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Coming from a manual 5 speed Celica to a C-HR CVT I'm really impressed by the smooth pull-away, out of junction for example, even though not a high power car. Seems to be good assist from the battery for short time.
Still getting used to the auto. Already scared the living daylights out of a few with a hard brake to change gear! But don't think I'll ever buy another manual.
 

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It is pretty impressive, even though I've got it set in 'eco' :)

Will be even better with some good tyres fitted (primacy 3;s are OK but there are far better out there)
 

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Yes. I found the sport mode button yesterday after a bit of scrolling through the menus. This will not help my fuel consumption! :D

It is very "point and shoot", and certainly seems a bit more urgent on pull away, even though it was pretty impressive in eco mode. :eek:
 

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Yes. I found the sport mode button yesterday after a bit of scrolling through the menus. This will not help my fuel consumption! :D

It is very "point and shoot", and certainly seems a bit more urgent on pull away, even though it was pretty impressive in eco mode. :eek:
This is why I don't get all the reviewers saying it is under powered and doesn't pull of from junctions smartly enough.
When doing my test drive it seemed anything BUT sluggish.

The whole moan about engine noise annoys me too. I want some nice noise when you switch over to the Petrol engine and put your foot down.
Again on the test drive I actually liked the way it sounded and changed.

Maybe I am getting old :lol:
 

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I didn't find it underpowered too. I liked the sound. I hope I get used to it.
If any of you concern about the sound you may try BMW i8. To give a supercar feeling they made fake engine sound to roar from the speakers. LOL
It's really embarrassing for a 150000 Euro car.

 

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Both of my other cars are remapped and will manage a sub 6.5s 0-60 but strangely I prefer the drive of the C-HR

Neighbour today asked me (whilst I was doing my g-tec glass treatment) if "3 cars was enough?" couldn;t miss the opportunity so said "my drive would hold 6, so 3 more to go!:)"
 

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Is 3 cars enough? Just! ;) Like you Marky, we have a remapped car which is quickety quick. But, like you, the drive of the C-HR is a bit of a revelation. Couple that with the chassis and nimble steering and way hay! Only got the GT out of the garage for a photo, been using the C-HR, and I have only just discovered the sport button. Very impressed! :D

 

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After a few days of driving the C-HR really glad I didn't pay too much attention to the :D 'Professional' reviews and trust my own test drives
My only minor criticism is that more sound proofing could have been added, but suspect Toyota were trying not to increase the weight on an already relatively heavy car.
Buyers will not be expecting sports car performance, but I have to concur that it is lively enough and the relatively stiff suspension and tight steering makes for good driving. Just so impressed with the smoothness of CVT.
All we need now is one with a mega battery in it and bigger electric motors. Suspect that a plug-in version will be available sometime as well.
 

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Coming from a manual 5 speed Celica to a C-HR CVT I'm really impressed by the smooth pull-away, out of junction for example, even though not a high power car. Seems to be good assist from the battery for short time.
Still getting used to the auto. Already scared the living daylights out of a few with a hard brake to change gear! But don't think I'll ever buy another manual.
Good answer !
 

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After a few days of driving the C-HR really glad I didn't pay too much attention to the :D 'Professional' reviews and trust my own test drives
My only minor criticism is that more sound proofing could have been added, but suspect Toyota were trying not to increase the weight on an already relatively heavy car.
Buyers will not be expecting sports car performance, but I have to concur that it is lively enough and the relatively stiff suspension and tight steering makes for good driving. Just so impressed with the smoothness of CVT.
All we need now is one with a mega battery in it and bigger electric motors. Suspect that a plug-in version will be available sometime as well.
Wishbone at the rear eliminates the body roll! You are right about the plug in version coming soon and a bigger battery for maybe 20-30 mile electric only range would be great!
 

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After a few days of driving the C-HR really glad I didn't pay too much attention to the :D 'Professional' reviews and trust my own test drives
My only minor criticism is that more sound proofing could have been added, but suspect Toyota were trying not to increase the weight on an already relatively heavy car.
Do you think it's noisy inside? On my test drive I could hear my passenger whispering it was that quiet. Trust me if you want a noisy car get a Citroen DS4. One reason I am getting rid of it. It's like riding a leaky air-plane lol.
 

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I think it is quiet too, had to turn my music off to hear/not hear the engine :)
 

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An electric assist / pure electric will always be quick off the mark as with electric you get 100% power and torque at 0 rpm unlike conventional engines where it's at several thousand rpm. It doesn't make the car quick though just quick in the initial pull away. Of course if you have high power electric motors then nothing is quicker at least until high speed. This is why I think Toyota got the Chr range wrong in not bringing out a high power trd version of the hybrid. I know you can buy trd kits and even performance chips separately, but the trouble then is the cost, and insurance and fuel penalties which is why the trd versions are pointless to most buyers. A simple battery change to lipo or lion would have allowed Toyota to free the horses without penalties in a show room standard version of the trd extreme and aggressive and at a far cheaper price penalty. The chr already being overprice compared to the competition. Just my opinion though.
 
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