With big-name manufacturers placing up costs and car provide nonetheless skinny on the bottom, automobile consumers are turning to upstart manufacturers equivalent to GWM in droves.
The GWM Haval H6 was China’s top-selling SUV for years, and is making critical headway in Australia in its newest type – up 124 per cent with greater than 4000 models offered this yr.
While the H6 vary has lately expanded to incorporate a hybrid in addition to the sleeker-looking H6 GT body style, right here we have a look at the second-from base, common H6 Lux with a petroleum engine.
For the cash, it’s definitely a reasonably handsome SUV with sharp lightning signatures, and affords loads of gear and area for the cash.
Let’s take a better look.
The firm affords straight-up nationwide drive-away pricing so there’s much less confusion.
The base H6 Premium is at present $33,990 drive-away, climbing to $36,990 for the Haval H6 Lux examined right here. The flagship Ultra is one other $3000.
For context, let’s have a look at equal (one-up-from-base grade) variants of opponents, utilizing drive-away costs primarily based on a Melbourne postcode:
In phrases of colors, Hamilton White is the usual base paint. It’s an additional $495 for Blue Sapphire, Burgundy Red, Energy Green, Golden Black, or Ayers Grey.
In phrases of trims and materials selections, fit-and-finish, and general aesthetics the inside definitely affords a greater expertise than the worth may counsel.
It’s minimalist with a couple of flashy trim bits. There are even speaker covers that form of resemble these Burmester ones utilized by Mercedes-Benz.
Yes there’s a bit an excessive amount of dust- and scratch-prone piano black trimming alongside the tunnel, however that is an industry-wide drawback that’s not restricted to GWM Haval.
The H6 robotically unlocks as you strategy with the important thing in your pocket, and there’s a very good quantity of steering wheel motion fore and aft.
The power-adjustable driver’s seat is flat and lacks thigh assist, however the synthetic leather-based trim doesn’t really feel low-cost or nasty. Both entrance seats are heated too.
Behind the thin-rimmed wheel, which feels prefer it may very well be from a dearer automobile, sits a solidly mounted digital show with automobile and engine speeds, lane-assist animation, tyre-pressure monitor and journey pc.
It lacks the diploma of configurations you get in a Volkswagen Group cluster (no full-size maps) however has crisp decision and didn’t lag. Some individuals may desire a traditional-looking speedo and tacho choice, which GWM might most likely code in.
The indicator stalk is on the left, and the cruise management is activated by a small stalk on the column.
The centre touchscreen appears to be like very flash and has a house show providing floor audio and local weather controls, with a barely hard-to-reach left-hand facet vertical menu providing extra shortcuts.
Said display screen depends on telephone mirroring for navigation, plugged right into a USB port on the passenger facet beneath the tunnel (one other left-hand drive relic?), and supplied good Bluetooth high quality with dependable re-pairing.
A giant spotlight is the 360-degree digital camera which, by way of the assorted view angles it affords, and by way of sheer decision, is nearly the very best we’ve sampled in a non-luxury automobile. It places many bigger-name manufacturers to disgrace on this space.
It’s in vogue to cut back buttons and put capabilities into touchscreen menus, which many individuals discover preferable. But it’s all about the way you lay it out, and the way snappy the system is at processing inputs.
There are buttons to show the A/C, defoggers, digital camera and hazard lights on, and to show the display screen off. But every part else is completed by means of the show.
It’s fiddly to mess with local weather controls in a touchscreen, or to alter the seat heating, or have interaction or disengage varied driver help methods – particularly if the loading pace isn’t A-plus because it typically appeared to be right here.
The Haval H6’s gear shifter is a trendy rotary dial and appears very swish, with a centre piece you push in to interact park. But GWM could be sensible so as to add outlined begin and finish factors slightly than letting it spin endlessly.
There’s definitely a serviceable quantity of cabin storage from the massive door bins, first rate console, sunnies holder within the roof, telephone holder forward of the shifter, cupholders on the tunnel, and a hidden part beneath.
There’s no denying these again seats are sensationally roomy, with my 194cm physique simply located behind my very own perfect driving place with room to spare.
Said again seats have the requisite outboard child-seat attachments, a flip-down armrest with cupholders, map pockets, damped folding seize handles, rear air vents, and two USB-A ports.
The boot is accessed by a handbook tailgate at this spec grade and its capability is listed as 600 litres. There are a few storage bins on the left- and right-hand sides and also you get a detachable cargo blind, plus again seats that fold down 60:40.
Below the loading flooring is a short lived space-saver spare wheel.
The majority of the Haval H6 line-up shares a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with peak outputs of 150kW at 6000rpm and 320Nm between 1500 and 4000rpm.
It’s mated to an ordinary seven-speed dual-clutch automated. The majority of the vary is front-wheel drive, however all-wheel drive is an choice within the H6 Ultra range-topper.
