Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Top seller in the C-SUV segment, Toyota CH-R received a new and improved version for the 2020 model.
The new 2020 Toyota CH-R retained its original values and look, but added some spice in the engine department. The initial 1.8 liter unit remained, but it received a better lithium-ion battery. The 122 HP kept the same basic values for performances, but for those who ask for more, Toyota now offers e new 2.0 liter poweplant which produces, with the addition of electric motor, a total of 184 HP.
The new hybrid system can reach 44 MPG (5.3 l/100 km) fuel consumption. This engine won’t receive the new lithium-ion battery, but the older NiMH (nickel-metal hybrid) which was used before on the 1.8 liter engine. CH-R can be ordered with a small 1.2 liter turbo engine that delivers 116 HP which can be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT. On the inside, the biggest step is related to the HMI (Human Machine Interface) of the multimedia system. Toyota offers an app for either Android or Apple users which communicate better with the driver.
For the sound system, Toyota installed a new JBL developed sound system promising a hall-like sound experience. With 800 W thru 8-channel amplifier, it promises a close to CD sound even from compressed files.
For 2016, the CH-R was the Toyota’s take on the crossover market, successfully combining a coupe-like design with a high driving position - CH-R was the acronym for the Coupe High Rider.
The CH-R was ultra-modern both inside and outside. The cabin was fitted with a futuristic central touchscreen that controlled almost everything, while the uncluttered dashboard was easy to use.
Soft materials with touchy feel finishes were used throughout the cabin and the supportive seats offered great comfort.
A small downside was represented by the low rear visibility generated by the rear pillars. With the small windows in the back, the rear cabin did not have an airy feeling and not much light could get inside.
Some might have been easily tricked by the exterior look and considered the back seats did not offer enough legroom or headroom, however, the CH-R was a spacious car. The back seats could not accommodate very tall passengers due to the limited headroom, however, average people would sit comfortably with more than enough space.
The cargo area was not the best in the class, with a capacity of only 377 liters. While the rear seats could be folded, they could not be folded to the same level as the cargo mat, thus we could not say they folded flat to allow easy storage of bigger items.
Fitted with a comfortable suspension, the CH-R handled bumpy roads pretty well. However, the AWD version was stiffer than the 2WD one.
The steering was light enough for easy manoeuvring around town and precise enough to perform well on the open road.
Overall, the CH-R was an enjoyable car to ride with a distinctive, stylish exterior look.