Toyota C-HR Hybrid running costs

The Toyota C-HR Hybrid isn’t cheap to buy, but finance deals are competitive and often interest-free, while fuel economy will impress

Insurance group Warranty Service intervals 2019/20 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
14 5yrs / 100,000 miles N/a From £1,071.40 / £2,142.80

The Toyota C-HR Hybrid starts at under £25,000 for the well equipped Icon model, which is the best-value option, although you’ll probably want to factor in an extra £750 to get sat nav. The price jumps up very quickly as you step up the trim range, and you don’t get the government’s plug-in car grant, as the C-HR charges its battery using energy from the engine and braking regeneration alone.

So be aware that if you go for a high-spec C-HR Hybrid, you could be paying much the same as you would for the faster and also well equipped MINI Countryman S E ALL4 plug-in hybrid, which is eligible for the plug-in car grant.

PCP finance deals are competitive for the whole C-HR range, so it’s quite easy to get the C-HR Hybrid Icon for around £350 a month, even with a deposit as low as £1,000. Leasing deals are also good compared to rivals. Business leasing starts at around £200 a month plus VAT, while private leasing begins at around £260 a month, with usefully low deposits widely available.

The C-HR Hybrid is classed as a petrol car for the sake of company-car tax obligations, but as it emits 86g/km of CO2, it falls into a low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band of 19%. That’s low enough, in fact, that the Hybrid will cost less in company-car tax than the non-hybrid 1.2-litre petrol C-HR, despite the Hybrid’s circa-£2,500 higher list price.

The C-HR Hybrid will also be cheaper for company-car users than most diesel SUV alternatives such as the SEAT Ateca TDI. It’ll cost £925 in company-car tax for a 20% taxpayer in the year 2018/19, rising to £1,071 a year for the two years following. For comparison, a Toyota C-HR 1.2-litre Icon, with CO2 emissions of 135g/km, will cost £1,211 2018/19, rising to £1,340, and then £1,384, in the two years following.

Toyota C-HR insurance group

The C-HR Hybrid should be affordable to insure. It’s rated group 14, which is the same as a basic Nissan Qashqai.

Warranty

Toyota’s five-year/100,000-mile warranty is one of the longest available and, as mentioned above, you can also extend the battery warranty. Make sure you pay the circa £50 a year to have the specialist Toyota Hybrid Electric Service for your car and the battery will be covered up to 10 years, and for unlimited mileage.

Servicing

Toyota’s servicing plans start from £15 a month, and even if you don’t take out one of these policies, official dealers charge fixed prices for specific jobs, so budgeting for maintenance will be simple.

Road tax

As a hybrid, the Toyota C-HR Hybrid will cost £135 per year to tax, £10 less than petrols and diesels.