2017 HAVAL H2 Road Test, Review
Well, we say ‘road test’ but the vast majority of my time behind the wheel of the HAVAL H2 was off-road!
The destination was set to be Litchfield Park, a spectacular area a couple of hours south of the northern city.
I followed the sat-nav, but then things got a little off course, or should I say the HAVAL and I got off course.
Seriously lost, we seemed to be at times on stretches of the old Ghan railway (without the railway tracks) and then a track that was, no offence to the H2, more LandCruiser appropriate.
Pushing ahead, but taking caution with the larger ruts and undulations, remembering the HAVAL H2 is little more than a front-wheel drive crossover, we continued to head in what I believed to be generally in the correct direction (south).
Eventually, after considering turning back, I stumbled across a chain wire fence and a remote NT mining operation…civilization! Well, people at least!
A little bit of exploring around the outer limits of the mine and I finally found my way back onto the asphalt.
So it wasn’t the test drive that I, or HAVAL, had envisaged, but it did give me the opportunity to put a HAVAL vehicle truly to the test.
Pushing through the rough and tough scrub of the Northern Territory in 36 degree heat is no picnic, yet the car pushed ahead happily.
As reported, the HAVAL H2 and it’s siblings have received some updates and improvements (based primarily on buyer feedback and journalist reviews).
While the H2 may not be quite as sexy and modern as the soon to arrive H7 that we got to look at and ride in, but not drive, but it’s still a likable little thing.
I was impressed by the space inside the cabin, especially the rear seat.
It has good visibility from the drivers seat and the gauges and controls are all simple and well-placed.
As noted when I first drove the larger H6, HAVAL has got the cabin pretty well sorted, albeit I’m sure things on the inside will continue to improve over time (as was witnessed in the new H7).
There was one complaint, a rattle somewhere around the drivers seat-belt height adjustment on the B pillar.
The engine, a 1.5 litre turbo-petrol unit, while capable enough at speed, felt just a bit under done on steeper inclines.
I also got to have another drive of the H6 on this event, that was my car for the return to Darwin (on the bitumen) and was again quite impressed.
As stated, that HAVAL H7, from I witnessed, will be the game changer for this brand - it has seven seats, classy styling and an extraordinarily well laid-out and finished interior.
Summing it up; if a jaunt through the outback is on your agenda then I don’t recommend the HAVAL H2, however if a sensibly priced crossover is something you need to get you to work and the shops, well you should definitely check it out.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Haval H2
- Engine: 1.5 litre turbo-petrol producing 110kW and 210Nm
- Transmission: Six-speed auto
- Warranty: 5 year/100,000km
- Safety: Not tested
- Origin: China
- Price: from $28,490