Toyota C-HR review - Entertaining Qashqai alternative - Toyota C-HR MPG and running costs

Lacks the performance to do justice to a capable chassis, but there's still plenty to like about the C-HR

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  • Impressive ride/handling balance, clever rev-matching tech
  • Engines lack performance and enthusiasm, claustrophobic rear cabin

MPG and running costs

There’s no diesel on offer in the C-HR range, but the existence of the hybrid makes that a moot point. Official combined economy of 74.3mpg makes it absurdly economical, and while you’re unlikely to hit that figure unless you’re particularly allergic to speed, gentle driving should return diesel-like figures without the diesel-like noise, vibration and lawsuits.

A CO2 figure of 86g/km keeps the tax bills low too (£100 in the first year, £140 thereafter), and while it’ll no longer net Londonists congestion charge exemption, it won’t cover them in clouds of black smoke at every traffic light either.

The 1.2 turbo does a respectable job of failing to drink fuel too, at 47.9mpg combined for the manual and the same for the CVT. Curiously the manual emits slightly more CO2, at 135g/km to the CVT’s 134g/km, but both of those sit in the same VED band anyway, with a £200 bill in year one and £140 a year thereafter.

Toyota has a well-deserved reputation for reliability (particularly with its hybrid models - not for no reason is London groaning under the weight of Prius minicabs and Ubers) so unexpected costs should be kept to a minimum, and in the manner most C-HRs are likely to be driven, they shouldn’t chew through tyres and brakes too quickly either.

 

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