Toyota is known for offering consumers reliable cars that will go the long haul without headaches and won’t leave you bankrupt. Well, nothing has changed there. Over the years, they’ve also built an impressive portfolio of vehicles, ranging from entry-level cars like the Toyota Starlet to heavy hitters such as the Supra and Land Cruiser. 

In 2020 the brand launched a facelift version of their trendy C-HR crossover, and it still looked as impressive as the day it first came into our market. Aside from its aesthetics, the Japanese also worked on the vehicle’s suspension and driving dynamics, and the result was a car that looked good and handled better. Now, a year after the introduction of the facelift, Toyota has sprinkled some angel dust over the top-spec Luxury variant C-HR. This means more features and some aesthetic changes.

Design

As if the C-HR’s exterior wasn’t already an alluring car, Toyota went and made some revisions to it. Firstly, it receives sequential turn indicators and revised light clusters. The lights in these clusters now have an LED beam, and it doesn’t end there, in this Luxury spec the foglamps are also LED. What you do to the front you also do to the rear, right? It only makes sense. We now see a revised set of taillights in the crossover, with what is referred to as a “dramatic three-segment LED design”. The devil is in the detail, and Toyota has figured this out. If you’re wondering what colours are on offer, there are five combinations to choose from – White Pearl, Passion Red, Lunar Metallic, Cosmic Blue and Inferno Orange Metallic. Don’t be intimidated by the fancy names, these are still colours as you know them. The C-HR can be had with a two-tone colour treatment if you so wish.

Tech and features

From a safety perspective, the C-HR is kitted with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), but things have changed slightly in this upgraded variant. It now boasts all-speed adaptive cruise control, and the existing lane departure alert system has been tweaked to include a lane trace function. Simply put, this new feature can detect lane markings on the road and assist in keeping the vehicle within these lines by making steering wheel adjustments for you as you go. 

Other features on offer in the Luxury trim include keyless entry and keyless start. Rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rear mirror and in-car Wi-Fi with 15GB of complementary data are also included.

Engine

Still holding things down is the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, which services the whole range. Despite being a small capacity motor, it offers respectable punch, something we can attest to after experiencing the new vehicle during its launch in 2020. It produces 85kW and 185Nm and is only available with a CVT gearbox in this Luxury spec.

Toyota C-HR Price

C-HR 1.2T                                                                                                    R 402 300

C-HR 1.2T Plus                                                                                           R 436 300

C-HR 1.2T Plus CVT                                                                                   R 449 300

CHR 1.2T Luxury CVT                                                                               R 519 900