‘NOT SO PALE RIDER’
Added 29th May, 2020
By Jonathan Crouch
In developing this car, Toyota apparently had someone in mind. Annoyingly, they even gave that person a name - 'Valentino', a trendy twenty-something type and - of course - a dedicated follower of fashion. This C-HR is certainly that and if you are too, you'll love it. If, on the other hand you're not, it might be tempting to take an instant dislike to the thing merely on the basis of its rather pretentious perspective on life. Don't do that; there's actually quite a lot to like here. The driving dynamics have been fine-tuned to a level that's unusual in a Crossover. And though it hurts us a little to say it, the people in polo necks did rather a fine job with the bizarre bodywork and the creative cabin.
In summary, as you've probably gathered, we liked this C-HR a lot more than we were expecting to, given that our test team aren't target market for the demographic it represents. Can this really be the same brand that thought an iQ or a Yaris was the height of fashion and believed Crossover buyers would like their dumpy Urban Cruiser? Forget that now. Much has changed at Toyota. If you doubt that, just go and try one of these.