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Haval H6 SUV: a good first effort from the Chinese market

The SUV market just continues to grow. I‘ve just driven a new entry from China’s leading SUV manufacturer Haval – more specifically the Haval H6 medium SUV. With only one Sydney dealer Haval is yet to hit its straps but preconceptions aside I was surprised how this five-seat SUV measured up. Two models – the H6 Premium at 29,990 and the H6 LUX at $33,990 – both drive-away prices. So what surprised. Firstly, the style, secondly the fit and finish, thirdly the spec level – the LUX model is simply the Burger with the Lot. A 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine linked to a six-speed dual clutch auto with paddle shift paddles – the drive-line smooth, quiet and refined the ride very comfortable, the handling lacking a little when pushed hard into corners. What will sell you however is the inclusions – ok it lacks leather trim and Sat Nav but amongst a sway of inclusions a reversing camera, parking sensors, 19-inch alloys and 7-inch colour touch screen. I managed average economy, around 12L/100, the Haval H6 LUX as I said , surprisingly well packaged for the money. The LUX gains a passenger kerb side camera, panoramic sunroof, 19-inch alloys, power seats and Xenon headlights. Ok, so the Haval H6 is not yet at Japanese and Korean refinement levels but it’s not a bad first effort from the Chinese. Its biggest problem perhaps is currently a lack of dealers – with Lansvale Haval the only Sydney dealer handling them at this stage.

I’m David Berthon

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