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Published Date: 7/26/2017

As well as enjoying the reputation for producing cars that epitomise reliability, Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is also synonymous with environmentally-friendly hybrid models, having launched the world’s first volume hybrid in 1997.

The masters of hybrid

Since the original Toyota Prius demonstrated to the world the benefits of hybrid motoring; from a smaller CO2 footprint, to increased fuel economy and smooth driving experience, the company’s hybrid tech has been continuously improving. Hybrid is now available on most of the firm’s cars, including the RAV4 SUV and excitingly-styled C-HR urban compact crossover.

At a glance:

In a competitive market segment, one thing’s for sure – Toyota’s C-HR stands out from the crowd with bold, futuristic and attention-grabbing styling, making it perfect for compact SUV drivers seeking a fashionable car with flair and personality. The badge stands for ‘Coupe High Rider’ and is reflected with a swooping roofline, swept-back headlights and plenty of daringly different angles.

Its larger RAV4 sibling has featured in Toyota’s model lineup for some time and now, in its fourth generation guise, remains more aesthetically conventional but nevertheless attractive.

Conclusion: with its sculpted, sleek form – the C-HR edges it in the immediate-impact stakes

If size matters:

Longer than the C-HR by 245mm, wider by 50mm and taller by 110mm, the RAV4 Hybrid’s 501-litre boot unsurprisingly offers added possibilities compared to the C-HR Hybrid’s 377 litres. RAV4’s driver and occupants will enjoy increased space and an even more commanding seating position.

Conclusion: The RAV4’s undeniably bigger, and well suited to Mums, Dads and road trippers

Interior strengths:

Inside, the C-HR’s ultra-modern theme continues. The Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system is positioned in pride of place atop the dashboard which is trimmed with an elegant blue line following its contours. The RAV4 Hybrid’s interior features the same touchscreen system incorporated between the central air vents in a luxurious cabin that feels airy, ergonomically effective and immensely durable.

Conclusion: RAV4 masters traditional – while C-HR aims for quirky

Safety first:

Reinforcing Toyota’s reputation for safety, all RAV4 trim variants are fitted with a reversing camera, Vehicle Stability Control Plus, Trailer Sway Control and many other features as standard. While all C-HR models benefit from Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Road Sign Assist and Automatic High Beam headlights, to name but a few. Both SUVs can be specified with one or more option packs to enhance their luxuriousness, sportiness, practicality and connectivity even further.

Conclusion: Both proudly uphold Toyota’s reputation – with the CH-R a little more technologically advanced

Hybrid motoring:

Cutting edge hybrid powertrains are Toyota’s undisputed domain. The all-new C-HR sees a 1.8-litre petrol engine paired with a 53kW battery to produce upto a combined 122bhp while emitting upto 86g/km combined, and potentially achieving an impressive 74.3mpg on 17” wheels.

The RAV4 Hybrid, meanwhile, utilises a 2.5-litre petrol engine to provide optimum power to its larger body. It works in tandem with the battery to provide drivers with 197 BIN hp of power, backed with CO2 emissions as low as 115g/km and fuel economy as high as 55.4mpg in FWD guise, with AWD optionally available.

Both the C-HR and RAV4 incorporate the creamily smooth CVT gearbox experience that Toyota drivers have become accustomed to.

In numbers:

C-HR
RAV4
  Min Max Min Max
Power (HP) 115 121 143 197
Fuel (comb MPG) 44.8 72.4 43.5 60.1
Emissions (Co2, g/km) 86 144 115 152
Top Speed (mph) 111 118 112 121
0 – 60mph in…. (seconds) 11.4 10.9 10.7 8.4
Price £21,065 £28,085 £24,765 £33,975

 

With the C-HR Hybrid priced from £23,685 in Icon trim and the RAV4 Hybrid specifiable in £29,080 Business Edition Plus trim upward, there really is a luxurious and technology-packed Toyota SUV for everyone, from young adventurers and growing families to business fleet drivers helping reduce their firms’ CO2 footprints.

 

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