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Toyota C-HR SUV - Reliability & safety

The Toyota name is traditionally associated with reliability, while the Toyota C-HR has cutting-edge safety technology

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.7 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.5 out of 5

The Toyota CH-R featured in our 2021 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, achieving fourth place overall out of 75 cars. Owners were impressed with its reliability, as well as its styling, economy and driving experience.

Toyota as a brand also fared strongly, coming fifth out of a total of 29 car manufacturers. This placed it ahead of rivals like Skoda (12th), SEAT (15th) and Hyundai (16th). Owners love the fuel economy and impressively low servicing bills. Reliability is rated strongly, as is build quality.

Toyota C-HR reliability

Beneath the bold exterior that we hope ushers in a new era of imaginatively designed Toyotas, the engineering is essentially tried and tested. There’s little in the mechanical makeup of the new car likely to cause concern over reliability or longevity.

The platform itself is shared by the Toyota Prius, a car beloved by urban taxi companies that rack up high mileages every year and for whom dependability is a must. This extends to the hybrid powertrain – Toyota was one of the pioneers of the mass-production hybrid car and these systems are widely regarded as trouble-free. Likewise, the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine was proven elsewhere before use in the C-HR, so if you’re buying a used C-HR with this engine, you can be confident in its reliability.

Safety

The C-HR features all the standard safety kit Toyota can muster. This includes ‘Safety Sense’ which brings together adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking along with pedestrian detection. Lane-departure warning, auto-dipping headlights and road-sign recognition are also featured.

The C-HR scored a reassuring five out of five stars in Euro NCAP crash-testing. Seven airbags are provided and stability control is included on all models. The Excel and Dynamic models can also be optionally specified with rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring to further enhance safety.

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