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Plug-in hybrid Toyota C-HR PHEV UK specs and prices revealed

Toyota’s plug-in hybrid C-HR will represent a near £4,500 rise compared to the existing full hybrid model

Toyota C-HR - front cornering

Pricing for the plug-in hybrid Toyota C-HR is due to start at just under £40,000 when it arrives in the UK later this summer. This is the first time Toyota has offered a plug-in hybrid powertrain in its C-HR, giving buyers that do mainly short trips access to a model that could significantly cut fuel consumption. 

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The C-HR PHEV will launch in three trims, starting with the Design variant priced from £39,145, which represents a £4,405 increase over the equivalent C-HR self-charging hybrid model. Above this sits the £42,555 Excel with the GR Sport topping the range at £43,485, both are only around £3,000 more on account of the more powerful hybrid engine offered on those trim levels. The base Icon trim will not be offered with a PHEV powertrain at all. 

All Toyota C-HR PHEV models pair a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor and 13.5kWh battery pack that produce a combined 220bhp and 188Nm of torque. As well as offering up to 41 miles of all-electric range, this system also makes it the fastest C-HR model on sale, with a 0-62mph time of 7.2 seconds.

Toyota is quoting efficiency figures of up to 353mpg and emissions of just 12g/km of CO2, but as with all plug-in hybrid powertrains these must be taken with a grain of salt. That’s because real-world consumption can vary massively depending on how often the batteries are topped up. 

Standard equipment levels remain the same regardless of whether it’s a plug-in or self-charging model, with the same additional Safety and Premium Packages available in addition to a strong roster of standard equipment.

Key rivals for the C-HR plug-in are scarce at the mainstream end of things, but Kia does offer a plug-in hybrid Niro which undercuts the Toyota on price at just over £35,000. Looking up, Cupra’s Formentor starts at just under £40,000 for the entry-level e-Hybrid model, while BMW’s X1 25e PHEV is priced at the same level as mid-level C-HR models at just over £42,500. 

All C-HR PHEV models are available to order now, with customer deliveries commencing in the summer of this year. 

Now read our list of the best plug-in hybrid to buy...

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Senior staff writer at Auto Express, Jordan joined the team after six years at evo magazine where he specialised in news and reviews of cars at the high performance end of the car market. 

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