Haval H6 C 2.0T DCT

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - TEST LONG-TERM -

When Ram­say­Media ac­count man­ager Pa­trick Kennedy’s nor­mally re­li­able bakkie proved un­re­li­able, we handed him the keys to the Haval. This is what this self-con­fessed 4×4-or-noth­ing driver had to say about his few days in the com­pany of the Chi­nese crossover.

Okay, so I was pleas­antly sur­prised by the mod­ern and eye-catch­ing de­sign and build qual­ity.

The Haval H6 most cer­tainly stands out in a crowd and gets plenty of curb­side at­ten­tion.

The er­gonomic in­te­rior is prac­ti­cal and com­fort­able; the in­stru­ment clus­ter and con­trol stalks in­clude pad­dle shift steer­ing ac­ces­si­ble and vis­i­ble to the driver. The front seats are form hug­ging and com­fort­able, of­fer­ing the oc­cu­pants a qual­ity and safe feel with both lat­eral and spinal sup­port.

The cabin is spa­cious and com­fort­able, al­low­ing for more than am­ple leg room for tall pas­sen­gers in the rear, and there’s still a roomy boot, too.

The two-litre tur­bocharged en­gine has suf­fi­cient and smooth power for all con­di­tions and the au­to­matic gear­box is well matched. Over­all driv­ing im­pres­sion was good. A solid, well-built pack­age and pow­er­ful crossover at an af­ford­able price.

My one con­cern was with the steer­ing: it feels a lit­tle dis­con­nected, with min­i­mal feed­back. The fuel con­sump­tion was also a bit high, even in Eco mode. And the rear in­di­ca­tor lights are set very low in the bumper and not vis­i­ble to other ve­hi­cles un­less you are di­rectly be­hind.

Still, I think I sold one to my neigh­bour... he loved it – Pa­trick Kennedy.

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