The strength of the new passenger car market is rooted in the SUV/Crossover segment as well as price point. Chinese motor manufacturer Haval, who opened its doors in South Africa in 2017, have ticked both these boxes and more with the car that has succeeded the H2, the Jolion, Haval’s compact crossover.
Offered in five variants, two of them manual, the top-of-the-range Haval Jolion 1.5-litre Super Luxury tested by finweek is well-priced with a swathe of standard features at its price point.
Adorned in vivid green, the Jolion test car drew admiring glances. It’s a handsome car, the overall look marked by a sporty, contemporary design. The facia is dominated by a large chrome mesh grille, chrome-finished diffuser and side garnish, and split-design daytime running lights.
As with the headlights, the rear LED tail lamps extend into the styling lines, lending an elegant silhouette and refining the rear. Chunky 18-inch takkies and a wide body stance enhance the sporty look.
Not too shabby within
The interior delivers super-sized proportions, the space more in line with what one would expect in a mid to large SUV. Boot space too is good. Space is not its only stand-out quality. This car comes with a raft of features and is packed with technology.
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