Toyota C-HR interior, dashboard & comfort
The Toyota C-HR's dashboard feels well made and stylishly designed, although the infotainment system is a bit of a letdown
Toyota C-HR dashboard
Textured, colourful finishes and swooping architecture ensures that the C-HR looks as bold and confident inside as it does on the outside. The 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 five trim levels: Icon, Design, Excel, Dynamic and GR Sport. The entry-level Icon, available only with the 1.8-litre engine, gets 17-inch alloy wheels, a reversing camera, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, Toyota's Safety Sense package of active safety technology and LED reflector headlights as standard.
Design adds 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, a piano-black console, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, heated front seats with powered lumbar adjustment, sat nav, keyless entry, heated door mirrors and parking assistance.
Dynamic and Excel are parallel trim levels towards the top of the regular range. To the Design's equipment, Dynamic adds a different design of 18-inch alloy, rear cross-traffic alert with automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive LED lights front and rear, LED foglights, puddle lights, metallic paint and a black bi-tone roof.
Excel features its own alloy-wheel design, rear LED lights, adaptive LED headlights, LED foglights, door mirror puddle lights, an adaptive front lighting system, a heated steering wheel, leather seat upholstery, powered driver-seat adjustment, rear cross-traffic alert with automatic braking and blind-spot monitoring.
The Orange Edition is a special version of the refreshed C-HR, limited to 500 examples and available only with the 2.0-litre engine. It's finished in dedicated Scorched Orange paintwork with contrasting 18-inch matt-black alloy wheels and a black bi-tone roof. In addition to the Excel's specification, it comes as standard with the JBL premium audio system.
Finally, a motorsport-inspired C-HR GR Sport arrived in early 2021, complete with unique trim inside and out, 19-inch alloys, stiffer suspension and sharper steering.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
All C-HR models including the entry-level Icon version get Toyota’s Touch 2 infotainment system, This features an eight-inch touchscreen mounted high up on the dashboard in your eyeline, making it easy to see and use on the move.
Sat nav is included on all but the entry-level trim, while DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard across the line-up. You can download apps for internet radio and social-media platforms, too.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Toyota C-HR hybrid is an accomplished small SUV that boasts low running costs and bold styling
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe Toyota C-HR hybrid delivers impressive fuel economy and CO2 emissions for a petrol-fuelled family SUV, but is some way off plug-in hybrid alternatives in both areas
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Toyota C-HR isn't the cheapest family SUV to buy, but its impressive fuel economy should save you money in the long run
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Toyota C-HR hybrid handles well, although the engine noise under harsh acceleration blights its overall refinement
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe Toyota C-HR's dashboard feels well made and stylishly designed, although the infotainment system is a bit of a letdown
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Toyota C-HR hybrid is practical enough for small families, but there are more versatile and more spacious SUVs on the market
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Toyota C-HR hybrid offers more peace of mind on the safety and reliability fronts than most of its rivals