Toyota C-HR Review 2022

Toyota C-HR At A Glance

5/5

+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.

New prices start from £28,460
Insurance Groups are between 14–22
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.

Looking for a second opinon? Why not read heycar's Toyota C-HR review.  

Toyota C-HR 2016 Road Test

Toyota C-HR 2.0 Hybrid 2019 Road Test

Real MPG average for a Toyota C-HR

RealMPG

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

24–70 mpg

MPGs submitted

288

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Should I fit all-season tyres?
"My Toyota C-HR is fitted with Michelin Primacy 3 tyres which are suitable for air temperatures above 8 degrees centigrade. Is this the correct tyre for this country? Should I be fitting Michelin CrossClimate tyres? Can I run with two new CrossClimate tyres and 2 existing tyres safely?"
Whether you switch from summer tyres (the Primacy 3 tyres) to Cross Climates (all-season tyres) is personal preference, but given the adverse weather conditions the UK often faces it may be worthwhile. All season tyres have slightly less dry grip if you're an enthusiastic driver, but they are better all-round in wet and cold conditions. As for running CrossClimates on one axle: it's not ideally recommended for long-term use because the tread profiles will be completely different, which could have an effect on wet handling or braking.
Answered by Lawrence Allan
Which hybrid cars do you recommend with a higher driving position?
"What would be a suitable hybrid car as a replacement for a 2010 Ford C-Max TDCi? I like the high driving position that a C-Max gives. I do mostly local driving and longer journeys 4-5 times a year. My budget is about £16,000. Reliability and low cost are fairly important. "
The Toyota C-HR might be worth a look, your budget will get you a car from 2018 with Toyota's 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid engine. The C-HR is a small SUV so you get a raised driving position, while its hybrid engine should return excellent fuel economy in a mixture of driving. You will notice the C-HR is tighter in the back than your C-Max, if that's an issue the Toyota Prius+ is an MPV version of its popular petrol-electric hybrid. It is more spacious than the C-HR if not as stylish. Reviews of both cars are below. C-HR: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/c-hr-2016/ Prius+: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/priusplus-2012/
Answered by Russell Campbell
Problems with Toyota C-HR, what can I do?
"I bought a new Toyota C-HR GR Sports hybrid 1.8. I had a very poor handover of the vehicle. Parts were not fitted as well as accessories missing. However, on complaining it appears that some rubber plugs to chassis had not been fitted. My concern is that the car has been used in lots of wet weather over the winter months as well as done 2,000 miles, the plugs are now fitted and I'm worried that water, road salts and grit etc may have entered the chassis and then sealed in with the plugs and that premature rusting from inside the chassis may be accelerated due to this. Is there anything that can be done to solve this?"
I'd have the car inspected at another Toyota garage or an independent. If issues are found, stick the results in a kindly worded letter to the dealer requesting that the car is properly dried and treated – with wax-oil or similar – as a preventative measure. Toyota is generally very good for customer service so if your request falls on deaf ears I would escalate the complaint Toyota UK. For more on your consumer rights, see: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/how-to-reject-a-car-your-consumer-rights/
Answered by Russell Campbell
What should we buy to replace our Toyota Auris?
"I am about to part exchange my 2012 Toyota Auris and can't decide what to go for. The car has been almost faultless in the eight years I have owned it and I will miss it but my wife wants something more modern. Top of the requirement list is reliability and safety. We can spend perhaps £15,000 or so. Should I go for a medium SUV which would have better all round vision and perhaps easier access as we are both pensioners? We prefer diesel engines but can't have one as we only do a small mileage and would have DPF problems. We have a reasonable relationship with our local Toyota dealer but their range doesn't seem to offer something suitable. I read the the newer Auris is lower than ours which might make getting in and out of it more difficult What would you suggest as a replacement? We don't want a hybrid."
I would encourage you to try the new Toyota Corolla – the Auris replacement is available for £15,000 or less. It is a hybrid – so I'm playing devil's advocate, here – but it does get great fuel economy, is safe and reliable. It also has a taller driving position than most hatchbacks. The Toyota CH-R is also worth a look. It'll come in around the top of your budget but the 1.2-litre petrol models are less popular than the hybrids and you should be able to get a nice example for less than £15,000. The CH-R has a raised ride height and will about match your Auris for interior space. It's also very reliable and won't cost much to run. Links to both cars' reviews below: Corolla: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/corolla-2019/ C-HR: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/c-hr-2016/
Answered by Russell Campbell
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