The new 2.0 hybrid brings big differences compared to 1.8. Accelerations and intermediate accelerations are stronger not only in the city, but also outdoors…
Hybrids are generally conceived as cars whose powertrain shows the greatest advantages in city driving. The slower the acceleration and the more crowded, the less the hybrids consume and thus the less polluting.
In addition, the electric motor provides great support to the petrol in the form of an instantaneous reaction to the gas command, which can be measured with purely electric cars. Practically, the hybrid reacts faster than the best turbo-petrol.
However, everything has its limitations and so do hybrids. For most, intermediate accelerations are strong up to a certain speed. On the highway at 130 km / h, their advantage is already melting in the sense that consumption is not far lower compared to classic cars with SUS engines.
Still, they are more economical even then, but what is the biggest limitation is the intermediate accelerations at high road speeds. All this was valid until recently, while Toyota had only 1.5 and 1.8 hybrids in the “Yaris”, ie “Corolla”.
In the meantime, the engineers worked on introducing a stronger hybrid in the C segment, which will differ from the 1.8 in its more explosive power in difficult working conditions, ie on the highway at higher speeds.
We have to admit that we were spoiled by Toyota’s 2.5 hybrid that is built into the RAV4, Camry and Highlander. It enables stronger accelerations only on electricity in urban driving conditions, while on the highway it provides better intermediate accelerations.
So, it is possible to be economical at the same time, but also strong enough for those more demanding drivers. The Auris, Prius and C-HR crossover lacked something like that. Now the new 2.0 hybrid is installed in the “Corolla” (except for the sedan version) and the car we are testing. Of course, customers can still opt for the 1.8 hybrid whose total system power is 122 hp. Its mission is the lowest possible consumption.
The difference in power is quite large. The new 2.0 hybrid has 62 horsepower more, when looking at the total power of the system. The petrol engine itself has 152 instead of 98 hp, and a more powerful electric motor has been installed, which has 109 instead of 72 horsepower.
All this has led to far better accelerations. While 1.8 to “hundred” accelerates in a round of 11 seconds, the 2.0 hybrid takes 8.2 seconds for the same task. However, the difference in top speed is small – 180 instead of 170 km / h.
The batteries are not the same either – at 1.8 they are lithium, and here they are nickel-metal hydride, although that is not a parameter that will mean something to the owner of a new car in practice.
It’s time to drive. We can’t help but notice the subtle but significant differences from the pre-redesign version of the C-HR. The new graphics are bright, and the dynamic flashers stand out in particular, which look very attractive.
There were no major changes in the interior. Our test model has a luxurious combination of Alcantara and leather seats with a black sky. The premium impression is left by the piano lacquer, as well as a lot of upholstered surfaces, including soft plastic.
The interior design itself is so specific and original that Toyota didn’t want to change too many details during the redesign. Ergonomics are at the highest level.
Behind the wheel you feel as if the car is designed and constructed around your body. The seats are slightly shorter, and the optional Alcantara Pack also includes an electric driver’s seat adjustment.
The only thing we missed was a special compartment for storing a mobile phone; this is how we had to keep it in the glass space.
Until recently, the Toyota C-HR was the only coupe-crossover in the C segment. Due to the low roof line at the rear, it would be expected that there would not be enough space in the back, but it turned out that a person of average height has a very decent comfort for both the head and the knees.
The trunk has a slightly more modest volume, 19 liters less than the 1.8 hybrid. Instead of a spare wheel, there are large compartments, and in one of them it is placed in the battery.
Speaking of it, it should be said that it is a classic battery, so there are no increased replacement costs, as was the case with the original hybrids.
By the way, the equipment is extremely rich already in the basic package. The standard is Toyota Safety Sense, which means that safety is ensured by automatic braking systems with pedestrian detection and avoidance, automatic switching of medium and high beams, active assistance in maintaining the lane, adaptive cruise control, as well as traffic sign recognition.
Right at the beginning of the ride, it is clear that the electric motor has more power compared to 1.8. Accelerations only on electricity are stronger, that is, the moment of “ignition” of gasoline is delayed.
The effect is, in fact, similar to driving a much stronger 2.5 hybrid of 218 hp in a “Toyota RAV4” or “Kemri”, except that these two cars are heavier, so the subjective feeling of acceleration is approximately the same.
We also noticed that the car can go much longer only on electricity. If you make sure that the power delivery indicator does not exceed the limit above which the petrol is activated (in the middle of the green field of the econometer), you will be able to go much more than the previous three kilometers, as earlier hybrids could only go on electricity.
