As soon as upon a time individuals would have scoffed when you stated you owned a Haval, however China’s SUV specialist continues to make huge gross sales strides in Australia – each the Jolion and H6 are up by over 150 per cent year-to-date (YTD).
It’s a mirrored image of big enhancements within the product, given each compete in hotly-contested segments in opposition to huge names from Japan and Korea.
This 12 months GWM Haval has thrown a few curveballs into the combination. First was the H6 Hybrid which strains up properly in opposition to the top-selling Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, and now now we have the 2022 Haval H6 GT, an ‘SUV coupe’ designed to be a cut-price BMW X4 of kinds.
Whereas SUV coupes are in every single place within the luxurious world, mainstream manufacturers haven’t actually touched them as but. The H6 GT stands alone within the medium SUV class, with its closest rival being the Korean-made, French-branded Renault Arkana which is technically a barely smaller automotive.
GWM Haval’s native arm hopes the high-spec GT can add as much as 400 gross sales monthly to the H6 line, which might put the Chinese language mid-sizer round 800-900 month-to-month models. To place that into perspective, that will have it working alongside the likes of the Honda CR-V, MG HS, Nissan X-Path and Subaru Forester.
Is it worthy of a $4000 premium over its wagon-bodied H6 sibling?
On check now we have the flagship H6 GT Extremely AWD, which is priced from $46,490 drive-away. You may get the lower-spec H6 GT Lux 2WD from $40,990 drive-away.
The GT’s coupe physique instructions a $3500-$4000 premium over the equal H6 SUV, although there’s little in the way in which of additional specification – we’ll get to the specifics a bit later.
Direct rivals are few and much between, given no mainstream medium SUV competitor gives a coupe physique possibility. The smaller Renault Arkana is arguably its closest rival, which begins at $43,300 earlier than on-road prices in flagship R.S. Line guise.
2022 GWM Haval H6 GT pricing:
- Haval H6 GT Lux 2WD: $40,990
- Haval H6 GT Extremely AWD: $46,490
All costs are drive-away
Whereas there are important modifications to the outside design, the H6 GT’s cabin will not be overly completely different to the equal H6 SUV – although there are some good distinguishing parts.
For instance, the suede upholstery inserts and matte end brushed-look plastic are stylish modifications in comparison with the conventional H6’s leatherette and swathes of gloss black, however that’s nearly all you’ll discover.
It means the general design and structure is similar, proper right down to the surprising driving place. The entrance seat could also be electrically adjustable, however for taller people like myself the angle of the steering wheel and the flat seat base imply you’re both too near the steering wheel or missing decrease again help – alternatively you must jack the seat up excessive.
In any other case there’s a lot to love, and it presents effectively.
The Extremely’s high-resolution 12.3-inch touchscreen appears to be like nice on first look, and regardless of the dearth of native satellite tv for pc navigation there’s wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which might venture turn-by-turn prompts into the driving force’s cluster, in addition to the head-up show within the Extremely.
Annoyingly although, the local weather controls and different shortcuts like idle cease/begin and drive modes are accessed through the touchscreen. There’s a quick-access swipe-down menu that permits you to toggle most of those on the fly, however that’s solely accessible whenever you’re not utilizing Apple CarPlay.
The native software program is primary and never probably the most intuitive. Additional, there are some menus and line gadgets that clearly are direct translations from Chinese language into English which imply they don’t all the time make sense on first look. Additional, utilizing the heated and ventilated seats is a fiddly touch-based sequence.
It’s the same story for the ten.25-inch digital instrument cluster. Whereas it gives good brightness, decision, and animations, there’s restricted configurability and a few of the graphics and readouts look slightly underdone.
The H6 GT’s Race mode gives a extra typical dial structure that undoubtedly would higher go well with my tastes, nonetheless there’s not an choice to have the same design whereas driving usually, which is a disgrace.
Like its SUV sibling, the H6 GT gives loads of storage choices all through the entrance of the cabin on your odds and ends.
Highlights embody the wi-fi telephone charger which doubles as a shelf, and there’s a configurable cupholder part with a slot for issues like keys or gum, and a pleasant huge cubby underneath the centre console to cover issues out of sight – it’s additionally the place the USB and 12V shops are positioned.
