Toyota C-HR Hybrid interior & comfort

The Toyota C-HR Hybrid’s dashboard has a dash of futuristic styling, feels solidly put together and is user-friendly

Textured, colourful finishes and swooping architecture ensures that the Toyota C-HR feels as modern inside as it looks outside. 

Toyota C-HR dashboard

The C-HR’s central eight-inch infotainment screen sits beneath a swooping curve of dashboard, and is the main focal point for the interior.  A set of rocker switches beneath it give you controls for the heating and air-conditioning – no fiddling with the touchscreen for these – while all the switches and materials look and feel good. 

Equipment, options & accessories

The Toyota C-HR Hybrid is offered in four trims: Icon, Design, Excel and Dynamic. Icon gets most of the equipment you could want as standard, including 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, an eight-inch touchscreen with reversing camera, automatic lights and wipers and great safety kit including lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

This trim is the best value and has all the equipment that most buyers will need, but you’ll want to factor in an extra £750 to add sat nav. Higher trims add a lot of the style pizzazz that you’re likely to be after as a C-HR buyer. Design adds 18-inch black alloy wheels, heated front seats with power-adjustable lumbar support, front and rear parking sensors, ambient lighting inside, an automatic parking system, sat nav, keyless entry and power-folding wing mirrors.

Excel adds a very snazzy two-tone, 10-spoke 18-inch alloy-wheel design, full-leather seats, rear LED lights and further safety equipment, including blind-spot monitoring (to warn you if there’s a car in the next lane that you might not have seen) and rear cross-traffic alert (which alerts you if there’s a car coming when you’re reversing out of a space).

Dynamic adds metallic paint as standard, with a contrasting black roof. Oddly, it gets fabric seats rather than the leather of the lower Excel trim, but it does get full LED headlights, silver contrasting trim on the dashboard and matte-black 18-inch alloy wheels in addition to everything else on Excel.

There are loads of equipment packs to choose from on the C-HR, including a Premium Pack that adds a stereo upgrade and leather seats, to Excel and Dynamic trim, while colourful Accent packs add contrasting trim to the exterior of the car.

The SUV Pack adds butched-up styling including stainless steel, while the Sport Pack brings similar but less pronounced visual garnish. Be careful if you spend a lot of time in town, as the Sport Pack bodykit reduces clearance a bit and can have it catching over speed humps. 

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

All C-HR models including the entry-level Icon get Toyota’s Touch 2 infotainment system. This features an eight-inch touchscreen mounted high up on the dash in your eyeline, making it easy to see and use on the move, but Icon is the only trim that doesn’t get sat nav; it’s a £750 extra on this entry-level trim. You’ll want to add it, too, as the Toyota C-HR doesn’t get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which let you use your phone’s nav, media and communication features on the car’s screen. Most rivals have these features as standard.

DAB and Bluetooth, at least, are standard, while the Go unit standard on all but Icon trim adds navigation and access to Toyota’s connected services. Pay for an online subscription and you also get real-time traffic info and Google Street View, plus certain apps can be downloaded, including Internet radio and social media programmes.

However, while that sounds all very high tech, actually the graphics on the C-HR’s system are pretty grainy by any modern standard, pinch and swipe gestures aren’t recognised, there's no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and the general menu layout is quite confusing. It's one of the worst systems in the class and is chiefly responsible for the Toyota's low score here.