Driving Performance – 37/50 pts, fluid handling
|2019 Toyota Camry 2.5V - Facts and Figures|
|Engine||2.5L 4-cylinder NA|
|Power||184 PS @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||235 Nm @ 4,100 rpm|
|0-100 km/h||10.5 seconds|
|100-0 km/h||40.5 metres|
Against younger competitors, the Camry’s aging port fuel injection engine’s shortfall in power is apparent. Though for what it is, the Camry is still fast enough. And the 6-speed torque converter automatic's shifts are precise and plays well with the driver.
Steering feels natural and nicely weighted. Pitch it into corners and you’ll feel the weight transfer, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it’s a form of communication. And it handles bumps and undulations with impressive fluidity.
|2019 Toyota Camry 2.5V - Driving Performance Breakdown|
|Engine||Acceleration||3 / 5|
|In-gear Acceleration||3.5 / 5|
|Throttle Response||4 / 5|
|Transmission||Shift Logic||2 / 3|
|Smoothness||4 / 5|
|Sport/Manual Mode||3 / 3|
|Steering||Accuracy||2.5 / 3|
|Response||2 / 3|
|Weight & Feel||2.5 / 3|
|Braking||Distance||1.5 / 3|
|Feel||2 / 3|
|Handling||Chassis Balance||2.5 / 3|
|Grip||2 / 3|
|Load Reaction||2.5 / 3|
|Total||37 / 50 pts|
Ride Comfort – 42/50 pts, plush seats
The fluidity in its chassis translates well into comfort. It goes over undulations gracefully and with excellent composure. Ride quality is just excellent.
The seats are very comfortable, firm yet supportive on all the right pressure points. It feels the plushest among its rivals.
|2019 Toyota Camry 2.5V - Noise Level|
|60 km/h||61 dB|
|90 km/h||65 dB|
|110 km/h||67 dB|
Cabin noise level is relatively low. Tyre and mechanical noises are well suppressed, though slight wind ruffles can be heard at highway speeds.
|2019 Toyota Camry 2.5V - Ride Comfort Breakdown|
|Sound Proofing||8 / 10|
|Suspension||9 / 10|
|Passenger Comfort||9 / 10|
|Seat Support||5 / 5|
|Ergonomics||4 / 5|
|Engine Refinement||7 / 10|
|Total points||42 / 50 pts|
Quality and Features – 33.5/50 pts, inconsistent paint thickness
|2019 Toyota Camry 2.5V - Exterior Material Use|
|Front Fenders||Soundproofing Material||Yes|
|Doors||Front Windows||Single Glazed|
|Rear Windows||Single Glazed|
Panel gaps deviated by no more than 0.5 mm from opposite sides, which indicates above average build quality.
Paint thickness consistency however, was rather inconsistent, ranging from 100 µm on the bonnet to 180 µm on the driver-side rear-quarter panel. This resulted in a high standard deviation, which ultimately reflected an abysmal score.
|2019 Toyota Camry 2.5V - Panel Gaps|
|Location||Driver Side||Passenger Side||Difference|
|Front to Rear Door||3.5||3.5||0|
|Rear Door to Quarter Panel||3.5||3.5||0|
|2019 Toyota Camry 2.5V - Paint thickness (µm)|
|Location||Driver Side||Passenger Side|
|Average paint thickness: 116|
Build and material quality are par for the money, with high quality touch points and generous use of soft materials and leather.
|2019 Toyota Camry 2.5V - Cabin Material Use|
|Dashboard||Upper Section||Soft Plastic|
|Lower Section||Hard Plastic|
|Front Doors||Upper Section||Soft Plastic|
|Lower Section||Hard Plastic|
One complaint we have is the lack of Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity. But it does have a rich-sounding JBL sound system.
The Camry is fitted with Toyota Safety Sense, but it's an older version so its adaptive cruise control is not capable of operating in stop-go traffic like the Corolla Altis.
|2019 Toyota Camry 2.5V - Quality & Features Breakdown|
|Exterior||Paint Finish||0 / 5|
|Panel Gaps||4 / 5|
|Interior||Build Quality||4 / 5|
|Materials Used||4 / 5|
|Features||Safety||9 / 10|
|ADAS||4.5 / 5|
|Luxury||3 / 5|
|Convenience||2 / 5|
|Infotainment||3 / 5|
|Total||33.5 / 50 pts|
Space and Practicality – 30.5/50 pts, not as spacious as rivals
Interior space is decent in isolation, with about 3 tennis balls of kneeroom and 1 tennis ball of headroom for a 175 cm adult. But the Passat is slightly more spacious, never mind the Accord's vast interior.
racticality isn't as impressive as rivals either, still acceptable. Although the side door bins are relatively small, the centre armrest storage and glovebox are large.
|2019 Toyota Camry 2.5V - Interior Space Breakdown|
|Front Row||7 / 10|
|Middle/Back Row||7 / 10|
|Third Row||0 / 5|
|Boot Space||3 / 5|
|Practicality||3.5 / 5|
|Storage Space||3 / 5|
|Visibility||4 / 5|
|Storage Flexibility||3 / 5|
|Total||30.5 / 50 pts|
Fuel consumption – 10/20 pts, not as efficient as direct injection engines
After completing a 116.5 km journey broken down to 50% highway and 50% city driving, the amount of fuel required to fill brim the tank is 12.2 litres.
|2019 Toyota Camry 2.5V - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown|
|Fuel Consumption||8 / 15|
|Eco Mode||0 / 2|
|Indicator Accuracy||2 / 3|
|Total points||10 / 20 pts|
Purchase and Cost – 20/30 pts, high fuel cost
The Thailand-imported Toyota Camry 2.5V is priced at RM 196,888 (with SST). Price without SST is RM 188,763, valid until 31 December 2020. Considering its features and assembly origin, the price is justifiable.
The Camry loses points in maintenance and fuel cost, which are relatively high compared to its nearest rivals.
|2019 Toyota Camry 2.5V - Purchase & Cost|
|Purchase||Car Price||11 / 15|
|Warranty||4 / 5|
|Cost||Maintenance||3 / 5|
|Fuel Cost||2 / 5|
|Total||20 / 30 pts|
Conclusion – 173/250 pts overall
The 2019 Toyota Camry 2.5V offers class-leading ride comfort, impressive driving dynamics, and is decently equipped. But it falls short in terms of space and practicality compared to its rivals, not to mention the poorer fuel consumption.
If you're looking for a D-segment sedan that strikes an impressive balance between body control and a cossetting ride, very few can match the Toyota Camry.