H6 racking up the miles
Haval H6 C up close
With the Haval H6 fast approaching its first service at 15 000km, it’s still pretty impressive to live with. This month we highlight some of the Haval’s endearing and some lessen-dearing qualities. And there’s talk of some new wheels that are on the way.
Like a high-end Lexus, Benz or BMW, the H6 C has a light at the base of the side mirrors that spell out the word ‘Haval’ next to the door. Just in case you forget what vehicle you were driving, of course.
A reverse camera and park distance control system are standard fare. The view behind the Haval is displayed on one of the biggest, clearest screens we’ve seen for a while. Interestingly, as soon as you hook ‘reverse’ the sound system is completely muted. Cool for concentration, but not so cool if you’re in the middle of an important news bulletin and have to reverse.
The spare wheel is a space saver item... okay for the city but not so okay for the gramadoelas. At least it’s a Cooper product (like the rest of the Haval’s tyres), which is a good thing.
The rear-view mirror features a row of lights that indicate if rear passengers are strapped in, or not. This is a good thing. What is not so cool is that the lights stay illuminated, even if there is no-one seated in the rear. During the day it’s not so bad, but at night, the lights can be distracting. We’ve got around this by buckling up all the seatbelts in the back.
A recent oil check during a fuel stop revealed that the oil level was leaning towards the low side. So we dutifully topped it up. Of course, as Murphy would have it, the oil cap was not replaced properly and a few days later, it extracted itself from its position. Luckily we picked up the problem (and the smell of oil in the vehicle) quickly, stopped, and the cap was (firmly) put back in place; no harm done.