2017 HAVAL H6 Road Test and Review…
Over recent years the mid-size SUV market has become rather crowded with new models and brands being added to help boost the available choices.
One of the relatively new kids on the block is the 2017 HAVAL H6.
Priced from $29,990, or $33,990 drive-away (until further notice) if you go for the top-spec version, under the bonnet is a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that produces 145kW/315Nm.
Sure, some people aren’t going to give a HAVAL go, based solely on its badge, but if you can look past that then you get a lot of decently useful car for your money.
The HAVAL H6 is an easy car to drive around town with good visibility all round, and the wing mirrors are generous.
You can take control of the gears yourself via paddle-shifts or by moving the gearshift, which is unfortunately one of those still retaining the push forwards-shift up method rather than pull back.
This isn’t a huge problem, but it is a HAVAL idiosyncrasy.
On the inside there are lots of nice little touches that make the car quite liveable.
For example, there is a large glovebox and centre console, although the latter does not have a USB port or cooling.
There are two 12V sockets up front, one of which is an actual cigarette lighter, the doors have pockets and there’s a sunnies holder in the roof.
There isn’t an abundance of storage spaces, but the basics are done well enough.
The dual drinks holders are large and manage not to get in the way of anything when bottles are in place.
In the second row, there are two usefully large seat pockets on the back of the front seats, big door pockets, and a fold-down centre table with drinks holders and a little storage compartment.
The pockets are made of net, which is brilliant because otherwise you forget what’s been left in there.
Air-conditioning vents are provided in the second row, as are two grab handles.
The cargo area has four strong and sensibly positioned tie-down points, and there is a cargo blind.
A good point is that there is a lock function on the tailgate, so if you open it in high winds or on a slope it’ll stay open.
There are also no quality concerns. Everything works as it should, nothing fell apart, there are no unsightly gaps or any reason to think this vehicle is anything other than hard wearing.
The interior designers haven’t made any major mistakes.
There’s faux wood but it doesn’t look too tacky, the colours aren’t exciting but are consistently used and balance each other.
The main buttons for operating things are large, and have a lovely tactile feel so you know when they’re pressed.
Only the heat/cooling controls are the fiddly up/down buttons rather than a simple dial.
The steering wheel is tilt/reach adjustable and the driver’s seat has enough adjustment for most people to be comfortable.
All four windows are one-touch, and the second-row windows disappear right into the door, as opposed to leaving some glass poking out.
Overall, the HAVAL6 is a fine country cruiser; it’ll get you to where you need to go in quietly relaxed comfort.
The ride is generally good, the cabin ambience is pleasing, and there are all the usual features like split-cycle air-con, a good sound system and effective cruise control.
It is better on dirt roads than bitumen. The front-wheel drive system delivers assured traction, the stability control rarely interferes and when it does, it’s subtle and effective.
The chassis is composed, and the suspension delivers a comfortable ride.
The HAVAL has all the basic safety gear – stability control, lots of airbags, and there’s also front and rear parking sensors plus a good reverse camera.
Overall, the HAVAL H6 has all the features that you would expect of a car in this market segment, and offers very good value for money.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 HAVAL H6
Engine 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 145kW and 315Nm
Transmission: Six-speed dual-clutch automatic
Safety: Not tested
Price: from $31,990