Between the entrance seats can be a deep storage nook underneath the front-centre armrest, and the door bins are massive sufficient to accommodate a decent-sized bottle.
It means you aren’t actually compromised by way of practicality and storage regardless of going for the extra style-led providing.
It’s the identical within the second row. Area for heads, knees, and legs is nice even when you’re my top (6’1), with the GT’s sloping roofline and Extremely spec’s panoramic sunroof leaving loads of house within the rear.
Just like the H6 SUV, there’s above-average passenger room within the rear for the phase, and there’s ISOFIX anchors and top-tether factors if that you must tie down automotive seats for little ones.
Additional facilities embody a fold-down centre armrest with cupholders, map pockets behind the entrance seats, and naturally bottle holders within the doorways.
There are additionally air vents and USB energy shops behind the centre tunnel. Disgrace there’s no separate local weather controls, although.
Presumably the largest hit the H6 GT takes within the title of favor is boot capability.
With a claimed 392 litres in five-seat configuration, the GT is 208L down on its H6 SUV sibling.
Drop the rear seats and that expands to 1390L, which is 95L down on the extra typical H6 physique variant.
Beneath the boot flooring there’s a metal space-saver spare (T135/90 R17).
All variations of the Haval H6 GT in Australia are powered by a well-known 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine shared with the H6 SUV.
Outputs are quoted at 150kW (6300rpm) and 320Nm (1500-4000rpm), with drive in our tester despatched to an on-demand all-wheel drive system through a seven-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission as commonplace. The entry-level H6 GT Lux is front-wheel drive solely.
GWM Haval claims mixed gas use of 7.5L/100km for the H6 GT Lux 2WD, and 8.4L/100km for the H6 GT Extremely AWD. Each gas figures are 0.1L/100km up on the equal H6 SUV.
The H6 GT’s gas tank measures 60 litres, and it may well run on cheaper 91 RON common unleaded.
Having pushed a number of variations of the H6 SUV with the identical drivetrain, the H6 GT doesn’t really feel noticeably completely different behind the wheel.
There’s that big-car really feel from the driving force’s seat, with the excessive shoulder line and broad physique giving the impression the H6 is a bigger car than it truly is, though the driving force controls just like the steering really feel fairly mild.
It’s the same story by way of the journey, with the H6 GT feeling just like its SUV sibling in having a softer, virtually wafty tune that makes it fairly the snug freeway cruiser, and pretty effectively remoted from bumpy metropolis roads – nonetheless physique management might be improved.
Using on 19-inch alloys and stickier 235/55 Michelin tyres in Extremely spec, the H6 GT undoubtedly favours journey consolation over outright sportiness and there’s no adjustable damping to agency up the suspension on the fly – not that almost all rivals provide such a characteristic anyway.
Maybe a extra humorous inclusion is the H6 GT’s energetic exhaust system, which when in Sport or Race mode ‘amplifies’ the exhaust be aware “for a sportier feeling”. I’d say that’s underselling it.
The H6 GT’s soundtrack really turns into one thing you’d anticipate from a hardcore scorching hatch, and it sounds higher from the surface. Flicking it into Race additionally modifications the driving force’s cluster structure to have two typical dials for the speedo and tacho, which I want was an possibility for regular modes.
The throttle and transmission are additionally tailor-made for the sportier mode, with Race providing an AMG or Hyundai N-style kickback on upshifts which makes the H6 GT a little bit of enjoyable in a straight line or powering out of a nook.
Talking of straight-line efficiency, the two.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is sort of a meaty unit when you get shifting. There’s heaps of urge when you put your foot right down to overtake, and the meaty mid-range makes mild work of driving within the metropolis or suburbs.
What’s not so nice, nonetheless, is that seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The shifter within the Haval reveals the quirks we used to complain about when this sort of transmission was nonetheless pretty new, and continues to be a standard grievance amongst extra inexpensive segments with this type of shifter.
On take off the H6 is sort of hesitant, and at instances clumsy. Extra so when setting off after the idle cease/begin system has engaged throughout a cease.
It holds revs initially as when you’ve left the handbrake on, after which slurs by means of the primary couple of ratios when you attempt to get going shortly. Ultimately you’re inspired to drive in a really measured method off the road to keep away from the disagreeable sensation.
