Updated Toyota C-HR self-charging hybrid specs and prices

After a hybrid-powered, high-riding crossover? The 2020 Toyota C-HR self-charging hybrid could fit the bill. Keep reading for all the info

James Wilson
Dec 19, 2021
Toyota C-HR Hybrid front three quarters view

Toyota has updated its popular C-HR and slimmed down the engine options, meaning that it now only includes self-charging hybrids. Prices start at £25,625 with the first UK deliveries expected to start in early 2020. Along with the revised styling and two hybrid engine options, Toyota has announced a limited-run Orange Edition, priced from £32,595.

For 2020, Toyota has mildly refreshed the C-HR’s looks, added a new hybrid option (previously there was just one on offer) and increased the technology available. Toyota also claims to have improved how the C-HR drives. These updates have come at an important time for company car drivers, with the 2020/21 tax year set to usher in new company car tax bands that massively favour electrified vehicles.

Furthermore, a raft of impressive alternatives are now available, including the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid 4 and Volvo XC40 PHEV (although both of these are plug-in hybrids, offering larger batteries and greater electric range, along with the ability to plug into the mains to charge the battery).

Sounds like the new Toyota C-HR could be for you? Keep reading to find out all the details about performance, emissions, equipment levels and more.

Quick facts

  • Range now solely made up of hybrids
  • Prices start from £25,625
  • First UK deliveries expected in early 2020
  • Claimed CO2 emissions of 109g/km
  • Claimed fuel economy of 59mpg
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard

2020 Toyota C-HR trims and specs

The 2020 C-HR is being offered in Icon, Design, Excel and Dynamic guises, there's also a rather fruity (in appearance) Orange Edition to the UK market, which is limited to just 500 units. If you're lucky, you can find used examples on BuyaCar.

Icon specification kicks off the range and comes as standard with a brand new eight-inch touchscreen media system (which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality), a reversing camera, dual-zone air-conditioning, LED headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Moving up a rung to Design spec means you'll be treated to automatic wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, heated door mirrors, sat-nav, keyless entry, park assist and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Next up is Dynamic trim, which gains blind-spot monitoring (to warn you of cars alongside you), rear cross-traffic alert (which is useful for reversing out of bay parking spaces), adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, metallic paint with contrasting black roof and 18-inch alloy wheels.

At the top of the range is Excel spec. This brings niceties such as a heated steering wheel (something you won’t realise you need until you have tried one), LED taillights, leather seats, electric driver’s seat and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Last but not least is the limited-run Orange Edition. As you would expect, the Orange Edition is bright orange, specifically a shade Toyota calls Scorched Orange. The visual feast doesn’t end there; Toyota includes a set of matte black alloy wheels and a black roof. Equipment is similar to that offered with Excel variants, but an uprated sound system is included for good measure.

2020 Toyota C-HR prices and delivery dates

In total, Toyota is offering seven standard C-HR models – plus the limited-run Orange Edition mentioned above. Toyota is offering all but the entry-level Icon spec and range-topping Orange Edition with a choice of two hybrid powertrains – one based on a 1.8-litre petrol engine and the other on a 2.0-litre petrol.

The cheapest C-HR is an Icon model with the 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain which costs from £25,625. Above that is the 1.8-litre Design, which starts at £28,005. Opt for the 2.0-litre hybrid setup instead and Design jumps up to £29,645.

Should you have an even bigger budget to play with, Excel models are priced from £30,110 in 1.8-litre guise and £31,750 in 2.0-litre form. Topping off the standard models are Dynamic variants, which, when equipped with the 1.8-litre hybrid engine cost from £30,250 with the 2.0-litre costing from £31,890.

If you want to nab one of the 500 Orange Edition C-HRs, this'll require £32,595 and comes with the 2.0-litre hybrid setup.

2020 Toyota C-HR economy and emissions

The new 2020 Toyota C-HR is set to come with two hybrid petrol-electric setups, both of which use a combination of a petrol engine, electric motors and an automatic gearbox. First up is the 1.8-litre petrol, which has been carried over from the pre-update C-HR. The 1.8-litre petrol engine which pumps out 120hp hasn’t changed, Toyota has updated the battery pack which supplies electricity to the onboard motors to a lithium-ion unit.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions start at 109g/km and fuel economy is claimed to be up to 59mpg – both figures are calculated under the latest and most realistic - fuel economy test conditions.

