For many years, Toyota was content to offer only one hybrid variant per model, next to its classic thermal versions. But success of its electrified models helping, the Japanese manufacturer has decided to change things with the arrival of the Corolla in early 2019, which could then have a 2.0 180 hp version in addition to the classic 1.8 122 hp, born on the Prius 3. In the same logic, this more powerful engine is also granted to the C-HR, in addition to the 122 hp, at the end of 2019 during its restyling.
The C-HR is 1,500 € more
On par for hybrid variants, and close in prices (the C-HR is posted € 1,500 more than the Corolla), these two Japanese have quite similar arguments to make. If the Toyota style, once quite bland, has really built up in recent years, however, the sedan remains less extravagant than the Japanese SUV whose very distinctive design seems to really please given its commercial success. But since stylistic preferences are very personal, we will confine ourselves to helping you in your choice with more rational arguments, with supporting measures.
Very close spaces on board
With their almost equivalent dimensions (4.39 m for the C-HR against 4.37 m for the Corolla), and an identical wheelbase of 2.64 m, one might expect interiors as spacious as one. ‘other. And this is the case, with even a small surprise since the SUV displays a few extra small centimeters in all dimensions. Not much in reality, which means that in both cases there is enough space for a family, with the possibility of accommodating adults behind. Only problem, the fall of the flag of the C-HR, really falling backwards, requires lowering the head to reach the second row.
No more trunk in the SUV, except to choose the Corolla station wagon
Regarding luggage, the difference is this time greater, still in favor of the higher of the two since it has a volume of 310 Dm3 against only 240 Dm3 for the Corolla, which however benefits from a trunk threshold 5 cm lower. However, there is one important thing to know: sIf you opt for the 180 hp version, in both cases the hold loses a lot of volume because of the presence under the floor of the 12V battery, impossible to fit under the hood in this case front because of the larger size of the 2-liter unit compared to the 1.8 of 122 hp. In 180 hp, the C-HR loses 12 cm of height under the shelf and 80 Dm3 of trunk. And it’s even worse for the Corolla, which sees its hold reduced by 17 cm in height and 90 Dm3 in volume. The only solution if you want a 180 hp Corolla and the trunk, opt for the station wagon which, lengthened by 27 cm (4.65 m), finds a correct trunk volume – 320 Dm3 under the shelf – and five centimeters more legroom behind for an additional price of € 1,000.
Serious dashboards, but dated screens
On the furniture side, we find in both cases serious dashboards, with flexible plastics at the top, but a more classic design on the Corolla. On the other hand, their central screen is not very modern with its very small shortcut keys arranged around it. At least they exist, which is good news for ergonomics. On the other hand, the GPS (optional on the majority of the finishes) is neither very fast nor intuitive to program. Better to focus on your smartphone, which you can connect via Apple Carplay or Android Auto.
Successful chassis for the C-HR
It also remains to be chosen according to their preferences for access on board and driving pleasure. So low sedan or SUV, it’s up to you. Access is easier in the C-HR – at least at the front – but its altitude on the road is not favorable, in theory, to efficiency and driveability. Toyota did a good job all the same, and its SUV has a fairly efficient front end and a good sense of agility, with a fairly straightforward direction. On the other hand, to achieve this result, the C-HR imposes a fairly dry damping, in particular for its rear axle and at low speeds, where a lot of tremors go back to the occupants.
Comfort for the Corolla
The opposite is true in the Corolla, whose progressive suspension makes it one of the most comfortable in the compact category. This is also one of its strong points, which families will appreciate. On the other hand, if its front axle displays good efficiency on dry roads, it slips a little prematurely on wet roads. And its traction is quickly damaged by the torque of the electric motor when the wheels are turned. Be cool on the right pedal in the pins!
And then if you hesitate between the 122 hp or 180 hp versions of these two Toyotas – the supplement is € 2,000 – know that if the 2.0 displays really more dynamic times to overtake on the road (only 5.7 s to go from 80 to 120 km / h for the 180 hp Corolla), its consumption is barely greater than that of the 1.8: only + 0, 2 to + 0.3 l / 100 km.
The 2.0 hybrid 180 hp more pleasant, and almost as sober
In addition, the more powerful of the two reduces the strong revolutions and the unpleasant feeling of skating during acceleration, thanks to its higher torque. Two phenomena due to the particular technology of these Toyota hybrids, whose transmission is carried out by an epicyclic train with CVT effect. A very effective technology to favor the best efficiency of the 4 cylinders with Atkinson combustion cycle, therefore to lower consumption, but which does not adapt well to dynamic use, hilly or worse, mountainous routes, at least in terms of driving pleasure.
So between safe, access on board, comfort, style and price aspects which only really differentiate them, it’s now up to you to choose.