In typical Toyota fashion, the C-HR boasts an entirely electrified powertrain selection.
The crossover is currently available with two hybrid engines in the UK: a 1.8-litre unit producing 138bhp and 136lb ft of torque, and a 2.0-litre version with 195bhp and 152lb ft.
In 1.8-litre guise, the C-HR completes 0-62mph in a leisurely 10.2sec, but this should be enough for most drivers. The 2.0-litre, meanwhile, hits 0-62mph in 8.1sec.
Both powertrains lack distinct punch, but cope with a combination of city streets, faster highway and windier mountain roads with relative ease. The 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre deliver their power smoothly, but accelerate with more vigour and you’ll be greeted by an unpleasant growl.
This noise is particularly evident in the 2.0-litre version and, sadly, the soundtrack doesn’t quite match the performance. At higher speeds, the C-HR can sound strained, although you’ll have no problem speeding up to overtake on a motorway.
A more powerful 2.0-litre plug-in hybrid, based on Toyota’s fifth-generation hybrid system, will be available from January 2024. It uses the same 150bhp four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine, combined with a new 161bhp electric motor (because of the way these things work, they can send a maximum of 220bhp to the front wheels) and a much larger, 13.8kWh battery.
We drove the PHEV earlier this year and it is well tuned, with a smooth transition between electric and combustion power sources. It offers instant zip in EV mode, while the engine has good response too, with nice pick-up and acceleration and good response to your inputs.
That said, if you’re after improved performance, you might be disappointed to hear the PHEV’s top speed is no faster than the regular hybrid’s and it is only 0.8sec faster to 0-62mph.
It has an official electric-only range of 41 miles, although we got closer to 30 on our test drive. As is common with PHEVs, you can stick this C-HR in EV mode or use a hybrid option that will mete out the power and, in sync with the sat-nav, can employ geofencing to use electric power in clean-air zones.
You can also adjust the strength of the regenerative braking, up to a B mode that actually offers close to one-pedal driving.
The PHEV, like the two other hybrid options, sounds a bit flat and very occasionally a bit gruff, although it does without some of the annoyances of the old regular hybrid’s powertrain.