God made us; “everything” else is made by the Chinese. Despite advancing in everything and beyond, the Chinese somehow struggled in one area- conventional automobiles. Cheap finishing and compromised quality resulted in lagging brand equity and low sales figures for all Chinese automobile brands over the last decade. Things at Great Wall Motors, one of the leading Chinese giants were not very different until recently, the launch of its new crossover SUV, the Haval H6 paving the way to better times. Global reception of the H5 successor has pulled out Great Wall Motors from trouble and we set off to find out why.
Is the Haval H6 significantly different than the H5?
Very different. The Haval H5’s ride was cramped and harsh, the dashboard mimicking a slab of plastic, and the exterior looking like the front and rear came off from two different vehicles. The Haval H6 on the other hand is everything the H5 wasn’t. The outer shell is soothing to the eyes as BMW X5 cues are prevalent in the front and rear lamps, the proportion very rationale to be rivaling the size of a CRV or X-Trail. Overall, the Haval H6 is one big step forward than the last generation lineup of the company.
The Haval H6 is a chunky looking mid-sized SUV with decent ground clearance to tackle our terrain. Climb into the cabin and you'll find the choice of materials used appreciable - there are no hollow sounds when you tap on the dashboard or the door panels. An elegant black color dominates the interior with a few bursts of chrome silver here and there. The seats are perforated leather with electric controls and you'll be cajoled by the cozy lumbar support. Contrasting red stitch is prevalent all over, giving the interior a sporty feel. There are abundant nifty storage compartments for your daily necessities everywhere too. The vehicle is clearly designed for international markets as the head room and leg room suggests, both in the front and rear for five comfortable passengers.
Lot of features to play with
The Haval H6 has been endowed with technology its predecessors have never heard of. To start with, there are proximity sensors all over with a front left fender blind spot cured by video coverage. Cruise control, dual zone automatic air conditioning, surround airbags and auto dimming anti glare rear view mirrors come standard. There is a Bluetooth hands free system and 6 speaker stereo system which can be controlled through steering mounted controls. A basic twin gauge instrument cluster with tire pressure indicator and the mandatory 7” display with rear view camera features will make life a tad bit easier in the hectic Dhaka traffic.