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The Top Gear car review:Toyota C-HR
For:Bold design inside and out, pleasant and surprisingly adept chassis
Against:Naff trim, shocking rear vision, droney hybrid
What is it?
This is Toyota showing it’s not asleep at the wheel by actually putting some effort into designing a car for once. In actual fact, it’s a small crossover hatch based on the new Prius’s platform and available with either hybrid power or an underpowered 1.2-litre turbo which is, nevertheless, the engine to go for.
But in the main, this is a car all about the design, from its willfully OTT bodywork to the cabin, which is Toyota’s best effort since the Supra. And because the Coupe High-Rider’s chassis was set up by a racing fan, it’s actually sweeter to drive than most of Toyota’s other cars, despite being a tall, not especially lightweight faux-SUV.