We tested the Tiggo 5X, and were pleasantly surprised with the model from Chery Auto. The subcompact crossover met our expectations when we reviewed it and it impressed us in a few other areas, especially in its Luxury AT variant.
Chery has undoubtedly come a long way since the brand first debuted on Philippine shores in the early 2000s. The Tiggo 5X is one such car to signal the brand’s return to form in the country. Let’s go over five things that we like about the Tiggo 5X in its AT Luxury trim.
The outrageous warranty
When we say outrageous, we mean it – in a very good way. There is something soothing about a warranty. It’s like having an insurance policy, or speed-sensing door locks. You get peace of mind and support for a product that you have purchased.
While many manufacturers will be quick to issue a 3-year warranty, Chery, on the other hand, knows how important aftersales support is especially when buying something as major as an automobile. To alleviate any doubt, the brand is bundling in, at no extra cost, a 3-year free service plan, a 5-year; 150,000 km general vehicle warranty, and a 10-year; 1,000,000 km engine warranty – we’re not joking, and Chery is serious about this as well.
The unique style
This could be up to debate, but the crossover looks distinct. The tiger-crouching grille, as Chery calls it, is done in a glossy black finish that is large and catches the eye. Overall, it doesn’t scream over the top, it doesn’t look bad, and it looks like it is well put together.
Auto brake hold
When you’re waiting for the light to change in an automatic, all you have to do is affix your foot to the brake pedal and apply just enough pressure to keep from rolling forwards or back. The Tiggo, however, has a feature that allows your foot to rest but applying the brake for your with auto hold, which works in conjunction with the electronic parking brake.
The 9-inch infotainment system
At this price point, it is uncommon to find an infotainment system that is fully featured on the application and connectivity front. The Tiggo 5X not only has the software to back it up, but it also has 9-inches of screen real estate. It’s above average in terms of its size, and that’s a great thing for viewability.
Smart key with remote start
When you get up in a certain price bracket, passive or keyless entry is a must. We question cars that are priced over a million and still sport the old-style key blades. Meanwhile, the Tiggo 5X doesn’t just have a passive-entry capable keyfob, it also has remote start, that allows users to pull a Houdini and start their engine from outside the cabin. Surprise your friends or just do it for the sake of being cool – both literally and figuratively. This feature allows you to open the car’s engine in order to run the air conditioning and cool down the cabin after a hot summer’s day.
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