The Toyota C-HR Hybrid is a small SUV that features a striking design and Toyota’s well proven hybrid technology. Since the introduction of the Nissan Juke in 2010, the market for small SUVs and crossovers has exploded with models like the Ford Puma, Renault Captur and SEAT Arona. However, not many of the cars now in the class can rival the C-HR Hybrid for its advanced powertrains and efficiency. While it used to be offered with a manual transmission, four-wheel drive and a 1.2-litre petrol engine, the revised 2019 C-HR is only available with 1.8-litre or 2.0-litre hybrid powertrains.
Fuel economy for the CH-R Hybrid is impressive, as are its CO2 emissions. The 1.8-litre model claims an official figure of up to 57.9mpg while emitting from 110g/km of CO2. The 2.0-litre hybrid can manage up to 53.2mpg and from 120g/km CO2. Those figures mean that even if you do a lot of miles, you no longer need to buy a diesel engine. The combination of hybrid power and an automatic gearbox makes it ideal for urban driving too.
The dashboard design is a big step forward for Toyota, with plenty of soft touch and glossy black surfaces appealing to both the eye and the hand. It’s a modern and sleek interior and one owners are likely to appreciate both on initial impressions and over time.
All C-HRs come with LED auto headlights and LED daytime running lights. You also get alloy wheels, a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control and an eight-inch touchscreen that’s neatly integrated into the swooping lines of the dashboard. It was upgraded in later 2019 too, with DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now all standard, and Toyota’s dated LCD clock has been removed.
As it’s a conventional hybrid rather than a plug-in model, the C-HR doesn’t have an all-electric range as such and its batteries are charged by the 1.8-litre or 2.0-litre petrol engine or from energy harnessed while you drive. Take it easy around town and you’ll be cruising around silently on battery power alone at low speeds, although go faster and the C-HR relies more on the petrol engine than it does the electric motor.