Chery Philippines’ new subcompact crossover, the sporty-looking Tiggo 5x, is yet another strong-value based offering in what could be the most competitive segment in the domestic automotive industry. It is priced aggressively and looks very much like its bigger 7-seater stablemate the Tiggo 8. Ironically, Chery Headquarters back in the mainland already launched a facelifted Tiggo 5x in the Chinese domestic market with a new front grille and new bumper which doesn’t look as good. However, the interior updates are more significant. There are two affordable variants offered in our market; our white test unit seen here is the Luxury model that costs P90,000.00 more for the additional standard equipment.
There are no front fog lamps but there are LED DRL lights which unfortunately shut-off when the halogen projector headlights are switched on. The rear signature lighting is well designed but doesn’t use LED. The 17-inch alloys look fairly good and despite the tall, unknown Chao Yang SU318a H/T brand with 215/60R17 96H tires, the rolling stock had good grip and rode like a more premium compound tire. The long-travel suspension was tuned well too, with independent MacPherson struts up front and a torsion-beam at the rear. As a mostly urban crossover, that suspension setup works.
The interior could have been even better if the optional equipment found in other markets were installed, like rear passenger air vents, wireless phone charger, and a larger panoramic moonroof. The current moonroof is good though, it is just that its fiercest direct competition, the slightly smaller but zippier MG ZS AT Alpha (which also got a facelift and more in other markets) has one for an additional P48,888.00 more. The JAC S3 is even smaller for even less money and it is a little quicker, though the Tiggo 5x is the better looking, more spacious, and better fit-and-finish solution. The GAC GS3 200T is more dynamic, more equipped, and more refined but it costs P108,000.00 more.
Don’t get me wrong, the Chery Tiggo 5x Luxury is really a good crossover. We forget sometimes how quickly the automotive industry has developed over the past five years alone. Consumers have so many choices to fit their budgets and user requirements. The Tiggo 5x Luxury costs less and has more equipment than most compact sedans sold four years ago! Even with its modest power, it uses a good sounding 6-speaker 9-inch control screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay. It has all-wheel disc brakes with ABS, soft-touch interior surfaces, stability control (with Emergency Brake Assist +Traction Control System +Hill Assist & Descent Control), tire pressure monitoring system, two USB ports, cruise control, reverse camera, a tasteful data-rich 7-inch TFT color instrument cluster, electric brake, excellent steering wheel with remote controls, start/stop ignition with smart key, automatic climate control, nicely laid out switchgear, powered driver’s seat, and dual airbags. In addition, the trunk with the seats up holds 340 liters and 1,100 liters with the seats fully folded almost flat, and the foldable split rear bench has ISOFIX rear seat mounts.
The efficient CVT transmission is smooth and fairly linear but understand that the Tiggo 5x is an affordable and versatile crossover designed more for regular urban use and not aggressive canyon carving. Chery Philippines gives it 3-years of free Periodic Maintenance Service support along with a solid 5-year factory warranty, and in case there are doubts about the reliability of the powerplant, an astounding 10-year, one million-kilometer warranty.
|Cylinder Head||dohc 16V|
|Fuel Injector||Multi-Port Fuel Injection, VVT|
|Max Power (bhp @ rpm)||114 bhp @ 6150 rpm|
|Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm)||104 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm|
|Top Speed||178 km/h (112 mph)|
|0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph||11.9 sec.|
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
|Fuel Milage (km/l)||6.6 L/100km Overall|
|Price as Tested (PHP)||PhP 950,000.00|
|What's Great||Strong value for money, thrifty, spacious, generous basic standard equipment, better looking than the face-lifted model.|
|What's Not So||New facelifted model has better interior. Needs more oomph. Halogen headlights. No rear a/c vents. Rear seats do not recline.|
|C! Editors Rating||8/10|