The Toyota C-HR is a subcompact crossover that Toyota introduced back in 2017. UMW Toyota Motor previewed the C-HR back in 2017, before introducing the hip crossover in 2018.
Toyota updated the C-HR in early 2019, giving the crossover some mild styling updates, including new 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, new garnish strips on the front and rear bumpers, and new body moldings along sides.
More importantly is the addition of a new head unit, now with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
How Much Is It?
UMW Toyota Motor only offers one variant of the C-HR, priced at RM 150,000.
The sole C-HR 1.8 variant is offered with automatic HID projector headlights, automatic dual-zone air-conditioning, 7 airbags, and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
Pros and Cons
If there’s one aspect that Toyota nailed right on the C-HR is its superior ride and handling. Never mind the Honda HR-V, the Toyota C-HR strikes the right balance between ride comfort and handling far better than the Mazda CX-3 ever could.
The Toyota C-HR soaks up road irregularities with ease, which would have otherwise upset the balance of the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. Compared to the Mazda CX-3’s overly firm ride, the Toyota C-HR offers a far plusher ride, courtesy of its double wishbone rear suspension configuration.
Furthermore, handling prowess of the Toyota C-HR is also miles ahead of its competition. The suspension gurus at Toyota has bestowed the C-HR with a go kart-like driving experience, as the rear end of the C-HR responds to steering inputs obediently.
With that said, despite its great ride and handling capabilities, sitting in the rear of the Toyota C-HR can get rather claustrophobic, due to its doorline that slopes upwards. The full black interior of the C-HR also does little to alleviate the issue.
In terms of infotainment, the Toyota C-HR is perhaps one of UMW Toyota Motor’s earliest models to receive Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, putting it ahead of the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3.
Safety wise, the RM 150k Toyota C-HR’s equipment is seriously lacking, as its sibling, the Corolla Altis, gets the full Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) at a much cheaper price point.
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