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Toyota C-HR Review

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      Launch year
      2016
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Hybrid
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Stylish SUV is very frugal

Best bits

  • Excellent in-town fuel economy
  • Generous standard equipment
  • Spacious for a trendy car

Not so great

  • Not as roomy as full-blown SUVs
  • 2.0-litre model is expensive
  • CVT gearbox makes the engine drone when accelerating

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Overall verdict

The Toyota C-HR is a trendy SUV that’s easy to drive and cheap to run, particularly if you go for one of the petrol-electric hybrid models.

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Hop aboard and you’ll find a stylish slim-line dashboard design which looks a little plasticky but feels very solid. The 2019 facelift swapped some of the cabin’s harder plastics for softer materials but it still doesn’t feel as plush inside as an Audi Q2.


The Audi also has a better infotainment system with more logical menus than the system fitted to the Toyota, although this is only an issue in earlier cars because in 2019 Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were standard fit. 


Another area the Toyota isn’t quite up with the best in class is interior space. Yeah, you get loads of room up front but the coupe-style roof means headroom’s not that generous in the back and the resulting small rear windows make it feel like you’re sitting in a dungeon. The boot is also relatively small for an SUV this size. 


This compromised practicality might be harder to swallow if the C-HR’s driving experience failed to live up to its sporty looks but have no fear, the Toyota corners keenly and with little body lean. It’s not a sports car by any means, but it is a car you can drive quickly with confidence.


In town, the light steering makes it ideal for slow-speed manoeuvring and its tall ride height means you don’t have to slow to a crawl going over speed humps. That said, the Toyota's raised driving position is compromised by its poor rearward visibility. 


Despite this, the Toyota is a great town car thanks to its 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid engines. It can run for a few miles on electric power alone, slashing your running costs considerably if you’re used to driving a normal petrol or diesel car in the city. Toyota used to offer a 1.2-litre petrol model but that was dropped in October 2019. 


Whatever the age of the C-HR you buy, equipment levels are generous. All models get a large infotainment screen, active cruise control and a reversing camera. 


That generous list of equipment does make up for the Toyota's high-ish price tag and is another reason why you should consider it if you’re after a trendy car that’s easy to live with. Okay, so some practicality has been sacrificed for its sporty looks, but the Toyota is more spacious than a normal coupe and combines nippy performance with eye-openingly low running costs. 


Is the Toyota C-HR right for you?

You want a car that looks cool but isn’t completely impractical with space for four people and a boot that’ll swallow more than a few bags of shopping. 


The car has to be easy to drive in town and have running costs that won’t burn a hole in your wallet at the petrol station, but it also needs to be nippy enough to deal with faster roads and have enough grip and composure to be fun when the opportunity presents. Oh, and you’d also like it to be built by a manufacturer that has an unparalleled reputation for reliability. 


Answered yes to all of the above? Excellent, then the Toyota C-HR is a car you need to consider.


What’s the best Toyota C-HR model/engine to choose?

While it’s nice to have the extra power of the 184PS 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid, it’s more expensive to buy than the 122PS 1.8-litre version and also a tad less economical on fuel – making the smaller hybrid engine the better allrounder. 


The conventional 1.2-litre petrol, meanwhile, makes a canny used buy but can’t match the economy of the hybrid models.


In terms of trim levels, we’d go for a C-HR Dynamic. To the standard car’s generous list of equipment, Dynamic models add a moody black roof, 18-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights that make the most of the C-HR’s looks.


What other cars are similar to the Hyundai Toyota C-HR?

The Toyota C-HR isn’t short of rivals. If you want an SUV that’s even more eye-catching but also more practical inside, then it’s worth considering the Peugeot 3008 while if you're after hybrid power, the Kia Niro is an excellent crossover that comes as a hybrid or PHEV.


The Skoda Karoq is a worthy alternative if you want a very spacious family car at an extremely competitive price, while the Ford Puma is as stylish as the Toyota and more fun to drive.


What none of these cars can rival is the Toyota’s excellent reliability record and it’s hybrid technology which provides brilliant fuel economy without it needing to be plugged in and charged.


Rating

The Toyota C-HR is a cool looking car but it also does sensible. It’s well-equipped and reasonably spacious inside and it’s hybrid engines offer rock-bottom running costs.

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

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