Haval’s recently-unveiled Jolion is creating a buzz, with SUV-loving South Africans taking note of the features it packs at an appealing price.
Five versions of the Haval Jolion are available in South Africa, which all have the same engine, and warranty and service package.
All models feature a 1.5-litre turbo engine that produces 105kW and 210Nm of torque.
Buyers can then pick between a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DCT system – while all versions are two-wheel-drive.
Haval then includes a 5-year/100,000km warranty and a 5-year/60,000km service plan on Jolion SUVs.
The entry-level Jolion is the 1.5T MT City model, which sells for R299,900.
At the top of the range sits the 1.5T 7DCT Super Luxury model, which sells for R398,900.
With both cars featuring the same engine, body dimensions, and two-wheel-drive system, this begs the question: What does the extra R100,000 you pay for the Super Luxury version get you?
We start on the outside of the SUV, where the Super Luxury receives 18-inch wheels fitted with 225/55 tyres.
It also receives a panoramic sunroof and roof rails as standard, along with electric folding and heated exterior mirrors.
The City is fitted with 17-inch wheels and 215/60 tyres, and does not feature the exterior upgrades listed above.
Additionally, the Super Luxury gets automatic LED headlights with high beam assist as standard. The City does not.
Interior and safety
Moving to the inside, the Super Luxury packs a range of features which do not feature on the cheaper City model.
This includes Eco, Sport, and Snow driving modes in the Super Luxury, along with dynamic adjustable steering modes: Sport, Comfort, and Light.
Leather seats and a leather steering wheel are standard in the Super Luxury, while not offered in the City.
The next round of differences are seen in the infotainment systems.
The Super Luxury gets a 7-inch LCD instrument cluster and 12.3-inch multimedia touch display which plays through six speakers.
City owners receive a 3.5-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch multimedia display which plays through four speakers.
Wireless charging is included in the Super Luxury, too, while absent from the City.
Comfort is further enhanced in the more expensive model thanks to dual-zone automatic air conditioning, and dedicated aircon ducts for the rear of the SUV.
The City is fitted with a manual air conditioning system, by comparison.
The list of additional safety features installed in the Super Luxury is also lengthy.
- Lane departure alert
- Lane keeping assist
- Lane centre keeping
- Blind spot detection
- Lane change assist
- Traffic sign recognition
- Pre-collision warning
- Automatic emergency braking
- Reverse camera with guidelines
- 360-degree panoramic camera
- Adaptive cruise control
- Traffic jam assist
- Intelligent turning assist
- Curtain airbags
None of these features are included with the City model.