Long-term update

H6 rack­ing up the miles

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

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.

1. LIGHT

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.

2. RE­VERSE

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.

3. SPARE

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.

4. MIR­ROR

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.

5. OIL

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.

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