Chery T11 2.0 Review
Let this Chery blossom

Story and pictures by Azfar Hashim
14 Feb 2008
 

The Chery brand has been receiving lots of criticism for its products, and we think it’s about time they receive some credit for a change. To begin with, this T11 is one car that deserves to be appreciated – for the value and what it can provide…

Introduction/Packaging

Chery is one brand that has its fair share of critics and fans. Most criticism comes from narrow-minded motorists who think they’re god’s gift to motoring knowledge. While its fans are the sort who truly understands the concept of “you get what you pay for” and “good value for money”.

The T11 is Chery’s first foray into the SUV segment here. It’s quite timely too, considering the fact that money-conscious motorists these days are lapping it up on anything related to cost-saving in running their cars. Well, if you’re looking for a generously-sized car priced at generous figures, we reckon you should consider this T11.

Sure, it doesn’t come with a glamorous badge. But overlook past that point, and you should be able to appreciate what else the T11 can offer.


Undeniably, there are cues of the Honda CR-V and Suzuki Vitara. And with the “Panther Black” exterior, it looks a tad like the Toyota RAV 4 from certain angles. Another case of plagiarism, you say? Or another case of “cut and paste”, you reckon?

We beg to differ.

What Chery has tried with the T11 is to keep up with the current trend in SUV design, and it’s quite a noteworthy effort on their part. Take a close look and you will notice how the exterior is well-proportioned, with no cue of cost-cutting measures around it. There’s a certain sporty good look to it, hence it won’t look out of place even off the beaten path. Roof-rails, 16” alloys and that rear spare tyre compartment further compliments the T11’s exterior, shouting “SUV!” loud and clear.

Interior wise, the first thing that won’t go unnoticed is just how plastic-rich the T11 is. But then again for that asking price, there’s nothing much to complain either as the plastics used are in fact, of decent quality. The use of faux aluminium panels show that attention to detail is an issue Chery is trying to achieve in the ever demanding market of today – again, it’s a decent effort. It’s very basic what you’ll see around the driver’s compartment – a factory fitted audio head unit that’s so easy to use, and controls that are reachable by the driver.

For the asking price, what’s outstanding is the T11’s equipment list. Sunroof, ABS with EBD, driver and passenger airbag, driver and passenger seat warmer and a commendable audio set-up somehow gives it an extra edge, marketing wise. Its leather-clad seats are comfortable and generous and the cabin should be able to seat three average-sized adults without complains. Abundance of storage space ensures every knick-knack can be hidden within the T11.

 

 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1971cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Power 130bhp @ 5750rpm
Torque 180Nm @ 4200rpm
Power to Weight 94.5 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 15s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 170 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type SUV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4285 x 1765 x 1705) mm
Wheelbase 2510 mm
Kerb Weight 1375 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs