Toyota Malaysia designed the new CHR to be a stylish cross between a coupe and an SUV, but it’s more of a tall four-door hatchback with the look of a sporty two-door. Unlike other SUVs, the C-HR lacks the option of all-wheel drive (it’s front-drive only) and doesn’t offer much cargo space.
Key Specs of Toyota CHR Malaysia 2021
|Model||Toyota CHR Malaysia 2020|
|Engine||1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder|
|Warranty||36 months/36,000 miles|
2.0-liter inline-4 routes via a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) at just 144 horsepower forward. There is no manual and no all-wheel drive, either, so there’s not much zeal. The C-HR is a leisurely performer, which comes as a surprise given the modest combined EPA 29-mpg ranking. All-wheel drive rivals are more miserly.
Typical standard Toyota abounds inside the cabin of the C-HR. Except for a pair of plastic panels on either side of the center console, the materials appear well-chosen and sturdy all over the interior. A digital stitching faux-leather dash looks elegant, while diamond-patterned plastic on the doors and similarly patterned headliner accents add some fun to the mix.
The trim used on the dashboard the car tended to be standard-issue piano black in low-light circumstances. Still, a shiny glaze shone through in direct sunlight — a pleasant surprise. The cabin, on the whole, has a rather youthful appeal. The C-HR is anything but up-to-date when it comes to the quality of apps, however.
The only simple convenience here is automatic dual-zone climate control, and those who want niceties like power seat changes or a sunroof will be left wanting. When it comes to carrying luggage, the leader of this segment is the Honda HR-V, which offers class-above space thanks to its innovative folding rear seat.
An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system stands tall atop the sculpted dashboard of the C-HR, and even the base model comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Bluetooth phone and music streaming.
This year, a gentle nip and tuck refine the 2020 Toyota C-HR, taking off some of the odd-ball angles from last year. It’s also a standout feature that isn’t going to feel like the rest of the car park.
Toyota cleaned the front end of the 2020 C-HR and redesigned the headlights and taillights with LEDs. Its form is as unstable as ever, separating the narrow gap between the crossover and the hatchback. Toyota also calls the car “Coupe, High Roof,” which expands the “coupe” concept because the C-HR has four side doors.
The roof of the C-HR can be finished to suit the body, contrasting with black, or in a new silver finish, which replaces the white roof of last year. The look finishes with new 17- and 18-inch wheel sizes.
Toyota CHR Malaysia Safety
All C-HR trims come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, a comprehensive suite of active safety features that includes forward collision alert with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with steering aid, automatic high-beam headlights and full-speed adaptive cruise control. The mid-level XLE with rear cross-traffic alert provides blind-spot alerts.
Toyota C-HR is available in Malaysia in six different colors – Black, White Pearl, Green, Metallic Grey, Red Mica, and blue
Overall, Beauty is in the car buyer’s eye, and we will leave you with the decision. If you are looking for something classy, it’s enough to say the C-HR fits the bill for sure. The sleek dimensions include a remarkably spacious interior, and the hatchback style adds a measure of usefulness.