The Haval H6: Soon to arrive in South Africa

8 July 2019

The Haval H6 falls into the mid-sized SUV category and is cheaper than all of its rivals such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson


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Chinese automotive company, Haval, is one of the fastest growing automotive companies in South Africa, after selling 500 000 units in 2016 and managing to sell over one-million vehicle in 2018. The Haval H6 falls into the mid-sized SUV category and is cheaper than all of its rivals such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson.

The Haval H6 is only available with one engine, which is a 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder with good numbers on paper, 145kW/345Nm to be exact. Power figures look good but remember this is a SUV which means body weight can affect performance. The Haval H6 reaches 100km/h in 9.0 seconds which is reasonable but at the same time it’s not the fastest mid-sized SUV. Having said that, the H6 is a good cruiser and easily maintains 120km/h on freeways. 

The turbocharged engine is married to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic and the car let’s you choose between three different driving modes (including a Sport mode). The ride quality is really comfortable and feels as good as any of its Japanese and German rivals. Fuel consumption is not bad either with the H6 managing to average 8.0L/100km, which is considerable since it has a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine. 

The interior is impressive when you take into account the low price of the Haval H6. Build quality is good and the dashboard is digital, giving the interior a modern and slick look and feel, similar to Audi  in certain design features. It’s not confirmed yet whether the South African versions will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but there’s a good chance that this will be included in the package.

There are great standard features as well, which includes keyless entry, automatic headlights, automatic rain-sensing window-wipers and dual-zone climate control. Higher specced models have fully electric seats, xenon headlights and a panoramic sunroof.

The exterior looks fairly modern. From the back, the car looks pretty similar to a Porsche Cayenne. This is mainly because of the way Haval chooses to logo the back of their cars, which has widely spaced writing along the boot-lid (similar to Porsche). 

Haval has priced the H6 at around R330 000. Even when choosing higher priced options and different trim levels, we estimate that the Haval H6 should still manage to fall just short of R400 000. Currently there isn’t another mid-size SUV in this class that can match the price tag of H6. (Prices correct at time of publication.) 

The Haval H6 is a really good all-round package, a reasonably priced semi-luxury SUV. The design looks good, build quality is up to standard and being a Chinese company, maintenance is also cheaper than other automotive companies in the mid-sized SUV class. Overall the Haval H6 offers great value for money.

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