Howdy, So last week my girlfriend wrote off her 2016
daewoo Holden Barina and we are now in the market for a new car to replace it as her daily. Luckily we have been looking to replace the Barina for the last couple months anyway as the engine is missing at low rpm when under load (like a sharp u-turn) and it felt like a matter of time before it would die. So we have been scoping out cars for a while and originally settled on the Hyundai i30 before deciding to give small SUV's a go for the kerb clearance and utility.
We had then decided on the Hyundai Kona or the Kia Seltos but both are currently difficult to get in WA because of car shortages, So today I stumbled upon a Holden yard and found Haval branded cars. From what I can gather they are Great Wall Motors SUV range of cars and honestly they look pretty alright. We found the Haval Jolion and it ticks all the boxes we have. Comfortable front and rear, Safety features everywhere, Nice colour selection. Only thing I am iffy about is I have never owned a Great Wall vehicle and don't know how well they hold up in terms of reliability and how tedious it could be to deal with anything that may need to be repaired under warranty.
Have you owned a Haval or Great Wall vehicle? What was your experience? Know anything we should know about the Haval brand or Jolion in particular?
2021 Haval Jolion
110KW 210Nm Inline 4 turbocharge petrol engine (Mitsubishi built engine)
7-Speed DCT Auto Transmission
Front Wheel Drive
Most modern safety features as standard
5 Seater (I am 6'5" and I can comfortably sit in the rear seats behind my usual seating position)
Base model is $27,990 and top model is $30,990 plus $450 for paint if you don't want white.
In my opinion, it's really nice value for what is displayed. Almost self driving with how much "safety" has been jammed in, Audio system sounds pretty great, ride is fairly comfortable if a little bit soft but it has options that change throttle response, shift timing and steering stiffness. Interior is very modern and very nice. Some hard scratchy plastics but most of it is upholstered in faux leather and a carbon fiber-esque finish. Huge clear dash cluster and responsive nicely designed infotainment unit (doesn't appear to have GPS built in but supports apple carplay and android auto) Car seats are fairly plush and sport orientated. 7 Year Unlimited KM Warranty.
Only misgivings I have is cup-holder in the center console is strange as it's one full size cup and a shot-glass holder? Engine is not as powerful as I would personally like (But it doesn't feel under-powered or sluggish) Indicator stalk and wiper stalks are the wrong way around, (Left side has the indicator) Door pockets won't fit anything much larger then a 600ml water bottle and android auto is wire.
I have been invited to come by again Wednesday as they expect to have the new Gen 3 Haval H6, Slightly larger, similar interior but with a 2.0Ltr turbocharged petrol making 150KW 320Nm and all wheel drive which would be nice.
UPDATE: Well after going around and revisiting the competition we settled on the Haval H6 Ultra 4X4 in "Energy Green" (More of a sky blue in person)
Glad we did, should have it within the month and now that all the reviews are starting to come in for it we are pretty certain we have made the right choice. Carsguide and Carsadvice are rating it 7.9 and 7.8 respectively.
Also for those that don't like to read words (Don't understand how you got to this point considering the words above"
Picture of "Energy Green" coloured H6 for those interested. (Not the one we got as we wanted the "Ultra" Spec all wheel drive variant.)
They have had to modify the chassis as the quoted 2 tonne towing was going to likely be too hard and damaging to the vehicle as it was. Slight delay but glad they are being proactive. They have also fixed Android auto so now that should be something they can update when I pick it up.