The head-turning C-HR is a worthwhile addition to the fiercely fought compact crossover class. It’s not quite as practical as its mainstream rivals, but it makes up for this with its distinctive styling, classy cabin, grown-up driving dynamics and decent value for money. However, unless you really want to save on tax, we’d steer clear of the slightly disappointing hybrid in favour of the sweet and eager 1.2-litre model.
et the most impressive thing about the interior is the quality. Top-notch materials are used throughout, and there’s decent space. The thick C-pillars mean rear seat occupants feel hemmed in, but there’s surprising head and legroom. Up front, the high-set seats and large windscreen give a good view of the road.
Power comes from the same 120bhp 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid unit and CVT transmission as the Prius, but unfortunately the set-up isn’t as well integrated here. Where the Prius combines CVT gearbox and electric motor to deliver smooth and effortless acceleration, the C-HR seems to rely heavily on its internal combustion engine. Even gentle applications of the throttle send the engine’s revs soaring.
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