Haval does the school run

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - TESTLONG-TERM -

LOOK­ING at mod­ern buy­ing trends, we can see that crossovers and SUVs are mak­ing se­ri­ous dents in seg­ments that used to be dom­i­nated by sedans.

The Haval re­cently re­ported for sub­ur­ban, school-run duty. Sounds like an easy gig; it’s any­thing but. Driv­ing be­tween Joburg and Cen­tu­rion is easy com­pared to driv­ing two en­er­getic boys to their var­i­ous en­gage­ments.

Thing is, once you get a taste for the Haval’s com­fort and lux­ury, it’s tough to go back to a lesser-equipped ve­hi­cle.

One as­pect of the Haval that de­serves a spe­cial men­tion is the space. The boot is big enough for ev­ery­thing you have to haul along when trans­port­ing two tod­dlers. Even more im­pres­sive: there’s still enough space left over in the mid­dle of the rear bench with two car seats in place.

When trans­port­ing a fam­ily, you can’t help but think of a car’s safety.

The Haval is well equipped should the worst hap­pen, as it has all of the mod­ern ac­tive safety gad­gets and a se­ries of pas­sive life­savers in place should the former fail. As the mis­sus reg­u­larly trans­ports other peo­ple’s kids as well, these things mat­ter even more.

Mis­sus Horn also stated that she liked the solid feel of the car and the ef­fort­less gear changes. When asked about the fuel con­sump­tion, she said she didn’t mind pay­ing the ex­tra cash for the added per­for­mance.

And then she ad­mit­ted to en­joy­ing giv­ing the fancy mums in their BMWs and Audis a bit of trou­ble when ac­cel­er­at­ing from the ro­bots. This also fi­nally an­swers a ques­tion man have been ask­ing for ages: what do soc­cer moms do when the kids are at school? The an­swer ap­pears to be drag rac­ing.

The high fuel con­sump­tion proved to be less of an is­sue this month. With a daily com­mute that’s less than 10km, the Haval still had most of its tank left af­ter a fill-up at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber.

Per­haps the Haval has found its place in so­ci­ety, be­ing a soc­cer mom kind of car. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

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