Is there anything interesting about its design?
If nothing else, the C-HR is eye-grabbing. Our car looked striking in 'Atomic Rush' red with machine-finished 18-inch alloys. The deep red looks at home with the black roof and highlights native to the Koba… I saw the same colour on a RAV4 and was nowhere near as impressed.
If you’re not a fan of busy designs, the C-HR may not be for you. All the angles and highlights add up to a bulbous looking front end and an angular rear that proved controversial for most people I showed it to.
Much like the Nissan Juke, the pumped wheel-arches perhaps over-sell the C-HRs sporty intent. I was personally a fan of the terraced rear window and dual-spoiler layout with the nestled rear door handles, though.
Don’t like the scheme of our car? No worries. Toyota says the Koba is its second-most customisable vehicle after the LandCruiser, with over 60 different accessories that can be fitted prior to delivery.
These range from eight colours, all available with a black roof, to neon-coloured stickers and ‘garnishes’ to apply to the front, rear and side of the little SUV. There are also side-steps if you really want them, three different types of roof-rack attachments and eight different alloy wheel designs.
Step inside, and there are some interesting design touches around the cabin. It’s markedly different from the last decade's worth of Toyota offerings, with a sculpted gloss-black centre console, a dash that projects out into the cabin, and unusually for the brand, a consistent ‘diamond’ design theme across everything from the switchgear, to the doors, and roof linings.
There are also a few soft-touch materials in tactical places, as well as a cool-looking chrome shift lever (Nerd Fact: It's reminiscent of the first-generation Lexus IS).
Everywhere you look you’ll spot a neat little detail and it feels cosy, but not claustrophobic, behind the wheel.