HAVAL H9 TOW-TEST

The Chair­man

Camper Trailer Australia - - CONTENTS -

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.

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