This week Coseeker attended the launch of the Haval Jolion which replaces the popular Haval H2.
It certainly looks the part and is a significantly more premium looking than the model it replaces. The design is striking with a prominent chrome grille which is complimented by LED headlights featuring stylish daytime running lights.
Moving to the rear end, it features a large chrome Haval badge with C-shaped LED taillights and a neat looking bumper incorporating chrome accents adding to that upmarket feeling.
The Luxury model we drove came equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof.
Step inside the Haval Jolion and you are greeted by modern cabin equipped with leather electrically adjustable leather seats embroidered with the Haval logo. There are plenty of soft touch materials and it features a rotary gear selector that wouldn’t look out of place in a significantly more high-end SUV located next to the automated hand brake button. The standout feature is the absolutely massive 12.3-inch touch screen which is easy to use with a great resolution.
Out on the road the Jolion feels well planted and is very comfortable. The steering is light, but yet still has sufficient feedback making sure you also feel in control. The lane departure assist system helps to keep you in the lines and nudges the steering ever so slightly through the bends. It does take some getting used to, but once you are used to it, it is quite handy to have. We first sampled this in the recently launched GWM P-Series and grew to love it as it made driving a breeze.
The customizable digital instrument display is easy to read on the move and is complimented by a heads-up display on the front windscreen which means that you as the driver don’t really need to look down at any point for all essential driving information.
Making longer journeys a breeze is the adaptive cruise control which helps you to maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you and will automatically apply the brakes as the traffic slows down or comes to a sudden halt.
All Jolion models come equipped with a 1.5-litre 4-cyclinder turbo charged petrol engine, which produces 105 kW and 210 Nm of torque. Power is sent through the front wheels and our particular model was equipped with a new 7-speed DCT automatic transmission which provided smooth gear changes and was well-suited to this engine set up. In other models in the range, you can also opt for a 6-speed manual transmission instead.
The cabin is spacious thanks to a wheel base measuring in at 2,700mm, providing you with plenty of leg and knee room in both the front and rear of the vehicle. The boot is a reasonable size at 337 litres and will fit most of what a typical family would normally throw in there. This can be however be increased to 1,113 litres with the seats folded down in 60:40 split setup which makes loading larger items a breeze.
Overall, the Jolion is an exceptional package, especially considering its competitive pricing, and after the brief time with the Jolion at the launch, first impressions point towards the fact that it can compete with the myriad of compact SUVs in a higher price bracket.
We can’t wait to have the Jolion in our hands for a little while longer to give you a more in-depth review of what exactly it’s like to live with on a daily basis!
Pricing for the Haval Jolion:
1.5T Manual 2WD City – R299,900
1.5T Manual 2WD Luxury – R332,900
1.5T 7DCT 2WD Premium – R339,900
1.5T 7DCT 2WD Luxury – R367,900
1.5T 7DCT 2WD Super Luxury – R398,900
Prices include a 5-year/100,000km warranty and 5-year/60,000km service plan.