How to spec a Toyota C-HR

Our guide to Toyota's family SUV covers which version to go for, which options to choose and how much to pay for it all...

Toyota C-HR options to choose and avoid

How to spec a Toyota C-HR

If you want to match funky style with child-friendly practicality, the Toyota C-HR is a good place to start. With looks which ensure you stand out on the school run, this family SUV is good to drive and also cheap to run – especially if you opt for our recommended 1.8-litre hybrid version.

Our full 16-point review will tell you more about what the C-HR is like to live with, including how much you can fit into its boot and how safe it is, but here we're concerned with which option boxes you should be ticking.

The good news is that by opting for mid-range Icon trim you'll already have most equipment bases covered, but here is our guide to adding more luxury without breaking the bank.

Toyota C-HR options to choose

Toyota C-HR Tech Pack

1. Tech Pack (£895)

Toyota's Tech Pack bundles together some very useful features, including keyless entry and start, automatic wipers, and puddle lights on the door mirrors. It also upgrades the C-HR's suite of safety kit with a rear cross traffic alert system, blind spot monitor and automatic emergency braking for the front and rear of the car. Not a bad haul for £895, so this is one option box we suggest you tick.

Toyota C-HR options to choose

Toyota C-HR with boot cover

2.Essential Protection Pack (£199)

As a family SUV, the C-HR is expected to be subjected to children, mud, paws and wellies throughout its lifetime, and that's why spending a little more to protect the car makes sense. As well as a boot liner to hold muddy shoes and bikes, this pack gets you extra protection for the rear bumper to help guard against car-park scrapes.

Toyota C-HR options to choose

tow bar

3. Tow bar with 13-pin plug (£499)

With a maximum towing weight of 795kg, the C-HR is one of the best hybrids for hauling something along behind you. When we tested it with a light trailer on the back, the car felt secure and pulled well.

Toyota C-HR options to choose

Toyota C-HR alloy wheels

4. 17in alloy wheels (£649)

The C-HR is already a stylish SUV, but to make the most of those looks we'd recommend opting for black machined 17in alloy wheels; they'll ensure you stand out and, crucially, don't excessively impact on ride comfort.

Toyota C-HR options to choose

2020 Toyota C-HR rear - Belgian plates

5. Metallic paint (£600)

As standard, your C-HR will come with solid white paintwork, but we'd spend £600 to upgrade to one of the six metallic alternatives available. Metallic paint is always a good option to tick, since it adds both value and distinction to your car. You can pay more to have special 'pearl' paintwork, but we wouldn't bother.

Toyota C-HR options to avoid

Toyota C-HR Sport Plus Pack

Sport + Pack (£899)

The C-HR already majors on style, so we can't see much point in adding this pack, which includes side skirts and under-guard elements for the front and rear bumpers.

Toyota C-HR: best buy

2020 toyota c-hr orange driving front cornering
  • Model - Toyota C-HR 1.8 Hybrid Icon
  • List price - £26,250
  • Target Price - £25,301
  • Target PCP - £263 per month
  • Options we'd add - Tech Pack (£895), Essential Protection Pack (£199), tow bar with 13-pin plug (£499), 17in alloy wheels (£649), metallic paint (£600)
  • Cost of options - £2842

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