THE 2021 Haval H6 Lux has a little something for everyone. Tested here in front-wheel drive (2WD) form, this mid-sized SUV is packed full of standard features, delivers a comfortable ride, and completes the package with its uniquely striking looks.
Since first hitting our shores in 2015, GWM Haval Group (formerly Great Wall Motor) have set themselves a high benchmark; to dominate the Australian SUV market. Six years on and they continue to produce quality vehicles, with very competitive price tags.
The big, bold and beautiful H6 Lux is no exception. Wannabe rappers will be envious with that bling front grille. It’ll make Cyclops (X-Men reference for the nerds) blush with the rear LED taillights, and there’s those big flared wheel arches.
The sporty front, elegant body and spatial ergonomic seating in the H6 offers high class elegance without the European origins. LED headlights, LED front and rear fog lights, DRL’s and 18-inch rims wrapped in Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 tyres, complete the look.
Inside the H6, we are spoilt with Comfort-Tek leather seat trim (it’s artificial, but you don’t have to tell anyone), a powered driver’s seat (sorry to all the co-pilots out there), front seat heating, leather steering wheel, and privacy tint.
There’s one-touch windows for all, and dual 10.25-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment system. It’s always a thrill when a car has more than a pair of cup holders, and the H6 delivers on that front too.
Our back-seat squad were well sorted as they receive a set in their bonus centre arm rest. And in true Demtel fashion (Google Tim Shaw steak knives) we say “but wait, there’s more” – with door storage, back seat pockets, and dual USB charging ports back there.
But there’s still more, including air conditioning vents business class ‘style’ seating for both the small and tall; which means all the essentials are ticked no matter the length of your journey.
Now while it doesn’t come with that free set of steak knives, it does give you plenty of load space, with 600-litres when the second row seats are up, and 1,485 when they’re down. There’s even hidden space under the boot floor.
Okay, enough sounding like an 80s advert. On to some serious discussion about what’s missing. The interior presents as sleek and classy, until you begin to notice the lack of push button technology.
Whether you wish to adjust the climate control, engage one of the four driving modes, heat your seats or even turn off intelligent stop-start, everything must be done via the infotainment touchscreen.
This can lead to frustration and a potential incident if someone inexperienced with the Haval H6 attempts to navigate the infotainment system while driving. There isn’t even a volume knob to crank up the tunes.
Other than being the command centre for the majority of the H6’s functionalities, the infotainment platform includes AM/FM radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay (Android Auto is unavailable at this time).
The H6 boasts 150kW of power and 320Nm of torque for its 2.0-litre turbocharged set-up, paired with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. It goes pretty well too. Claimed fuel consumption is 7.4-litres/100km. We managed 10.8-litres/100km.
It has a 2,000kg braked towing capacity. On the road, once you’ve gotten used to its size and driver visibility, the H6 offers a smooth, comfortable drive. You should familiarise yourself with the instrument cluster though as it can feel quite congested.
Like many other brands, Haval have adopted the rotary dial gear shifter and again, like many others, it can feel quite laggy at times. From a standstill, it could leave you blushing.
That’ll either be because you’re holding up traffic from the gradual feed of power, or you’ve managed to break traction, having awoken the beast, leaving some Hankook sponsored tread marks.
Once, you’ve figure out how to access the drive modes, you can choose from Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow. There are also three separate steering wheel settings, including Light, Mid and Sport.
The default options (Normal/Mid) are sufficient for the majority of your driving. The suspension will play knock, knock over the odd bump, however on average the ride was ‘just right’; not too stiff and with minimal travel.
Cabin noise is surprisingly quiet. Unless you’re blasting your favourite playlist through the six speaker DTS sound system like we were, then it’s quite an impressive auditory experience (note: the desire for a subwoofer is strong).
On the safety front, the new H6 is yet to be rated, but considering its H2 and H9 siblings have a 5-star ANCAP rating, we are fairly confident this mid-sized SUV will follow suit. It has seven airbags and a host of technology to keep you on the straight and narrow.
These include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, lane centre keeping, automatic emergency braking, and traffic sign recognition, among many others.
We feel compelled to give special mention to the H6’s 360-degree camera system too. The picture is crisp and clear, with multiple angles in 2D and 3D views. It’s super impressive and the user friendliness makes parking an absolute breeze.
Our 2021 Haval H6 Lux was painted in Sapphire Blue, but you can also choose from Hamilton White, Ayers Grey, Golden Black, Energy Green or Burgundy Red. It’s great for those who want a lot for little.
Backed by a 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty, the H6 also comes with 5-years roadside assist and 5-years capped price servicing. It hits the road in this form, from $33,990 drive away.
Our test vehicle was provided by GWM Haval Australia. To find out more about the 2021 Haval H6 Lux, contact your local GWM Haval dealership.