After driving to Dullstroom with the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro, I can honestly say I understand why Chery has become a top 10 vehicle brand even in its first year in South Africa.
Chery is China’s most successful vehicle exporter and has held this position for the past 35 years. It’s also (obviously) their aim is to stay at the top, especially since the success of its Tiggo Pro range, as well as a host of new models on the horizon.
We recently took the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro for a drive to Dullstroom and we were amazed by its characteristics and capabilities.
Pros of the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro
- The vehicle is big enough for a weekend away for a family of four. (Okay, maybe not if you want to take the pram along, but with a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old it was smooth sailing when it comes to packing).
- It comes with synthetic leather covered seats – a great add-on for a family with messy toddlers.
- While it’s not a super car, it’s a rather impressive family car with enough oomph for mom to move and dad to brag.
- The Chery Tiggo 7 Pro’s got the swagger! I mean, did you see that grill?
- It comes with an impressive Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) with adaptive cruise control that blew my mind. It monitors the distance between you and the cars in front and automatically reduces speed to keep that distance.
- For the kids, the Powered Panoramic Sunroof of the Executive grade was the highlight. They also found the fact that the car has a voice that responds when you talk to it, mindboggling. (Even though they still haven’t figured out the right questions for the Intelligent Voice Commands system to respond with the correct answers.)
- The car comes with both Apple Car Play and Android Auto, an infotainment system with a 10.25-inch floating central touch screen and six-speaker premium sound.
- Another plus for the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro was the centre stashbox cooling (for the drinks that do fit in the cup holders in front).
The cons of the Chery Tiggo Pro
- With coffee being a big thing on our family road trips, we found it a little disappointing that our take-away cups struggled to fit into the cup holders in front. Somehow, they only seemed to fit if we lifted the lid of the centre stashbox. The cup holders inside the doors also had a weird angle, which made placing a hot takeaway beverage in there unpractical too.
- For a longer holiday, the boot won’t be big enough for a family of four. For two, or maybe even three, yes, but otherwise you might have to make use of either a trailer, or the vehicle’s roof rails.
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Exciting vehicles at affordable prices
Chery claims to have a customer-first approach of offering exciting vehicles at affordable prices to South African customers. JayJay Botes, National Sales Manager for Chery says: “Our customer-centric focus is the reason our dealer footprint now spans every province in South Africa. We currently have 76 appointed dealers to better support our growing customer base and to improve accessibility to this amazing brand.”
The latest model to join the South African line-up is the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro MAX. It is fitted with a 187 kW 2-litre petrol turbo engine and offers an unmatched list of specifications. That includes six airbags, a full array of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that include adaptive cruise control, and a luxury interior with multi-zone climate control, leather upholstery and a panoramic sunroof.
Chery will also soon be introducing a new range of vehicles – the OMODA range – which will provide Chery quality and performance to a whole new market.