Toyota C-HR Hybrid practicality & boot space

Good enough to make motoring with a small family easy, but there are more versatile and more spacious SUVs available at the price

It’s fairly obvious that a boxier SUV like the Skoda Karoq will be more practical than the swoopy Toyota C-HR, but actually the Toyota is likely to be more than good enough for most buyers. That roofline cuts into rear headroom a bit and won’t make bending in to access child seats all that easy, but it’s as good as many hatchbacks.

Toyota C-HR interior space, storage & comfort

There’s plenty of space up front, even for taller adults, and the comfy seats and high seating position make for a comfortable driving position. There’s also lots of storage space to keep life’s paraphernalia out of sight.

Getting three people in the back seats will be a real squeeze, but two should be fine as long as they’re not particularly tall. If you’ve got small kids, you should make sure they’re okay with the high windowline as they might not be able to see out too well. The roofline can make it quite easy to bump your head when you’re leaning in to buckle children up, as well. 

Boot space

The C-HR Hybrid’s boot is pretty small by the standards of the class – fractionally smaller, in fact, than a VW Golf’s, and a lot smaller than a SEAT Ateca’s The 60:40 split-folding rear seats don’t lie totally flat, and the folding mechanism is accessed from the rear seats, not the boot, while there’s also a fairly pronounced load lip and no clever under-floor storage.

Ultimately, the C-HR isn't terribly practical at all by SUV standards. A Skoda Karoq, which is more spacious, has flexible seating and many nifty touches to store your things and make life easy, will simply be a more useful family SUV. The C-HR will do the job for most small families, mind, and many will feel the practicality shortfalls are outweighed by the car’s style swagger.