Used Toyota C-HR for under RM 110k; Toyota's style icon now at HR-V prices
Arvind · Feb 1, 2022 12:00 PM
Stylish crossover fit to be a future classic
TNGA platform promises great handling
Proven powertrain with good maintenance
The Toyota C-HR is more than just another SUV – it marked a return to form in terms of styling and desirability for Toyota vehicles, and paved the way for a new design language that has been followed up by cars such as the Toyota Camry, Supra, and GR Yaris.
In many ways, the C-HR is the Japanese equivalent of the MINI Cooper or Volkswagen Beetle.
Launched here in 2018 – the (CBU from Thailand) Toyota C-HR enjoyed massive initial fanfare, but with a sticker price of circa RM 150k, it was more expensive than larger SUVs such as the Honda CR-V and around RM 50k more than its closest rival, the Honda HR-V.
Thus, market sales was short-lived, the C-HR was discontinued in 2020 to make way for the cheaper and well-accepted Toyota Corolla Cross.
However, the used car market paints a very different picture, with prices ranging around RM 110k (for 3-to-4-year old units), the C-HR is roughly the price of the entry-level variant of the outgoing Honda HR-V. Now that makes things more interesting, doesn’t it?
What you need to know about the Toyota C-HR
The C-HR was the first model to introduce the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform which highlighted a sophisticated double-wishbone suspension rear suspension for better handling without sacrificing comfort.
One variant was offered, the C-HR 1.8, priced at RM 150,000.
The C-HR is powered by a 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine that produced 140 PS and 171 Nm of torque. Drive was transmitted to the front wheels via a CVT transmission.
As for the chassis – the C-HR featured MacPherson struts for the front and the aforementioned dual-wishbone rears. Stopping power is provided by ventilated discs at the front and solid discs at the rear axle.
The C-HR 1.8 features 17-inch wheels, wrapped in 215/60 R17 tyres.
Despite its short lifespan, UMW Toyota Motor introduced the updated C-HR in 2019, which included mild styling updates, including new 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, new garnish strips on the front and rear bumpers, and new body mouldings along the flanks.
On the inside, the biggest highlight addition of a new infotainment unit, now with Android Auto and Apple CarPlaycompatibility. Pricing was unchanged for the 2019 unit.
Besides officially imported units, there are grey-imported C-HRs with the 116 PS/185 Nm 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder. Though, not in great numbers.
Here’s a simplified table of the basic maintenance schedule of Toyota C-HR:
Toyota C-HR basic maintenance costs
Maintenance / Interval
Item / Component
Oil change / 10k km
Engine oil, filter and drain plug washer
Air filter / 40k km
Engine air filter
Brake service / 40k km
Transmission service / 80k km
ATF oil and filter
Replace coolant / 80k km (First change @ 160k km
Spark plugs / 100k km
Iridium spark plugs
Besides routine maintenance, there are a few common issues that prospective buyers should look out for:
Toyota C-HR common faults
Front drive shaft (RH/LH)
Increased noise/knocking sounds when turning
Front lower arm
Increased vibration / roadshock
Rear-wheel bearing hub
The Toyota C-HR is known to have a weak rear wheel bearing hub but this is not known to be a widespread issue in Malaysia. However, it’s advisable to get this inspected prior to purchase.
Separately, the 2ZR engine is known to consume engine oil as it gets older.
There can be a variety of reasons why an engine consumes oil – ranging from a leaky head gasket to worn valve guides and even piston rings – however, in most cases, the main cause of this is irregular maintenance and use of sub-standard engine oils.
As most C-HRs are less than 4 years old, a prospective buyer doesn’t need to be too concerned with this issue, but, diligent maintenance with good quality engine oils should be a priority if you intend to keep your C-HR for a long time.
The C-HR is a small SUV that makes a big statement, thus it should rank highly for buyers looking for a reliable lifestyle vehicle that doesn’t break the bank.
Plus, thanks to its TNGA platform architecture – the C-HR also boasts a wonderfully balanced and fun driving experience that even enthusiasts-type drivers will find appealing.
With that said, the C-HR is not the most practical or spacious crossover in its segment, buyers who are looking for a practical crossover for the family should consider the Honda HR-V or a used CR-V for the same money.
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Arvind can't remember a time when he didn't wheel around a HotWheels car. This love evolved into an interest in Tamiya and RC cars and finally the real deal 1:1 scale stuff. Passion finally lead to formal training in Mechanical Engineering. Instead of the bigger picture, he obsesses with the final drive ratio and spring rates of cars and spends the weekends wondering why a Perodua Myvi is so fast.