Fuel consumption for the automobile examined is a claimed 7.4 litres per 100km, and peak towing capability is listed as 2000kg.
My highway-biased gas economic system take a look at yielded 7.1L/100km consumption, whereas a extra mixed-cycle route ended up at 8.5L/100km.
The seats don’t supply a lot thigh or facet assist, however on the plus facet the driving place is elevated and it’s fairly a straightforward automobile to see out of.
The engine doesn’t lack punch, sometimes chirping the Hankook Ventus 225/60 entrance tyres, with a large torque band and acceptable refinement ranges from inside. We have been in a position to do the 0-100km/h sprint in bit over 8.0 seconds.
The in-house GWM dual-clutch transmission usually behaved fairly properly with clean shifting.
The greatest technique to drive a turbo engine and DCT mixture like that is to be progressive slightly than aggressive together with your accelerator inputs, to negate entrance wheel spin, engine lag and transmission lag.
It’s not horrible dynamically. The suspension is sort of tender and pliant, the steering gentle, and the refinement by way of noise, vibration and harshness intrusion was acceptable.
But there’s additionally some physique roll in corners, little steering suggestions, and suspension that feels a contact susceptible to thump over small, sharp street bumps. It might do higher at controlling how the automobile rebounds from undulations.
But in all honesty, the common purchaser will most likely discover it completely acceptable, which it’s.
There are a plethora of driver-assist options together with adaptive cruise management that labored properly, lane help that steers you between street traces as long as the nook isn’t too tight, and blind-spot warning lights within the mirrors.
You may also watch a dwell animation of the lane-keeping system within the instrument cluster, exhibiting you a illustration of what the cameras and radars are seeing.
One gripe is the Emergency Lane Keep operate that’s too delicate, chiming at you even for those who aren’t straying outdoors the traces. When you flip it off (by means of a number of display screen menus), it turns again on at restart.
The adaptive cruise management system can also be designed to sluggish the car in turns, however once more it was too delicate. I’d simply over-ride it with the accelerator.
H6 Premium highlights:
- LED headlights and tail lights
- Auto headlights, wipers
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Space-saver spare wheel
- Keyless entry, push-button begin
- Cloth seats, handbook adjustable
- Single-zone local weather management
- Rear air vents
- 10.25-inch instrument cluster
- 10.25-inch touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay, Android Auto (wired)
- Front and rear USB ports
- 6-speaker audio
- Reversing digital camera
H6 Lux provides:
- Roof rails
- Front parking sensors
- Rear privateness glass
- Power-folding facet mirrors
- 4 x one-touch home windows
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Dual-zone local weather management
- Synthetic leather-based seats
- Heated entrance seats
- Power-adjustable driver’s seat
- Anti-glare rear-view mirror
- 360-degree cameras
- Adaptive cruise management
- Traffic Jam Assist
The flagship H6 Ultra provides options equivalent to 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, wi-fi telephone charger, ventilated entrance seats, self-parking, cross-traffic alert, a 12.3-inch touchscreen improve, and a head-up show.
The GWM Haval H6 attained the utmost five-star ANCAP security ranking towards the most recent 2020-22 protocols.
It scored 90 per cent for grownup safety, 88 per cent for baby safety, 73 per cent for pedestrian/bike owner safety, and 81 per cent for security help options.
Standard options embody twin entrance, front-side and two-row curtain airbags, in addition to a front-centre airbag between driver and passenger for side-impacts. You additionally get parking sensors at each ends.
Standard help options embody:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Car, Pedestrian, Cyclist detection
- Junction help
- Forward collision warning
- Adaptive cruise management with cease/go
- Lane-keeping and centring aids
- Lane departure warning
- Traffic signal recognition
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Driver drowsiness detection
- Traffic Jam Assist
- Emergency Lane Keep
- Intelligent Cornering Control
One method GWM is working in the direction of addressing low resale-values and a scarcity of badge cred, is offering an ideal seven-year, limitless kilometre guarantee – among the many longest of any model.
The first service is due at 12 months or 10,000km. Interestingly, all different providers are at longer 15,000km distance intervals. As is widespread with these plans it excludes many consumables.
GWM Haval H6 2.0T service pricing:
- 12mths or 10,000km: $210
- 24mths or 25,000km: $280
- 36mths or 40,000km: $380
- 48mths or 55,000km: $480
- 60mths or 70,000km: $210
There are some irritating quirks with a few of the driver-assist options and the interfaces, and the suspension tune may very well be improved.
But, the GWM Haval H6 affords inarguably good value-for-money (simply hold residuals in thoughts); and by way of efficiency, know-how and design feels each bit as modern as its rivals – for much less cash.
Is it the category chief? No it isn’t. Yet it’s not remotely shocking Haval is doing so properly, and its fee of enchancment means all opponents must be on excessive alert.
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