SUV face-off: Can Chery Tiggo 7 Pro outshine Proton X70?

SUV face-off: Can Chery Tiggo 7 Pro outshine Proton X70?

The competitive landscape of C-segment SUVs recently welcomed the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro as the new entrant, which has the Proton X70 in its sights. Based on the Geely Boyue, the X70 is one of the popular choices in the segment with its range topping out at RM 126,800. However, the newly launched Tiggo 7 Pro is drawing significant attention with its advanced features and competitive pricing at RM 123,800. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Which is bigger: Proton X70 or Chery Tiggo 7 Pro?

    The Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is 6 mm shorter, 31 mm wider, and 2 mm taller than the Proton X70. Both have identical wheelbases.
  • Which is more powerful: Proton X70 or Chery Tiggo 7 Pro?

    The Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is more powerful with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, producing 197 PS and 290 Nm of torque.
  • With both SUVs competing for the top spot, can the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro outshine the well-established Proton X70? Let's dive into a detailed comparison to find out.

    Proton X70 vs Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

    Proton X70 vs Chery Tiggo 7 Pro: Variants and price

    Proton recently discontinued the 1.8 TGDi variant of the X70, narrowing its lineup to five variants. The CheryTiggo 7 Pro, on the other hand, comes in a single locally assembled variant. The prices are as follows -  

    Proton X70

    Price (on the road, without insurance)

    Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

    Price (on the road, without insurance)

    1.5 TGDi Standard 2WD

    RM 98,800

    1.6 TGDI

    RM 123,800

    RM 119,800 (for first 2000 customers)

    1.5 TGDi Executive 2WD

    RM 110,800

       

    1.5 TGDi Executive AWD

    RM 116,800

       

    1.5 TGDi Premium 2WD

    RM 123,800

       

    1.5 TGDi Premium X 2WD

    RM 126,800

       

    Note: Given the price point, we will compare the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro with the top-spec X70 trim, the Premium X, in this story.

    Proton X70 vs Chery Tiggo 7 Pro: Dimensions

    Dimensions

    Proton X70

    Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

    Length

    4519 mm

    4,513 mm

    Width

    1831 mm

    1,862 mm

    Height

    1694 mm

    1,696 mm

    Wheelbase

    2670 mm

    2,670 mm

    Boot space

    515 litres

    475 litres 

    Proton X70

    When it comes to size, the Tiggo 7 Pro is wider and slightly taller than the X70, offering a broader stance and a marginally higher profile. However, in terms of length, the Proton SUV is longer than the Chery SUV. Both vehicles share an identical wheelbase of 2670 mm, ensuring comparable interior space and stability. 

    In terms of cargo capacity, the X70 edges ahead with 515 litres, while the Tiggo 7 Pro offers a slightly smaller but still generous 475 litres of space. 

    Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

    Proton X70 vs Chery Tiggo 7 Pro: Engine specifications

    With the discontinuation of the 1.8 TGDi trim, all variants of the X70 are now powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged direct-injected petrol mill. On the contrary, the sole trim of the Chery SUV comes equipped with a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol mill. Let’s compare the power and acceleration numbers -

    Specifications

    Proton X70 Premium X

    Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

    Engine

    1.5-litre turbocharged 

    1.6-litre turbocharged

    Maximum Power

    177 PS

    197 PS 

    Peak torque

    255 Nm

    290 Nm

    Transmission

    7-speed DCT

    7-Speed DCT

    Drive system

    2WD

    2WD

    0-100 kmph acceleration

    9.9 seconds

    8.3 seconds

    Top speed

    200 kmph

    205 kmph

    Fuel consumption

    7.6 litres per 100 km

    7.0 litres per 100 km

    The above comparison reveals that the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is powerful and faster than the Proton X70, which can be enticing for performance enthusiasts. The former delivers 20 PS more power and 35 Nm more torque than the latter. 

    In terms of performance, the Chery SUV accelerates faster from 0-100 kmph and achieves a slightly higher top speed than the X70 Premium X. Despite its greater power, the Tiggo 7 Pro also offers better fuel efficiency, consuming fewer litres per 100 km.

    Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

    Both models in comparison have the same transmission and drive systems. However, it is important to note here that the mid-spec Proton X70 Executive stands out with its all-wheel-drive configuration. This feature enhances traction and stability, especially in challenging road conditions, setting it apart from the front-wheel-drive Tiggo 7 Pro.