The DCT may also be slightly unpredictable on kickdown, clumsily chugging down a few cogs earlier than getting you into the muscular mid-range. It’s value driving it your self to see if you will get a really feel for it, nevertheless it’s additionally not a whole deal-breaker nor unique to Haval.
It’s in any other case a reasonably refined place to spend time, with minimal street and wind noise permeating the cabin at velocity.
The driving force help techniques are one other sore level for me, missing the intuitiveness and polish you’ll discover in most rivals. The adaptive cruise management will be fairly delicate and conservative, and the lane-keep help system repeatedly bings, bongs and yanks the steering wheel.
H6 GT Lux highlights:
- 19-inch black-finish alloy wheels
- Tyre strain monitoring
- LED headlights
- LED daytime working lights
- LED entrance fog lights
- Roof rails
- Hill descent management
- Energy tailgate
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
- 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Eight-speaker sound system
- Twin-zone local weather management
- Leather-based-wrapped steering wheel
- Consolation-Tek leatherette upholstery
- Heated entrance seats
- Eight-way energy driver’s seat
H6 GT Extremely AWD provides:
- All-wheel drive
- Michelin Sport tyres
- 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Head-up show
- Heated steering wheel
- Ventilated entrance seats
- Wi-fi telephone charging
- Ambient lighting
- Arms-free energy tailgate
- Heated door mirrors
- Semi-automatic parking help
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Reversing AEB
The GWM Haval H6 line-up – together with the H6 Hybrid and H6 GT – put on a five-star ANCAP security ranking with 2022 date stamp.
The H6 obtained an grownup occupant safety rating of 90 per cent, a baby occupant safety rating of 88 per cent, a weak street person safety rating of 73 per cent, and a security help rating of 81 per cent.
Commonplace security gear contains:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Pedestrian and Bicycle owner detection
- Junction help
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Lane departure warning
- Lane-keep help
- Visitors signal recognition
- Adaptive cruise management with cease/go
- Clever Cruise Help
- Visitors Jam Help
- Encompass-view cameras
- Entrance and rear parking sensors
- Seven airbags, together with a front-centre airbag
H6 Extremely fashions add:
- Rear cross-traffic help
- Reversing AEB
The H6 GT is roofed by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee. GWM Haval gives 5 years of capped-price servicing.
Whereas GWM Haval Australia hasn’t detailed particular service pricing for the H6 GT, the common H6’s first 5 providers are capped at $210, $280, $380, $480, and $210 for the front-wheel drive and $210, $280, $480, $580 and $210 for the all-wheel drive.
Given the H6 GT is nearly mechanically equivalent to the H6, we’d be stunned if there was any important distinction.
As for real-world gas consumption, we noticed an indicated 10.8L/100km following our time with the H6 GT. That included 300km of metropolis and freeway driving, in addition to filming the video evaluate which sees the car idling and being pushed in a spirited method.
That’s nonetheless over 2.0L/100km up on Haval’s offical 8.4L/100km declare, which is disappointing given it’s additionally fitted with idle cease/begin tech. Extra metropolis driving would possible have bumped that determine up additional.
GWM Haval has been sensible in the way it has positioned the H6 GT in Australia – it mainly has no competitors.
It blends the worth and practicality of the usual H6 SUV with the fashion and exclusivity that comes with the SUV coupe kind, and little doubt this mixture will discover favour with native consumers. The truth is, the model’s native arm says its first allocation is already accounted for.
Nevertheless, gripes with the conventional H6 carry over right here, and the GT’s not insignificant premium amplifies these considerably.
The clumsy DCT is probably my greatest grievance, adopted by the uncomfortable driving place as an in depth second. Given these are two main components of the driving expertise, it’s a key space for enchancment.
Different ache factors embody the underdone infotainment software program and reliance on touchscreen-based controls for key car capabilities together with drive modes and local weather controls. It’s unnecessarily convoluted and annoying.
Lastly, it’s a disgrace there’s no actual modifications to the oily bits to replicate the sportier skew. Certain, the exhaust booster and grippier Michelin tyres are welcome, however the tender suspension and lightweight steering really feel are straight out of the conventional H6 – it’s something however sporty to drive.
A strong, if uninspiring effort from the Chinese language model.
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