New Toyota C-HR: prices, specs and release date

Order books open for Toyota’s Qashqai rival; radically styled SUV available with hybrid or petrol power

The new Toyota C-HR is now on sale in the UK, with prices starting from £20,995. The Nissan Qashqai, SEAT Ateca and Honda CR-V competitor is available with three trim levels, two engines and front or four-wheel drive. Unlike many rivals, however, there’s no diesel option, but Toyota’s continued investment in hybrid technology should ensure those after maximum efficiency are catered for.

Read our full Toyota C-HR review here

We first saw the C-HR (coupe high rider) at the Paris Motor Show in 2016, where its concept car-esque looks impressed attendees and marked a sharp departure for Toyota’s design team – particularly compared to the conservatively styled Toyota RAV4 SUV.

The new Toyota C-HR is aimed at buyers seeking the high driving position and imposing stance of an SUV together with the low running costs of a hatchback. It shares many mechanical components with the Toyota Prius and is available with that car’s 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid setup or a more affordable 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. UK customers can choose from three trim levels, with Icon being the cheapest.

Toyota C-HR styling

Viewed from the front, the new Toyota C-HR looks like a cross between a modern Lexus and the Toyota RAV4. High front wings, pronounced air intakes and swooping LED lights, which run half the length of the bonnet, contribute what Toyota calls its “expressive visual signature”, while at the rear a roof-mounted spoiler and the sculpted boot compete for aesthetic attention. The sharply tapered rear windows and hidden back door handles justify – at least in part – the coupe aspect of the C-HR’s name.

Toyota C-HR interior

Inside, the new C-HR comes with Toyota’s tried-and-tested Touch 2 infotainment system as standard. This comprises an eight-inch touchscreen that sits proudly atop the dashboard to free up space lower down, and is angled towards the driver for a commanding and enveloping ambiance.

Considerable attention has been paid to material quality, reflecting Toyota’s intent to pitch the new car against upmarket rivals. Blue dials and lighting, together with piano-black trim inserts, lend the C-HR a modern ambience inside, while customers can choose from grey, black-on-blue or black-on-brown interior colour schemes.

Toyota C-HR equipment & options

All C-HRs will come with Toyota’s ‘Safety Sense’ package, which includes a lane-departure warning system with steering control, road-sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision system with pedestrian warning.

Entry-level C-HRs are badged Icon, and this trim includes the Touch 2 infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, a DAB radio, a reversing camera and 17-inch alloy wheels. Upgrading to Excel costs £3,000 and brings 18-inch alloys, part-leather seats and sat nav.

The range-topping Dynamic model is a further £2,000 and includes all-round LED lights, a contrasting roof and various interior trim upgrades, including anodised the blue dashboard inserts seen above. There'll also be a special nine-speaker stereo system developed with car audio specialist JBL.

Toyota C-HR hybrid technology

Because it's based on the same TNGA platform as the latest Toyota Prius hatchback, it's no surprise that the C-HR benefits from Toyota's latest hybrid technology.

The most efficient hybrid model will use a developed version of the Prius' 1.8-litre petrol engine and electric motor combination, driving the front wheels, returning 74.3mpg and emitting just 86g/km of CO2.

Choose the turbocharged 114bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine and economy drops to 47.9mpg, while the four-wheel-drive model (which isn’t available with the hybrid setup) manages just under 45mpg. An automatic CVT gearbox is standard with the hybrid and optional with the 1.2-litre petrol engine.

Toyota tells us that the C-HR’s chassis has been tuned specifically to suit European driving habits, with minimised body lean, a smooth ride and well weighted, accurate steering to maximise driving enjoyment.

Toyota C-HR price and release date

The Toyota C-HR is on sale now, priced from £20,995 for the 1.2-litre Icon, to £27,995 for the hybrid Dynamic model; first deliveries are expected imminently.

You can read our full review of the Toyota C-HR by clicking here.

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