Toyota owns the hybrid area in Australia, with a sprawling vary and established model. Although it received’t occur in a single day, GWM Haval desires to be one in every of its largest challengers.

The H6 Hybrid launched earlier in 2022, the Jolion Hybrid has simply touched down, and there’s as much as seven extra electrified fashions as a result of Australia in 2023.

Like the H6 earlier than it, the brand new Haval Jolion Hybrid is obtainable in just one well-specified grade for Australia.

It packs extra energy than the equal Toyota hybrid, and on the $41,000 mark drive-away is priced to undercut nearly all of the RAV4 vary, and all the Kia Niro line-up. That’s regardless of a $7000 worth impost over the equal Jolion petrol mannequin.

Are you a hybrid cut price, or has Haval missed the mark with the Jolion HEV?

How a lot does the GWM Haval Jolion Hybrid value?

The Jolion Hybrid carries a big worth premium over the equal petrol mannequin. You’ll pay $33,990 drive-away for a petroleum Jolion Ultra, whereas the Jolion Hybrid kicks off at $40,990 drive-away.

Although it carries that hefty premium, it’s not possible to argue the Jolion is something aside from good worth.

It’s aligned roughly with the bottom Toyota RAV4 GX 2WD Hybrid ($36,900 earlier than on-roads) which, though greater than the Jolion, packs considerably much less commonplace tools. The incoming Corolla Cross GXL 2WD Hybrid ($39,250 earlier than on-roads) is an identical dimension to the Jolion, however is a mid-range mannequin relatively than a range-topper.

It undercuts the bottom Kia Niro HEV S ($44,380 earlier than on-roads), which is an identical dimension and packs considerably much less package.

2023 GWM Haval Jolion pricing:

  • Haval Jolion Premium: $28,490
  • Haval Jolion Lux: $30,990
  • Haval Jolion Ultra: $33,990
  • Haval Jolion Ultra Hybrid: $40,990

All costs are drive-away

What is the GWM Haval Jolion Hybrid like on the within?

The Haval Jolion packs a formidable inside on the petrol mannequin’s range-topping $34,000 price ticket. Even at $41,000 drive-away it seems to be flashy, and is generously specced.

That fashion is matched by substance, for essentially the most half. The fake leather-based seats really feel good sufficient and the door pulls, trim items, and transmission tunnel really feel sturdy.

The sprint isn’t a tactile delight, however it’s considerably extra attention-grabbing than what’s on provide in a base RAV4 or Kia Niro.

Both the driving force and passenger sit in heated seats (energy adjustable within the driver’s case), however the driving place leaves a bit to be desired. The seat is simply too brief and flat for longer-legged drivers, with hardly any under-thigh help, which left me with a sore bum after simply an hour.

The steering wheel additionally doesn’t regulate for attain, which is tough to forgive at this worth level. Mike Costello discovered it high quality; the remainder of our group struggled to get comfy behind the wheel. Make certain you spend a while within the scorching seat earlier than committing to buy.

The screens within the Jolion are each high-resolution, and the infotainment system responds rapidly to inputs. It’s well styled, with enticing fonts and a logical menu structure… for essentially the most half.

Accessing the local weather controls is more durable than it ought to be. They’re hidden in a sub-menu accessed by means of a tiny icon on the top-left nook of the display screen, as is the house button – and a few of the language in these sub-menus hasn’t been translated to English significantly effectively.

At least the Hybrid options correct buttons beneath the touchscreen, relatively than hard-to-read capacitive items that don’t deal effectively with daylight.

There’s loads of storage areas across the cabin, from the spacious slot beneath the transmission tunnel to the bottle-friendly central cupholders. Haval might have higher used the area across the rotary transmission controller.

The digital dashboard is comparatively fundamental. The graphics are sharp, however you may’t get your mapping into the cluster, and relatively than remembering your inputs it flicks again to a bland driver help display screen – it’s not far off m atching what you get elsewhere, however simply wants a little bit of tidying up.

