The Haval H2 is the first of the new wave of Chinese vehicles headed to Australia, and the first that will make the mainstream brands sit up and take notice of the long-threatened but as-yet-unproven rising superpower of the East.
Since Great Wall landed on our shores in 2009, Chinese vehicles have offered a cheap but largely crass alternative that has failed to catch on with new car buyers. The H2 promises to change the game, arriving in Haval’s new Australian dealerships in June with an equipment list to make the South Koreans look stingy, cabin space and comfort to challenge the best in the compact SUV class, and some interior materials that wouldn’t be out of place in a premium German model.
The Haval H2 is a real eye-opener to how far China’s automotive industry has come, and just how quickly it is closing the gap to – and in a number of ways already overtaking – mainstream models from household name brands. If you think the H2 will be just another cheap Chinese pretender with little substance and appeal, think again.
Haval H2让中国汽车行业走向了一个真正的大开眼界，以及缩短与家喻户晓品牌的主流车型之间的差距 – 以多种方式已经超车 – 。如果你认为H2只是另一种廉价的中国壳子，没有什么实质和吸引力，那就重视一番。
If the local division can convince head office to approve the pricing and equipment it’s hoping for, and if it’s capable and inoffensive on the road, the Haval H2 will be at worst a high-value alternative to the mainstream crowd, and at best a serious challenge to the status quo.
Tone ： They have to do something about that badge. So ugly. Surely they can copy a nice Western design for their logo
JK young ： Haval will be a joke, it could only survival in Chinese market because it’s cheap in China. Without price advantage, i don’t think they could target any buyers here in Australia
Des KSA ： It certainly isn’t ugly, inside or out. On paper it seems lardy and underpowered and I wonder if the Oz tuning of the suspension will sort out the ride issues? It’s not a bad effort, particularly if it gets 5 stars ANCAP. We have to remember Korean cars were cr@p when they first arrived and now they are mainstream. In 5 years time maybe Chinese cars (the better ones) might be a reasonable choice. This might be the car that starts an upward trend. I wish them well.
内饰和外观肯定不是丑陋的。在照片上看起来似乎很不稳定且动力不足，我想知道悬架的Oz调整是否会解决驾驶问题？这不是一个糟糕的努力，特别是如果它获得5星ANCAP。我们必须记住，韩国汽车首次到达时是cr @ p，现在它们已成为主流。在5年的时间里，中国汽车（更好的汽车）可能是一个合理的选择。这可能是开始上升趋势的汽车。我祝福他们。
John Johny ： Still won’t buy one， I’ve learned to stay away from anything ‘R&D-ied’ in China accompanied by a ‘Made in China’ badge.
Boogie Time ： Take all the Made in China products out of Australian shops that everyone buys, and whats left?
Harrington ： Hmm I wonder if they are seeking investors.
Sam ： Be scared Korea.ha ha ! It’s Chinese rubbish.. Hyundai are 20 years ahead of China, and getting better.
Andrew ： Looks a lot better than the other Chinese vehicles which have entered the Australian market, but the center console looks incredibly unintuitive. Button overload.
Yatzhi ： That rear end is the nicest of any of the compact SUVs out there, but that generic front end is horrible
Flauschie ： Even if the quality is good, the design remains terrible really. Ok, the interior design of a RAV4 may be worse still …
iddqd ： Only the most irresponsible of Aussies would put their families in this..
save it for the track ： ‘Made In China’. The country with melamine in childrens formula, so that the Chinese consumers prefer safe Australian made formula, the country which sent vehicles here (Chery I believe) with asbestos in the brake pads, the country where vegetables are irrigated using sewage…
blah_blah_meh ： I’m not certain the gaskets were brake pads. Still bad as they are banned in Australia and the manufacturer and distributor need to know the local laws. They stopped using asbestos after that for all vehicles which goes above and beyond Chinese law. It is a great straw man you’ve built up but maybe you can start listing actual issues with this car. Also, you can also bring up comments about the Germans and Europeans since they are also involved in this car. I get that people are tribal but at the same time I don’t want to be pre-judged based on a few stupid things that other Australians have done in the past. Stop spreading the hate.
iddqd ： What’s the crash rating on this car? Side impact? Reliability? Judging by the current quality of Chinese cars – the withdrawn Cherry and bemoaned Great Wall (paint peeling off brand new cars) one would be extremely naive to believe the quality of this vehicle would be any different. I wouldn’t gamble with my family’s life. Obviously you would. Good on you.
