Video: Toyota C-HR Review, why is it so expensive?!

Adrian Chia · Dec 08, 2019 03:18 PM

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.

2019 Toyota C-HR Review

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 Test, Drive and Buy event.

2019 Toyota C-HR Front

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.

2019 Toyota CHR Competitor

Competitors of the Toyota C-HR

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.

2019 Toyota C-HR Side View

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.