HAVAL H9 – AUTOCAR NZ REVIEW
4X4 X VALUE
“HAVAL is keeping its value for money promise”
The auto is programmed for maximum smoothness, so again, when you’re in a hurry, it can take a moment to kick down. There is a Sport driving mode but it’s accessed via the same rotary dial for the 4×4 hardware, and placed just out of easy reach on the console. It would be preferable if you could just whack the gear lever back into an S mode, but doing so activates a not-so-helpful manual mode instead.
The H9 has a good helping of full chassis wriggle to its proceedings but is good at blotting the bumps. Its steering is well assisted and with three turns lock-to-lock, it isn’t too cumbersome in traffic and has a decent turning circle. As for fuel use, it’s rated at 10.9L/100km, but factor on 13.5L/100km as a more realistic average around the city, or 11s if you do more easy motorway miles.
The styling is fairly generic but done right for this sort of machine with lots of wheel arch air and masses of metal. The H9 impresses when you first climb aboard. It even smells a bit premium and the ‘leather’ is soft to the touch, as are most of the surfaces, the build quality sound. The infotainment system and the screen itself are in need of an update; apparently CarPlay and AA are on the way later in the year. The seats are comfort plus, and feature heating, ventilation and a massage function.
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