GWM Haval Jolion HEV – A Benchmark For Chinese Hybrids

The GWM Haval Jolion HEV is a relative newcomer in the competitive world of crossovers, but it isn’t one to scoff at. Despite being Chinese, it has a lot to offer compared to its Japanese counterparts, and this, being an electrified model, provides a whole new perspective in terms of what other forms of propulsion have in store for the progressive set of buyers.

I’ve spent days driving the vehicle in its blue-badged hybrid guise – all the while I’m astounded at how far Chinese vehicles have come. There are some drawbacks, of course, but overall, the Jolion HEV should join your shortlist if you’re in the market for a crossover, especially those that provide top-notch fuel efficiency.

The Haval Jolion HEV confidently enters the market with its distinctive blend of style and efficiency. It’s evident that this vehicle stands apart from the crowd with its elegant and modern design, which exudes a European flair. Though I’m not a huge fan of the rear LED execution, the overall package is still a plus.

Step inside, and you’ll discover a spacious cabin that comfortably accommodates five adults, offering generous legroom in both the front and rear seats. It’s not just the roominess; the Jolion HEV excels in practicality, too, with numerous storage pockets and unique center console slots to keep your daily essentials organized. The stylish exterior sets the stage for an equally captivating interior, where quality materials and a tasteful combination of cream, rose gold, and black create a premium atmosphere.

The car’s hybrid powertrain is a notable highlight, delivering a smooth driving experience thanks to the seamless collaboration between the electric motor and the gasoline engine. This partnership provides the Jolion HEV with impressive torque, particularly handy for confidently overtaking on highways.

Moreover, this hybrid system translates into excellent fuel efficiency, making it a cost-effective choice for daily commuters. With the ability to achieve up to 25 km/l on the highway and around 14 km/l in the city, it’s a commendable option for those mindful of fuel costs. What sweetens the deal is that it’s a self-charging hybrid, eliminating the need for external charging and adding to its convenience for urban living.

Beyond engine performance and efficiency, I love how the Jolion HEV handles. It doesn’t wallow on corners, plus the suspension’s tuned to utmost comfort. In fact, it’s one of the most comfortable crossovers I’ve ever driven.

Safety-conscious drivers will find solace in the Jolion HEV’s comprehensive Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), including Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Blind Spot Detection. My daily route through Skyway proved the real-life convenience of these features.

The icing on the cake is the competitive pricing of the GWM Haval Jolion HEV, priced at P1,588,000, which undercuts some of its rivals, like the Corolla Cross, while offering a more extensive array of standard tech and features. Adding to the appeal is the generous 5-year, 150,000-km warranty, providing peace of mind to prospective buyers.

However, it’s essential to consider the downsides as well. The Jolion’s trunk height is compromised by the hybrid battery system in the rear, potentially limiting the types of cargo that can be loaded. The cabin, though spacious, notably has limited under-thigh support, which could affect long-term comfort on extended journeys. For the driver, adding a telescopic adjustment for the steering wheel should make finding the right driving position easier.

While the infotainment system offers the convenience of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (with wireless charging), the absence of physical buttons for some functions can be a drawback, potentially causing distractions. Another quirk worth mentioning is the slight delay in the horn button’s response, though that might be a nitpick on my part.

Lastly, the absence of a spare tire, replaced by a patch kit and a compressor, might not be suitable for all drivers, particularly those venturing into remote or poorly serviced areas.

The GWM Haval Jolion HEV emerges as an enticing choice for those seeking a harmonious blend of style, efficiency, and affordability in a crossover SUV. Its elegant design, quality interior, impressive fuel efficiency, and comprehensive ADAS features create a compelling package that competes effectively in its segment. That said, prospective buyers should weigh the advantages against the limitations mentioned here.

Overall, the Jolion HEV offers a well-rounded option that caters to diverse preferences, delivering style and efficiency at a competitive price point. It’s a benchmark for Chinese hybrids and a tough competitor to the stalwarts, given its performance as a brand-new vehicle.

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