Driven: Toyota C-HR 1.2T Luxury
By Lebohang Kobeli
It’s a hot day and we are still recovering from the lockdown. A well-deserved outing to the Game Reserve is a need at this point. The Toyota C-HR arrived just in time for that. We decided to visit the Dinokeng Game Reserve situated in Hammanskraal, It’s about two hours away from Soweto.
Despite the gravel roads with light off-roading course elements, the C-HR handled it with ease. We rerouted quite often, that meant driving further into the Game Reserve.
Thanks to the C-HR’s increased ride height and driver-focused cockpit, all-round driver visibility is excellent, which minimises the requirement for excessive driver eye movements. This was key to us having a successful day navigating around the game reserve as I listened to instructions from our map reader.
Even though Toyota has updated their infotainment system with Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto compatibility, it was no use inside the game reserve as we didn’t have any signal from the service provider. We relied on the map and many arguments on whether to turn left or right. The tall driver and my two average height mates fit comfortably in the C-HR, especially in the back seat considering its coupe-like design.
Powering you to your dreams in the C-HR is a powerful but frugal, turbocharged 1.2l petrol four-cylinder engine, producing 85 kW of power @ 5 200-5 600 r/min and 185 Nm of torque driving the front wheels. This small capacity, the high-power unit ensures efficient fuel consumption and low emissions, while the flat, generous torque curve ensures maximum driveability across a wide range of engine speeds. Our test unit was the 1.2T Luxury line with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
Apart from its good looks, I found the C-HR quite versatile, considering that we took it for a game drive. Also, one thing I love is that it did not feel out of place. Its that one vehicle which you can play with, wash it and take it to work the following day. It’s a true lifestyle vehicle.
Our Luxury spec test costs about R486,000. However, the standard feature list and Toyota safety systems such as lane keep, steering assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitor and emergency braking keep the pricing to a positive note.