- Hybrid drivetrain looks good on paper
- 1.2 designed to deliver in real life, too
- Five-year/100,000-mile warranty
Hybrids always deliver impressive on-paper efficiency figures, and the C-HR is no exception, with claimed fuel consumption of 74.3mpg on 17-inch wheels and 72.4mpg on the larger 18-inch wheels. In practice, how close you get to these figures will depend on how you sympathetically you drive it.
The 1.2-litre turbo is an interesting example of modern engine downsizing. While most rival brands are using small three-cylinder engines, Toyota has chosen to stay with four cylinders – because it believes this will allow owners to get closer to the claimed fuel economy figures, which are as high as 47.9mpg (depending on wheels and drivetrain).
The 1.2 also has the unusual ability to switch between two different fuel cycles (Otto and Atkinson for the technically minded) on the fly, allowing it to prioritise economy or performance as required.
All C-HRs come with stop-start technology and a five-year/100,000-mile warranty, and taxation levels are competitively low – especially in the case of the class-leading hybrid, which emits just 86-87g/km CO2.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||109p||£1,054 - £1,126 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions. Fuel prices are updated daily.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||12 months or 10,000 miles, whichever is sooner.|
|Warranty||Five years or 100,000 miles, whichever is sooner|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£0 - £150
See tax rates for all versions
14 - 16
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
One of the reasons Toyota doesn’t like diesels is because they typically have much higher NOx emissions than petrol engines – placing the Japanese firm well ahead of the current environmental concerns curve.
As for CO2, the hybrid is particularly impressive under test conditions, emitting 86-86g/km, depending on wheel size. The 1.2 turbo C-HR achieves a slightly less awe-inspiring 134g/km best – and that’s with the front-wheel drive CVT automatic.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|1.8 Hybrid Hybrid||86 g/km (Min)||£0 - £130|
|1.2T Petrol||144 g/km (Max)||£140 - £150|
- Toyota has a strong reliability reputation
- This is an all-new model, though, so time will tell
The CH-R is a new model based on a platform that was only introduced in 2015, so it’s a little early to make a definitive call here. However, Toyota has built its reputation on providing reliable transport, consistently performing highly in all kinds of satisfaction surveys, and we have no reason to suspect this will change just because it is now placing greater emphasis on style and driving enjoyment.
So although the firm has had some recall issues that have made the news in recent years, we would certainly expect the C-HR to prove generally dependable – even if the 1.2-litre turbo engine is also a relatively new innovation. By comparison, the hybrid technology is a refined version of a system that is now four generations old, and should prove trouble-free.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No reported problems.|
|Engine / gearbox||No reported problems.|
|Other||No reported problems.|