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Toyota C-HR - first ride

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AutoCar get's an exclusive first ride in the new Toyota C-HR.

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It's arguable that the C-HR has some of the best driving dynamics of any modern Toyota. It feels remarkably like a hatchback - a compliment for any model in this class.

The C-HR's lead engineer, Hiro Koba, sets off in this manual, two-wheel drive 1.2-litre petrol model. This model is expected to be the second most popular C-HR after the 1.8-litre hybrid. A larger 2.0-litre version will be offered in markets like Russia, where displacement and overall reliability are prized over fuel economy, but Toyota isn't bringing that engine to the UK because of its high CO2 emissions.

A plug-in hybrid version - based on the same technology which already features in the Prius - is apparently possible, but isn't part of Toyota's immediate plans.

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The driving dynamics of this prototype are 90% representative of the final car, Koba says. Toyota's development team have benchmarked the car against a variety of key cars, including the Audi Q3 and Volkswagen Golf, while steering feel was modeled on that of the Skoda Yeti.

Our route takes in country roads and cobbled urban streets. The C-HR feels well planted on the road, with a tight turning circle considering its size. There's still work to be done when it comes to NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), Koba admits, and certainly there's more than a fair share of wind noise in the cabin - not helped by the camouflage wrapping applied to our test car.

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