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The Top Gear car review:Toyota C-HR
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
So far we’ve only driven the facelifted C-HR in the limited-edition launch trim. Known as the ‘Orange Edition’, just 500 examples will be sold in the UK. These all get (you guessed it) orange paint on the outside, plus a whole host of standard equipment inside. So, what’s hot and what’s not?
Well, the quality of the interior trim was one of our main points of criticism in the pre-facelift C-HR, and we’re pleased to say that things have improved on this front no matter the spec. There’s now far more soft touch surfaces and fewer scratchy plastics all round. It’s an interesting-looking interior with a sensible layout – not an easy thing to achieve in this day and age.
The main infotainment screen has been updated too. In contrast to the direction lots of manufacturers seem to be taking, Toyota has actually added physical buttons back in on the sides of the screen to make navigating between different functions quicker and easier. There’s also the obligatory addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, which you’ll be even more thankful for when noticing the dated graphics of Toyota’s own maps. The whole system is disappointingly clunky and lacks the finesse that we’ve come to expect in this iPhone world of ours. There’s only one USB port in the C-HR too, so whoever’s on the maps or music will be the only one able to charge their phone.
The Orange Edition also gets a nine-speaker JBL sound system, whereas the usual standard equipment will be a six-speaker setup – it’s worth noting how good the upgraded system’s sound quality is.
Elsewhere there’s the option of either black cloth or black leather seats. We haven’t tried the cloth versions, but the leather chairs are comfortable. We’d like to be able to sit slightly lower in the car, with the steering wheel at a higher level.
As you’d expect, rear visibility isn’t the greatest - but you’ll have already accepted that compromise if you’ve even started looking at coupe-ified crossovers and SUVs.