That time I fell in love with a car

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to get the chance to borrow the brand new Toyota CHR for the weekend and boy was Bobby pleased with the prospect of trying this baby out. I have been a Toyota fan since learning to drive in a Yaris 8 years ago and subsequently bought myself one several years later when I’d saved up enough money. Fast forward to this year and I can’t believe that my blog has given me the chance to borrow an incredible car for a whole weekend.

So here’s some facts about the car:

It’s a Hybrid meaning it runs on both electric and petrol making it a very economical vehicle.

It comes in both Automatic and Petrol as well as 2-wheel and 4-wheel drives.

It has a super quiet start-up when you switch on the engine – it was eerie to get used to at first.

We borrowed the car on the Friday evening after work and left my trusty Yaris in the care of the dealership as it was due its service the following day anyway. When we went to the dealership the lovely Manager Ian welcomed us before Mark showed us what the car could do and how to use it to the best of its capabilities. Once that was done, it was time to cruise home in the smoothest ride and show off the car in all its glory.

Some of my favourite things in the car were the reversing cameras to assist with parking and pulling off our driveway, the heated leather seats which were a dream, the sat nav which is easy to use and the media screen was simple to navigate. I also really loved driving an Automatic car which I was dreading to begin with but now I’m sad I have to drive my manual car again : ( The camera assists really makes driving a lot less stressful and can be a nice help when parking the CHR.

We decided to drive mainly around York on the Saturday and boy did it catch people’s attention! The car really is eye-catching and looks incredible so I’m not surprised as I loved walking up to the car and getting into it. On the Sunday we drove round the Yorkshire Moors showing how well this car really can handle itself on the single track lanes and muddy slopes that we drove down. It was ideal for a bit of countryside driving as well as driving in the city.

Another feature of the car that I loved was having the key in my pocket and being able to open the car without pressing anything. Even if I walked up to the car in the dark, it lit up inside and even projected the car’s name onto the floor from the wing mirrors! I mean how amazing is that?

In a nutshell; this car is incredible. Both Bobby and I loved driving it and neither of us had a negative thing to say about it. It is really quiet to drive, has all the tech if you go for one of the higher spec models and has a huge boot for shopping.

Would I buy one?

Absolutely and we have contemplated it as we are in the market for a new car anyway. This particular model was circa £28k as it had pretty much everything on it but the entry-level versions start from £20k so a more affordable option for some people.


The safety features of the car included braking itself when it felt you weren’t quick enough on the pedal, auto sensors that beeped when you drifted over the lines on the road and even technology that read speed limits to alert you to a change in speed limit in case you had missed the sign yourself. When thinking about these features, it’s important to remember when your MOT and service are due. If you are ever unsure, you can use this handy MOT Checking tool which requires you knowing the vehicle registration, inputting then receiving the date your MOT is due. As easy as that.

Laura x

*Thanks to Vantage Toyota York for lending us this amazing car for the weekend. No payment has been received for this post*

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