Like the Koreans before them, Chinese brands have built their numbers by promising to undercut mainstream rivals on the value front.
While the Jolion moves up in price compared to the H2 which it replaces, it still holds on to its value position, adding a boatload of new equipment and features quite on par with many of the more established players.
Our Lux wears a drive-away price of $27,990 (just over $2000 more than the equivalent outgoing H2), while impressing with standard equipment.
Included is 17-inch alloy wheels, a 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a 7.0-inch digital dash cluster, dual-zone climate control, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat with heated front seats, a six-speaker audio system, auto-dimming rear-vision mirror, ‘comfort-tek’ synthetic leather interior trim with a synthetic leatherbound steering wheel, paddle-shifters for the transmission, six-speaker audio system, and a 360-degree parking camera suite.
Every Jolion also scores a comprehensive suite of active safety items, improved out of sight from previous generation cars, as well as a vastly improved engine and transmission combination, which we’ll look at later in this review.
This gear is not only competitive with its mainstream rivals, but super impressive that all of it comes in at slightly more than the outgoing car.
The Lux is by far the pick of the range, too, with the top-spec Ultra adding nice but ultimately unnecessary additions like a head-up display and wireless charging.
When it comes to rivals you can consider the Jolion Lux against the base Kia Seltos (S Auto 2WD - $28,290), base Nissan Qashqai ($30,590), and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (ES - $30,290) but as you can see the mid-spec Jolion is only asking light SUV dollars for an equivalent size and equipment level.