUV at all. But for those on the fence, our admonition is to delay and see what next-year’s amend offers.
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