Chery T11 1.6 Review
Mr. Softie

Story by Jeremy R. Chua, pictures by Azfar Hashim
29 Jan 2009

We tested the 2.0-litre variant some time ago and came back impressed with its honesty and good value for money. But now, how will its smaller 1.6-litre variant fair?

Exterior wise

Have you ever accidentally bumped into one of those big burly guys? Those mustachioed biker dudes with massive tattoos covering his equally massive arms?  Someone who’s not only over six feet tall, but who also happens to look like he could put away a 3kg steak with ease? 

You bump into the fellow, mutter an apology, and as he stares down at the top of your head, you’re probably thinking – “This is it, I’m about to get pounded into the ground”.

Only to see him give you a sheepish look as he politely apologizes, saying that he didn’t mean to bump into you. Then, the big fella chuckles as he tells you that he’s on his way to take his daughter to see that new Disney film.

Read him all wrong, didn’t you? But then again, our first impressions are usually wrong half the time. Guess it’s time to get past just looks alone.     

The T11’s design is all about the “sport-ute” look. Large headlamps and vertical fog lamps dominate the front facade, projecting a more masculine image. Together with the large slab of chrome above its grille, the front-end somehow looks similar to the Kia Sportage’s. This isn’t too surprising, given that car designers are known to copy design elements from competing brands.

The car comes equipped with roof rails, and the spare tyre is mounted at the rear. From the rear three-quarter angle, one could even easily mistake this car for the older Toyota RAV4. The tyres might look chunky at first, but trained eyes will easily discern that the chunky look has actually more to do with the fact that the tyres are comfort-oriented – in fact, according to Chery’s brochure, the same 235/60 R-16 tyre and alloy combos are used in all three variants of the T11.

At 1,705mm high, this compact sport-ute should stand tall enough for those seeking a “commanding” driving position. There’s also a useful 132mm of ground clearance, should you find yourself smack dab in the middle of the annual monsoon, and needing to ford through low lying areas that have been hit by rising waters. 

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Engine Capacity 1597cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 119bhp @ 5750rpm
Torque 147Nm @ 4200rpm
Power to Weight 86.5 bhp per ton


Acceleration 18s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 160 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4285 x 1765 x 1705) mm
Wheelbase 2510 mm
Turning Circle 5.5 metres
Kerb Weight 1375 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L


Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs