The flagship of the brand model line confidently demonstrates leadership ambitions
The largest SUV in the Chery model range, according to the creators, should cause associations with a running tiger. Indeed, its stylish and aggressive exterior clearly hints at the resemblance to a large and graceful feline predator, and the prickly “look” of the LED headlights indicates a remarkable strength and unshakable will.
The new crossover is built on the innovative modular platform T1X, which is already used by the “younger” models Tiggo 4 and Tiggo 7. This platform has significant potential for creating fundamentally better, more comfortable and dynamic models. The chassis features a low center of mass, as well as independent front and rear suspensions.
At the same time, Tiggo 8 significantly exceeds the size of its “relatives” by brand. Its length, width and height are 4700, 1860 and 1705 mm, respectively, and the wheelbase is 2710 mm. The clearance of the crossover is 190 mm. The front suspension is of the McPherson type, while the rear has a multi-link design. The novelty is offered in 5- and 7-seater configurations. Trunk volume of the 5-seater version reaches 892 liters, and 7-seater – 193 liters.
The car body frame is made of five grades of high strength steel. The strength of its lower part is ensured by triple spars, which not only participate in the absorption of impact energy, but also make the body energy-intensive and poorly deformed. In addition, modern electronic assistants work for safety. So it is not surprising that in independent crash tests conducted according to the C-NCAP method, this SUV earned a maximum of five stars.
In the Russian market, the model is equipped with a 2-liter gasoline turbo engine developing 170 hp. and 250 Nm, which allows you to accelerate to the first “hundred” in 10 s and achieve a maximum speed of 200 km / h. Fuel consumption in the combined cycle is only 8.2 liters per 100 km, and refueling with 92 m gasoline is allowed. An infinitely variable variator is combined with the engine, having as many as 9 virtual gears in manual shift mode.
The interior of the car, I’m not afraid of these words, creates a premium feeling. Stylish calm design, leather trim of the front panel, armrests, seats and doors, soft plastic and minimal gaps between the interior elements – all this looks really expensive.
Metallic keys are pressed with clear, precise efforts. Electronic tidy with a 7-inch screen has excellent graphics and has three color options: golden, terracotta and ultramarine. On the center console is another display – 8-inch, to control the dual-zone climate system and heated seats. He is endowed with sound feedback, while the temperature is directly regulated by physical “rounds”.
And finally, in the center of the front panel there is a third monitor – a 10.25-inch with high resolution and timely touch responses. The logic is clear, no instructions for use are required. The ClouDrive system is integrated into the interface, duplicating the screen of your smartphone on the main monitor and, accordingly, allowing you to use the programs and applications of the mobile phone (I must say, the thing is incredibly convenient). In addition, the image from the rear view camera is displayed on the “multimedia” screen when reversing and the data read by the all-round visibility system is displayed.
In general, everything is excellent with the ergonomics of the Tiggo 8: the interior is functional and equipped with the latest technology. So, the parking brake with the AutoHold function is electric here, and its key is located in a prominent place on the central tunnel. There are also control buttons for all-round cameras and the descent assistance system. All windows with auto mode. The central armrest has a refrigerated compartment, two USB inputs and a 12 V socket.
Landing behind the wheel is high, the geometry of the seat and steering wheel is correct. Moreover, what is important, the steering column is specially equipped for the Russian market with adjustments for the angle of inclination and reach. The driver’s seat from Lear, a leading global manufacturer (supplier, in particular, a number of premium brands), has six-way electrical settings and an adjustable lumbar support. Sitting in it is a pleasure!
On the second row expanse: plenty of space in all directions. The sofa has an anatomical profile, and its side backs are equipped with a variable angle. In addition to a convenient central armrest with cup holders, rear passengers can use the heating and ventilation vents located between the front seats, as well as heated seats. The third row, also having backrest angle adjustments, is perfect for children.
When the third row is folded, it looks like … a cave – it seems that it is almost bottomless. The second row can also be folded, with a flat floor and a truly huge space for luggage. In total, there are 12 interior layout options and 44 compartments for storing luggage and small items. Yes, I almost forgot: the fifth door is equipped with an electric drive and a non-contact opening function with a foot movement under the bumper.
Especially for Russia
A turbocharged engine developing 170 hp is ideal for the Tiggo 8. The crossover follows the “gas” pedal as if attached, and you will not find any turbo-yam. The stepless variator gets along well with the power unit, at any time providing the most effective set of speed, while the engine does not bother even at high speeds. When you turn on the “sports” mode, the accelerator pedal becomes even more responsive, and the car becomes like … yes, like a tiger attacking its victim.
The crossover chassis is quite dense, provides quick and accurate responses to control actions. The Tiggo 8 holds the line well and briskly follows the wheel on a winding road. On relative off-road, he is also not a miss, despite the front-wheel drive layout. Thanks for this you need an advanced stabilization system that correctly metering traction on wheels. And with comfort in order, the suspension confidently copes with bumps, and beautiful 18-inch wheels do not annoy the noise.
But it captivates even more that the model was prepared specifically for Russia. So, our specification relies on: full LED dipped and main beam, diode running lights and taillights, a remote engine start system and keyless entry into the cabin. In addition, the SUV is equipped with a complete “winter” package, which includes heating the seats, steering wheel, rear-view mirrors, washer nozzles, as well as the windshield and rear windows.
Chery Tiggo 8 was the first to appear on the Russian market in the rich Prestige package, but this spring the company is preparing to offer two more options – Active for the 5-seater version and Family for the 7-seater. They will become even more attractive at a price (due to equipment), but the engine will be the same.
As for the Prestige equipment, in addition to the equipment already listed, it includes – a tire pressure and temperature monitoring system, a light sensor and a delay function for turning off the headlights, a circular viewing system with front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, a rain sensor, six airbags, driver fatigue control system, electric folding mirrors, metallic paint and more. Dealers ask for 1,719,000 rubles for such a package. Add to it a guarantee of 5 years or 150 thousand kilometers and you will understand that this is one of the most advantageous offers in the class.