A game-changer, with perfect flow, according to Toyota. This is the Toyota C-HR HATCHBACK 1.2T Dynamic 5dr CVT AWD [Leather], a new cross-over SUV product which Toyota have brought to the market.
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Toyota have seen a fall in demand over the last 5 years as more nouveau and “younger” manufacturers have introduced their product to the market. The Toyota brand has been a little stagnant, relying on the Aygo, Auris and Avensis to be a mainstay in the personal and company car lease market. In particular, their hybrid engine technology has kept their product moving as a company car option due to the increasing pressure drivers face on company car tax. However, Toyota have struggle to break the younger-driver car market which is a growing area for manufacturers to target.
While they have secured the support of many older-drivers, you need to ensure that you are ticking the boxes with all parties if you want to have a successful brand in the UK.
The new Toyota C-HR is available as a 1.2 petrol and a 1.8 Hybrid plus you can choose from 3 specifications:
1. Icon – the base model which offers 17” alloys, 8” touchscreen, reversing camera, climate control and auto wipers;
2. Excel – the “middle” model which adds 18” alloy wheels, part leather, park assist, navigation and smart entry/keyless go; and
3. Dynamic – the “top” model which will be discussed in more depth below.
While the model below is a petrol option (which we will discuss), there is an option for 1.8 petrol hybrid. This is a 122hp automatic FWD option which has CO2 in the range of 86-87g/km. For company car drivers looking to reduce their tax liability, the hybrid may offer a practical solution to reduce benefit in kind liability.
In terms of the car shown, the Toyota C-HR HATCHBACK 1.2T Dynamic 5dr CVT AWD [Leather], this is based on the following configuration:
· Metallic – Decuma Grey
· Leather – Black
· 18″ 5 twin spoke design alloy wheels
As the top of the line model, you get privacy glass, rain sensing wipers, hill start assist, adaptive cruise control, collision prevention assist, land change assist, reversing camera, touch 2 go navigation, bi-tone roof, folding and electrically heated door mirrors, follow me home lights, LED headlights, body coloured features, traffic assist, leather upholstery and steering wheel, heated front seats, 18” alloy wheels and smart entry. True to form, Toyota offer a number of packs as factory options including the Entertainment pack, sports pack and SUV pack plus either 7 or 13 pin detachable towbar which are all worth considering.
On the technical-side, this car has a P11d of £28,790.00 and CO2 of 144g/km, so this really isn’t going to be cost effective for many business leasing drivers. The 1197 CC turbo engine offers 115ps, combined MPG of 44.8 and 0-62 times of 11.4 seconds.
Being brutally honest, these figures are far from impressive.
While the car has some distinctive aesthetics and some flashy technology, would this be the best leading deal for you? Or would you be considering the VW Tiguan, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tuscon and Seat Ateca instead?
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