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Bit mad looking, that… Too right. Welcome to our review of the Toyota C-HR. The non-hybrid one, with a regular 1.2-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and front-wheel drive. Toyota doesn’t seem to be a fan of diesel, so if the hybrid doesn’t appeal or you want a manual gearbox, this is your only alternative. This is the one to buy, then? Correct. The Hybrid’s a good tax-dodge if you’re a company car driver, but it’s saddled with a droney CVT gearbox that makes any kind of meaningful acceleration a tiresomely noisy process. This is a shame, because the C-HR handles rather well. It’s based on the same New Global Architecture platform as the Prius, which means a low centre of gravity and clever multi-link rear suspension. It rides, handles and steers nicely for a car of this type – but the hybrid drivetrain saps all the fun out of driving it.