October 18, 2020 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2020 Chery Tiggo 2

Symmetrical Latitude

Chery Philippines has consistently released some seriously compelling products in our market since its reintroduction. The new entry-level Chery Tiggo 2 subcompact crossover resembles its bigger brothers and shares many of their salient features but in smaller measures. Even with its top-spec 4-speed automatic, the Tiggo 2 sells for P150,000 less than the most basic Ford EcoSport. The Tiggo 2 is actually smaller than the more powerful EcoSport even if it has a slightly longer wheelbase. It is tangibly larger but also costs a bit more than a Chevrolet Spark by about P36,000.00 but it is smaller than the Trax. Its most formidable direct competition would be the JAC S4 which is slightly more expensive but larger, more powerful, and comes with more standard equipment.

The Tiggo 2 does have a 5-speed manual version for P695,000.00 which may be the model to go for since the 4-speed automatic transmission on the P770,000.00 variant (our test unit) does not communicate well with the underachieving normally aspirated 1.5-liter engine which is unfortunate. The Tiggo 2 is still a good small crossover, as well as a good alternative in a very competitive field with its good build quality and design.

The seating is best with 4 adults only but the seat material and comfort are exceptional. The 8-inch infotainment system with rear camera and rear parking sonar is good but the sub-par 4-speakers were not. The handling, good NVH, and ride comfort were all more than acceptable. It does have cruise control, dual airbags, ISOFIX rear mounts, and the brake system is very good with ESP (Electronic Stability Program, Emergency Brake Assist, Traction Control, and Hill Assist Control). The 16-inch alloys look good and are wrapped with surprisingly competent 205/55R16 91V Linglong GREEN-Max HP 010 tires. The instrument gauges are nicely designed though I wish the ignition was not a traditional turn-key.

The halogen projector headlights should have been LED or had additional front fog lamps to assist when driving at night. DRL lights are not a replacement for actual front fog lamps. The Tiggo 2 is alright but it is not as compelling as its larger and more full-featured stablemates. The biggest issue I had in the end though was its powerplant which compromised what could be a desirable and affordable small crossover.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1497 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16V
Fuel Injector Multi-Point Injection, VVT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 106 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 100 lb-ft @ 2750 rpm
Transmission 4-Speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 167 km/h (104 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 12.9 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 15.4 km/l Overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 770,000.00
What's Great Good-looking family continuity, strong value, very comfortable seats, 3-year free Periodic Maintenance Service.
What's Not So Anemic powerplant, no front fog lamps, only 4-speakers.
C! Editors Rating 8/10
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