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Toyota C-HR SUV running costs and reliability

2017 - 2023 (change model)
Running costs rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by Murray Scullion Published: 10 November 2023 Updated: 13 November 2023

Miles per pound (mpp)

Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Petrol engines 5.0 - 6.1 mpp
Hybrid petrol engines 7.3 - 8.8 mpp
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Fuel economy

Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only.
Petrol engines 34 - 41.5 mpg
Hybrid petrol engines 49.6 - 60.1 mpg
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  • Both hybrid options deliver good fuel economy
  • Easy figures to achieve in real life, too
  • Competitive CO2 figures

What are the running costs?

The C-HR’s hybrid engines boast impressive claimed fuel economy figures across the range. The best news is that the on-paper figures are achievable in real-world driving. 

On a varied route that took in motorways, towns and country roads, we easily hit 52mpg in the 2.0-litre. Interestingly, on a seperate three-hour journey that involved a lot of stop start traffic in a busy city, followed by a motorway blast, we also only managed just above 35mpg. Interestingly, we managed more than 50mpg in the 1.8-litre on an 80-mile motorway cruise.

As self-charging hybrids, neither C-HR variant needs to be plugged in to charge, but you’ll find they still manage to run on electric power a remarkably high percentage of the time, especially in town.

Servicing and warranty

All C-HRs come with a three-year warranty, but this can be extended to as much as 10 years or 100,000 miles if you have the car serviced at a Toyota dealer. Aside from that there’s a 12-year, unlimited mileage corrosion warranty, along with a three-year rust and paint warranty.

Toyota also offers fixed-price service plans that can be paid ahead of time or in monthly instalments, so you can plan your costs.

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Toyota has been building hybrids since the 1990s, so it’s no surprise that the C-HR is supremely efficient.


  • Toyota has a strong reliability reputation
  • Ten-year or 100,000-mile warranty support
  • A couple of recalls

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.

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. By comparison, the hybrid technology is a refined version of a system that is now four generations old, and should prove largely trouble-free.

During the C-HR’s time on sale it has been subjected to two recalls recorded by the DVSA: one for an electrical issue, one for a traction control malfunction and the last one was for a potential fuel leak fault. They all should have been rectified by Toyota for free, though, so it shouldn’t put you off buying a used model.

Finally, the C-HR’s user ratings by Parkers readers isn’t as impressive as other Toyotas, but none of the gripes concern the car’s reliability.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax £0 - £590
Insurance group 14 - 29
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