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I've had my C-HR Design for 2 and a half years now. My dealership have asked me a couple of times if I would be interested in trading it in for a new one. Today I've had an email from Toyota Financial Services and looking at what they have to say, I could upgrade to the either the Excel or GR sport and be paying less than I currently am for my Design spec. So it got me looking. I've visited the Toyota website and have had a look around. When I've visited the website and built a model, clicking on the finance options, I find that I can actually get an even better deal on finance than Toyota Financial Services were suggesting.
It was in the building of the options that I've come across something I've not been able to find an answer to. I did a comparison between my Current Spec, the Excel and the Sport.
Now I was under the impression they all three have the same engine and that being so I would expect the same sort of economy, but that does not appear to be the case. There are quite a number of differences. What does the Excel have that the others don't? I can't help but think I am missing something obvious on the Toyota website, but I've been looking for an age now and cannot see what it is

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As soon as I post, I find the answer. Left is the Excel and right the Design specs ... They've not been consistent in their comparison figures, showing a min and max for one and just a single figure for the other

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GR Sport has bigger wheels, updated suspension and a few other bits.

Guess they are short of decent second hand stock so looking to get some. Only caveat would be what delivery time are they suggesting? 5-6months is pretty much the minimum at present
 

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There both the top trim options - Excel is a luxury trim & GR Sport is a sporty looking trim with slightly stiffer suspension & 19" alloy wheels.

Both specs are available with both hybrid engine options.

The Excel is only available in a limited range of exterior colours - the GR Sport has lots more exterior colours available plus it comes with the black BI tone roof.

Excel has an electric drivers seat, leather interior & heated steering wheel.

GR Sport doesn't have any of that - you can add the optional Alcantara pack which also brings the electric drivers seat.
No heated steering wheel available on GR Sport

Both Excel & GR Sport can have the optional JBL audio upgrade.
 
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I had to pop in to the dealers this morning as I have a problem with my road sign recognition not working properly. It seems to be reading Kph and not Mph. I cannot find how to check how the distance unit is set and the only thing I could find was how to switch between mpg and Km/l. They couldn't help either this morning and so it has to go in next week. I asked about lead times ... They suggested it would be August
 

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I've driven both an 1.8 Excel & a 2.0 GR Sport.

The Excel spec was nice but it just wasn't for me so I ordered a GR Sport.

Yes a heated steering wheel would have been a nice touch but it wasn't a deal breaker.

At the end of the day it's your money, look at both trim options & power unit options then pick what suits you best before placing a order.
 
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I had to pop in to the dealers this morning as I have a problem with my road sign recognition not working properly. It seems to be reading Kph and not Mph. I cannot find how to check how the distance unit is set and the only thing I could find was how to switch between mpg and Km/l. They couldn't help either this morning and so it has to go in next week. I asked about lead times ... They suggested it would be August
My road sign recognition system did exactly the same a few weeks ago, checked all the settings, couldn't find any problems there, so I switched it off for a few days and when I put it back on again it was working perfectly.
 

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I changed the units from MPH to KPH and then back again and that seemed to rectify it for me. When I originally mentioned this on Saturday, there were mutterings from the dealership of it being something that was already subject to a recall notice. I've not heard anything on those lines though
 

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I've driven both an 1.8 Excel & a 2.0 GR Sport.

The Excel spec was nice but it just wasn't for me so I ordered a GR Sport.

Yes a heated steering wheel would have been a nice touch but it wasn't a deal breaker.

At the end of the day it's your money, look at both trim options & power unit options then pick what suits you best before placing a order.
My other half suffers from circulation problems, so a heated steering wheel was a deal breaker for us. In fact, it was what we used to filter our car search. And it's been real nice on these cold winter days!! Especially as the car takes longer than my old car to warm up internally.
 

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Sometimes, the RSR system picks up speed signs on back of foreign lorries I’ve found. It soon corrects though on next legitimate road sign.
 
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