The South African compact family car/crossover segment is abuzz following the introductions of the Hyundai Creta and Toyota C-HR in quick succession. Ciro de Siena examines these newcomers' interior features in the studio and then tests the pair on the road...
Hyundai is currently the fourth-largest seller of new passenger vehicles in South Africa. And, with the Creta, the firm’s hoping to move up to third place — that's how much how confidence the Korean brand has in this newcomer.
And, besides the pricing, which is at the top end of this segment, there's not much that we don't like about the Creta. We tested the top-of-the-range 1.6 CRDi Auto derivative and were impressed with the pliant ride quality, the premium feel of the interior, a generous standard specification and a glut of safety features.
During our time with the new C-HR, we found it did something that possibly no Toyota has ever done before: stop people in their tracks, eager to get a closer look at this striking new compact crossover. This car is certainly a bold move for Toyota. For a brand long synonymous with hugely popular but ultimately bland vehicles, the C-HR is designed to challenge, to provoke and to stir emotion. And we found it to be very successful in that respect.
However, we wanted to know, how successful is it as a vehicle that you might use on a daily basis? We brought it into our studio for an in-depth look and we also hit the streets of Cape Town for a road test, to assess the performance of the new 1.2-litre turbopetrol motor and overall ride quality of the vehicle.
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