‘Get pleasure from your firstclass’…Or so the brand new Chery Tiggo 8 Professional’s advertising and marketing materials guarantees, and everyone knows our associates in promoting’s propensity for hyberbole. We could also be a bit skeptical of such a daring assertion by a Chinese language automotive model. However instances have modified as Thys de Beer found.
Chery’s second new offering, the Tiggo 8 Professional seven-seater, mid-sized SUV arrived in all its glory, bells, and whistles. Two fashions, the Distinctive, priced at R496 000, and Government, priced at R546 900, are on provide and are each powered by a 1,6-litre TGDI turbo-petrol engine powering the entrance wheels by a seven-speed DCT dual-clutch gearbox (sourced from German agency Getrag) with an influence output of 145 kW at 5 500 r/min and 290 N.m of torque between 2 000 and 4 000 r/min.
The Tiggo 8 Professional has a normal options checklist so long as a State of the Nation Tackle, simply extra spectacular. On each fashions homeowners are welcomed to excessive ranges of perceived high quality that features two-tone brown and black or black seats, a six-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a ten,25-inch infotainment system, dual-zone local weather management, an eight-speaker Sony encompass sound system, wi-fi charging, and clever voice management, and ambient lighting. The premium-feeling cabin is a snug house to spend time in. The intuitively-designed inside is comparatively uncluttered and the ten,5-inch touchscreen is simple to function. The house within the third row that might comfortably seat two adults. It even has its personal local weather management on the Government mannequin.
Secure and Sound
Chery spared no expense when it got here to passive and energetic security package if one takes six airbags, traction management, hill and downhill help, tyre-pressure monitoring for its 18-inchers, lane departure warning, and a 360-degree digital camera parking view system, Isofix becoming factors, to call however a number of, into consideration.
The range-topping Government mannequin consists of four-way electrical seat adjustment for each entrance passenger seats, brown and black diamond-patterned leather-based upholstery, local weather management for the third row of seats, a panoramic sunroof, rear privateness glass, wi-fi charging, Android Auto and Apple Carplay, and degree two semi-autonomous security options.
We set off from Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. At first look the Tiggo 8 Professional regarded completely at residence within the Marriot’s parking space. It has a presence and spectacular styling with out up to date designers’ propensity for over design. Off we went by way of a number of Highveld again roads; the Cosmos already in bloom, the potholes mendacity in wait, and floating cumulus clouds overhead that might be appreciated by the voice-activated panoramic sunroof, to welcome us. The Chery felt sure-footed, the driving place good, the steering agency, and we skilled little or no physique roll, when swerving to overlook a number of potholes. We arrived again in Jozi suitably impressed.
If I’ve to nitpick, though the entrance seats are comfy and supportive, bigger-boned individuals may discover them a bit on the tighter facet. Head and foot house are ample within the again however three adults felt a bit cramped after we shared the second row. That stated, certainly one of us was tall and one other not fairly the slimmer of the yr.
Peace of thoughts
All fashions are bought with a five-year/60 000 km service plan and five-year/150 000 km guarantee, in addition to Chery’s 10-year/1-million-kilometre guarantee, which solely applies to the primary proprietor. So, what’s the decision? In case you are available in the market for a good-looking, well-priced and specked, comfy seven-seater SUV, I might make my strategy to one of many 50 dealerships countrywide for a check drive. The Chery Tiggo 8 Professional is certain to provide the Haval H6, VW Tiguan All-Area, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan X-Path, Kia Sportage, and so on. a run for his or her cash.
Chery Tiggo 8 Professional Government
Value: R546 900
Engine: 1,6-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged petrol
Transmission: 7-speed automated twin clutch
Energy: 145 kW @5 500 rpm
Torque: 290 N.m @2 000 rpm – 4 400 rpm
Pushed wheels: entrance
0-100 km/h: N/A
High pace: N/A
Gas consumption: N/A
CO2 emissions: N/A
Rivals: Volkswagen Tiguan All-Area, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Nissan X-Path