Money speaks louder than words and Haval’s new top of the range H9 SUV is compelling, at the price.
The Great Wall offshoot has just added a brace of safety systems to the seven seater, including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Departure Warning — all for the same price.
That price by the way is $41,990 driveaway for the Lux or $45,990 driveaway for the top of the line Ultra model.
For your money you get a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates 180kW/350Nm and is paired with an 8-speed German engineered ZF transmission running a Borg Warner Torque on Demand transfer system.
In addition standard equipment includes tri-zone climate air, rain sensing sunroof, auto lights and wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror, reverse camera, park guidance, all terrain control and laser puddle lights.
Ultra takes things a step further with heated and cooled front seats with massage function, heated steering wheel, rain sensing panoramic sunroof, 10-speaker Infinity audio, artificial leather, electric folding third row seats and adaptive front lighting that “looks” around corners.
And to close the deal, H9 comes with a 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty and 5-year national roadside assistance.
For cash strapped families, it makes for a compelling argument.