The Toyota C-HR was launched in Malaysia in March 2018. It subsequently went through a minor update in 2019 with better features and revised styling.
Prior to the launch, the public was seriously hyped up for the Toyota C-HR following UMW Toyota Motor’s extensive campaign for the SUV. I still remember clearly the amount of attention the C-HR got when it first made its public preview at the 2017 Carlist.my Test, Drive and Buy event.
Unfortunately, its hefty asking price of RM 146k then (now updated 2019 Toyota C-HR price RM 150,000) was just too much to swallow. Simply because everyone was expecting the C-HR to be priced in the same league as the Honda HR-V.
However, after spending some time with the Toyota C-HR for a test drive review, we came to understand that you can’t take the C-HR’s price and specification list at face value.
Look at it this way, a Porsche 911 is crazy expensive, but fans would still blow a million Ringgit on one because it makes them feel good. The C-HR’s value proposition is a little bit like a 911.
The Toyota C-HR rides on the highly sophisticated Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that promises high safety rating, advanced technologies and exciting driving dynamics.
Fun fact, the sexy Lexus LC Coupe which rides on the Lexus Global Architecture-L, is derived from the TNGA platform.
Don’t let the 2ZR-FBE 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine with Dual VVT-i and CVT automatic combination put you off. Its 140 PS and 171 Nm output is more than sufficient to keep up with all your enthusiastic driving needs.