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7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Toyota C-HR

£29,940£32,420
7/10
Overall verdict
The looks are polarising, but if you want it, you’ll really really want it.
 

For: 

Bold design inside and out, pleasant and surprisingly adept chassis

Against: 

Naff trim, shocking rear vision, droney hybrid

Overview

What is it?

This is Toyota showing it’s not asleep at the wheel by actually putting some effort into designing a car for once. In actual fact, it’s a small crossover hatch based on the new Prius’s platform and available with either hybrid power or an underpowered 1.2-litre turbo which is, nevertheless, the engine to go for. 

But in the main, this is a car all about the design, from its willfully OTT bodywork to the cabin, which is Toyota’s best effort since the Supra. And because the Coupe High-Rider’s chassis was set up by a racing fan, it’s actually sweeter to drive than most of Toyota’s other cars, despite being a tall, not especially lightweight faux-SUV.
 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 Hybrid Orange Edition 5dr CVT
8.2s 92g/km 184 £32,420
The cheapest
1.8 Hybrid Dynamic Launch Edition 5dr CVT
11.0s 87g/km 72.4 122 £29,940
The greenest
1.8 Hybrid Dynamic Launch Edition 5dr CVT
11.0s 87g/km 72.4 122 £29,940

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