Hit the road with Laura Bartlett as she embarks on a laid-back adventure through the enchanting streets of Marseille. With the Toyota CH-R Plug-in hybrid as her trusty companion, she’s all set to explore every nook and cranny of this vibrant city, uncovering its hidden gems along the way

As a seasoned traveler and car enthusiast, I’ve traversed some of the world’s most iconic roads, from the winding coastal highways of California to the majestic passes of the Swiss Alps. And let’s not forget about the exhilarating road trip across Nevada, where the vast desert landscape stretched out before me like a canvas waiting to be explored.

One such adventure stands out vividly in my memory—a road trip through the glamorous French Riviera, from Cannes to Monte Carlo, with the roof down and the Mediterranean breeze caressing my skin. As I cruised along the sun-kissed coastline, taking in the sights of palm-fringed beaches and luxurious seaside resorts, I felt a sense of freedom and exhilaration unlike any other.

Despite my extensive travels throughout the south of France, there was one notable omission on my list of destinations: Marseille. Known for its rich cultural heritage, vibrant waterfront and bustling markets, Marseille had long piqued my curiosity, yet somehow, it had eluded my exploration.

So when the opportunity arose to experience the brand-new Toyota CH-R in the enchanting surroundings of Marseille, I knew it was a journey I couldn’t afford to miss. With my wealth of travel experience and a deep appreciation for the beauty of the French countryside, I eagerly accepted the invitation, keen to add another chapter to my travelogue.

Embracing Adventure in the Toyota CH-R

After touching down at the airport, I wasted no time in hopping into the Toyota CH-R Plug-in hybrid to begin my exploration of Marseille. With the wind in my hair and the sun on my face, I set off on a journey filled with excitement and anticipation, eager to uncover the hidden gems and iconic landmarks that this enchanting city had to offer.

Let’s talk about the star of the show—the Toyota CH-R Plug-in hybrid. This innovative vehicle boasts a 2.0-litre engine and runs in all-electric EV mode by default, offering drivers the flexibility to choose from four driving modes to suit their preferences. With a more powerful battery and electric motor than its standard hybrid counterpart, the CH-R Plug-in can travel up to an impressive 41 miles on electric power alone, making it perfect for eco-conscious drivers.

Eco-Friendly Explorations

One thing that really caught my attention was the regeneration boost system. It’s like having a one-pedal driving experience, which makes it easier to control the car, especially in slow-moving traffic. Plus, with the CH-R Plug-in, you get impressive fuel economy of up to 353.1 miles per gallon and low CO2 emissions of just 19 grams per kilometre. So, you’re not only saving on fuel costs but also doing your bit for the environment, all while enjoying great performance on the road.

Charging the battery is a breeze, thanks to the wallbox charger and tri-phase cable, allowing for a quick charge from zero to 100 per cent in less than two-and-a-half hours. And with three equipment grades available—Design, GR Sport, and Excel—there’s a CH-R Plug-in model to suit every lifestyle and preference.

Along the way, I couldn’t resist pausing at various sights and landmarks, each offering a unique glimpse into the rich history and culture of Marseille. From ancient cathedrals to quaint villages nestled in the hills, every stop presented an opportunity to immerse myself in the beauty of this vibrant city.

Marseille Moments

And as I continued my journey, taking in the sights of the ocean along the waterfront and port, I felt the excitement building as I embarked on an epic road trip. Whether cruising through the bustling city streets or venturing onto the open road, the Toyota CH-R Plug-in hybrid proved to be the perfect companion, seamlessly integrating style, performance, sustainability and redefining what it means to drive with purpose.

As I reflect on my journey with the Toyota CH-R Plug-in hybrid, I can’t help but consider its potential to redefine accessible luxury in a crowded market. With its stylish design, eco-friendly performance, and competitive pricing, the CH-R stands out as a compelling option for drivers seeking both sophistication and sustainability.

As the sun painted the sky in hues of orange and pink, signalling the end of what had been quite an exciting day in Marseille, I was buzzing with anticipation to kick back and relax at the nhow Marseille Hotel—a true haven of luxury and style in this lively city. With its funky design and deluxe amenities, like a swanky spa and a pool offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, the hotel was the perfect place to unwind after a day filled with thrilling adventures.

And as I drifted off to sleep, with thoughts of the open road dancing in my head, I couldn’t help but smile at the endless adventures that awaited me with the Toyota CH-R Plug-in hybrid. With its sleek design and eco-friendly power, every drive promised to be a laid-back joyride, filled with unexpected twists and turns, and plenty of unforgettable moments waiting to be discovered.

The all-new Toyota CH-R Plug-in hybrid is available to order now, with on-the-road prices starting at £39,145. For more information, visit www.toyota.co.uk and discover the future of driving today.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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