Chery Tiggo4Pro Review
Chery Automobile is a Chinese car manufacturer that was founded in the late 90s. So it’s a relatively new company compared to some of the other players in the market. The Tiggo is one of Chery’s most exported vehicles and the previous generation model was sold in South Africa.
Chery went back to the drawing board and has now come out with the Tiggo4Pro. I’m very curious to see what went on with that drawing board because right off the bat, it’s amazing what Chery has done to improve the Tiggo from the previous generation.
That being said, let’s get into what the results of that drawing board were. The review unit here is the 1.5 CVT Elite
Engine & Transmission
The Tiggo4Pro Elite range is powered by a 1500cc petrol turbocharged unit. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission.
The engine pushes out 108kw & 210nm of torque through the front wheels. In reality, the Tiggo4Pro is no slouch & in an urban setting, there’s a sense of urgency with this setup with no lag at all. However, this does come at a cost of heavier fuel consumption. We saw a fuel consumption figure of 9.3l/100km from a 51l fuel tank within our test period. However, this is also the nature of CVT equipped cars. The CVT box does tend to hunt for revs on the highway when using cruise control but other than that, the power delivery on the Tiggo4Pro is smooth.
Although a compact SUV, the Tiggo4Pro handles competently in both road & soft road situations. So you wouldn’t necessarily have partners or children complaining about the ride quality of this vehicle albeit it’s on the firmer side. You do get Speed Sensitive Electric power steering which was very pleasant to use in urban parking situations where the steering is as light as a feather for easy parking & heavy enough to not wander on the highway. You can also adjust how heavy you want the steering feel to be in the vehicle’s onboard settings.
It would seem a bit criminal to make you, the dear reader read the long feature list of what the Tiggo4Pro Elite has. So we’ll only cover stand out features here. Simply because whatever feature you expect the Tiggo4Pro Elite to have, probably already has it.
Stand out features include:
· Follow me home headlights.
· ‘Tiggo’ branded puddle lights
· Interior Mood lighting
· Digital Gauge cluster
· Welcome Lights
· True keyless entry & exit with autolocking
· LED Headlights
· Full leather interior
· Tyre Pressure monitoring system
Those are just to name a few.
You also have a touchscreen Android Auto & Apple Carplay head unit with voice commands. The speakers do their job fine alas the head unit tends to be sluggish with Android Auto connectivity, even requiring a 3rd party app just to link the phone to the car. This does need improvement.
The cabin of the Tiggo4Pro is a very comfortable place to be that can rival European competitors. The sound deadening is top tier. The reason is that a car with a sound system next to you doesn’t even let sound & vibrations leak into the cabin until you open your windows. Highway comfort is good & the suspension can adapt nicely to soft offroad settings. The seats are a bit on the firmer side but this should soften up over time. The boot capacity ranges from 340l-1100l depending on if you have the split rear seats up or down.
You can’t deny that the Tiggo4Pro has a striking design inside & out.
You can tell the vehicle takes a lot of cues from European design trends, focusing on more angular design but with some softened areas. On the exterior, the front grille with the tasteful use of chrome is an attractive feature. To appeal to the sportier side, there are red accents on some trim pieces. To top it all off, charcoal grey wheels with red brake callipers round off the look of the Tiggo4Pro’s exterior.
The interior is the party piece. Chery really went to town here. There’s an excellent use of soft-touch materials with two-tone red & dark grey leather. There are also brushed aluminium look trim pieces on the door cards. Breaking all that apart is the pinstripe red mood lighting. The interior lights are white LEDs with crystal looking blocks to diffuse & reflect the light accordingly & add a luxury element to the cabin. Ergonomics are not ignored here with good driving position & adjustment settings for the driver. The only drawback would be the poor rear visibility which could be mitigated by a lane change warning system or better rear-view windows.
Overall space in the cabin is well utilised with good rear seating and a massive boot along with split rear fold-down seats.
Price & Maintenance.
The Chery Tiggo4Pro’s price starts at R274 900 with the CVT Elite Tested here for R364 900. With that comes with a 5 Year/60000km service plan, 5 Years Unlimited Roadside assistance, 5 year/150000km Warranty & finally, an engine warranty of 1 million km/10 years.
It’s insane what Chery has been up to behind the scenes to improve on the Tiggo model. The value for money is proven as kitted out competitors with the same feature-set go for much more money. It is a very competent family SUV & comes with a good recommendation.