    Proton X70 vs Chery Tiggo 7 Pro: Exterior

    The Proton X70 has a premium and sophisticated look, while the Tiggo 7 Pro offers a sporty and bold design language. The former has a sophisticated front grille with sleek headlights and a smooth body profile emphasising its premium appeal. The Tiggo 7 Pro, on the other hand, boasts a sportier and more aggressive stance with a bold hexagonal grille, blue fins on the air inlets, sharp headlights, and muscular body contours. The key exterior features include - 

    Proton X70

    Features

    Proton X70 Premium X

    Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

    Headlamps

    LED with auto and follow-me-home functions 

    LED with Sequential Turn Signal Lamp

    DRL

    LED 

    LED 

    Front welcome lamps

    Yes

    No

    Fog lamps

    Front

    Front and Rear

    Tail lights

    LED

    LED

    Auto Rain Sensing Wipers

    Yes

    Yes

    Power Tailgate

    Yes

    Yes

    Wheels

    19-inch shod with 225/55 tyres

    18-inch shod with 225/55 tyres

    Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

    Proton X70 vs Chery Tiggo 7 Pro: Interior

    Both SUVs offer a range of technology and comfort features. The Tiggo 7 Pro stands out with its larger instrument cluster and infotainment unit, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a wireless charging pad. On the other hand, the X70 distinguishes itself with ventilated seats, an air purifier system, and premium Nappa leather upholstery. Here’s the detailed comparison -

    Proton X70

    Features

    Proton X70 Premium X

    Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

    Instrument cluster

    7-inch 

    12.3-inch

    Infotainment unit

    8-inch

    12.3-inch

    Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity

    No

    Yes

    Air-conditioning

    Dual-zone automatic

    Dual-zone automatic

    Sound system

    9 speakers with power amplifier and subwoofer

    Sony premium audio system with 8 speakers

    Upholstery

    Nappa leather

    Leatherette

    Power-adjustable seats

    Six-way driver and four-way passenger

    Six-way driver and four-way passenger

    Ventilated seats

    Yes, Front

    No

    Wireless charger

    No

    50W 

    Air purifier system

    Yes

    No

    Ambient lighting

    No

    64-colour 

    Keyless entry with push-button start

    Yes

    Yes

    Auto-dimming rear view mirror

    Yes

    No

    Drive modes

    Normal/Eco/Sport

    Normal/Eco/Sport

    Sunroof

    Yes

    Yes

    Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

    Proton X70 vs Chery Tiggo 7 Pro: Safety

    When it comes to safety and driver-assistance, both the Proton X70 and Chery Tiggo 7 Pro are almost neck-to-neck with the Tiggo 7 Pro gaining an edge with advanced features such as a 540-degree HD Panoramic camera, Traffic Jam Assist, and Lane Assist systems. Here’s a detailed comparison.

    Features

    Proton X70 Premium X

    Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

    Airbags

    6

    7

    Anti-lock Braking System + Electronic Brake Force Distribution 

    Yes

    Yes

    Brake Assist

    Yes

    Yes

    Electronic Stability Program

    Yes

    Yes

    Hill-start Assist Control + Hill Descent Control 

    Yes

    Yes

    Tyre Pressure Monitoring System 

    Yes

    Yes

    Autonomous Emergency Braking

    Yes

    Yes

    Door Opening Warning

    Yes

    Yes

    Front Collision Warning

    Yes

    Yes

    Blind Spot Detection

    Yes

    Yes

    Intelligent High Beam Control

    Yes

    Yes

    Rear Collision Warning

    No

    Yes

    Adaptive Cruise Control

    Yes

    Yes with Integrated Cruise Control

    Lane Departure Warning

    Yes

    Yes

    Lane Departure Prevention

    No

    Yes

    Lane Change Assist + Emergency Lane Keep Assist 

    No

    Yes

    Traffic Jam Assist 

    No

    Yes

    Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Rear Cross Traffic Brake 

    No

    Yes

    Camera 

    360-degree with 3D 

    540-degree HD Panoramic 

     Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

    Proton X70 vs Chery Tiggo 7 Pro: Warranty package 

    In terms of warranty package, Chery SUV has an upper hand with a seven-year or 150,000 km warranty, plus five years of free labour service and seven years of free towing service. In contrast, the Proton X70 provides a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, a five-year data package (1GB/month), and three free labour charges for service.

    Verdict 

    Both the Proton X70 and Chery Tiggo 7 Pro are strong contenders in the C-segment SUV market, each bringing their own strengths to the table. The X70 has proven reliability over the years, while the Tiggo 7 Pro is a fresh and dynamic option with added benefits. While the Chery SUV might be stealing the spotlight right now, don't forget that the Proton X70 is getting an upgrade by the end of the year, which might give it the edge it needs to stay in the game.

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