Toyota C-HR debuted in December 2016. It is a compact SUV that Toyota has introduced in the SUV market, which is gaining popularity worldwide.
C-HR uses the TNGA platform developed by Toyota’s new car-making philosophy, “TNGA” (Toyota New Global Architecture), which was adopted in the current Prius that appeared in December 2015. There is a model. Following the Prius, the C-HR will be the second model to use the TNGA platform.
The unique exterior with a diamond motif and the excellent fuel efficiency inherited from the Prius have made it very popular, and it has become the number one selling new SUV in 2017.
Let’s take a look at the fuel economy, driving performance and ride comfort of the C-HR, which has suddenly become one of Toyota’s most popular models since its debut.
Thorough investigation of fuel efficiency performance of C-HR
Among Toyota vehicles that have a reputation for fuel efficiency, the Prius is a model with outstanding fuel efficiency, but what is the fuel efficiency of the C-HR, which has the same platform?
Toyota C-HR Catalog Fuel Efficiency
First, let’s check the catalog fuel economy.
The C-HR offers two types of powertrains: a 1.2L direct-injection gasoline turbo engine and a hybrid system that combines a 1.8L gasoline engine with a motor.
Hybrid cars are available in 2WD only, and turbo cars are available in 2WD and 4WD.
Catalog fuel economy (JC08 mode) for hybrid vehicles is 30.2km/L, turbo vehicles are 16.4km/L for 2WD vehicles, and 15.4km/L for 4WD vehicles .
Hybrid cars exceed 30km/L, which is a pretty good number. It’s an average number for a turbo car.
Actual fuel consumption of Toyota C-HR
Next, let’s check the actual fuel consumption of the C-HR. Let’s take a look at fuel efficiency data.
The actual fuel consumption of the hybrid car is 20.92km/L, the turbo car is 17.78km/L for the 2WD car, and the 4WD car is 12.65km/L .
The difference between the catalog fuel consumption and the actual fuel consumption has widened in the hybrid vehicle, but there is not much difference in the gasoline turbo vehicle. In 2WD turbo cars, the actual fuel consumption exceeds the catalog fuel consumption.
Although there is a difference from the catalog fuel consumption, the actual fuel consumption of the hybrid vehicle exceeds 20km/L . With this figure for an SUV, it can be said that the fuel efficiency is sufficient to keep rivals at bay. The good fuel efficiency of a 2WD car with a turbo engine is a bit surprising, even though it is a downsized turbo.
Not only the Prius, but also the C-HR showed the dignity of the Toyota hybrid.
What is the driving performance and ride comfort of the C-HR?
The TNGA platform adopted for the C-HR has a great impact not only on fuel efficiency but also on driving performance.
The concept of the C-HR is “running on my own terms” . Toyota achieves this by focusing on response (instantaneous response to operation), linearity (reacts according to the amount of operation), and consistency (vehicle response has a sense of unity regardless of road surface conditions or vehicle speed). It is said that it was developed with an emphasis on the following three points.
During the development of the C-HR, driving tests were repeatedly conducted on courses around the world, including Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is well known as a test course for luxury sports cars, as well as general roads in Europe. The distance is said to reach 100,000 km.
According to Mr. Hagiwara, this driving test is said to be “a seasoning unique to SUVs in exercise performance” . It seems to be realizing a solid run like an SUV.
One of the reasons why the C-HR has gained popularity is that the C-HR has improved the weaknesses in the driving of conventional Toyota vehicles, as Mr. Hagiwara wrote.
Both the front and rear suspensions have been newly developed, and as a result, it seems that the car has excellent ride comfort and steering stability in all road conditions.
Regarding the turbo engine 4WD vehicle, Mr. Hagiwara said, “When starting off or driving on a slippery road surface, the optimal torque is distributed to the rear wheels, so it exhibits stable driving performance regardless of changes in road conditions. I will give it to you.”
The C-HR may have exploded in popularity due to its lineup that appeals to a wide range of people, such as a turbo car for those who mainly think about leisure use such as outdoors, and a hybrid car for daily city riding. I can’t.
C-HR with excellent fuel efficiency and excellent driving performance
The C-HR has a fairly good figure in terms of catalog fuel consumption, as well as actual fuel consumption.
The driving performance, which was the weak point of conventional Toyota, is also a satisfying finish. When it comes to fuel efficiency, ride comfort, and good driving performance, and a unique and stylish exterior , there is no enemy.
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