2021 Toyota C-HR Review

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The Toyota C-HR is an ultra-modern family crossover which has been a part of the brand’s line-up since 2016.

All C-HR models face some pretty stiff competition from the ever-popular Nissan Qashqai and fun-driving Seat Ateca. However, it has had some very important facelifts in 2019 which meant a new hybrid engine range, better infotainment technology and a daringly sporty GR Sport variant (we’ll go into detail about this model later).

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Toyota C-HR 2021 design

Toyota-C-HR in orange

Undeniably striking – the Toyota C-HR has everything you’d expect of a sporty crossover. All versions come with an integrated roof spoiler, sharp body lines and 17in alloy wheels from the off which combine to give the car a sleek, stylish look.

From the back, the C-HR benefits from a lot of heavy styling that makes it look like a proper sporty hatch on stilts.

Toyota-C-HR in orange pictured from the side

Looking at the Toyota C-HR from any angle allows you to appreciate the angular design that it has. Right the way round the car has muscular lines that separate it from the more ironed-out designs of the Qashqai and Ateca.

You can take this one step further if you opt for the performance-focused GR (Gazoo Racing) Sport model. Inspired by Toyota’s rally team, this model comes as standard with more aggressive bumpers, tinted adaptive LED headlights and trendy 19in alloy wheels.

Toyota-C-HR in orange pictured from the side

Pictured above is the Orange Edition of the C-HR which gives this car an exclusive ‘Scorched Orange’ paint colour. It’s by far the most head-turning version of the car, though even the standard choices for colour include nice metallic options in red, blue, white, grey and black.


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Toyota C-HR 2021 interior

Toyota-C-HR driver's seat

Fresh and modern, much like the outside of the car. Inside the Toyota C-HR is a very tech-driven layout which is mostly thanks to the Toyota Touch 2 system as standard. It comes with a smart 8in touchscreen that protrudes from the dash smartly.

Right from the off in the standard Icon trim level gets decent quality materials inside. Front sports seats are very supportive and keep you in place well, even when you’re cornering. There’s also a leather gearshift and steering wheel, plus dual zone automatic climate control which makes for a richer-feeling cabin.

Toyota-C-HR infotainment system

As part of its recent facelift to the C-HR range, Toyota added Android Auto to all specifications of the car. Coupled with Apple CarPlay, these smartphone integration systems let you project your phone’s display onto the car’s screen. You can then easily use your favourite apps on the go, such as Spotify for your favourite music.

Speaking of music, there are more premium audio systems available when you choose a JBL edition of the C-HR. Instead of the standard six-speaker setup you get a more powerful unit which delivers more premium, crisp sound.

If you want to really jazz up your C-HR’s interior, there is the option of full leather trim when you specify the high level Excel trim.


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Toyota C-HR 2021 practicality

Toyota-C-HR with open boot

Unfortunately, the Toyota C-HR sacrifices some of its practicality to look the part over its rivals. In the back your passengers won’t have a great deal of room to stretch out, so it’s best that taller adults sit in the front.

Boot space is a bit more rosy however, with a 377-litre cargo more than you’d get from a regular hatch. But for a family car, people might expect a bigger space here like that of the Nissan Qashqai (430 liters) and Seat Ateca (485 litres).


Toyota C-HR 2021 driving

Toyota-C-HR driving on a country road 2

Petrol-electric engines now make up the line-up of units in the Toyota C-HR range. There are two versions – a 1.8-litre, 120bhp engine and a more spritely 2.0-litre, 181bhp engine.

The smaller 1.8-litre engine is far from quick, taking 11 seconds to get up to motorway speed. On the other hand, the bigger 2.0-litre alternative feels much more brisk, getting up to these speeds in 8.2 seconds. Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll get a CVT automatic gearbox as standard which provides pleasantly smooth shifts.

Toyota-C-HR driving on a country road

Where the C-HR really scores points is in the way it handles and manages to remain stiff, with little body lean through corners. If you choose the sportier GR model, handling becomes even better thanks to a firmer suspension.

Accurate steering is also a big confidence boost when you’re behind the wheel of the new C-HR. There’s a good amount of weight to the steering wheel which gets heavier as you build up speed. Then when you get into a town it becomes lighter for easier manoeuvrability in tight spaces.


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