Haval H6C 2.0T Luxury in A/T AKA BLACK STALLION
The SUV segment has changed much over the years from what consumers thought was an all round vehicle that could go anywhere; to now being the Smart Utility Vehicle that oozes luxury sophistication and comfortability.
Let me give you a quick break down of Havals history. Headquartered in Baoding, Hebei-China, the company is named after the Great Wall Of China and was formed in 1984. This is China’s largest sport utility vehicle and truck producer. It sells passenger cars and trucks under the Great Wall brand and SUVs under the Haval and WEY brands.
This time around we have the Haval H6C 2.0T Luxury in A/T, I have reviewed the manual transmission equivalent as well and between the two i’d purchase the A/T. The Fast back H6C competes in the medium-SUV category.
It’s about the same length and height as a Mazda CX-5 or Kia Sportage, but looks a little more compactly styled in the like of the fellow home brands such as the Hyundai Creta.
The H6C is bigger than it looks and passenger space is impressive. Rear passengers have good legroom, rear air vents and in the Premium model on test here with full on artificial leather seats. Haval claims luggage capacity of 247 litres and utility space of 1 146 litres.
The H6C has a large motor if you consider the minimalist trend in the market. Havals 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine pushes peak outputs of 140 kW and 310 Nm but doesn’t feel forceful. Acceleration has a gradual, linear feel to it and the 2.0 holds 120 kph with relative ease. This far we’ve averaged at least 11.0L/100km which clearly indicates how thirsty the Haval is. Apart from that , the 6-speed DCT gearbox is a great match and shifts up and down with great comfort.
The H6C has a lot to offer in spec- and safety levels at R384 900 and may entice buyers who are looking for something a little bigger than a Renault Captur, Suzuki Vitara or Hyundai Creta. It’s unlikely to pull many buyers from top-selling rivals in the cutthroat family car segment, but we don’t believe that’ll be the case for much longer.