Of course, it all depends on the current battery charge, as well as whether the engine has reached operating temperature. However, we did not manage to achieve very low consumption as possible with the 1.8 engine.
Our average in the city was around 5.5 liters, which is still a very good result, especially if we take into account the much higher power.
Toyota states that it is possible to achieve up to 80 percent of electric driving in the city. In practice, this applies to any situation in which the petrol is switched off, therefore, even when you are slowing down, braking or standing at a traffic light.
We saw for ourselves by selecting this option in the computer board menu. With a slightly more careful driving, with less strong accelerations, we easily reached this figure, and even surpassed it – our maximum was 84 percent of driving with the gas off.
True, the figure refers to the ride started with the engine already warmed up, and the value is reset every time the car is “started”.
With a total of 184 horsepower, the Toyota C-HR enables a very brisk and even sporty ride. As we have already mentioned, the reaction to the gas command is immediate, especially in “sport” mode. This is felt not only in the city, but also when overtaking on the highway, and even on the highway.
The C-HR prefers even and concrete accelerations, to which it responds by raising the speed quickly, without sticking to the seat.
The car clearly responds to the throttle command, with a response that every driver loves – with easy control of acceleration and overtaking.
That is why (not so long ago) the introduced limit of 130 kilometers per hour on our highways is perhaps the ideal pace for this car, with consumption that is around four liters in a constant mode.
The Toyota C-HR 2.0 Hybrid is designed for more temperamental drivers who like strong accelerations and often drive out of town. In line with that, there is a relatively hard suspension, which prevents higher body tilts even when entering sharp curves.
Of course, the car is not extremely sporty, but it can entertain well, and even relax with silence and the absence of vibrations in everyday driving.
Subsidies on two bases
We finally waited for the moment when the buyers of hybrids in our country have some support from the state. The C-HR Hybrid, regardless of the engine, belongs to the group where a subsidy of 2,500 euros is realized when buying a vehicle.
In addition, the tax on the use of a motor vehicle is not paid, which brings another 100 euros of savings per year for registration in the volume of 2.0 liters.
He also brakes when parking
The second C-LUB equipment package has parking sensors as standard, which also enable automatic braking in the event that the driver does not brake in time, in order to avoid damage to the body. So you can’t hitch a car even when you’re careless when parking backwards.
Minimum maintenance costs
Toyota hybrids are known for minimal maintenance costs. There is no great service, there is no replacement of belts, chains, floating flywheels and even the brakes wear out more slowly because the hybrid first brakes with an electric motor, converting kinetic energy into electricity. So, only the oil, filters and brake fluid are changed every two years.
Toyota C-HR 2,0 Hybrid Dynamic Force C-LUB
Petrol engine: volume 1987 ccm, power 112 kW (152 hp) at 6000 rpm, max. torque 190 Nm at 4400-5200 rpm, total system power 135 kW (184 hp), automatic transmission, CVT
Electric motor: with permanent magnet, power 80 kW (109 hp), max. torque 202 Nm, maximum voltage 650 V
Batteries: Ni-MH, nominal voltage 216 V
Dimensions: L / W / H (mm): 4390/1795/1565 mm, wheelbase. distance 2640 mm, boot 358 l, tank 43 l, tires 225/50 R18, weight 1525 kg
Performance: max. speed 180 km / h, acceleration 0-100 km / h 8.2 s, consumption 3.9 / 4.4 / 4.3 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions 92 g / km (NEDC), combined 5.4 l / 100 km (WLTP)
Standard: two-tone body, 18-inch alloy wheels, additionally tinted rear windows, el. lumbar adjustment of the driver’s seat, front seat heaters, ambient lighting, parking sensors with automatic braking, non-contact unlocking and starting of the engine, rain and light sensor, electrochromatic interior. rearview mirror, el. folding mirrors, Toyota Safety Sense (automatic pedestrian avoidance braking, automatic high beam, active lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition), Bi-LED headlights, LED taillights, dual zone automatic air conditioning, multimedia 8-inch display, DAB radio, bluetooth connection, hill-start assist, reversing camera, el. parking brake
Options: Assist Pack (navigation, LED fog lights, LED dynamic rear turn signals, blind spot control, oncoming traffic warning from the rear, holographic printing next to the vehicle), Alcantara Pack (interior in a combination of leather and Alcantara, electric driver’s seat adjustment, steering wheel heating)
Source: Auto magazin by www.magazinauto.com.
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