2008 Chery Tiggo | new car review
Continuing the theme of having some pretty unusual names, the Chery Tiggo is a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4-sized SUV that has been out for a few years in China. Quite a smart looker, the Tiggo is powered by Chery’s own ATECO in-line 2.4-litre 16-valve SOHC producing 126hp and 195Nm of torque. Previous incarnations used a Mitsubishi-sourced powerplant.
A compact SUV with a long wheelbase though ensures decent roominess inside – both for occupants and cargo. Chery has tried hard to give a plush interior but closer inspection brings out the flaws in quality of materials used as well as fit and finish of the SUV. With everything built to a price, the Tiggo has features normally associated with more expensive rivals. These include dual SRS front airbags and side impact door beams for four doors. Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) are standard. Seats are faux leather and the plastics used are what the norm was about 10 years ago.
Although a compact SUV, the Tiggo’s 2510mm wheelbase ensures there is good enough space on the inside. The interior can be adjusted at will, with the front seats being 4-way or 6-way adjustable that flat fold to form a simple single bed with the rear seats also collapsed down.
The Tiggo is available in front wheel drive or AWD forms. Although not quite a hardcore SUV, it would be able to venture off black tops, but just about! The Lotus Engineering developed front suspension has independent MacPherson strut with variable-pitch conical coil spring, anti-roll bar, single transverse link and dual-acting tube damper, while the rear gets trailing arm with double wish bone, coil spring, tube damper and anti-roll bar.
Starts from UAE Dirhams 55000 – up to 65000*
* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.