2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Elite (car review)

Chery have broadened their range with the addition of the Tiggo 7 Pro mid-size SUV. Their entrant into this hotly contested segment is available in three grades; the Urban, Elite and Ultimate. It’s the middle of these that we’re testing.

Despite its position in the range, it comes with a staggering array of standard equipment, and offers exterior visuals that are a pleasing combination of handsomeness and refinement.

Thankfully, it’s a design language all its own, and while it’s not really “out there” like the Omoda 5 small SUV, it does look good in Martian Red; one of eight shades. Against the charcoal and polished alloy 18-inch wheels, it really pops.

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The boxy design of the Tiggo 7 Pro starts with an upright front end that houses LED headlights sitting either side of a large grille. It presents well, but we’re still unsure of the blue details on the lower extremities of the bar.

That feel continues back to the passenger compartment, which is tall but proportioned enough to not look awkward. Automatic folding rear-view mirrors house puddle lamps and cameras that form part of the 360-degree in-cabin view.

2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Elite
2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Elite

The roofline is maintained to the end of the body, with an automatic tailgate for easy access to a large luggage compartment. It’s a decent size too, with 626-litres available with the seats up. This expands to 1,696-litres when they’re folded down.

The interior finishes, much like the exterior, appear to be of a level of quality that belies the price tag. Artificial leather seats with white stitching up front, are paired with soft touch materials right throughout the cabin.

Like the MG5 we reviewed recently, seat pad width is an issue – with the driver’s right bolster not so much holding us in as being sat on. Before you ask, this writer is about 6-foot and just above average weight.

Various dark grey tones are broken up by aluminium-look trims across speaker grilles, along with silver touches and high polish highlights on the dashboard. The centrepiece is a 12.3-inch multimedia screen.

It’s a little further away from the driver than we would like, but the resolution is good, and it’s accompanied by a second 12.3-inch screen for the driver. Up front there are both USB-A and C ports for charging and access to Apple Car Play or Android Auto.

2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Elite
2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Elite

You’ll also find a 50W wireless charger. Rear occupants score a USB-A port, while sitting across a bench seat with reasonable legroom for a couple of adults. Everyone gets the benefit of an air purification system and an 8-speaker Sony sound system.

Gear changes are by way of a traditional shifter that’s flanked by a range of button ware for various things like hazard lights and volume controls. Under the screen sits a range of touch-sensitive buttons, which were a little hit and miss and beg the question of longevity.

We liked the use of buttons on the artificial leather wrapped steering wheel, even if they are a little hard to get used to. Despite their presence, many system interactions remained through the touchscreen.

This led to much frustration when needing to adjust simple things like air-conditioning. From temperature to fan speed, having to go through various menus only to experience a lack of response quite simply became a safety issue.

Yes, the “touch” buttons under the screen do substitute to an extent, but even they required distraction from the driver to action appropriately. Rounding out the interior is an enormous sunroof, which is standard for the grade and provides loads of natural light.

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Inside the 2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Elite

Thankfully it does have a full sunshade for those hot summer days. The Tiggo 7 Pro Elite is powered by a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine, which is backed by a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, sending drive to the front wheels.

With enough revs it’s punchy, producing outputs of 137kW and 275Nm. We take issue however with the delivery of this power in what is supposed to be a family-oriented vehicle. You see, regardless of the throttle input, the aggression of the driveline was simply odd.

More like an on and off switch than an adjustable pedal, not only would it come on boost like a 90’s sports car, but it would also break serious traction. We’re talking wheelspin of the kind that would inevitably lead to more than just odd looks from passers-by.

The only way around the issue was throttle management of the kind that was well beyond what this writer has had to do in any other normal road going vehicle, much less an SUV. The issue was further compounded by the ride.

It’s comfortable, but it just never really felt settled. Suspension settings felt over sprung and underdamped. To make things even worse, the steering was too light and devoid of any feel. Each of these failings is forgivable on its own.

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Inside the 2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Elite

Combine them though, and it makes for what is seemingly a completely under-cooked design for Australian roads. It’s made even more frustrating by certain safety related functions.

The list is all encompassing for the price tag which we like, but calibration leaves much to be desired. Notably, the lane keep assist system was way too pronounced in its corrections and at times would clearly misread the road.

Worse still, the driver fatigue system would pop up an alert as soon as we got in the car, then proceed to do it every minute or two, regardless of how we tried to sit. We will say, that at a recent launch event, the brand’s MD talked to significant updates to tech.

These are specifically focused on improving calibration for Australian roads and we would hope these can be retrofitted for current owners, as it couldn’t come quick enough. It is clear the brand is far more serious in this, its second foray into the local market.

Their success however will be determined by their ability to match driving dynamics to what is a well packaged and priced product. In this case, the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is available from $41,990 plus on-roads.

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Inside the 2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Elite

You can build your own on the Chery Australia website, or find out more from your local dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

Our test vehicle was provided by Chery Australia for review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
6
Exterior styling
8
Interior look and feel
7.5
Technology and connectivity
5.5
Family friendliness
7
Value for money
8

SUMMARY

Pros - feature packed for price; lots of soft finishes; pleasing aesthetics.
Cons - safety systems need plenty of refinement; awkward interfaces; frustrating driving dynamics.
Kalen Ziflian
Kalen Ziflian
A lifelong motoring enthusiast, Kalen has a passion for anything with wheels and a motor. His passion lies in collectible Japanese performance vehicles but he’s been known to enjoy off-roading touring and camping across Australia.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> feature packed for price; lots of soft finishes; pleasing aesthetics.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> safety systems need plenty of refinement; awkward interfaces; frustrating driving dynamics.2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Elite (car review)