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Toyota C-HR (2016-2023) review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The C-HR looks good on paper, with strong claimed efficiency and low emissions

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and Running Costs Rating

4.3 out of 5

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Like all petrol-electric hybrid models, the C-HR delivers some compelling efficiency claims. Less slippery aerodynamics meant the bluffer and higher-riding C-HR couldn’t match the Prius for economy and CO2 emissions, but Toyota's claims of 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 110g/km for the 1.8 VVT-i version are impressive. The 181bhp 2.0-litre variant manages a figure of 53.2mpg on the WLTP combined cycle, with CO2 emissions from 119g/km.

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Company car users may not be too impressed by the C-HR's Benefit-in-Kind rates of 27-29 per cent, but private buyers will find the crossover's excellent real-world economy appealing.

The previous-generation Prius found favour with taxi firms due to its excellent efficiency but with the new fifth-generation Prius not coming to the UK, pressure will be on the latest all-new C-HR and the Corolla to encroach on the space left by the Prius.

Insurance

British security expert Thatcham has given the C-HR range an insurance group rating ranging from Group 15 to 22, which means it's on a par with rivals such as the Peugeot 3008, but should be cheaper to insure than the old Honda HR-V (which started in group 30).

All versions get Toyota’s Safety Sense set-up, which includes adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beam assistance and road sign recognition. Crucially, this suite of safety items also includes autonomous emergency braking, which is a feature that insurers rate highly for accident prevention.

In terms of security, all C-HR models get an alarm and immobilizer, plus central locking. 

Depreciation

With its bold looks, SUV additions and customization options, it’s clear the C-HR should be a hit with fashion conscious buyers – and this is backed up by the car’s predicted residual figures. Our experts have calculated that the C-HR should hold onto around 56 per cent of its new value after three years and 36,000 miles.

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