Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Toyota C-HR?

We're very impressed with the C-HR, and would recommend one if you're in the market for a hybrid SUV that's a little left-of-centre, and you don't need oodles of space. It offers a great blend of low running costs, an engaging drive and lots of standard equipment in a distinctive, well-made package. 

While the bestselling 1.8 Hybrid will suit most buyers down to the ground - especially if the car is used mostly around town - we'd recommend the more powerful 2.0 Hybrid if you regularly venture away from urban areas. The extra power is very useful and makes the C-HR a much more refined companion over longer distances, while the extra work that's been done to improve refinement over the 1.8 has really worked. It's also impressively economical without even trying. 

If, however, you're not fussed about more performance, the entry-level car could be a worthwhile option. It'll be the cheapest to buy and run with over 50mpg easily achievable, while Icon spec still comes with a generous amount of kit including various driver assistance and safety aids, LED lights, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a reversing camera and climate control. We'd recommend upgrading to the Design, however, as useful touches like automatic lights and wipers and all-round parking sensors are included, as well as sat-nav and heated front seats.

If you love the C-HR's challenging styling inside and out, you'll be pleased to know it will be an easy car to live with. You'll get all the benefits of the five-year warranty and Toyota's famed reliability, too. We liked it so much, we picked the C-HR as our Parkers New Car of the Year in 2018, and during our extended test of the car we've found that it's an excellent choice as a family car as well as being fun to drive and great on fuel.

However, if the practicality issues are too much of a compromise, the Kia XCeed offers a similarly rewarding drive with more family-friendly space and lower prices, while a Peugeot 3008 offers even more space for a similar price. Finally, a DS 3 Crossback is just as distinctive if you fancy some French flair. We can also recommend these cars if you find the CVT style gearbox too annoying and loud to get on with.