HAVAL H9 TOW-TEST
One of the great things about camper trailers is whether you have a budget of $10k or $100k you can find one that suits your needs. Sure, some give up features to meet the budget, and others might have a simple design to hit the right price tag, but others are affordable purely because of the country they’re manufactured in. Yet, despite all that there’s very little choice when it comes to the tow-tugs to lug your camper around. Want good and new? That’s expensive. Want good and cheap? It ain’t going to be new. With that in mind it shouldn’t shock too many people that Chinese company HAVAL figured it was high time the Mecca of manufacturing stopped throwing cheap models our way and offered an affordable luxury vehicle to compete on more than just the price. For those unfamiliar with the marque, it’s the SUV arm of familiar ute maker Great Wall that last year sold more than a million cars worldwide, so it’s worth paying attention to. It offers a range of SUVs in Australia from the Grand Vitara-sized H2 right through to the top-dog H9 ‘Lux’, which aims to go toe-to-toe with crowd favourites like the Prado and Pajero. Despite coming in petrol only (diesel passenger cars are unpopular in China) the H9 offers a spec sheet longer than Borgy’s outstanding tab at the Dargo hotel, so we figured it was well worth a look in. Luxo-spec interior, serious offroad credentials and all for a sub-$50k price tag? You’ve got our attention, HAVAL.