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Toyota C-HR MPG & CO2 emissions

The 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

Toyota C-HR
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

MPG & CO2 emissions rating

4.0 out of 5

Fuel economy (combined)Fuel economy (high)Fuel economy (low)CO2 emissions
54-59mpg60-66mpg64-71mpg109-119g/km

As a "self-charging" hybrid, the Toyota C-HR uses its petrol engine and regenerative braking technology to top up a small battery while driving. This means it frequently switches between petrol and electric driving modes, with the transition between the two barely noticeable from behind the wheel.

The 2.0-litre model is more capable than the 1.8-litre version in this respect thanks to its larger electric motor: this can power the car unaided at speeds up to 75mph, which means you can spend a long time on the motorway and still complete around half the journey in zero-emissions mode.

That said, the 1.8-litre model remains the most efficient overall, and a diesel alternative may still be more cost-effective for you if you cover a lot of motorway miles over the course of a year. And for mostly urban driving, a plug-in hybrid will use less fuel again (as long as you can easily charge its battery up overnight). 

Toyota C-HR MPG & CO2 emissions

The C-HR has on-paper fuel-economy figures of between 54 and 59mpg, and the time we spent in the 1.8-litre version of the car suggested that you should average around 55mpg in varied driving, which isn't to be sniffed at. Even the 2.0-litre model will break the 50mpg mark on a steady motorway cruise.

Around town, the latter will switch into electric mode anywhere between 40 and 60% of the time; Toyota claims it's possible to see highs of 80% in certain situations.

The C-HR's CO2 emissions are reasonable, with the 1.8-litre version achieving 109g/km and the 2.0-litre model hitting 119g/km. They make either model an affordable proposition for company-car buyers – even compared to non-hybrid alternatives that might have lower list prices but higher CO2. However, a plug-in hybrid or pure-electric alternative will have an even lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating.

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