2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Ultimate (car review)

Preconceptions are inevitable in life. For this writer at least, they occasionally lead to unexpected dissonance. Following our time in Chery’s Tiggo Pro 7 Elite, arriving to pick up the range topping Ultimate for a week was a great example of this.

At first glance, it was a challenge to discern between the two variants, and it wasn’t just the fact that they were both ensconced in the same Martian Red. A closer look revealed a classy two-tone metallic black treatment on the top half of the Ultimate’s bodywork.

An option that is available across the range, it makes the silver trims along the roof really pop and a is a must-tick box in our opinion. Given the Chery was now popped, (see what I did there) we noticed the larger 19-inch polished and painted alloy wheels.

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These hide red painted callipers; a reminder of how a few subtle changes can make a world of difference. Wrapped in 225/55 Cooper Evolution CTT rubber, the combination made a significant improvement to ride and road noise too, but that’s a topic for later.

It’s a handsome shape, something we really enjoyed about the Elite. In fact, aside from the above differences, the Ultimate is identical externally. Deploying the same boxy design language, dark plastic grilles, and interesting blue details in places.

2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Ultimate
2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Ultimate

It casts a classy, almost European visual. But at $45,990 drive away, we can’t help but feel some will expect further differentiation for the $5000 price premium between the two grades. The interior also remains identical.

There’s an abundance of pleasing soft touch materials throughout, including the same monstrous sunroof, which truly makes the interior of this vehicle an airy and enjoyable place to be.

Front seat passengers now have the added luxury of seat pad ventilation, with the driver’s seat also gaining a memory function that’s linked to rear view mirror settings. While the latter is appreciated, in our case the system seemed to have a mind of its own.

Rear seating remains unchanged and can house two average sized adults in relative comfort, while allowing access to USB ports for charging duties and window blinds when one wants to remain incognito.

Up the back, the familiar electric hatch reveals a sizable boot at 626-litres with the rear row up, or 1,696 with them down. A cargo blind is an appreciated standard feature that we also enjoyed in the Elite model.

dash
Inside the 2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Ultimate

The same tandem 12.3-inch screens for both instrumentation and entertainment remain and provide clear outputs. Charging duties are covered by a mix of USB-A and C ports to access Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with a 50-watt wireless charger on hand.

An evening drive with the younger members of the family fortuitously revealed ambient lighting that would flash to the beat of the music being played, providing much entertainment. We did still struggle with the entertainment system interfaces though.

Simple things like air-conditioning controls are found behind multiple menus and require navigation through the touchscreen. It sounds nit-picky but ultimately, it’s an unneeded distraction while driving. But that’s enough about similarities.

Pleasingly, the preconceptions mentioned earlier were very quickly dissipated once we got a few minutes behind the wheel. You see the Ultimate model has significant differences that are not immediately discernible.

Importantly, this model comes with all-wheel drive, mated to the same turbocharged 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine. Outputs remain at 137kW at a peaky 5500rpm, with 275Nm of twist available between 2000 and 4000rpm.

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Inside the 2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Ultimate

That being said, the differences in the way this vehicle rode, and drove were like the proverbial chalk and cheese. As expected, power delivery was different given its distribution to all four wheels.

This meant the straight-line traction issues in the Elite model were all but gone; a very welcome difference indeed. Regardless of the driving mode (Snow/Mud/Offroad), which are unique to the Ultimate, the vehicle felt controlled.

The same 7-speed DCT is deployed to convert engine output to drive and feels far more relaxed and simply more “on point” in this variant. The joy continued when it came to ride, with the Ultimate feeling much more solid.

It would still hit a bump stop far too early at times, but this was a avoidable trait. Through bends, the cabin was far more comfortable and enjoyable for all occupants. The extra weight of the AWD offering makes a difference too.

In concert with drive through four wider wheels and consequently track, it could be the reason behind the improved driving experience in the Ultimate. Unfortunately though, the same issues we faced across safety equipment calibration presented in this vehicle.

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Inside the 2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Ultimate

The lane keep assist was simply too aggressive and inaccurate. The saving grace for the Ultimate was the more poised chassis, so the adjustments it would make didn’t feel as unsettling or unsafe behind the wheel.

With software updates promised by the local CEO at a launch event we attended recently, we expect this to be addressed by the manufacturer. In the Elite, the issues across power delivery, ride and safety calibration cast a real blight on an otherwise good package.

The Cherry Tiggo 7 Pro Ultimate removes two of these concerns, representing a marked improvement that should put this on your shopping list if you’re in the market for a mid-size SUV with a long list of standard inclusions, and are working to a budget.

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

SUMMARY

Pros - aesthetically pleasing; improved ride over Elite variant; lots of inclusions.
Cons - safety system calibration; awkward infotainment interfaces.
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> aesthetically pleasing; improved ride over Elite variant; lots of inclusions.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> safety system calibration; awkward infotainment interfaces.2024 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Ultimate (car review)