2021 Haval Jolion SUV Review
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The 2021 Haval Jolion SUV Review
Sometimes we like to doom cars, especially from newer manufacturers, with vague praise.
We call something an “attempt” at a compact SUV, which is a way of saying “nice try buddy, come back when you’ve had another crack”.
I expected a bit from the Haval Jolion. Go on with it. See you in a few years.
But a dive into the spec sheet, a quick – and frankly terrifying – glance at its predecessor the H2 and a few days behind the wheel of the Jolion wiped the condescending smile from my dial. While still far from perfect, the Jolion is prime time ready and will be even better once a few wrinkles have been sorted. 2021 Haval Jolion Review Australian First Drive 17 74 Awards en features
There are three Jolion variants, two of which are already on sale. The top-of-the-line Ultra will join the other two this month, and all three have a drive-away price.
If you’re wondering what the name is, it’s a rough translation of the Chinese word chulian, meaning first love. A little presumptuous, but there you are. Haval has some pretty wild names in the mix, as you’ll soon see.
Starting at $25,490 for the Premium (which isn’t confusing at all), you’ll find 17-inch alloys, reverse camera, rear parking sensors, cloth upholstery, analog dashboard, four-speaker audio and a 10.25-inch media touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are on the way.
For $27,990, the mid-spec Lux sells dual-zone climate control, 360-degree cameracars, electric and heated front seats, leather steering wheel, LED lighting (including headlights, daytime running lights and fog lamps), a fully digital dashboard and a six-speaker sound system.
The final step is the $30,990 Ultra, which has 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a wireless charging pad, mainup display and a larger 12.3-inch media system.
Haval’s media system is a little ho-hum, but better than, say, anything in a Toyota. Every time you start the car it forgets to connect to Bluetooth, which is really annoying if you don’t have a USB cable. Probably more annoying are the small on-screen targets that make it difficult to use on the go. But like I said, ahead of anything from the world’s largest automaker. 2021 Haval Jolion Review Australian First Drive 52 74
There are two USB ports up front, one of which connects to the media system and they are both hidden under the console in the huge drawer below, kind of like the flying console in the Hyundai Santa Fe. Another USB port in the rearview mirror housing seems an unlikely place to put your charging phone. What it isn’t, it’s for a dashcam.
The climate controls are also annoying. Formatted as soft buttons in a strip below the screen, when you reach out to use the touchscreen, brush these controls and turn off the air conditioning or turn on the demister or whatever. Touching one of these also activates the on-screen display for the full set of climate control options.
I’m sure it’s one of those things you get used to, just a weird idea that probably looked great on paper. Also, you don’t see the shortcut functions in the strip because it doesn’t have a backlight, you can only see if something is on. Instead of air recirculation, Haval also calls it “inner loop.” That tickled me, don’t ask me why.
The comprehensive safety package includes seven airbags – including an ANCAP air cushion airbag – the usual braking and stability controls, secondary collision avoidance, AEB forward, AEB reverse, rear intersection warning, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane assistant, lane centering, emergency lane assistant, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring with lane change assistant, two ISOFIX points and three top tether points.
It’s a lot of safety equipment at this price, but as always, it has to be good. There’s also a weird growth on the A-pillar staring at your face. If you bend your head down to look at the transmission dial, for example, Youth Pastor Rory will go all out on you and lightly chide you for what he thinks he isn’t paying enough attention to.
It’s sensationally annoying, but you can disable it separately from the fatigue detection. Your driving-age kids will love it (they don’t), though my resolutely no-texting-while-driving son (he goes to me even when I’m parked and texts) will resent the accusatory tone.
Six colors are available, but only Hamilton White is a freebie. Azure Blue, Mars Red, Golden Black (another crazy name), Vivid Green, and Smoke Gray all cost $495 more. The car looks pretty good in the official photos, but in real life it’s a bit of a mixed bag. On the smaller alloys, it looks a mite clumsy.
The grille is a bit overbearing when chromed up although the detailing in the lights is very 2021, an interesting cross between Audi’s E-Tron GT and Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield language.
In profile, the Jolion is a derivative of most of its rivals and a scaled-down version of the H6, so it’s a bit blobby and generic as a result. The rear is fairly coherent apart from the poorly reviewed chrome on the lower bumper that makes it seem like it rides much higher than it does.
The large Haval badge is quite unapologetic and the Renault-esque C-shaped lighting signature looks good. It will be fun to see how Haval develops its own design language in the coming years.
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