Toyota C-HR Hybrid - MPG, running costs & CO2
Drive the Toyota C-HR Hybrid carefully and it should provide low running costs
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the harder you drive a car, the more fuel it uses, but as the Toyota C-HR features a 1.8-litre petrol engine and a battery-powered electric motor, this adage applies even more.
That’s because during light driving at low speed, the C-HR can propel itself on battery/motor power alone, leaving the petrol engine dormant and using no fuel at all. Press the accelerator with anything more than a gentle stroke, however, and the engine will come into life, with fuel consumption taking a hit as a result.
Toyota C-HR Hybrid MPG & CO2
Even with those caveats in place, it’s fair to say the C-HR Hybrid should offer low running costs. Its on-paper economy of 74.3mpg is more a point of comparison for other cars than an absolute goal, but you should manage around 55mpg without too much difficulty and 60mpg-plus on longer journeys – arguably ratifying Toyota’s decision not to offer a diesel C-HR.
The C-HR Hybrid’s CO2 emissions are also impressive: it’s classed as a petrol car for the sake of company-car tax obligations, and as it emits 86g/km (grams per kilometre) of carbon dioxide (CO2), it comes in for a low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate of 17%.
Compare that to a SEAT Ateca with a diesel engine (25% BiK depending on the precise model) or even the conventional 1.2-litre C-HR (26% BiK) and it’s clear the hybrid is the one to go for if you’re offered a C-HR by your employer – even after the circa £2,500 extra Toyota charges for the hybrid over the 1.2-litre is taken into account.
Toyota’s servicing plans start from £15 a month, and even if you don’t take out one of these policies, official dealers charge fixed prices for specific jobs, so budgeting for maintenance will be simple.
The C-HR Hybrid sits in insurance group 14 out of 50, which is the same group and entry-level diesel Nissan Qashqai resides in. Premiums should be affordable.
More good news: Toyota’s five-year/100,000-mile warranty is excellent, and only bettered by Hyundai and Kia’s guarantees.