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The Top Gear car review: Toyota C-HR

Overall verdict
C-HR handles well and looks quirky, but hybrid and infotainment systems let the package down


More powerful engine, CarPlay arrives, handling as good as ever


Noisy hybrid system, dated infotainment, more expensive base price


What is it?

Bad news! Toyota has killed off’s favourite drivetrain in the C-HR. Yep, whilst it may not seem like it, the coupe/crossover type thing has been on sale for two years already. So, whilst giving it a slight facelift and a few updates here and there, Toyota has taken the opportunity to axe the 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo with its slick six-speed manual ‘box. Booo.

Much as we liked it, almost nobody bought the dinky petrol-only engine in the UK. In fact, less than 10 per cent of the roughly 270,000 C-HR sales so far have featured that combination – all of the rest are 1.8-litre hybrids.

Those sales figures gave Toyota a mandate to make the C-HR a hybrid-only model on our shores (the 1.2 remains on sale in the rest of Europe), bringing it in line with the RAV4. Customers still need choice, though, so in comes a 2.0-litre four-cylinder hybrid system similar to one we first saw in the new Corolla.

The C-HR’s looks may be polarising, but they clearly worked with the British buying public. It’s no surprise to see that very little has changed with this facelift then. Squint hard enough and you might just notice the bolder grille with repositioned fog lights, or the ever-so-slightly different light signature at both ends. There’s also a new body-coloured front splitter and chrome-infused rear diffuser, but the awkward rear door handles remain.

Thankfully the interior gets a few updates, which we’ll come to later on, and there’s an upgraded suspension setup as well as an apparently improved power steering system. 

Toyota says the refreshed C-HR is the first car to be fully designed and developed at its new European facility in Brussels. We reckon the 200 or so employees might have slightly more to do when the next call comes, though.

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