Toyota C-HR Hybrid engines, drive & performance

Neat handling and easy-going comfort is marred by the Toyota C-HR Hybrid’s thrashy acceleration

0-62mph Top speed Driven wheels Power
11.0 secs 105mph Front-wheel-drive 122bhp

Toyota C-HR Hybrid 0-62mph and acceleration

The Toyota’s hybrid engine is mostly quite smooth and pleasant to use despite its irritating (and compulsory) CVT automatic gearbox; it’s particularly quiet and enjoyable at low speeds around town. It’s also not a problem once you’re up to speed on faster roads, but getting up there isn't fun. Even under moderate acceleration – to join motorways or overtake on dual-carriageways, for instance – the CVT gearbox makes the C-HR Hybrid too noisy and less enjoyable than it should be.

With a relatively modest 120bhp on tap, 0-62mph takes 11 seconds – by no means a quick time. Sure, a MINI Countryman S E ALL4 plug-in hybrid is more expensive, but it can cover a useful 20 miles on electricity alone and will also do 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds.

Handling

The Toyota C-HR Hybrid deals perfectly with the UK’s narrow, twisty roads, and pockmarked surfaces. It’s engaging but relaxing, and who doesn’t want that? The well sorted suspension rewards keen drivers while simultaneously ensuing passengers don’t feel jostled about, and it’s also very quiet on the motorway once you’re up to speed.

Despite being on tall springs, the C-HR doesn’t lean too much in corners, the steering is well weighted and there’s plenty of grip to keep it feeling secure. You can toggle through Eco, Normal and Power modes that change the responsiveness of the gearbox, steering and accelerator, but most drivers will be more than happy to stick the C-HR in Normal and leave it there.