No door handle is in a regular situate , no space is a regular shape

Really, though, why do you want a small family SUV? Whats wrong with a regular kinfolk saloon or, for anyone without a big hobby, a red-hot incubate? Is it like that thought where you do an MA because nobodys amazed by a degree any more, and then you end up knowing a ton about French feminism for no reason? Im not being anti-intellectual. Im not even being anti-SUV. Im exactly being very slightly sceptical about the Toyota CH-R.

This is the most over-designed vehicle Ive ever come across: the panache is fancy with diamond structures, the body work is lousy with pointy fragments , no opening handle is in a regular home , no space is a regular shape if it can be segmented. Nobody knows why they want their windows to look like bugs, or why the back end must continue to be simulated on an 80 s film about a hovering ship( which doesnt prevail; stop Googling ). I guess you could always ask, but that would seem discourteous, like requesting person if their “hairs-breadth” is meant to be that colour. All of this plays merry desolation with the rear visibility. This was not the car in order to be allowed to test the hypothesi nobody genuinely need to see a parking camera; simple-minded intelligent park expedite( unmelodious, constant beeping) will do just fine.

There is a hybrid option, which makes it a stunning, below 90 g/ km carbon emission, but in the regular 1.2 petrol machine that I was driving, the mileage was unremarkable. Its illumination and zippy, and the steering is trustworthy, but again, if thats the kind of occasion youre into, why did you buy this kind of auto? A Golf will go like shit off a spade. I guess you might crave boot cavity. There is space in this boot. You wouldnt want to put a filing cabinet or a duo of spaniels in it, but you wouldnt be blaspheming the gods for your second brat when you went on holiday.

Its pretty quiet and smooth in city, but on the motorway it find thin: theres a lot of ambient air noise, a little bit of moan in the highest gears; infinite and visibility in the back are confined enough that any journey over half an hour results in passenger claustrophobia.

Seriously, all this for the dignity of being able to step up into the car rather than simply in, and a slightly higher ride than others on the road, who are laughing at you anyway because of your spoiler. Id rather choose simple-minded, humble and low-slung. Small, budget-ish SUVs are ugly by nature( oh my God, the Nissan Juke !) but this one makes a feature of it.

Toyota CH-R: in numbers


Price 27,705
Top hasten 118 mph
Acceleration 0 to 62 mph in 10. 9 seconds
CO2 radiations 136 g/ km
Combined mileage 47.1 mpg
Cool rating 4/10
Eco rating 7/10


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