Haval H6: one of the bestselling SUVs in the World
It is the bestselling SUVs in China. It has held the title of bestselling SUV brand for the past 15 years in China. It sent 800,000 units into China’s already congested road network last year and managed to conquer a milestone not many other brands can put next to its name: its five-millionth customer. Do not forget that European brands are available in China.
When you compare those sales to the Zimbabwean market, where Zimoco has sold close to 80 units since February 2019, the brand still has plenty of work to do in Zimbabwe but the numbers are very encouraging. I am convinced no other brand has out sold Haval in that same period. These are signs the name is slowly gaining traction.
What do you get for your money on the H6?
The H6 I test drove courtesy of Zimoco is already kitted-out better most competition.
It has keyless entry with push-button start, cruise control and an electronic handbrake as standard, as well as 19-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof and leather appointed seats.
The new infotainment unit is immaculate and responsive. You can sync it with your phone.
On October 13, 2017, the most rigorous open rollover test for a Chinese SUV was carried out in the Real Car Collision Laboratory of the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) in Tianjin for the first time. New Haval H6, meeting all the indicators, manifests its superior safety performance as a SUV leader.
Compared with tests in Europe and the United States, this test is more rigorous in standards, more comprehensive in content, and more adaptable to roads all over the world. The test, attracting extraordinary attention of the public, was attended by hundreds of people including industrial experts, media and consumers who witnessed the test of New Haval H6 and result releasing on site. It is loaded with safety gear such as autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, brake assist, front and rear parking sensors, hill descent control and reverse camera.
A 2.0-litre turbo-four engine is mounted on the H6. It is hooked up to a Getrag-sourced six-speed dual clutch automatic. That drivetrain manages to produce a respectable 145kW and 315Nm.
What’s it like inside?
One thing you can’t fault a Haval on is cabin space — in every model. There’s miles of headroom and legroom for front and back seat passengers.
The seats are comfortable and the manmade leather is soft and supple, with the driver’s seat getting electric adjustments that even include lumbar support.
The interior is a nice place to be and the new H6 feels upmarket.
What’s it like to drive?
The main thing in the Haval H6 is the engine, which has an impressive thrust at medium speeds (2-4 thousand rpm), a quick response to pressing the accelerator pedal, a striking silence at idle speed. Engine ignition fully supports automatic transmissions with smooth, imperceptible, fast switching. The car turns and listens to the measure of the sharp steering (three turns from lock to lock). By the way, the effort on the steering wheel can be adjusted by pressing a separate button in the “easy”, “comfortable” and “hard” modes.
The 2-liter turbo engine is much more interesting than the 2.5-liter “aspirated” competitors.
Haval is eager to impress potential buyers and the brand is working hard across its eight Chinese factories to build the brand on a global scale.
Pumping out roughly 2200 vehicles per day (in just one of its factories) whilst maintaining high quality is awesome. I bet Haval will keep up with customer demands and expectations.
It comes with a three year warranty/100000kms whichever comes first from Zimoco.