H6 HYBRID IS HAVAL’S FIRST STEP TO AN ELECTRIC FUTURE


Chinese manufacturer, Great Wall Motors, has joined the electrification movement with the
release of a petrol/ electric hybrid version of its Haval H6 mid-sized SUV.

It comes to Australia in a single variant based on the top-spec petrol Ultra model with a
high level of safety equipment and technology, priced very-competitively at $44,990
driveaway.

STYLING
The H6 Hybrid has a distinctly different frontal styling than the other models in the range
and, to our eyes at least, it makes a significant difference. Two body-coloured side panels
extend the grille to the edge of the vehicle smoothing out the boxiness of the other models.

There are twin rectangular LED headlights wrapping around the front with LED daytime
running lights and LED foglights below the grille.

The rear features a large lighting panel which spans the entire width of the vehicle. Twin
brake lights sit at the top of the rear hatch window.

Given that it’s still a relatively new brand, rather than using a badge that most people
wouldn’t recognize the designers have placed the H-A-V-A-L name in large, bold letters at
the front and rear.

Being based on the H6 Ultra spec, the Hybrid gets 19-inch alloy wheels as well as a
panoramic sunroof.

There are seven exterior colour choices, Hamilton White is standard, the other six are
$495 options.

INTERIOR
It’s hard to fault anything inside the H6 Hybrid Ultra with a nice feeling of quality
throughout. There’s plenty of space all around, the Comfortek front leather seats are
heated and ventilated with the driver having an 8-way power adjustment, heated leather
steering wheel and a head-up display.

There’s good storage space with adjustable twin drink holders and a large storage bin in
the centre console.

There’s dual-zone air conditioning which, together with a flat rear floor, good foot, leg and
headroom, and the panoramic sunroof make for a pleasant environment for rear
passengers. There’s a centre armrest with two cupholders and air vents.

At the back there’s a powered tailgate which opens out to a 600-litre boot, expandable to
1485 litres with the rear seatbacks folded. The batteries are located beneath the false floor
taking up the space where a spare wheel would otherwise be stores leaving a puncture
repair kit as the only option.

POWERTRAIN
The quest for lower fuel consumption isn’t just limited to the benefits of the battery-
powered motor. Unlike the naturally-aspirated petrol engines in the rest of the H6 range,
the Hybrid combines a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine and a two-speed 130 kW electric drive
motor.

The engine has outputs of 110 kW and 230 Nm while the battery adds 130 kW and 300
Nm to provide a combined total of 179 kW and 530 Nm.

The two systems work together smoothly with the battery providing instant torque at take-
off and the turbocharger kicking in at higher revs.

While the petrol-only H6 Ultra comes with all-wheel drive the hybrid version is driven
through the front wheels.

Power is sent to the front wheels through GWM’s two-speed Dedicated Hybrid
Transmission electronically controlled transmission with two separate CVTs that work
together.

SAFETY
The Haval H6 Hybrid comes with an impressive suite of safety features that have
contributed to it getting the maximum 5-Star ANCAP rating.

There are seven airbags; enhanced ABS brakes with brake assist, cornering brake control
and brake override; roll movement intervention; hill descent and hill-start control; front and
rear parking assist; high resolution rear view and 360-degree cameras; automatic parking;
adaptive cruise control with stop and go; intelligent cornering control; rear cross traffic
alert and braking; forward collision warning and secondary collision mitigation; lane
departure warning and correction; autonomous emergency braking including pedestrian,
bicycle & crossroads; traffic sign recognition; blind spot detection; rear collision warning;
driver drowsiness detection; and two IsoFix child seat anchors.

INFOTAINMENT
Access is through two large colour displays, a centrally-mounted 12.3-inch touchscreen for
the infotainment features and a 10.25-inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel for
driving data.

The absence of raised physical controls for the most commonly-used features such as
audio system and air conditioning meaning a series of taps on the screen for adjusting
sound. However, it can be adjusted through controls on the steering wheel.

As is the growing trend, there is no embedded satellite navigation so access needs to be
made through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (both wired) or direct from the smartphone
via Bluetooth. There is a wireless smartphone charging on the front console.

There are five USB ports, three in the front and two at the rear.

DRIVING
Haval H6 is at the larger end of its segment and entry is quite easy. While the seats are
adjustable in most directions the base can’t be tilted and we found them a little
uncomfortable.

Take-off is by battery only with the instant acceleration that we love. The engine kicks in
around 30 km/h and fluctuates between the two modes for optimum efficiency.

The combination of the smaller turbo engine and battery means that the H6 Hybrid cruises
quietly. Brake regeneration can be adjusted and monitored on the driver’s display.

Out in the rural segment of our teat route the H6 Hybrid provides a surprisingly enjoyable
drive with plenty of punch when needed. The ride was a bit spongy at times and handling
was typical of most SUVs.

Fuel consumption is listed at 5.2 litres per 100km, we average just under 6.0 L/100 km
during our test.

H6 Hybrid only comes with front wheel-drive and there’s a modest 170 mm ground
clearance. So not suited to any serious off-road ventures.

SUMMING UP
Haval and GWM have come a long way in recent years and, in our opinion, the H6 Hybrid
is their best vehicle yet. It has a premium feel that hasn’t been there before and it could
easily be mistaken for one of its big-selling, and more expensive, Japanese or Korean
rivals.

It’s an attractive vehicle and, at just under $45k driveaway, offers excellent value. As with
all Havals the H6 Hybrid comes with a seven-year / unlimited kilometre warranty.

Stock availability is currently playing an important part in buyer decisions with delays of up
to a year not unusual. Haval tells us that you could get into a new H6 Hybrid within three
months.

AT A GLANCE

MODEL RANGE
H6 2.0 Premium 2WD: $32,990
H6 2.0 Lux 2WD: $35,990
H6 2.0 Ultra 2WD: $38,990
H6 2.0 Vanta 2WD: $39,990
H6 1.5 Hybrid Ultra 2WD: $45,990
H6 2.0 Ultra AWD: $41,990
H6 2.0 Vanta AWD: $42,990
Note: These are driveaway prices and include all dealer delivery and government charges.

SPECIFICATIONS (GWM-Haval H6 Hybrid Ultra 1.5-litre / battery five-door wagon)

ENGINE / BATTERY:
Capacity: 1.497 litres / 1.8 kWh
Configuration: Four cylinders in line
Combined Maximum Power: 179 kW
Combined Maximum Torque: 530 Nm
Fuel Type: 91RON unleaded petrol
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 5.2 L/100km
CO2 Emissions: 186 g/km

DRIVELINE: Two-speed Dedicated Hybrid Transmission

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 4653 mm
Wheelbase: 2738 mm
Width: 1886 mm
Height: 1724 mm
Turning Circle: Not supplied
Kerb Mass: 1555 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: Not supplied

BRAKES:
Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Solid disc

STANDARD WARRANTY:
Seven years / unlimited kilometres

RATINGS
Looks: 9/10
Performance: 7/10
Safety: 8/10
Thirst: 9/10
Practicality: 8/10
Comfort: 8/10
Tech: 8/10
Value: 9/10

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