Playing Favourites

Patty Taljaard from CMH Haval Little Falls categorically stated that she doesn’t have a favourite, and that she loves the whole Haval range equally – but we thought we saw a little sparkle in her eye when she spoke about the flagship SUV from this up-and-coming brand. The H6 C is everything you want in an SUV, all for starting prices of only R334,900!

 The Concept:

A beautiful, contemporary five-seater compact SUV with a five-star safety rating, all the bells and whistles, and a tidy entry price.

The Looks:

Thanks to the black D-pillar on the Haval H6 C, this particular SUV has the looks of an elegant and modern urban traveller. It is also becoming more common on South African roads, and the bold, broad lettering on both the front and rear brings up memories of more premium Swedish counterparts. Haval have done a superb job with the way this vehicle looks – it looks elegant, classy, self-confident, and very, very posh!

The Feel:

Sitting upfront in the Haval H6 C is great – there’s loads of visibility from the driver’s seat, and ample space for both driver and front passenger. The back isn’t too restricted and can seat three children with ease (taller adults may have a harder time on extended journeys though). I love that the back seats can also recline, meaning there is comfort to spare for everyone on board. The finishing in the cabin is of good quality, with excellent materials used and lovely levels of seat comfort.

The Features:

For the price you pay for this SUV, you would think there would be little on board in the way of technology. And you would be wrong. The list is long – with the likes of ambient lighting in a variety of colours, illuminated sill plates and even puddle lights added to dual-zone climate control, remote central locking, keyless entry, Bluetooth hands free, multifunction steering wheel and a top-notch infotainment system. Park distance controls with surround-view camera, hill descent control and six airbags complete the standard set.

The Drive:

An eager 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine lies at the heart of the H6 C. It produces 140 kW of power and 310 Nm of torque and uses a slick-shifting six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. This is a front-wheel drive, so not necessarily suited for off-roading, but perfectly suited for the city-dweller. Take-off is easy, despite the bulk of the vehicle, and even overtaking on the highway is an effortless task. In a conversation with Patty Taljaard in September, I remember her noting that Haval vehicles could be very economical too depending on how you drive, and with that in mind, look forward to longer term testing of drive styles with a vehicle such as the H6 C.

The Score:

For that the incredible H6 C has to offer, we score it as 8 crowns out of 10.

Where to Find It:

CMH Haval Little Falls boasts a beautiful new showroom – you can also check out the range on their website at www.cmhhaval.co.za

 

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