Toyota C-HR (2016) Review

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Toyota C-HR (2016) At A Glance

Outstanding ride, road holding and handling. A pleasure to drive. 1.2 petrol or 1.8 hybrid. Solid build quality. More power and performance from 184PS 2.0 C-HR from January 2020. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard.

Rear headroom is tight for tall adults. High load deck. 1.8 Hybrid wasn't as fun to drive as the 1.2 manual. No diesel engines.

Insurance Groups are between 14–16
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

After years of playing it safe with dull but worthy cars, the C-HR is a welcome return to more interesting car design for Toyota. But angular, coupe-crossover styling isn’t all the C-HR has going for it – it’s economical, practical and good to drive. The only problem is its steep price.

There is no diesel engine choice, just a 1.2-litre turbo petrol or a 1.8-litre hybrid. The hybrid is obviously the one to go for if you drive in town and value economy, but both are quiet and refined. Most buyers will be happier with the 1.2-litre though, since it has a slick manual transmission and perky, if not blistering performance. Performance was singnificantly increased from the 2020 model year with anoptional 2.0 litre 184PS petrol engine, while the 1.2 turbo petrol was dropped from the UK model line up.

On country roads the C-HR’s handling really shines. The suspension does a great job of blending accurate and grippy handling with smooth, quiet ride quality. For potholed roads and speed bumps it’s very impressive. And ideal for typical British tarmac.

Inside, there’s a stylishly laid out and well-built cabin with plenty of neat touches like a coloured dashboard inlays and door cards. It’s comfortable up front, with plenty of adjustment in the driving position. The back row is fine for most but legroom can get a little tight with tall occupants up front.

The boot is well-shaped and provides plenty of space at 377 litres, so there won’t often be cause to fold the rear seats down. But for those bulky loads they do fold, although unfortunately not flat, which will make getting some things in and out awkward.

All versions of the C-HR come well-equipped, with a touchscreen system, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, auto high beam and lane departure alert. The essentials are all standard, but higher trims gain leather upholstery, navigation, automated parking and other luxuries.

Apple CarPlay and Android auto were added to the C-HR infotainment spec from 2020 model year.

There’s not much wrong with the Toyota C-HR. The bold styling might not be everyone’s cup of tea and, despite a Real MPG of 58.2 for the 1.8 hybrid, the lack of a diesel engine might  reduce the appeal for high mileage drivers. But the generous standard equipment, strong build quality and excellent road manners make up for any shortcomings. List prices are high compared to the competition - but being a Toyota you can expect this to be incredibly reliable.

Toyota C-HR 2016 Road Test

Toyota C-HR 2.0 Hybrid 2019 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Toyota C-HR (2016)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

79%

Real MPG

24–69 mpg

MPGs submitted

230

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ASK HJ

Can you recommend a plug-in hybrid for us?
My wife and I are both in our 70s and we have two cars (a Renault Scenic and a Citroen C3) but we would like to go down to one. This will probably be our last car and we would like a plug-in hybrid as we both feel that an electric car would be too inflexible. We would like something no bigger (and preferably smaller) than the Scenic but reasonably high in order to make getting in and out of it easy. What would you recommend?
I'd be tempted to avoid the plug-in hybrid and choose a self-charging hybrid. The latter doesn't have any plugs or leads to worry about and you'll get a lot more for your money, as plug-hybrids tend to be quite expensive. My recommendations would be: Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate 1.8 hybrid: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/corolla-touring-sport-2019/ Or the C-HR crossover: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/c-hr-2016/ Lexus NX: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/lexus/nx-2014/ I'd also recommend looking at nearly new examples of the above cars, we there are lots of low-mileage 2020 and 2019 cars on the used market right now: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/?age=1&l=0&miles=1000
Answered by Dan Powell
I want to buy a hybrid but they're being phased out in 2030. Should this stop me?
Up until last night, I was set upon selling my eight year old diesel Kia Sorento and going a bit greener by buying a one year old Toyota C-HR Dynamic Hybrid (approx £25,000 from main dealer). Two friends told me that this would be a bad move as "hybrids are to be phased out by 2030" and it's a much more sensible option to buy an adblue diesel. I've never heard of these and don't know if I should be dissuaded from buying the Toyota - which I fancy more because of its style. Can you please comment? Thanks.
You should buy whichever engine currently suits your needs best. If you cover a lot of motorway miles (more than 12,000 a year), a diesel would be better. For lots of short journeys or more town driving, go for a hybrid.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the most comfortable, fuel-efficient SUV?
I'm looking for an SUV that's easy to get into, comfortable to drive for hours at a time and has good fuel economy. Long journeys would be on motorways/dual carriageways. I'm looking at Nissan Qashqai 1.5 diesel, Peugeot 2008 and 3008. Any help, please?
Skoda Karoq, Toyota C-HR, Lexus NX and Peugeot 3008 are the best for comfort. Might also want to consider the Mazda CX-30. We're running a CX-30 long term currently and it's very good - but there's no diesel-engined models in the UK.
Answered by Dan Powell
We want a small 4x4 hybrid. Should we wait for the newest Jimny or look elsewhere?
Can you please recommend a small 4x4, automatic, hybrid? Our first choice was a new Suzuki Jimmy and we've been on several dealer waiting lists for over a year now and getting tired of waiting. Second choice would be a Suzuki Ignis but I can't see an automatic option, ditto a Panda Cross. Would really appreciate your help.
If you need the car for off-roading then it might be better to wait for the Jimny or buy a nearly new model on the used market: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Suzuki/Jimny/?age=2&l=0 If you do not plan to use the car off-road then it might be better to buy a front-wheel drive car and fit a good quality set of all-season tyres. These will give you the extra grip you need in the winter months. In this case, I'd recommend the Toytota C-HR: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/c-hr-2016
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Toyota C-HR (2016) cost?

Buy new from £22,634 (list price from £26,200)
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