Great Wall's SUV division Haval has been around the Australian automotive scene for many years now, including the smallest crossover in its lineup – the Haval H2. From its initial release in 2015, it is now a relatively common sight on Australian roads. While its popularity is still far behind the class leaders, yearly figures don’t come in hundreds anymore – instead, the H2 is now selling by the thousands.
The Haval H2 is a small SUV designed as a cheaper alternative to Mazda CX-3, Kia Stonic, Mitsubishi ASX, and similar models. It has been in production since 2014 and is still in the first generation with significant updates on the 2021 model year.
The First Generation of Haval H2 (2014 – Present)
Design and Features of the Haval H2
This small crossover debuted in 2014 in China, and the Australian version arrived soon after for the 2015 model year. Although it came from China, it was a fairly modern vehicle at the time and remains so today. It was hard to find any major complaint, considering that it came with a turbocharged engine, multi-link rear suspension, and ventilated discs at the front, and given the price tag.
An interesting thing about the Haval H2 is that it comes in two variants called Red Label and Blue Label, where the former comes with a conventional design while the latter looks more aggressive. This shouldn't bother you too much, though, because only the Red Label is the only one offered in Australia.
Dimensions are quite typical for the small SUV segment. For example, the H2 features 2,560mm in wheelbase, while the total length goes up to 4,335 millimetres.
Haval H2 Dimensions
- Wheelbase: 2,560mm
- Length: 4,335mm
- Width: 1,814mm
- Height: 1,695mm
Haval H2 Engine
Under the bonnet, you will find a 1.5-litre turbo-four engine, which features a max power of 105kW and 210Nm of max torque. The engine comes coupled with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Models with manual transmission are also available with all-wheel drive.
Although from China, the engine is produced under license of Mitsubishi's well-known Orion engine, which is a pretty durable and reliable unit. The engine is powerful and moves this SUV with ease. However, the automatic transmission isn't the latest technology achievement, and models with this gearbox need over 12 seconds to hit 100 km/h. Models with the manual are a couple of seconds quicker.
- Engine: 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder
- Forced induction: turbocharger
- Max power: 105kW
- Max torque: 210Nm
- Transmission: 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual
- Acceleration (0-100km/h): 12.08 seconds (6-speed automatic)
- Fuel consumption: 8L/100 km
Haval H2 Models Range
Between 2015 and 2020, this crossover was available in two main trim levels – Premium and Luxury – but these versions were offered with different transmissions. The Chinese carmaker marketed all these versions as different grades. So, the offer included the following models – Premium (4x2) Manual, Premium (4x4) Manual, Premium (4x2) Auto, Luxury (4x2) Manual, Luxury (4x4) Manual, and Luxury (4x2) Auto,
After nearly six years of production, it was time for a mid-cycle refresh. Last year, the new version came to Australia for the 2021 model year, bringing exciting novelties, mainly in aesthetics. The exterior design now features a new front end with a hexagonal grille and new headlights. On the rear end, you will notice a new rear bumper and new exhaust tips. Finally, there are new 18-inch wheels, as well as a couple of new exterior colours to choose from.
The Haval H2 2020 refresh has also brought novelties on the inside. For example, the dashboard has been revised and now features nicer materials. Also, a significant novelty is a new 8-inch touchscreen, which comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The mechanics remained pretty much the same, while the offer has been simplified. Models with all-wheel drive are not available anymore. The base Premium grade is available with both automatic and manual transmission. The new Haval H2 LUX, which replaces the Luxury grade, is available with the automatic gearbox only.
Is Haval H2 a good SUV?
Not only is the Haval H2 one of the cheapest SUVs you can find in Australia, but it is also a decent car. It comes with a turbocharged engine, a modern suspension setup, and a decent list of standard equipment. Moreover, the ride quality is good, while the cabin is spacious and practical. Also, the styling has improved over the years.
No major Haval H2 problems or standout issues have been recorded so far. Also, we should mention that this crossover earned five stars on the ANCAP crash test in 2017. Long story short, all Haval H2 reviews say the same thing – it’s a great value.
The only possible issue you could have with this small crossover is finding replacement parts. Fortunately, we at Carpart.com.au can help you to find the part you need at the best price. All you need to do is request a part from our website, and we will help you find the best deals.
By Nebojsa Grmusa