The hybrid is quicker, road tax exempt at the moment, and does almost double the mpg. I don't understand the issues the press have with it, because I think it's a very good car. Now if Toyota had given us the 2.0L petrol engine the US are getting it might have been another story. Virtually all customers are going for the hybrid, just as they have when it came to a choice between the 300H hybrid version of the Lexus NX, and the 200T petrol. Resale values on the CHR hybrid are likely to be considerably higher too.
I love the look of the car and was always going to get the hybrid, but was a little dismayed at the reviews.
I think the press are basically saying 'It looks brilliant but is just a larger shell on a Prius engine/drivetrain' so less economical and not fast'
I'm not bothered how quick it is as have a car that does a sub 6.0 sec 0-60 time, the C-HR is just for getting to work as economically as possible, it's only 120 miles per week on rural roads....so am dying to know how long the EV will last on the 12 miles each way?
@holyhead I think the problem with that review is that James and Kate, whose reviews are usually pretty good, are coming from driving a Tesla so the noise probably seems more pronounced whereas for me the C-HR spend most of its time being beautifully silent with the occasional roar of power which I quite like.