1 Feb 2017
Late to the party, Toyota entered the compact SUV segment in February 2017 with its C-HR crossover, otherwise known as Coupe High-Rider.
Retaining its concept car looks in product trim, the Japanese car-maker hedged its bets by placing the C-HR further upstream as a premium offering when compared to its most direct competitors.
Two grade levels were offered, as well as the choice between front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. However, manual buyers were limited to the base 2WD variant as a continuously variable transmission (CVT) was otherwise standard fair.
Each version was motivated by an all-new 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produced 85kW of power and 185Nm of torque.
The list of standard safety equipment was impressive, and so was the ability to customise with eight different paint colours and the choice of a white, black or body-colour roof.
When it was new