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Satellite navigation isn’t an choice, however wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto imply you may nonetheless entry Google Maps on the transfer.

Even with the seat in a tall driver’s place there’s a stable quantity of legroom within the rear, and the tall roofline means there’s room for adults carrying high hats again there. It feels an identical dimension to the Kia Niro, though it’s not fairly RAV4 ranges of accomodating within the rear.

The flooring is totally flat within the again, so the center passenger doesn’t have to awkwardly straddle a hump, and the air vents can be welcome on scorching summer time days. Also welcome are the twin USB chargers again there.

Boot area is 430L with the rear seats in place, and 1133L with them folded. There’s no space-saver spare tyre underneath the ground, because of the area eaten up by the hybrid battery {hardware}.

The area itself is comparatively flat, though there’s some wheel arch intrusion. You’ll get a set of golf golf equipment in there with area to spare, even if you happen to don’t need to take the driving force out.

What’s underneath the bonnet?

The Jolion Hybrid additionally makes use of a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, mated with a “Dedicated Hybrid Transmission” which includes the electrical motor and gearbox. Claimed outputs are 139kW and 375Nm.

The petrol engine is sweet for 70kW and 125Nm, whereas the electrical element packs 110kW and 250Nm. Haval claims the 0-100km/h dash takes a claimed 8.2 seconds.

In essence, the Jolion Hybrid has two electrical motors, and two gears for the petrol engine.

It’s able to working the electrical motors on their very own; the engine by means of the shorter gear between standstill and 65km/h with electrical help; and the engine by means of the taller gear above 65km/h, as soon as once more with electrical help to “regulate engine working load”.

It’s additionally able to driving the wheels with the electrical motors and the petrol engine, the latter working by means of its taller gear, when the driving force calls for full energy.

The Jolion Hybrid makes use of a claimed 5.0L/100km on the mixed cycle. We noticed 5.3 litres per 100km on a combined metropolis and freeway loop.

That determine rapidly dropped within the metropolis, the place the Jolion can lean closely on its electrical motor, however rapidly crept up at 100km/h the place the petrol engine is compelled to do the heavy lifting.

How does the GWM Haval Jolion Hybrid drive?

As was the case with the H6 Hybrid, the powertrain within the Jolion in some methods is smoother and smarter than the hybrid system in its Toyota rivals. In others although, it nonetheless lacks a contact of polish.

The automotive is at its most comfy within the metropolis, the place the highly effective electrical motor is ready to deal with the majority of driving. It strikes off the mark and usually accelerates to between 30 and 50km/h on electrical energy, and when the petrol engine does fireplace on mild throttle inputs it’s near silent.

It feels as if you may push a bit more durable within the Haval than a few of its rivals earlier than the electrical motor runs out of puff, which is of actual profit if you happen to reside between 0 and 60km/h more often than not.

Haval signifies whether or not the automotive is shifting underneath electrical or petrol energy with a lightweight within the sprint. A couple of instances I’d assumed the automotive was in EV mode, however in reality the petrol engine was lively, which speaks to how effectively suppressed noise is at decrease speeds.

Unlike the H6 Hybrid and its 520Nm model of the identical drivetrain, the 375Nm Jolion isn’t predisposed to vaporising its tyres once you bury the throttle off the mark. It nonetheless packs a good punch, however it’s arguably higher suited to life in a household SUV with much less grunt.

As was the case within the bigger H6, the Jolion’s powertrain feels much less electrified at freeway speeds. The motor will kick in coasting downhill at 100km/h, basically permitting the engine to close down for a beat, however in any other case the petrol engine does the heavy lifting and the gasoline financial system climbs.

No hybrid is at its finest out of city, however the EV mode within the Jolion feels much less lively than the equal in a RAV4.

When it does fireplace, the petrol engine is mostly fairly refined. It’s near silent at low speeds, and vibrations are stored at bay once you dip deeper into the throttle’s journey – up to some extent.

