Garwin Beukes - They say first impressions count. Well right from the get-go Havalʼs H2 had us interested.
The exterior is simply stunning and plays a role in why we do the one thing we were always taught not to do. “To judge a book by itʼs cover”.
Fairly new to Namibian shores the Chinese companyʼs H2 model landed about a month ago and has had the Pupkewitz GWM dealership busy with potential buyers.
The h2 enters in a fairly tough market of family sized SUVʼs with the approach weʼve seen before. High specs, low priced.
The h2 boasts most of the bells and whistles. The current one reviewed was not the top of the range model which arrives later this month, but still stocks all the goodies.
18” aluminum alloyʼs, sporty twin exhaust, daytime running lights uniquely designed to sit below the fog lights.
The H2 indeed has a pretty face when we take into consideration itʼs style of headlights, grille and body shape.
The interior compliments the outside with all the leather trimmings, digital center console setup and easy access controls to mention a few.
What really grinds my gears is the keyless entry. The intelligent key carried by the driver senses and automatically locks and unlocks the doors depending on whether you are in close enough proximity with the Haval. Nifty!
The push to start button ignites a 1.5 petrol turbocharged motor boasting 105kW/ 202Nm.
The H2 is front wheel drive and comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Senior Sales Executive Ferdi Otto says this model goes for N$279 500 while the top end model will go for a bit more.
Otto encourages motorists to come and view the H2 at their Pupkewitz GWM branch in Windhoekʼs Independence Avenue and Harold Pupkewitz street.