Haval does the school run
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.