How does the Haval H6 Hybrid drive?
Let’s answer the question that everyone wants to know about ANY hybrid engine - is the Haval H6 Hybrid fuel efficient? Yes.
The claimed fuel economy is 5.2L/100kms of 91 RON unleaded fuel, which we did not get. However, we did get 6.0L/100km over the week of testing, which is frankly phenomenal - I have a lead foot.
And honestly, the Haval H6 Hybrid is weirdly fun to drive. I say weirdly, because usually hybrids are just boring. But not this.
The Haval H6 Hybrid must be THE ONLY fuel efficient car that has launch control. You can watch our reaction in our full review, but this thing launched from 0-100km/h in 8.12 seconds. Considering Jacob, myself and all our camera gear were in the car - that is very impressive.
However, let’s be honest, most people don’t drive the H6 Hybrid like idiots. And for around town driving, the Haval H6 does the job well. It has soft suspension, so driving around is a pleasant affair. That does mean that around a corner, there is plenty of body-roll - but again, no is buying a Hybrid vehicle for its corner handling dynamics.
Because it is front-wheel drive, as presumably AWD would contribute to a loss in drivetrain efficiency, it does tend to wheel spin when you put your foot down hard at the lights. It has a serious amount of power and torque going to the front wheels, so be sure you ease into the throttle!
When you do drive without the temptation of flooring it in urban environments, that’s when the H6 Hybrid really shines. Like Toyota’s hybrid system, it is a serene experience at speeds below ~50km/h because you often are just using the electric motor to potter along. You would think the small 1.8kWh battery would run out of juice very quickly, but it never does.
The H6 Hybrid has a trick power management system that uses the brakes and engine to recharge the battery as needed, and it works just as well as what you’d find on a Rav4.
On the highway, like any Hybrid, it uses its engine mostly with short bursts from the electric motor as needed. So the H6 Hybrid’s fuel efficiency will mostly benefit those who are driving in mostly urban environments. It’s still very fuel efficient on the highway, but not as much as you would find in a diesel SUV like a Kia Sportage.
You might have noticed a lack of mention of CVTs from us. Talk about one CVT, and most journalists begin to cry in pain. Talk about two, and frankly us journalists don’t even know what to say.
As a generalisation, they are noisy, difficult to repair in many cases, and frankly suck the enjoyment out of driving. Their big benefit? Fuel economy.
In the case of the H6 Hybrid, you don’t even notice they are there. Of course, when you really plant your foot down, you can hear either one roaring away, but it's never annoying and aids in fuel economy.
At about 70km/h there is a handover between the CVTs, but it is imperceptible.
The Haval H6 Hybrid is not going to amaze you in its driving characteristics, but it can 100% hold its own against a Toyota Rav4. That really surprised me.