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New Omoda C5 GT vs Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Max – Which offers better value for money

Omoda, one of South Africa’s newest carmakers, has launched a limited-edition version of its first crossover called the C5 GT.

The GT is the flagship of the C5 range, coming in at a starting price of R589,900, making it similarly priced to another Chinese crossover, the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Max, which ranges from R529,900 to R609,900.

The similarities are not simply limited to their price tags, however, as Omoda is actually a subsidiary of Chery and the two vehicles are positioned as the headline models of their respective line-ups.

On top of this, they share the same engine and gearbox, and both offer unique styling attributes and an extensive features list to make them an exciting proposition as someone’s next vehicle.

With so much connecting the two, it’s only natural to see how they compare to one another.


Both the Chery and the Omoda are driven by a 1.6-litre, turbocharged petrol engine that delivers a total of 145kW and 290Nm.

This connects to a seven-speed automatic gearbox, though crucially the C5 is only available in front-wheel drive (FWD), while the range-topping Tiggo 7 gives the option of a FWD or all-wheel-drive (AWD) foundation.

Despite having the same engine, the GT is more fuel-efficient as it reports a combined consumption of 6.8l/100km, while the FWD Tiggo consumes an average of 7.0l/100km, and the AWD version 7.8l/100km.

Similarly, the Omoda is slightly faster than its counterpart, going from 0 to 100km/h in 7.8 seconds instead of 8.0 seconds.


Since they are both special-edition vehicles, the GT and the Pro Max offer unique styling elements to help them stand out.

On the C5, this entails T-shaped LED daytime running lights, front and rear spoilers, side skirts, an aerodynamic rear wing, “urban flowing” matrix LED taillights, red brake calipers, gold 18-inch Sports alloy wheels, and gold highlights around the exterior.

For the Tiggo 7, it means an exclusive grille, 3D “Angel Wing” LED headlights, 18 to 19-inch “Deep Dish” alloys, and redesigned front air intakes with blue accents.

As for their equipment, the Chinese crossovers are fitted with a panoramic sunroof, light-sensing headlights, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry and start, electronically adjustable and ventilated front sports seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, an eight-speaker Sony stereo, ambient lighting, and a 50W wireless charger.

Furthermore, they both feature adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, a 360-degree camera programme, and front and rear parking sensors.

The only differences are that the Omoda uses two 10.25-inch displays for the driver and infotainment screens, while the Chery has a 24.6-inch curved dual-display, though both have access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The top-spec Chery also gets a hands-free tailgate, and eight airbags instead of six.


The new Omoda C5 1.6TGDI 290T GT has a South African starting price of R589,900.

The South African pricing for the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Max is as follows:

  • Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Max 1.6TGDI 290T Distinction – R529,900
  • Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Max 1.6TGDI 290T Executive – R559,900
  • Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Max 1.6TGDI 290T Executive AWD – R609,900

Both vehicles are sold with a 5-year/150,000km general warranty, a 10-year/1-million kilometre engine warranty, and a 5-year/60,000km service plan.

Omoda C5 GT

Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Max

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