The Toyota C-HR test — Buy or Not?

The Toyota C-HR test — Buy or Not?

From the consumer's point of view, Toyota can't seem to do anything right.When Toyota made and sold ordinary but very reliable cars, people said it was for uncle.When they broke the mold and made something as refreshing as the Toyota C-HR, people said it was too radical.

But The most contentious issue is price . The Toyota C-HR is a 1.8-litre  aspirated SUV priced at RM150000, considerably more than the Subaru XV (RM 117788 to RM130788).The Subaru XV is also slightly larger in specifications, with a larger 2.0 liter engine and all-wheel drive. The Honda HR-V‘s seats are a notch below those of the Toyota C-HR, but the interior space is about the same, the price is certainly much cheaper (RM 108000 to RM 124800), and it even has a fuel-efficient full hybrid.

What makes it so costly?

On the one hand, it is expensive because the Toyota C-HR is imported from Thailand, which means it has to pay additional excise duties.

ABOUT Exterior

In the land of Malaysia, where the ever-present Honda HR-V dominates, Toyota C-HR stands out.  Not many people accept this polarization, but if you want to stand out from the crowd while also benefiting from Toyota's reliable after-sales service and reliability, then the Toyota C-HR is what you should have.

The latter part of C-HR features coupe-like lines, which are similar to HR-V, but c-HR implements similar concepts with better ergonomic science. In HR-V, your hand needs to be bent into an uncomfortable position to open the back door, while the C-HR handle is easier and more comfortable to handle.

C-pillars makes driving blind spots more aggravated, but fortunately the blind spot monitors are accurate and do not trigger early. If there is any criticism of Toyota's C-HR styling (with the exception of its polarised exterior), it is its ageing problem. The Lexus NX's equally sharp lines are hasn’t aged quite well.

The special demonstration car has been driven for 40,000 kilometers and has been damaged in years of test driving, so its paint and overall condition are no longer perfect in the factory, but it still holds up well.

The paint is between 90 and 100 microns thick, although panel gaps are typically Toyota's case. When the same point is compared to the opposite point it is almost the same — no more than a millimeter.

ABOUT Interior

The cockpit materials are good but not RM 150,000.Its switches and controls feel more like RM 100,000 cars than RM 150,000.

Driving performance and handling

The Toyota C-HR offers three engine options, none of which can compete with the Honda HR-V hybrid 152 PS and 190 Nm or the Subaru XV 156 PS and 196 Nm, so performance is not an advantage of the Toyota C-HR.

But through the testing, I'm frankly satisfied with its performance. If there is anything unsatisfactory, it is that setting sport, Normal and Eco in driving mode can only be changed by using the switch on the steering wheel to scroll through the menu.


If you're evaluating a Toyota C-HR on price/performance, don't buy it. If what you're after is value for money, then C-HR doesn't stand a chance. For those who are price sensitive, the Honda HR-V and the Subaru XV are more suitable choices.

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What do you think?

Written by John Smith


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