The availability of a conventional combustion engine in the C-HR provides a fairly competitive starting point for the range.

The £20,995 starting price for an Icon-spec 1.2-litre turbo model looks like decent but not outstanding value.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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A warm reception is predicted for the C-HR, which CAP expects to keep residuals higher than key competitors

But then Toyota wisely declines the opportunity to provide a poverty-spec entry-level car, the bottom-rung C-HR getting dual-zone air conditioning, 17in alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers and the Touch 2 touchscreen.

That relative generosity also makes the Icon-spec hybrid a realistic option, the £23,595 starting price placing it in direct competition with a regiment of mid-spec mainstream compact crossovers.

Nevertheless, Toyota will doubtless expect to shift more examples of the mid-level Excel model tested here, as it better fits the premium-minded billing Toyota will give the C-HR.

To that end, the addition of part-leather upholstery, heated front seats, keyless entry, parking sensors, 18in alloys and a raft of driver assistance safety features is intended to convince the prospective customer that the car is worth having over a premium-branded alternative.

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Range-topping Dynamic trim gilds the lily and is probably not worth the premium, unless you’re attached to the idea of a contrasting black roof.

Although there are levels at which the C-HR’s generous kit count does make it look a bit pricey, the low CO2 emissions of the hybrid model should help to compensate for company car tax-paying fleet drivers, and for those buying on a PCP, strong residual value forecasts should keep monthly costs sensible.

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