TESTING DRIVING the H2 Haval has become a norm, in that the specs and its features, especially when commuting between Jozi and NW are impressive.
However, the only snag is centred around its drivetrain which married a laggy 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a hesitant six-speed automatic gearbox, that would change its mind at the wrong moment, or hold on to the selected gear for far too long.
However, kudos to its engine/gearbox combo that claims by 0.4-litres/100km to 8.6-litres/100km.
The interior as with most Chinese vehicles, is the feature-rich list of standard equipment on offer, it comes equipped with leather seats of which the driver’s chair is electric, six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth and USB, folding electric mirrors, dual-zone climate control, reverse camera with rear parking sensors, six airbags and auto on/off headlights and wipers.
Yes, it does gallop a chunk of fuel, perhaps owing to air-conditioning due to soaring temperatures in NW and my favourite feature a cruise control, especially off-road.
A family car, true to that as a result of legroom, a boot enough to host Bafana Bafana (they should qualify for Afcon finals in Cameroon as they face Libya on Sunday), that’s a Chinese SUV for you folks.
Yet it starts by offering exceptional value for money, then it adds a top spec and level of luxury and tops it off with quality and a ride that I couldn’t fault.
The purchase price includes a 5-year or 60 000km service plan, a 5 year or 100 000km warranty plus 5 years/ unlimited km roadside assist.
It retails for R 244 900
Yes, Chinese are making inroads H6, H9-so get used to it.
Petrol (1-10) 5
Performance (1-10) 4