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.

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Average performance


Real MPG

24–69 mpg

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Need a £15k car with high seating position, automatic gearbox and petrol engine
"We are both in our 70s with some knee and hip issues but generally quite mobile. My wife has a Suzuki Splash which she is happy with but I find it too low and I have an old Honda CR-V that I love but she finds it too large to drive. We would like to downsize from two cars to one. Can you please recommend possible cars to look at?"
Petrol crossovers have a reputation for being expensive to run. I would recommend buying a petrol hybrid like the Toyota C-HR. The 1.8-litre model will return 58+mpg on-the-road, and the C-HR was rated as one of the UK's most comfortable cars in our latest Satisfaction Index: A budget of £15,000 will get you a C-HR 1.8 hybrid that's three-years-old with a big chunk of its five-year manufacturer warranty still left to run:
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What's the best small SUV?
"Can you tell me which models are the best small SUVs or crossovers?"
The best small SUVs are SEAT Arona 1.0 TSI petrol, Toyota C-HR 1.8 hybrid, Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost and Honda HR-V 1.5-petrol.
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Can you recommend a quiet and comfortable small SUV?
"Am getting ready to replace my 2006 Honda CR-V with a smaller SUV. As I have got older my ears now struggle with tyre noise. Can you recommend a quiet and comfortable small SUV? "
Buy a Toyota C-HR 1.8 petrol hybrid on 17-inch wheels. It'll glide along in silence at low speeds and the 17-inch wheels will generate very little road noise:
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Can you recommend a stylish, used crossover?
"I'm looking for a used, stylish hybrid with higher than usual ground clearance to cope with winter flooding. A small/medium SUV, hatchback or estate will do. What would you recommend, please? Sue"
Toyota C-HR 1.8 hybrid would be my recommendation. It's stylish, good to drive and really comfortable:
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What does a Toyota C-HR (2016) cost?

Contract hire from £221.25 per month