The Toyota C-HR is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to practicality. There’s loads of room in the front and space for three adults in the back, but alternatives have bigger, more practical boots
The Toyota C-HR’s front seats are very supportive and there’s plenty of adjustment to help you get comfortable if you’re over six-foot tall. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to hit your head on the roof-mounted grab handle when you jump out if you’re very tall.
The Toyota C-HR’s sporty looks and sloping roofline mean rear passengers don’t get as much space as in the likes of the SEAT Ateca or Peugeot 3008. There’s a fair amount of legroom and enough room under the seats in front to tuck your feet but headroom is limited and the Toyota C-HR’s small rear windows make it feel significantly more cramped than a VW Tiguan.
There’s still enough room to carry three adults in the back in reasonable comfort, though. The central rear seat is wide and soft enough for anyone under six-foot to fit happily but the protruding front-seat rails may get in the way if your passengers have particularly large feet.
You’ll find fitting a child seat is a bit of a pain. The rear doors don’t open particularly wide and the low roofline (which you don’t get in many other SUVs) means you’ll have to stoop down to strap in a child. The Isofix anchor points are clearly marked, however – just try not to lose their removable plastic covers.
There’s plenty of space in the Toyota C-HR to hide away a range of family bits and bobs. The glovebox is roomy and there’s a large storage bin under the front armrest that comes with a 12V socket as standard. The cupholders in the centre console are big enough to hold a large bottle and, if you remove their plastic inserts, they’ll safely support the tallest of bladder-bursting beverages with ease.
Space for odds-and-sods is less generous in the back. You get cupholders built into the rear doors instead of more practical bins, but they’re so shallow a small cup can easily tip over if you take a sharp bend quickly. A pair of airplane-style seat-back pockets come as standard but you can’t get the Toyota C-HR with a fold-down rear armrest. Why not, Toyota?
The Toyota’s futuristic rear end might look great, but its narrow boot opening makes loading flat-pack furniture feel like you’re threading a needle
The Toyota C-HR’s steeply angled rear windscreen and sloping roofline all cut into the boot space. As a result, it’ll only swallow 377 litres of luggage with five seats and the parcel shelf in place. For comparison, the Peugeot 3008 and VW Tiguan can both carry more than 50 per-cent more luggage than the rather cramped Toyota.
It’s still big enough to carry a baby stroller and a few soft bags, however, but loading a set of golf clubs is a very tight squeeze. There are a few tethering points and some shopping hooks to stop smaller items rolling around but there’s no room under the boot floor to store any valuables out of sight.
There aren’t any handy catches in the boot to fold the rear seats so you’ll have to lean forwards to flip them down in a two-way (60:40) split. The large boot lip and significant step in the floor makes it difficult to slide in heavy items and there’s no adjustable boot floor option, either. As a result, it’s tricky to make good use of the Toyota C-HR’s 1,160-litre load bay.
Unlike the VW Tiguan, you can’t get a Toyota C-HR with three-way (40:20:40) split-folding rear seats. It’s still roomy enough to carry a bike with both its wheels attached, but the Tiguan has significantly more space with all its rear seats folded.