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I would go for the Hybrid... just for the fact that it has an automatic (CVT) gearbox.

After having a car with an automatic gear box my test drive in the manual reminded me how relaxed an automatic gear box is. So I took the hybrid out for a tst drive... and I was convinced, an automatic gearbox again.
 

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Really depends on what you like. Im collecting my 1.2T Manual tomorrow.
I don't like the CVT gearbox personally and found the manual gearbox really smooth.
If you drive alot in town the defo the hybrid. If you live more rural like me and would like more driving "fun" then the 1.2T
 

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As Mills says. More time driving in traffic then HYBRID is a must. If you dont spend that many time in city traffic and you want more control of your car, then go for the turbo manual you will not regret it. CH-R has an top class manual gearbox. Perfectly smooth and accurate. The small turbo engine is torquy enough and you will not have to change frequently gears. Also overtaking other cars and accelerating in highways seems more easy.
 

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Thanks I must admit I thought the manual lacked torque on the test drive at the bottom end or low revs - the car press seem very down on the hybrid i must admit.
I was hoping the rumoured 2 ltr turbo would have surfaced by now!
 

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Also depends what mode the car was set in.
Eg normal, eco or sport.

I changed it from normal to sport and could tell the difference. I'm going from a civic 2.2cdti to the 1.2T and didn't miss the power that much.
 

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hybrid all the way ,if you want that extra bit of torque just stick it in sports mode and you get the best of both worlds
 

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as a 2 week owner of the 1.2T version and having driven my fathers auris hybrid with CVT its all down the age imo. I am 35 and i dont want yet to employ a style of driving a automatic gearbox that is very good but at the other end does not give you the satisfaction .
Also bear in mind that if i was stuck in traffic for the larger part of my daily commute, maybe i would give my choice to the CVT.
The manual gearbox is very much indeed very good in terms of not having to change gears often, its very elastic and plus the IMT setting makes it even better .
 

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The manual gearbox is a good and smooth.
But as said earlier, driving in town is so much more relaxed with an automatic gearbox.

I have driven many sporty cars with manual gearboxes. But maybe it's my age in combination with the heavy traffic here on the motorwsys around Rotterdam.
 

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Hybrid all the way from me but mainly for the better handling. The extra low down weight of the battery seems to make a real difference on twisty roads,
 

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Garry said:
Hybrid all the way from me but mainly for the better handling. The extra low down weight of the battery seems to make a real difference
You've got an extra point there... I noticed that with te manual test drive I lost traction in two corners. With the hybrid those same corners went fine. I was driving at about the same speed. The extra weight makes handling of the car truly better.
 

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Garry said:
Hybrid all the way from me but mainly for the better handling. The extra low down weight of the battery seems to make a real difference on twisty roads,
As I mentioned on another thread, like Garry, we chose the hybrid because the low down weight of the battery pack seemed to add to stability on twisty B roads. The manual felt noticeably lighter on the same sharp bends on back to back test drives over the same route. If you can, arrange with your dealer to take one out after the other over the same varied driving route. After that experience, you will almost certainly have your answer.
 

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For me Hybrid, better MPG and perhaps a little old school thought that the 1.2 Turbo is just little small for the size of the car, no reason just a feeling.
 

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Took both out albeit aiming at hybrid. Loved the box on the 1.2 and I found handling quite good - twisty country stuff and dual carriageway. (Sussex). Hybrid felt more spongy and wallowy in corners tho quite happy with acceleration and braking.
Now all that said (having gone with hybrid) the sport mode tightens everything up but majority of driving I keep in eco and to be honest I like it. A lot!! Only frustration is I like a manual box which of course doesn't come with hybrid. Shame flappy paddles weren't in mix but I'm constanly using the regenerative braking so feel a bit appeased!! But if you want proper performance, grab a GT86 (or similar)! I think the CHR is actually surprisingly good for a big ish car. And if I really want a good blat, I take the two seater out!!
 
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