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Toyota C-HR review – Interior & comfort

“An attractive dashboard layout and up-to-date features should go down well with buyers”

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3.8 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

4.0 out of 5

There was a time when Toyota interiors were known for being functional and rather stark, but the original C-HR was one of the first to buck that trend. The new model continues this upward trajectory, with a sophisticated interior design and plenty of squishy, quality-feeling materials, as well as upmarket suede-style upholstery on top trim levels. 

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Toyota has given the C-HR a snug, cocooned cockpit which makes it feel sporty, but you are reminded of its SUV bodystyle by its deep, tall windscreen. We’re happy to report that Toyota has also resisted the trend of putting as many controls as possible into the touchscreen, so you can still operate the heating and ventilation via a row of physical buttons.

Lots of the materials are sustainable too, with Icon and Design trims featuring upholstery using recycled bottles, and only the very top trim getting leather seats. The C-HR’s air-conditioning system has what the brand calls ‘nanoe-X’ tech, which it says helps to purify the air coming into the cabin and regulates the humidity level.

Is the Toyota C-HR infotainment and sat-nav system easy to use?

We’ve tested the Design trim, which is expected to be the most popular seller in the UK, as well as the range-topping GR Sport. Despite being towards the lower end of the versions on offer, even the Design gives you two 12.3-inch displays. These are mounted high on the dashboard, so they’re easy to see at a glance and it’s not too much of a stretch to reach the touchscreen. 

Some of the menus aren’t the most user-friendly, and we don’t like the fact there’s no shortcut back to the Toyota system if you’re in Apple CarPlay or Android Auto model, but the system's responsiveness is snappy and the display is clear. One thing we don’t like is how the digital dials have a different, slightly dated look to them compared to those of the main screen, so they look mismatched.

It’s worth noting that the entry-level C-HR gets a smaller eight-inch touchscreen, which we’re yet to test, but still comes packing Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and its own navigation.

Key features

Icon

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Eight-inch touchscreen
  • Wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay

Design

(Icon plus…)

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Power tailgate
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen and instrument displays
  • Parking sensors and rear cross traffic alert

Excel

(Design plus…)

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Panoramic View Monitor
  • Suede-effect upholstery
  • Ambient interior lighting

GR Sport

(Excel plus…)

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • GR Sport exterior and interior styling
  • JBL audio sound system
  • Head-up display
  • Adaptive headlights

Premiere

(GR Sport plus…)

  • Leather upholstery
  • Bi-tone exterior
 
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Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.8 Hybrid Icon 5dr CVT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £31,275

Most Economical

  • Name
    2.0 PHEV Design 5dr CVT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £39,145

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 PHEV Design 5dr CVT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £39,145

Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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