2014 Chery E8 | New Car Review

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 by
2014 Chery E8
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  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
AEDAED 56,900 - 59,900
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  • Last modified: December 11, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 70%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 85%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 90%

Review Summary:

The is the second model in the line-up to fall victim to the alphanumeric naming convention the brand wishes to follow for its sedan range; more importantly, it is the Chinese brand’s offering to compete against the likes of the BYD F7 and Korean Kia Optima.

Pros

Priced extremely well with an abundance of features to boot.

Cons

Brand perception will have to change before people actually consider buying a Chery.

Looks

While Chinese auto makers have become infamous for taking design inspirations from a variety of other vehicles and amalgamating them into one product, that clearly isn’t the case with the 2014 Chery E8. Measuring 4,866mm in length, the E8 is the product of a wide front, prominent creases along the bodywork, and an inconspicuous spoiler. Stylistically speaking, it really isn’t all that bad.

2014 Chery E8 front

Feels

With significant amounts of plastic being found on the door panels, the dashboard, and the centre console, it most certainly does feel like an economy sedan, but with a wheelbase of 2,768mm, it is undoubtedly spacious.

2014 Chery E8 interior

Engineering

Adamant to redefine what makes up the definition of ‘value for money’ in todays automotive realm, the Chery E8 bestows its occupants with power adjustable leather seats, a CD player, an AUX port, audio controls on the steering wheel, and even a sunroof for less than AED 60,000!

2014 Chery E8 side

What’s on offer?

With just one engine available, buyers of the 2014 Chery E8 will find a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine under their hood. Mated to a CVT transmission, the 2.0 litre engine kicks out 137 horsepower at 5,750 RPM and 182 Nm of torque at 4,500 RPM. Accelerating from nought to 100 km/h in 10.8 seconds, the E8 will continue well into the three digits before topping out at 180 km/h.

2014 Chery E8 top

Summing it…

Priced from just AED 56,900 to AED 59,900, the 2014 Chery E8 is the answer for people who require something spacious, but don’t have a very big budget. With all the tech it packs in, the top of the line E8 is not only extremely affordable, but cheaper than a similarly specced BYD F7 and Kia Optima by AED 7,600 and AED 40,000 respectively.

2014 Chery E8 rear

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