Many motorists are faced with a choice: whether to buy a Chinese car. On the one hand, everyone understands: a car from the Middle Kingdom belongs to the category of budget transport. And sometimes the price is really tempting. And the other side of the coin is the problems that this choice is fraught with.
It is generally accepted that cars of Chinese origin are a clone of a brand. Most often it is a really exact copy, only with a different name. For example, the chery tigo looks a bit like the Toyota Rav-4.
To date, the SUV from Wuhu already has the eighth series. Each of them received slightly modified body elements and internal layout. Thanks to this, the manufacturer provides the buyer with a wide choice. But for the restyled version, the Chinese will take an order of magnitude more expensive.
And in the family of Chery Tiggo there are also "author's" cars. For example, the fifth generation is "cut" by designers from Europe, and is not a replica of any SUV. For a buyer of a relatively modest income, the car will be a good alternative to the combat classics of the Soviet automobile industry.
By and large, a car is a city "horse". Thanks to large windows, modest dimensions and a minimum turning radius, the machine can be called convenient for active traffic.
In terms of the interior, each model looks dignified. The build quality is high. The gaps are even. The salon is quite ergonomic. And in most cases it is more spacious than the original from which the picture was "copied". All controls are located at suitable locations on the console.
A big plus for all generations Chery Tiggo is a complete set of additional options. For a large touch panel, or heated seats and steering wheel, Japanese counterparts will take a high price. But the Chinese crossover is "stuffed" with the functions necessary for a comfortable trip. At the same time, a new handsome man in full combat "uniforms" will cost at the price of a basic SUV of the American car industry, or the same Japanese. Or even cheaper.
How is it going
For Ukrainian roads, a crossover is a great option. The car has increased cross-country ability compared to sedans with low ground clearance. But do not be zealous in the pits. Chery Tiggo will not last long in intense shaking.
The Chinese manufacturer has equipped the car with a standard two-liter naturally aspirated 136 horsepower. The transmission is available in two versions. It is either a variator or a five-speed manual transmission.
Despite the number of horses sufficient for a small SUV, the car cannot be called agile. Acceleration picks up sluggishly, as for such power. On the one hand, this is not bad, but sometimes it fails during overtaking.
What problems can arise with Chery Tigo?
No matter how much dealers or users praise Chery Tiggo, the Chinese remains Chinese. Buying this car is like playing Russian Roulette. One gets to a higher quality assembly, and the other is vice versa.
The budget of the car is due to the quality of the materials from which the parts are made. If you buy a crossover at a car dealership, you don't have to worry about breakdowns for a while. In the case of purchasing a model in the secondary market, it would be worth paying attention to anti-corrosion treatment.
Over the years, plastic elements begin to creak and rattle. It is especially important to be one hundred percent sure that the car has not been involved in an accident. The quality of the frame and frame is not at a high level. It is easy to deform.
Alternative for the same money
At the price of an analogue of Chery Tiggo, there is no, neither in auto dealers, nor in the secondary market. If a motorist is not ready to take risks when buying a Chinese car, he will have to pay extra for a better SUV. Or you will have to choose another car from the available amount. But in this case, the car will be much older.
For that kind of money, you can buy a used, but confident Niva. Another option instead of Tiggo is the Niva-Chevrolet, or UAZ Patriot. For driving on country roads and off-road - cars are much more reliable than a Chinese.
Alternatively, you can pick up a car from Japan or an American. But for modest means, they will be broken, or already "dying." You will also need to spend money on them to make you ride.
In general, the Chery Tigo family fits perfectly into the category of an inexpensive family car. A five-door body with a roomy trunk and a decent interior is a great option for commuting and commuting.
Like all vehicles, this crossover has several disadvantages. But with careful diagnosis, they are quickly identified. The most important thing is not to buy a car after an accident. Even if the former owner claims that there was nothing serious.