2023 GWM Haval H6 GT Review

By Alexi Falson on 22 Dec 2023
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OnlineAuto Rating
out of 10
  • Generous safety & entertainment feature lists
  • Surprisingly spacious interior layout for the bodyshape
  • Long warranty
  • Small boot for the segment
  • Noticeable body roll at higher speeds
  • Infotainment system lacks user-friendliness
GWM Haval H6 GT Lux 2WD Specs
    • 61L
    • 170
    • 6000 / 1500
    • 5 star
    • Automatic
With no shortage of options in the world of midsize SUVs, the Haval H6 GT stands out from the crowd with its unique coupe-styled design and its undeniable value proposition to win over buyers.

The Haval H6 GT is trying to grab the attention of buyers looking for a practical midsize SUV package that benefits from a sportier, sleek styling package, but does it offer enough substance underneath that styling?

That’s exactly what we’ll be unpacking as we take a closer look at the latest Haval H6 GT lineup.

Haval H6 GT Competition

Haval H6 GT

Renault Arkana
Citroen C4
Kia Sportage
Toyota RAV4
Hyundai Tucson
Honda CR-V

Starting Price: $40,990

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How Much Does It Cost?

Prices for the latest Haval H6 GT range kick off from $40,990 drive-away for the entry-level H6 GT Lux 2WD, while the range-topping H6 GT Ultra AWD is priced at $46,490 drive-away.

Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change.

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GWM Haval H6 GT - LUX (2WD) Specifications

Model Date 2023
Make GWM
Series B03
Variant LUX (2WD)
Transmission 7 SP AUTO DUAL CLUTC
Drive FWD
Engine TDFI
Engine capacity 1998
Engine configuration VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
Engine RPM 6000 / 1500
Cylinders T4
Torque 320
KW 150
Fuel tank size 61.0
Fuel usage specs 7.5 / 0
CO2 170
ANCAP security rating 5

For more details and other variants, check car page.

What Features Does the Haval H6 GT Have?

Haval’s entry-level H6 GT Lux 2WD comes riding on a set of 19-inch alloys and receives LED headlights, fog lights and daytime running lamps, adaptive cruise control, roof rails, a powered boot lift, dual-zone climate control, leatherette upholstery with heated seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

On the tech front, the H6 GT Lux comes packing a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a surround-view camera with front & rear parking sensors, a 10.25-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto and an eight-speaker sound system.

Stepping up to the H6 GT Ultra AWD adds a hands-free powered boot lift, ambient lighting, ventilated front seats, wireless smartphone charging, heated mirrors and steering wheel, a 12.3-inch infotainment display and Michelin Sport tyres.

2023 haval h6 gt interior

Range Features:

  • 19-inch alloys

  • LED headlights, fog lights & daytime running lamps 

  • Adaptive cruise control 

  • Powered boot lift 

  • Leatherette upholstery with heated seats

  • 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster

  • 10.25-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 

  • Surround-view camera with front & rear parking sensors 

  • Eight-speaker sound system 

  • Hands-free powered boot lift (Ultra AWD)

  • Ambient lighting (Ultra AWD)

  • Ventilated front seats (Ultra AWD)

  • Wireless charging pad (Ultra AWD)

  • 12.3-inch infotainment display (Ultra AWD)

Is the Haval H6 GT Comfortable to Drive?

How does the Haval H6 GT’s sporty styling translate to on-road performance?

Well, underneath the bonnet the H6 GT comes packing a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine pushing out 150kW of power and 320Nm of torque, which is thrown to the ground via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

That gives the H6 GT some decent acceleration off the line, and while it’s far from a sports car, it does boast more power and torque than its main rivals.

On the road, the transmission has some pensive moments, particularly at low speeds, though the overall driving experience is simple and user-friendly thanks to the lightweight steering rack that makes parking a simple task.

Around town, the H6 GT rides well, handling small to moderate bumps on the road with confidence, though the ride could be a bit more tied down when you start cornering with a bit of pace.

Opt for the range-topping Lux and the all-wheel drive system helps to add a bit of confidence to the mix, though it’s not a strictly-necessarily upgrade when it comes to the driving experience.

2023 haval h6 gt rear

Leave the city and the ride quality has a harder time dealing with rougher Australian B-roads, particularly on the lower profile rubber wrapping around 19-inch rims, meaning it’s far more comfortable in the confines of the city.

Overall, GWM has caught up in a number of ways when it comes to the driving experience in the H6 GT, and while it doesn’t quite have the all-around versatility of its main rivals, it remains fairly comfortable and perky on a daily drive around the city.

Is it Fuel Efficient?

GWM’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder powering the H6 GT is rated at 7.5L/100km on a combined cycle in the 2WD Lux variant, with fuel efficiency figures dropping to 8.4L/100km in the Ultra AWD.

These figures put the H6 GT somewhere in the middle of the pack when it comes to fuel efficiency.

Is it Practical and Spacious?

Typically, a coupe-styled SUV package is forced to forgo some of its practicality in order to meet the design brief, thankfully in the case of the H6 GT, it remains impressively spacious while retaining that sporty silhouette.

Up front, the driver and front passenger are treated to a sleek, high-tech interior layout with two digital displays fitted to even the base model.

The bulky centre console houses a storage tray at the base of the dash, a pair of cup holders, added storage inside the folding armrest, a decent-sized glove box and large storage bins on either side of the cabin.

There’s also an added layer of storage underneath the centre console between the front seats to swallow up a small bag.

Taller drivers will be happy to know that the H6 GT’s cabin offers a healthy amount of headroom up front, which surprisingly translates to the second row, too.

As we’ve mentioned, coupe-styled SUVs typically suffer when it comes to rear headroom, while the H6 GT retains a decent amount of headroom to accommodate adults, with more than enough legroom to keep tall rear occupants happy.

The H6 GT picks up a pair of ISOFIX anchors and top tether mounts in the second row, while the boot measures in at a relatively compact 392L in total, which is noticeably impacted by the sloping roofline design.

Is it Safe?

The Haval H6 GT has been awarded ANCAP’s maximum five-star safety rating, scoring 90% for adult protection, 88% for child protection, 73% for vulnerable road user protection and 81% for safety assist.

As standard, the entry-level Lux 2WD picks up autonomous emergency braking with cyclist, pedestrian and junction assist, lane-keep assistance with lane-departure alerts, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera with parking sensors and seven airbags inside the cabin.

For those looking for rear cross-traffic alerts and reverse autonomous emergency braking, you’ll have to upgrade to the Ultra AWD.

Our Verdict: Is the Haval H6 GT Worth it?

Normally, opting for a coupe-styled crossover SUV is accompanied by some significant practicality sacrifices, but in the Haval H6 GT, these are kept to a minimum.

While boot space potential is eaten up by the stylish sloping roofline, the rest of the interior remains spacious and particularly well-equipped for the money, while the car itself rides well on Australian roads and makes for a very user-friendly city car.

2023 haval h6 gt side

If you’re thinking of upgrading to a new car, be sure to reach out to one of our car-buying experts who can help find you the best possible price.

Five Specs You Need to Know

  • Seven-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty 

  • Five-star ANCAP safety rating 

  • 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder (150kW/320Nm) available in 2WD & AWD 

  • 7.5 - 8.4L/100km combined cycle fuel economy figures (2WD v AWD)

  • 392L boot space


Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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