Despite making a fashionably late arrival to the small crossover market, the 2018 Hyundai Kona has certainly made a grand entrance on appearances alone. Funky? You bet. Even against the hot sellers and mover’n’shakers – CX-3, ASX, XV, HR-V – largely responsible for skyrocketing the popularity of form and fashion over pure family-friendly functionality, the Kona appears, literally, to lob into trendy leading edge of style.
But it’s really the recent arrival of the funkier-than-James-Brown Toyota C-HR that’s hit the crossover market with biggest impact, both stylistically and critically. Of its win against three key rivals from Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi in comparison back in March, our verdict was that “the most interesting Toyota on sale bar the 86” is “the coolest car in segment by a mile” and “that moves the segment forward enough to be our first recommendation, whether the C-HR in question is in base form or Koba spec.”
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