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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Toyota C-HR

Overall verdict
The looks are polarising, but if you want it, you’ll really really want it.


Bold design inside and out, pleasant and surprisingly adept chassis


Naff trim, shocking rear vision, droney hybrid


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
1.2T Design 5dr
10.9s 138g/km 46.3 115 £23,905
The cheapest
1.2T Icon 5dr
10.9s 137g/km 47.1 115 £21,620
The greenest
1.8 Hybrid Design 5dr CVT
11.0s 86g/km 74.3 122 £26,515
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