Haval H6 C 2.0T DCT
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.