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Toyota C-HR

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Summary


The Toyota C-HR is a medium-sized SUV/crossover, which was launched onto the UK market in 2016 and quickly became one of the brand’s most popular models. A mildly updated model appeared in late 2019.

The C-HR has received broadly positive reviews from the UK motoring media when it was new to the market, although scores have fallen slightly over time. Referred to by Car as “an interesting alternative to all the usual suspects in the growing crossover segment”, the Toyota C-HR has received particular praise for its distinctive styling, driving dynamics and hybrid option.

That said, it has consistently been criticised for being somewhat compromised on space and visibility as a result of the swoopy styling. In addition, Top Gear is not all that enthused about the crossover’s infotainment, which it calls a “let down”, and Parkers says that the selection of engines available is pretty slim when compared to the options rival brands offer.

As of April 2022, it has an overall Expert Rating of 70% based on 30 reviews published by the British media, which still puts it in the top half of a very competitive field of rivals.

C-HR highlights

  • Efficient hybrid model
  • Distinctive styling
  • Comfortable cabin
  • Engaging to drive

C-HR lowlights

  • Only two engine options
  • Alternatives are more practical
  • Sluggish infotainment
  • Design means visibility suffers

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, hybrid
Price: From £25,625 on-road

Launched: Summer 2016
Last updated: Winter 2020/21
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: March 2017

95%

ADULT OCCUPANT

77%

CHILD OCCUPANT

76%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

78%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 1.8-litre petrol/electric hybrid automatic
Date tested: November 2020

6 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

6.9 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

The rating above only applies to the 1.8-litre hybrid automatic variant of the Toyota C-HR. It does not apply to any other engine/gearbox combination.

Green NCAP, on publishing the results of this 2020 test, commented, “Fuel efficiency in the standard lab tests is very good and pollutant emissions are well controlled. The lack of a gasoline particulate filter (GPF) is regrettable as this would improve its performance even more. Green NCAP is informed that, from the end of 2020, a GPF is fitted to the C-HR. As tested, the C-HR delivers good, balanced scoring in all areas of assessment and the car emerges with a creditable 3½ star rating.”

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Toyota C-HR has received

2020

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Crossover

2019

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Car for City Drivers

2017

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Hybrid SUV

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Toyota C-HRThe Toyota C-HR has received broadly positive media reviews, with our Expert Rating putting it in the top half of a very competitive market.