THE HAVAL H6 REVIEW
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THE HAVAL H6 REVIEW

Date: 09 May 2018 Author Type:
Author: Haval South Africa
Source: Haval South Africa
China's top-selling SUV now in South Africa
HAVAL's H6 is the recipient of a number of awards in its domestic market, including the annual CCTV SUV of the Year trophy and has been a phenomenal sales success for the brand in China, selling around 20 000 units per month regularly. The H6's allure is not difficult to grasp; it offers class-leading spaciousness and comfort in a stylish, upmarket design, along with turbocharged power and excellent fuel economy. Now it's your turn to discover the H6's numerous talents for yourself.

DESIGN
With its smooth contours, chiselled flanks and exquisite detailing, the H6 provides a distinctive and upmarket new alternative in the fiercely contested compact SUV/crossover segment. All South African-specification H6 models feature premium trim and, as such, boast 17-inch alloy wheels, full colour-coding with chrome detailing, roof rails*, daylight running lamps and privacy glass.

Under its elegant bodywork the H6 features an all-new unibody platform that ensures superb rigidity and low levels of NVH (noise, vibration and harshness). Suspension is via MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. The H6's underpinnings have been tuned to deliver maximum occupant comfort. With a ground clearance of 180 mm when fully laden, the H6 can also confidently traverse rougher roads and those middelmannetjies so typical of South African adventures.

The colour palette includes Ivory White, Elegant Silver, Fashion Blue, Alluring Red, Modern Grey and Classical Black.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

The H6's high-strength body has been designed to meet global safety requirements. The H6 achieved a maximum five-star rating in China's stringent C-NCAP crash testing regime, which is aligned with Euro NCAP in terms of procedures. South African vehicles feature dual front SRS airbags, disc brakes all-round, ABS with EBD (electronic brake force distribution) and BAS (brake assist). The front seatbelts are height-adjustable and feature load limiters and pre-tensioners. At the rear, Isofix child seat mounts provide the safest possible anchorage points for child seats. Tyre pressure monitors are also standard on both models*.

The rear park sensors (with camera view*) limit the chances of parking scrapes.

Security is provided by a standard immobiliser, with the further convenience of remote central locking.

POWER AND ECONOMY
The H6 boasts an all turbocharged engine line-up that delivers a superb balance of power and economy, whether you opt for petrol or diesel.

Perfectly aligned with the current trend of engine downsizing, HAVAL's new 4GW15B turbopetrol promises the performance of a larger, naturally aspirated engine, but without the accompanying fuel consumption penalty. The engine delivers 105 kW at 5 600 rpm and 210 Nm of torque from 2 200 to 4 500 rpm. This engine is also mated with a six-speed manual transmission and delivers a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 8,5 L/100 km.

COMFORT AND ENTERTAINMENT
The H6's generous dimensions endow it with class-leading spaciousness. In fact, closer inspection of the H6's measurements reveals that it fits into a segment between so-called compact crossovers and larger offerings.

The driver's seat features manual height adjustment*, while the rear bench boasts a reclining backrest. The rear seats are split 60:40 and can tumble forward to transform the already spacious boot into a truly cavernous utility area. The boot itself features a handy secondary shelf (removable) to help organise luggage. A full-size spare wheel is located underneath the boot floor.

From the driver's seat, the emphasis on maximum ergonomic efficiency is obvious. The leather-trimmed* steering wheel is adjustable for both rake and reach, the facia-mounted gearlever falls easily to hand and there are fold-out armrests for both front seats. The H6's interior is finished in upmarket black, with satin silver accents further contributing to the sophisticated ambience. Leather and soft- touch surfaces also appear on the doors.

The crowning jewel of the H6's standard features list is its comprehensive info-tainment system. A full-colour touch-screen system* is mounted in the centre of the facia within easy reach, and features radio/CD/DVD/MP3 playback. It is further supported by a mini-SD slot (below the screen), and USB and auxiliary ports mounted in the storage box between the seats. The system features Bluetooth integration, and can be remotely controlled via buttons mounted on the steering wheel. When reverse gear is selected, the screen displays a feed from the rear-mounted camera, aiding in parking manoeuvres. An audible warning system is also activated when reversing.

The entry level City model also boasts USB and auxiliary support for its radio/CD system.
Other standard features include climate control, power steering, cruise control*, electric windows all-round, electric mirror adjustment, rain-sensing wipers* and automatic headlights*, among others.
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