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Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6
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Equipment

4 out of 5 4.0

Toyota C-HR: will my gadgets work?

The Toyota C-HR launches with three trim-level choices: Icon, Excel and Dynamic. Here’s how they fare for standard equipment.

Highlight standard equipment on the Toyota C-HR Icon:

  • Dual-zone climate-control
  • 17-inch alloys
  • Toyota Touch 2 infotainment
  • Front foglights
  • Rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror

Additional highlight standard equipment on the Toyota C-HR Excel:

  • Part-leather seats, with heating in the front
  • Keyless entry
  • Parking sensors
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Electric-folding door mirrors
  • Sat-nav and three-year online services subscription

The Toyota C-HR Dynamic upgrades this further with:

  • Metallic paint with contrast black roof
  • Different 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlamps and foglights
  • Purple upholstery fabric

The Icon can be upgraded with Tech, Leather and Premium packs – the latter including both leather and a specially-developed nine-speaker JBL audio system that’s also optional on the higher trim levels.

All versions are available with Sport and SUV packs, the former adding a mild bodykit, the latter side bars and faux underbody protection. The Protection pack adds mudflaps, rear bumper protector, boot liner and front scuff plates.

Finally, there is also a selection of Entertainment packs, providing various front seat-back docking options for iPads, DVD players and the like – potentially ideal for keeping the kids quiet on a long journey (and distracting them from the lack of light coming in through the tiny rear windows).

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Toyota C-HR SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

Dynamic equipment

Dynamic standard equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
Dynamic optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim

Excel equipment

Excel standard equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav
Excel optional equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim

Icon equipment

Icon standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Icon optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

Safety

4.2 out of 5 4.2

Toyota C-HR: will my child seat fit?

A Toyota Safety Sense package is included as standard on all versions of the C-HR. This means every example sold features:

  • Pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian recognition
  • Lane-departure warning (easily switched off via a button on the steering wheel if you find the beeping annoying)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition – displays signs and speed limits in the instrument cluster
  • Automatic high-beam operation

From mid-range Excel trim upwards, the following additional safety items are also fitted as standard:

  • Blindspot Monitors – looks for vehicles in your blindspots
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert – detects approaching traffic when you’re reversing to make it easier to get out of parking spaces
  • Lane Change Assist – nudges the steering wheel if you attempt to change lane without indicating; again this is easily switched off if you don’t like it (we don’t)

There are also no fewer than eight airbags on every C-HR – the two more unusual items being a driver’s knee airbag and a seat cushion airbag for the front passenger – plus the obligatory electronic stability control.

All of the above are the reason Euro NCAP scored the C-HR its highest award for crash test performance. 

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Toyota C-HR SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 95%
Child Occupant: 77%
Pedestrian: 76%
Safety Assist: 78%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • Small boot
  • Rear visibility not great

You only need to look at the roofline of the C-HR to see that it won’t be as practical as most crossovers.

Toyota C-HR: will it fit in my garage?

Its footprint is small but the C-HR can be difficult to see out of the back of. Acoustic parking sensors come standard on mid-spec models. 


Toyota C-HR: will my luggage fit?

So much so, that at this point in time Toyota only lists a load capacity figure for the boot with rear seats in place – and at 377 litres this is only just competitive with most family hatchbacks. The Nissan Qashqai crams in 430 litres, some 53 litres more.

The C-HR’s rear seats do fold. But if you’re planning on taking it to Ikea, you should be aware that the resulting load area isn’t flat as there’s a considerable lip between boot floor and the back of the seats. This is presumably partially down to the hybrid variant, which stores the batteries for the electric motor under the rear seats.

On the plus side, this means the hybrid has as much boot space as the non-hybrid, and thanks to a relatively low seating position (for a crossover) there is still a reasonable amount of headroom in the rear, and four average-sized adults should fit inside without too much complaint. The rear middle seat is a perfunctory effort, only suitable for short journeys.


Toyota C-HR: will my family fit?

The seating position is higher than in the platform-sharing Prius, however, so you do still get a more commanding view of the road in the front. In the rear you’ll find the windows small and so the rear is somewhat dark; over-the-shoulder visibility for the driver is compromised for the same reason.

Interior storage ranges from a generous glovebox and deep cupholders for back-seat passengers to strangely shallow front door pockets that can result in items escaping during vigorous cornering.

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