Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Bold interior won’t be for everyone…
  • …it is functional and easy to use
  • Media system trails behind rival setups

How is the quality and layout?

We like the layered design to the dashboard and the diamond-patterned door inserts, even if these are rather hard to the touch. But there are still large swathes of bland-looking plastics, which do make the intricacies elsewhere seem a little tokenistic.

Much of the exterior is shaped to make you think of diamonds, and reinforcing this message there is a diamond motif throughout the interior – from the shape of the button clusters on the steering wheel and below the infotainment screen to the unusual cut-outs in the rooflining.

Infotainment and tech

The most prominent part of the interior is Toyota’s old-school infotainment screen, standard on every model, which sits proud at the leading edge of the dashboard in a distinctive asymmetrical frame.

It’s high-up in the driver’s eye-line, making it easy to check without looking too far from the road and the physical shortcut buttons around the outside aid ease of use, but it’s still a way behind the systems you’ll find in a VW, especially the graphics and fonts, which look like they’ve been nicked from a Casio watch.

 Still, the C-HR doesn’t place a lot of reliance on a touchscreen, which is good news. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard too.

Comfort

  • Toyota did development work in the UK
  • C-HR deals with bumpy surfaces well
  • Quiet and comfortable

It’s a comfy car to drive. Indeed, on rougher sections of road, the shock absorbers exhibit a fine ability to deal with bumps quickly and smoothly. The C-HR’s platform has been reinforced in key areas with the aim of making it especially rigid, which helps in these circumstances. It does also make for a rather heavy vehicle, though, with top-spec models weighing more than 1,500kg.

Our only criticism here is that the C-HR tends to shake laterally slightly when driving over straight bumpy roads. Fundamentally this isn’t an uncomfortable car (far from it), and excellent seats also help with this, although it’s unfortunate that you’d probably want the electric seats of higher-spec cars to really adjust it fully.