First of all, for those who are new to the car manufacturer, the Haval in the 2015 Haval H2 Premium (and pretty much every product they make) is pronounced as “gravel.” It follows half a dozen Chinese brands than have arrived, been seen, and ultimately failed to cast a lasting impression in the market. This trend continues with the H2 Premium as there is not much “premium” here other than its name and in some areas
The 2015 Haval H2 Premium is Hampered by Poor Quality
Before anything else, the 2015 Haval H2 Premium is a small city-styled SUV. It is roughly the same size as the Mazda CX-3 or the Honda HR-V. It is also the most compact and cheapest of a three-vehicle launch line-up for the car manufacturer.
There are five badges found in the car: one on the grille, two on the rear windscreen pillars, and the other two on the rear end. If that’s not enough, there is also one on the steering wheel and also one on the gearshift. To make those brand badges really stand out, the company employed silver writing that is mounted on a bright red backing panel.
Other than the excessive use of the branding, the rest of the car is conservatively styled. It delivers a simple look and an even plainer, but functional, dash. Overall, from a design point, it looks well put together. Its designers must have used soft-touch materials where their competitors would have used hard plastic. These soft-touch materials can be found in various places, including the rear doors and armrests.
Still, there are some oddities such as a thumbwheel control on the steering wheel that practically does not do anything other than being there. The headroom inside the cabin is generous in the front and in the rear, but the cargo space has a different story to tell.
For performance, well, the 2015 H2 Premium won’t win any awards and it might not even do well in the race, at all. It has a 1.5-liter engine that is slow-spinning and has a very limited band of useful power. When you drive it in its sweet spot, it does feel strong and powerful, but drift out of that zone by a teensy bit and you will get either a sluggish performance or a buzzy one.
While the 2015 Haval H2 Premium is definitely a slight improvement for the Chinese car industry, unfortunately its pack of negatives ultimately outweigh what little positives it has.