How is it to drive the thing?
A mid-sized SUV calls for a medium sized drivetrain but Great Wall surprised us with a 1.5 liter horizontally mounted motor, which will reward you the minimum tax structure in Bangladesh. So how does a 1.5 liter petrol motor pull this SUV? A turbo attached with the 1.5 liter motor leads to around 147 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to haul a loaded H6. On top of that, there is a six speed manual transmission, with a soft feel clutch and buttery shifter. The transmission gives you a controlled power delivery with brilliant efficiency, as you can quickly get into higher gears and cruise along at a lower engine speed. Although the Haval H6 is quick at higher RPMs, the torque-play is relatively low at lower RPMs, when you will have to shift down to lower gears to lurch the vehicle forth. The suspension and steering setup gives the SUV a great handling characteristic - goes over bumps and lumps at ease and body roll is well contained. I threw the H6 at corners in a barren wasteland littered with rock and sand and it was the most fun I had in a week. Got to mention, Ace Autos bring in two versions of the Haval H6- a FWD and an on-demand 4WD version that engages all four wheels when required. And our test mule was the latter model. The brakes are soft, and a combination of front and rear discs along with ABS and ESP with this SUV is impressive, giving you peace of mind.
The amount of options and tech bits in the Haval H6 places it in an uncanny position against pricey rivals such as the Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan X-Trail. The 1.5 liter motor also gives it an added advantage of lower tax structure. The hefty space and comfy ride, regardless of being a passenger or a driver will make you change your perception of Chinese automobile brands, especially when the build quality is noteworthy.
2016 Great Wall Haval H6
Engine: 1.5 litre 4G15B 4-cylinder gasoline engine (147hp, 155lb-ft of torque).
Transmission: 6 speed manual.
Brakes: Ventilated discs front, solid discs rear, ABS, EBD, ESP, brake assist.
Suspension: MacPherson independent front, independent rear with cross arm and torsion bar.
Features and options: 6 airbags, Sunroof, keyless entry, dual zone climate control, 7 inch touch screen infotainment system, 6 speakers, CD, DVD, USB, auxiliary port, power outlet, Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted audio controls, cruise control, reverse camera, parking and proximity sensors, multi-function rear view mirror, auto defogging, 17 inch alloy wheels.
Price: 26 lakh (4WD), 24 lakh (2WD).
For details, contact Ace Autos.
Photos: Rahin Sadman Islam