这辆车的碰撞等级是多少？副作用？可靠性？从目前中国汽车的质量来看 – 撤回的奇瑞和黯然失色的长城（全新车油漆剥落），人们会非常天真地相信这款车的质量会有所不同。我不会赌我家的生活。显然你会的。祝你好运
Observer ： I’m a little perplexed though that Haval wants to be the biggest SUV brand in Australia (Volume wise) and this is all they’ve got? I guess if priced sharply they’ll sell well still. Will be interesting to hear Australian owner feedback throughout the 5yr warranty period. Wonder if it’ll be reliable regardless of the warranty.
c3vzn ： They’re bringing the H8 which looks to be a Kluger rival and H9 a Prado rival too.
Kampfer ： The H6 / H6″Coupe” pretty much similar to DiscoverySport/Evoque with the H6″Coupe” look more than a touch like the Evoque.
H6 / H6“Coupe”与DiscoverySport / Evoque非常相似，H6“Coupe”看起来不仅仅像Evoque那样。
Figaro ： They can never beat toyota’s sales. At least not any time soon and Toyota got hard earned reputation of reliability for suv’s
Cobwebs ： I have been living in China for 6 1/2 years now, and there are certainly a large number of Haval SUVs (H2, H6, H8). They are at the lower end of the SUV market but still considered ‘good’. For China, the most important things are firstly brand name, then luxury, and then tech/safety. This could help explain the strange mix of features people have identified. For Haval, in the west they need to adhere to what the western market demands rather than what can happen here i.e. there is enough market for them to dictate to the lower end customers who cannot buy brand names. Haval needs 20+ years to establish themselves as Kia and Hyundai had to do, and even then there will be a stigma.
Dave-o ： I read once that annually, the same number of accidents occur as the total number of vehicles in China. (Not sure how factual that is tho). The safety point is relevant. Seat belts are non existent in China, and there is no such thing as an infant seat. But it had better have an ashtray fitted or no deal!
A3 ： a great alternative to the vw tiguan!!
G Jones ： “Haval” sounds like a desperate attempt at making it sound European.
Raymond ： The Haval is new to me, but I still bought it. The features are awesome, keyless entry, Bluetooth, onscreen display that indicates tyre temperature and tyre pressure…(and these are on the smallest version, the H2) which other well-known SUVs in Namibia and South Africa do not have. This concept was designed by the auto designer of BMW X5…so, just wait. Remember Japan and Ireland beat the Springboks. This HAVAL H2 is already beating a few well-known SUVs in that price range.
James ： Well we have bought a silver Lux. Early days but loving it! Seem to find a new feature every time I drive it! As said earlier, really impressed with overall build quality and driving dynamics. No squeaks or rattles. Like the high seating position. Yes not the smoothest engine but I kind of like the odd engine noise that occasionally breaks into the cabin. Also, I think the turbo whistle you occasionally hear, is kind of cool! For the current price, the H2 is hard to beat. I think this vehicle is truly a competitive player in this segment.
Raymond : I just bought one. Upon the test drive, I realized that it is definitely willing to pull away. Yes, I also have a Mercedes C180. The Haval H2 is an excellent SUV for that price. More equipped than a lot of well-known cars I have driven or came across.
Chris Yu : No matter how good a product is, if it is Chinese, people just posting racist cards without viewing them!
tldr : I asked my friend if mine from China would he buy one and he told me “why? there are so many other options in Australia give another 10 years maybe…”
Markwa : You would think by now Haval and the dreamers running the company would have woken up to their pricing and how no one is ever going to by a non name chinese brand unless its super cheap. Haval need to do some major price adjustment if they stand a chance at making it long term or we can just add them to the other chinese brands that have failed here. I have seen one Haval (H8) (Properly a dealer driven car) since they started up here.
Azad Rp ： It looks like a decent start for a new entrant. Well done Haval.
Kampfer ： Not a bad car but overpriced… In China it cost $14k – $24k, which is ~40% less than HRV/ASX/Qashqai spec to spec in China. At $25k drive-away I can easily get a base model Vitara/HRV in auto, which is a no brainer for any car buyers here.IMO H2 need to be selling at ~$19990 drive-away for auto to be able to stand a change here, as mentioned more dealers will help too…Haval is selling ~15k H2 (+ ~35k H6) per month in China and it’s one of the most popular SUVs there.
不是坏车而是价格过高……在中国它的价格是14,000美元–24,000美元，比中国的HRV / ASX / Qashqai要低约40％。在2.5万美元的预算下，我可以很容易地获得Vitara / HRV基础款，这对于这里的任何购车者来说都是不费吹灰之力的。IMO H2需要以约19990美元的价格出售给汽车以便能够在这里做出改变，正如所提到的更多经销商也会帮助…哈弗在中国每月销售约1.5万辆 H2（+ ~3.5万辆 H6），它是那里最受欢迎的SUV之一。
Jacques LaFeet ： Oh dear, the Captur has captured the bottom end of the market. As for the H2 it looks bad in that uniquely Asian way and is most likely a safety and ownership fail. Haval should attempt local assembly and localisation, it just may a breakthrough move.