Drivers after a bit more power will want to go for the new 2.0-litre petrol hybrid. Power output sits at the 185hp mark, with corresponding CO2 emissions coming in as low as 119g/km and economy as high as 54mpg. Like the 1.8-litre above, these figures are calculated from the new economy test, so they should be relatively easy to achieve.

2020 Toyota C-HR rivals and alternatives

Even though the number of self-charging hybrid crossovers currently on sale is fairly small, the 2020 Toyota C-HR has to compete against a rather large number of rivals and alternatives - including the latest economical petrol, diesel and electric crossovers.

Two of the very best petrol and diesel small SUVs/crossovers currently on sale are the Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008. Both the Skoda and the Peugeot promise excellent overall packages, but if you are after the last word in practicality and user-friendliness, then go for the Skoda. If you want something a little more quirky inside and out and almost as much practicality then choose the Peugeot.

Meanwhile, Kia and Lexus (the latter being Toyota's sister company) both offer self-charging hybrids - the Kia Niro and Lexus UX250h - and electric versions - the e-Niro and UX300e. The two sit on opposite sides of the C-HR in terms of pricing. While buyers after a more upmarket cabin should look towards the pricier Lexus, it is the Kia Niro that threatens the C-HR most, as it offers much of the same by way of ownership and practicality but at a lower cost – and you get Kia's long seven-year warranty included. Another key rival is the self-charging Nissan Qashqai that landed recently.

Finally, there are now a handful of all-electric SUVs/crossovers that the 2020 Toyota C-HR will be competing against. Again, the Kia Niro rears its head, but this time as the e-Niro, and there is also the Hyundai Kona Electric - which share many components as Hyundai and Kia are part of the same company.

In 2020, an electric version of the Peugeot 3008 discussed above is set to arrive, as are all-electric versions of the Vauxhall Mokka X, Volvo XC40 and Tesla Model Y. It is worth noting though, that these all-electric SUVs are expected to be significantly more expensive than the C-HR due to the greater cost in creating a fully-electric car.

2020 Toyota C-HR technology

Toyota has stated that all models will come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. As the previous shape Toyota C-HR was criticized for its poor media system, this makes a lot of sense.

Furthermore, Toyota has said the new eight-inch media system (which compliments the 4.2-inch digital drivers’ display) enables over-the-air updates for the sat-nav system. Initially, buyers will receive a free three-year subscription to the update service, before being charged for updates.

Just like the old model, Toyota’s suite of safety technology (called Toyota Safety Sense) is to be fitted as standard across the range. Included as part of the Safety Sense package are adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian recognition), automatic high beam headlights and road sign recognition.

Also available (but not as standard on Icon models) are rear cross-traffic alert and 'intelligent clearance sonar'. Both systems help when reversing with limited visibility and help to see the surrounding area, automatically applying the brakes if they sense you're about to collide with something.

2020 Toyota C-HR design: interior and exterior

Toyota has mildly updated the C-HR’s exterior rather than starting afresh. Changes include redesigned front and rear bumpers, new LED front and rear lights, two new alloy wheel designs and the 2020 C-HR will be available in seven colours – three of which are new.

Inside Toyota has included the odd updated trim and material but nothing wildly different from the old model. One thing that has been removed altogether is the old-fashioned digital clock – sorry retro fans.

2020 Toyota C-HR dimensions and boot space

As updates over the previous C-HR have been small, changes in the 2020 C-HR’s dimensions have been marginal. Length sits at 4,385mm, width at 1,795mm and height at 1,555mm.

As for luggage space, with the rear seats up there is 377 litres on offer and with them down, up to 1,160 litres. Towing capacity is 725kg for both braked and unbraked loads.

Braked/unbraked refers to whether or not the item you are towing has its own brakes. These figures are low, so if you want to tow a heavy caravan, horsebox or other trailer, this is not the car for you.



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