Toyota has updated its C-HR adding subtle new features across the range while keeping the price the same.
Prices for the revised crossover start at R429,000, giving it an identical cost to VW’s new offering in the same category – the Taigo.
Both these vehicles are from South Africa’s favourite automakers, and they’re competing in the country’s most popular segment.
Toyota’s C-HR makes use of a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine which generates a total of 85kW and 185Nm.
The front wheels are then driven via a six-speed manual gearbox on the entry-level model, and this results in a net fuel consumption of 6.3l/100km
As for performance, the C-HR can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 10.9 seconds and has a top speed of 190km/h.
Moving to the VW, its 1.0-litre turbo-petrol configuration produces an identical 85kW, though its torque is higher than the Toyota at 200Nm.
A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission powers the front wheels, giving the Taigo a better fuel consumption of 5.4l/100km, too.
The Volkswagen’s stats are also slightly better than the C-HR’s, as it can sprint from 0-100km/h in 10 seconds flat and maxes out at a top speed of 200km/h.
The entry-level C-HR comes standard with daytime running lights, automatic LED headlamps, fabric seats, a multifunction steering wheel, manual air conditioning, a reverse camera, and 17-inch wheels.
A 4.2-inch multi-information display is also included and flanked by two analogue dials, whereas the 8-inch infotainment display gets support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Looking to the Taigo, this VW is equipped with a leather multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an all-digital driver display, manual air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, LED headlights and daytime running lights, a 6.5-inch touchscreen also with smartphone mirroring, and 16-inch alloys.
Additional driver aids on the German comprise front and rear park distance control, cruise control, hill assist, and driver fatigue monitoring.
Despite being almost 12cm shorter, 4cm narrower, and 5cm flatter than the Toyota, the VW’s boot is also noticeably larger providing 440 litres of storage compared to the C-HR’s 328 litres.
The updated Toyota C-HR 1.2T has a South African starting price of R429,000.
This includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty and a 6-year/90,000km service plan.
The VW Taigo 1.0TSI Life has a South African starting price of R429,900.
Each purchase includes a 3-year/120,000km warranty and a 3-year/45,000km service plan.