Chinese car maker Haval hasn’t had a lot of success in the Australian sales race with its smallest SUV, the Haval H2. So has begun a marketing campaign that sees price drops, added equipment and name changes to the model lineup.

The H2 entry model’s title has been changed from MT to City. Pricing is extremely sharp, with the six-speed manual offered at just $19,990 driveaway. The six-speed automatic has a recommended retail just $1000 more, that is $20,990 driveaway.

Standard features include 18-inch alloys, keyless entry and start, privacy glass, electric windows, Bluetooth, tyre pressure monitoring and an electro-chromatic rear view mirror.

Haval H2 City, like the others in the range, is powered by a four-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine producing 110 kW / 210 Nm. It drives the front wheels (the previous AWD system is no longer offered in Australia).

Importantly, the Haval H2 has a five-star Australasian (ANCAP) safety rating.


The other two variants in the Haval H2, the Premium and Luxury, both of which are only sold with an automatic, are unchanged, however their driveaway prices have been dropped by $2000.

Haval’s seven year unlimited distance warranty is what Haval calls “Promotional” and is only offered on sales till the end of 2019. But given that so many competitors are currently involved in a warranty battle may we speculate that the seven-year warranty on the Haval may become standard?

Five year national roadside assistance through the Australian motoring clubs is another component of this sales push.


Haval is part of the GWM Group, China’s largest SUV and pickup truck manufacturer.

H2 City: Manual $19,990, Auto $20,990
H2 Premium: Auto $22,990
H2 LUX: Auto $25,990
Note: These are drive-away prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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