Powering all Jolions is a 110kW/210Nm 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine.
Haval is making a play at being a big player in Australia, and spearheading its ambitions is the new Jolion SUV. Replacing the H2, the Jolion has now grown in size and sophistication to try and rival the Kia Seltos, Nissan Qashqai, SsangYong Korando and more, but is it any good?
Stepping up to the Lux adds LED exterior lighting all round, a 7.0-inch driver display, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable driver’s seat, six-speaker sound system, synthetic leather interior and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Targeting the value end of the market, even the most affordable Jolion comes loaded with a bevy of equipment you wouldn’t normally see in a price-leading variant.
Haval has to be commended for putting together a package that doesn’t skimp on equipment or safety (more on that below) at an attractive price point that is certainly cheaper than rivals from mainstream brands like Toyota, Nissan and Ford.
Even stacked up against more budget offerings likes of the MG ZST and SsangYong Korando, the Haval Jolion is still more affordable.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 5/10
From the outside, the Jolion looks a bit like a mish-mash of other cars.
That grille? It’s almost like Audi’s signature Singleframe front grille. Those teardrop-style daytime running lights? Almost the same shape as Mitsubishi’s dynamic shield front fascia. And looking at it in profile, there is more than an element of Kia Sportage about it.
The grille is almost like Audi’s signature Singleframe front grille.
Having said that, there are elements that are undoubtedly Haval about it, such as the swathes of chrome accents and a fairly flat bonnet.
Is it the best-looking small SUV? Not to our eye, but Haval has done enough to stand the Jolion apart in a crowd, helped by some bold exterior colours like the blue on our test car.
Step inside and you are presented with a nice, simple and clean cabin, with Haval obviously making a conscientious effort to lift the interior ambience of its entry-level model.
And while the Jolion, for the most part, looks good enough on the surface, scratch a bit deeper and you can find some flaws.
For starters, the rotary control gear selector looks and feels nice enough, but the moment you turn it to put the Jolion into drive or reverse, you’ll find that the turning action is too lightweight, doesn’t offer enough feedback for when you change gears and will spin infinitely in one direction instead of stopping after two turns.The rotary control gear selector looks and feel nice enough.
The centre stack is kept clean of extra buttons and controls, but that means that Haval has decided to bury the drive-mode selector in the touchscreen multimedia system, and you have to go hunting for it if you want to change from Eco, Normal or Sport.
This is made especially difficult, and maybe even dangerous, while on the move.
Similarly, the controls for seat heating are also buried in the menu, making it cumbersome and annoying to find when a simple button or switch would suffice.
Oh, and good luck using that touchscreen without messing with the climate controls, as the touch panel for the latter is positioned right where you would rest your palm to use the former.
How about changing the information on the driver’s display? Just hit the button to change pages on the steering wheel, right? Well, that actually does nothing because you have to press and hold to cycle through vehicle data, music, phonebook, etc.
Finally, some menus are also poorly translated, such as turning on/off the wireless smartphone charger labelled as ‘open/close’.
The Jolion is larger in all aspects barring height than its H2 predecessor, and its wheelbase is even longer than the one-size-up Toyota RAV4 mid-size SUV.
The Haval Jolion skews to the larger end of the small SUV class.
Expanded exterior dimensions should mean increased interior space, right? And it’s here where the Haval Jolion really excels.
The two front seats are plenty capacious, and the large glasshouse adds to the light and airy feeling while up front.
The two front seats are plenty capacious.
Storage options include door pockets, two cupholders, under-armrest cubby and tray for your smartphone, but the Jolion also ekes out another space underneath the tray similar to the Honda HR-V.
In the undertray, you’ll find a charging outlet and two USB ports so your cables can be tucked away out of view.
Another great and practical feature is the inclusion of a USB port in the base of the rearview mirror, which will make installing a forward-facing dashcam an absolute breeze.
This is absolutely something more carmakers should include as the security technology becomes more popular, and does away with the hassle of popping up interior trim to run the long cabling required to provide the camera power.
In the second row, the Jolion’s growth spurt is most apparent, with acres of head-, shoulder- and legroom available to occupants.
In the second row, the Jolion’s growth spurt is most apparent.
What is especially apparent, and hugely appreciated, is a completely flat floor, meaning passengers in the middle seat don’t have to feel second class and have just as much room as those in the outboard positions.
Rear occupants are treated to air vents, two charging ports, a fold-down armrest with cupholders and small door pockets.
Our brief time at with the car during the Jolion’s launch event did not yield an accurate fuel consumption figure as driving was relegated mainly to high-speed freeway driving and some short bursts on dirt paths.
In the context of other small SUVs like the SsangYong Korando (7.7L/100km), MG ZST (6.9L/100km) and Nissan Qashqai (6.9L/100km), the Jolion is thirster.
The Haval Jolion will consume 8.1 litres per 100km.
What safety equipment is fitted? What safety rating? 7/10
Stepping up to the Lux or Ultra grades will add a surround-view camera.
We noticed in our time with the car that the traffic sign recognition would refresh quickly and accurately every time we drove past a speed sign, while the lane-keep and blind-spot monitoring systems worked well without being too aggressive or intrusive.
Warranty & Safety Rating
7 years / unlimited km
ANCAP Safety Rating
What does it cost to own? What warranty is offered? 9/10
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