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The entry-level offering in the Haval H6 line-up is the Premium, which is listed at $31,990 drive-away, but the brand is doing sub-$30k deals on this one.
Standard on this version are 17-inch wheels, fog-lights, auto headlights and wipers, laser puddle lights, heated auto-folding side mirrors, tinted glass, roof-rails, cruise control, mood lighting, stainless-steel scuff plates, electric driver’s seat adjustment, fabric seat trim, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and push-button start, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia unit with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and USB input.
Safety kit is respectable, if not class-leading, with a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, six airbags, dual ISOFIX child-seat attachment points (and three top-tether hooks), and blind-spot monitoring included in both variants.
The H6 doesn’t have sat nav fitted as standard in any spec (but it is being offered as part of those aforementioned deals), and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto phone-mirroring technology isn’t available at all.
It is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine with 145kW of power and 315Nm of torque - better outputs than some of its mainstream rivals, which lack turbocharger tech. It doesn’t quite nail the fuel-efficiency quotient, though, with claimed consumption sitting at a high 9.8L/100km - about 20 per cent more than most competitors.