Having not driven a Chinese made car before I was not sure what to expect before I picked up the Haval H6, there are lots of stories around about the the poor build qualities of chinese made cars but after a week I can honestly say that the H6 impressed me a lot more then I expected it to do.
The H6 is powered buy a 2L turbo 4cyl pumping out a healthy 145kW of power and 315Nm of torque
backing the turbo 4 pot is a 6 speed DCT.
The drive line I found is the biggest weakness in the package as far is it’s not as smooth and refined as other’s in it’s class.
The turbo 4 has enough urge to easily keep up in traffic and will easily cruise at the speed limit on the freeway it does make a bit of noise getting there. The is a bit of lag off the mark whether that’s the engine the DCT or combination of both I’m not sure. There is also a bit of shudder to it at low speed more noticeably when in reverse.
Fuel economy is where it does struggle I averaged 13.6L per 100km over my week which is behind all the petrol powered cars in its class I have driven, there is no diesel option as well so the petrol engine is your only choice.
One of the things that did impress me during the week was how well the H6 rode is was extremely smooth and absorbed all the bumps and imperfections of Sydney’s B grade roads without any harshness being transmitted into the cabin.
The H6 corners well with only a little it bit of body roll and while the electrically assisted steering was a touch on the heavy side and it was lacking the feel of its competitors, it also had a strange uneven feel about it just off centre and it did feel a touch eager to return to centre.
First thing you notice when you slip inside is how luxurious the H6 looks, the H6 comes standard with a black interior but there are also brown/black and grey/black interiors available which are a no cost item. Yep you read that right there are 3 different interior options available and they will not cost you any extra.
This particular vehicle was vehicle was fitted with the grey/black interior which I really liked indeed, light grey contrasts exteemly well with the black.
The satin silver finishes and fake would trim actually blended well tohether and added to the up market feel.
The cabin is well set out and all controls are within easy reach of the driver, the front leather seats are not only comfortable but relativity supportive as well.
The instrument panel is easy to read in any light and I really did like the coloured information screen in between the dials and thought the 3d lettering was a very nice touch unfortunately though there is no digital speedo.
There is plenty of leg and head room in the front and the electrically adjustable drivers seat made it easy to find the correct driving position easily.
Head and legroom in the back seat is good and while it does seat 5 I think 3 adults across the back seat would be a bit of a squeeze. The rear however is comfortable to sit in and the outboard rear seats are heated to keep your passengers warm in the winter.
While the interior on a whole is impressive there are a few things that bring the feel down, the blind for the panoramic sunroof is very thin and cheap looking which lets in some light.
Also the leather trimed steering was a touch on the thin side for me and the covering was hard with little or no padding.
The H6 comes with full Bluetooth connectivity and extremely easy to connect your phone to, the function seem to use be easy to use and there is no lag or anything when using the system.
The downside to the system is it is not android auto or apple car play capable which is starting to be the norm for only vehicles in it’s class, the other down side is the lack of satnav.
Safety wise the H6 hasn’t been tested by ANCAP as of yet but it does come with a full range of safety features including. Active front head restraints, Adjustable front seat belts with pretensioner, Blind spot monitoring system, Bosch Electronic Stability Program, Brake assist, Daytime running lights.
6 airbags, Electric park brake with auto hold, Electro-chromatic rear view mirror, Hill descent control,
Hill-Start assist control, ISOFIX, Passenger mirror kerb parking camera, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
It scores full point from me for having standard fit front and rear parking sensors and scores bonus points for the rear view camera.
After a week a was came away rather impressed with the H6, it is rather well equipped, the interior is roomy and has luxury feel to it that you would not expect for the price.
While it doesn’t drive as good as some others in its class, there is certainly nothing off putting about the way it goes about things and I did find it a rather comfortable car to drive to work in.
There are few things that need to be improved though should you brake hard the hazard lights flash which surprised me the first time it happened, the blind side monitoring needs to be turned on everytime you start the car.
While the drive line package could use a little more refinement but I still prefer this to a lot of the cvt’s some of it’s competitors are using.
The H6 doesn’t rival some of it’s in class rivals outright but with it’s long equipment list, comfortable interior and it’s attractive pricing it certainly warrants some more attention from people looking for a mid size SUV, take one for test drive and male up your own mind.
For more info on the H6 and rest of Havals range check out their website http://www.haval.com.au
2017 Haval H6 Lux
Price: $33,990 drive away
Engine: Turbocharged 2.0-litre I4, 16-valve with dual VVT Power 145kW Torque 315Nm
Transmission: 6-speed Getrag DCT with paddle shift and sports mode
19-inch alloy wheels, Automatic headlights and wipers, HAVAL laser puddle lights, Heated auto-folding body coloured side mirrors, Panoramic opening moonroof w/electric sunshade, Privacy Glass, Roof rails, 4 way adjustable steering wheel.
Black Interior, Brown / Black Interior No cost option, Grey / Black Interior No cost option, Cruise control, Luggage shelf blind, Power windows and anti-pinch function,Selectable mood lighting, Stainless steel scuff plates.
4-way power adjustable front passenger seat, 8-way power adjustable drivers seat with lumbar support, 60/40 split-fold backrest, Dual-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter & rear outlet, Luxurious Comfort-Tek seats, Heated front and rear seats, Tilt adjustable rear seat.
Alarm system and Engine Immobiliser, Automatic collision unlocking function, Intelligent key with proximity sensor, Keyless entry and start system, Speed-sensing central door lock, Active front head restraints, Adjustable front seat belts with pretensioner.
Blind spot monitoring system, Bosch Electronic Stability Program, Brake assist, Daytime running lights, 6 airbags,
Electric park brake with auto hold, Electro-chromatic rear view mirror, Front and rear parking sensors, Hill descent control, Hill-Start assist control, ISOFIX fittings, kerb parking camera, Reversing camera, Seatbelt unfastened warning system, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Water repellent front door glass.
CD / AUX IN / USB SD ports FM/AM radio tuner with Bluetooth handsfree, CD and MP5 capability and 8-inch color LCD touchscreen, Sound system 8 speakers w/sub-woofer.