Get the ability meter within the dashboard past 50 per cent and also you get a rough roar from the engine within the cabin, and at full throttle it’s a bit shouty.

It’s not a powertrain that conjures up you to push too onerous. Then once more, the very fact it feels torquey and may lean on the electrical motor at decrease speeds means you don’t have to push it too onerous, too typically.

On the 18-inch alloy wheels of our tester, the journey is a little bit of a combined bag. It offers moderately effectively with greater bumps, particularly at velocity, however it feels fairly busy over tightly-packed bumps or pockmarked metropolis streets.

The hybrid additionally feels a bit heavy at instances over freeway crests and dips, taking one, two, three beats to manage the physique.

That heaviness is compounded by the steering, which is heavier and slower than what you get in most small or mid-sized SUV rivals. It’s nonetheless straightforward sufficient to park with a espresso in a single hand, however a faster and extra direct steering tune would make the Jolion extra city-friendly.

The wonderful surround-view cameras, which helps you to view the automotive from basically any angle utilizing the controls on the touchscreen, means there’s no excuse for kerbed wheels.

Haval’s driver assists are good, however not not nice. The adaptive cruise maintains a constant hole to the automotive in entrance, however it may be a bit sharp on the brakes, whereas the lane-keeping is simply too eager to take cost in its most aggressive setting.

It’s consistently bonging and binging at you, which will get tiring, and turning them off or twiddling with their settings is a touchscreen job.

What do you get?

Jolion Premium highlights:

  • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Paddle shifters
  • Reversing digital camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless entry and begin
  • Automatic headlights
  • Power-folding facet mirrors
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Roof rails

Jolion Lux provides:

  • LED headlights
  • LED daytime working lights
  • LED fog lights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • ComfortTek leatherette upholstery
  • Heated entrance seats
  • Six-way energy driver’s seat
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Dual-zone local weather management
  • Rear privateness glass

Jolion Ultra provides:

  • 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Head-up show
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

Jolion Ultra Hybrid provides:

  • HEV-specific design parts:
    • 18-inch alloy wheels
    • Front bumper
    • Front grille
    • Headlights
    • Daytime working lights
    • Rear spoiler

Is the GWM Haval Jolion Hybrid secure?

The Haval Jolion hasn’t been crash examined by ANCAP or Euro NCAP but.

Unlike the previous Haval H2, the Jolion boasts a full suite of lively security options as commonplace.

Standard security options embrace:

  • 7 airbags incl. front-centre airbag
  • AEB with Pedestrian, Cyclist detection
  • Lane-keep help
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Traffic signal recognition
  • Driver consideration monitoring
  • Adaptive cruise management with cease/go
  • Safe exit warning
  • Surround-view cameras (excl. Premium)

How a lot does the GWM Haval Jolion Hybrid value to run?

The Haval Jolion is backed by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee.

It requires servicing each 12 months or 15,000km. Haval consists of 5 years of capped-price servicing, with the primary 5 visits costing $210, $250, $350, $450 and $290.

That provides as much as $1550 for upkeep over the primary 5 years.

CarExpert’s Take on the GWM Haval Jolion Hybrid

The Jolion HEV carries a hefty worth premium over its petrol siblings, however it nonetheless shapes as a compelling different to the Toyota and Kia hybrids already in the marketplace.

Its powertrain is punchy and refined within the metropolis, and it’ll nonetheless carry some financial system enhancements on the freeway relative to the common Jolion.

The commonplace tools listing is beneficiant, and even at $40,000 you get a formidable quantity of area for folks and their issues inside.

What’s incorrect with it? The identical issues we’ve complained about within the common Jolion, for essentially the most half.

The non-reach-adjustable steering wheel and sometimes underdone infotainment undermine the enchantment in $30,000 fashions, not to mention this $40,000 one, and there are occasions the place the additional layer of refinement Toyota has baked into its electrified automobiles during the last twenty years is missing within the Jolion.

It’s sturdy start line, although – particularly when you think about how restricted provide of its rivals is in the mean time.

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