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Round headlights, straight lines, obtuse angles – classic off-road design. This can describe many iconic SUVs, be it the Wrangler, G-Class, Defender or Jimny. Crossover manufacturers also use angular design to breathe a little of the brutality that is fashionable today into country-city models. Haval successfully did this with Dargo – then it hadn’t even become mainstream yet. And now the brand has an angular H3, which in size, price and technology stands in the model range exactly between Jolion and Dargo.

But it now has its own separate model range: the Haval brand has launched a Haval Pro dealer network in Russia, which will sell only models with increased adventure potential. The H3 was the first car from this new family, while all models launched before it were classified as part of the Haval City family. Including (surprisingly) the Dargo X, which, due to the rear locking, has really good off-road potential by crossover standards. Does this mean that the H3 will allow even more off-pavement?

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Alas, this does not mean: it does not have locking, and the off-road geometry is more modest than that of the Dargo: ground clearance of 196 mm and approach and departure angles of 21/25 degrees versus 200 and 24/30. But as much as H3 is inferior to Dargo in these characteristics, it gains about the same amount from Jolyon. But if the latter does not make you want to practice off-road, then the appearance of the H3 can play a bad joke on the owner: contacts between the bottom and the surface are very likely, but extremely undesirable. Because the all-wheel drive clutch pump and exhaust system parts hang low, and no protection for the units is provided.

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Therefore, it is better not to fall into a rut on this crossover, and you need to move on rocks with caution. If you drive wisely and skillfully, then the geometry is enough even for moderately difficult routes (apparently, the driver of a rental Mustang convertible who met us on the rocky descent to the canyon of the Psakho River, where UAZ cars usually drive, decided the same thing).

But off-road crossovers are bought, among other things, in order to relieve the burden on the head and shift some of the worries onto the shoulders of the car – not to be too scrupulous in choosing a trajectory on a rocky climb, not to give in to a puddle in the village, not to brake too much before an uneven surface and not to crawl along somehow patched area of ​​asphalt.

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And H3 has difficulties with the latter. It is impossible to break the suspension during compression – but only because it is simply impossible to accelerate to the appropriate speed on a bad road. The rumble of very short shock absorbers during rebound will begin earlier! The H3 rides shakingly and firmly, either on a bad or a good road: not potholes or natural terrain, but banal sewer hatches throw the chassis off balance, the body shudders violently on every even sharp bump. And this is with the “sixtieth” tire profile.

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It is especially surprising that the suspension is clamped so tightly not at all for the sake of handling – on the asphalt the H3 feels almost like a heavy frame: the steering feedback is weak, the accuracy of reactions is low, the delays in turning the steering wheel and body roll are large. Is this really the same modern all-Weil platform LEMON? (The answer is yes.) Not only the handling, but also the dynamics of the H3 turned out to be phlegmatic: due to the rather large (for such dimensions) mass, the 1.5-liter turbo engine often works at full capacity.

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Basically, this is the same unit as is installed on the Jolion, only with a greater degree of boost: in the H3 it produces 177 hp. and 270 N∙m. But he also has to drag 150 kg more here. Therefore, the dynamics in the stated figures approximately correspond to Jolyon’s, but in terms of sensations it seems even a little weaker. Moreover, it will not be possible to characterize it sufficiently fully with 10 seconds of acceleration to hundreds.

The more important thing is that after reaching this very hundred, the traction becomes very little (for comparison: the Dargo weighs almost the same, and it has as much as 50 “newtons” more torque), so you have to plan overtaking especially carefully. But fuel consumption is surprisingly low: within 10 liters on the seaside serpentine road of the Krasnodar Territory.

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Intermediate summary: On the move, the H3 is slow, shaky and generally uncoordinated. The robot sometimes pushes roughly (for example, for some reason switching to a higher gear when driving downhill on the brakes), and sometimes it makes a loud clatter when switching from coasting to gas (the tired flywheel rattles in about the same way in DSG gearboxes). For some reason, the brake pads wear the discs on the front axle unevenly, using only a small part of the rotor area, and the deceleration efficiency only corresponds to low dynamics, but not to the driver’s expectations.

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The above set of features does not interfere much with driving calmly. But the H3 is definitely not suitable for demanding drivers. But there may be other reasons to buy this crossover: for example, appearance. In China the model is called Cool Dog. I agree – it looks cool!

Although not always harmonious: for example, from the “three-quarters front” perspective, the front end is too massive, and when viewed from the side, the same can be said about the rear part – due to the steep rise of the window line. And the wheels almost always look small in the arches, even though they are 18 inches in diameter.

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The appearance of H3 resembles everything at once and nothing in particular. For example, the proportions brought out from my memory the silhouette of the Jeep Wagoneer: it also has a long body, high sides and small windows, as well as a massive dark “mask” at the front. I don’t know how it is in an American car, but in the Haval H3 this body structure results in very mediocre visibility and driver uncertainty about the dimensions. In difficult situations, the all-round visibility system and its “transparent hood” technology help out.

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The only thing missing is a digital interior mirror, because in a regular analogue one (also for some reason devoid of auto-dimming) you can hardly see more than in coupe-crossovers. The reason for this is the designer “backpack” on the H3 tailgate, which performs a purely aesthetic function. This protrusion imitates the spare wheel case and adds to the association with famous off-road adventure vehicles. And at the same time, it steals the entire lower sector of the view into the rear window, where a nearby car is successfully hidden entirely.

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A nice, but ill-conceived solution: this added volume is not used in any way from a practicality point of view – it would be possible to at least make a niche for storage on the inside of the door. But, according to the manufacturer, the pseudo-case works as an aerodynamic element, allowing you to do without a rear windshield wiper. But is this design worth all the potential inconvenience for the owner? It would be better if more attention was paid to making the doors slam more clearly. Or they installed gas stops on a heavy hood lid.

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But in detail, the H3 still looks fresh and cool. For example, the theme of two tiers in the front and rear parts of the body is especially interestingly implemented: this is, respectively, a two-story radiator grille and vertical double blocks of lights. And the front optics have a truly charismatic “light signature”, which is becoming a rarity in the industry – after all, it seems that all possible options have long been invented.

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The additional brake light on the roof is made in the form of double fins, as if borrowed unchanged from the Changan Uni-K (a camera for the interior mirror would fit perfectly between them). Finally, the key fob here has an unusual design. It’s even a shame that such a bright car in Russia has such a pale name. Apparently, the Brutals are given laconic call signs: Jetur’s “square” crossover is called T2, and Haweil’s is called “H3”.

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Apart from its design, the H3 surprises with its music system. Definitely, this is the best sound that can be found in new cars costing up to 3.5 million rubles! Or maybe more. A system with 16 speakers manufactured by JVC (so, soon one of the manufacturers and Aiwa and Akai will remove it from the mezzanine) plays powerfully, brightly and clearly, and the speakers in the ceiling and on the rear roof pillars on separate podiums also look impressive and expensive.

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In addition to the subwoofer in the spare tire well, there is another “low-frequency” option that seems to be unique to automotive systems. Mini-subs with adjustable (up to complete shutdown) bass intensity are built into the backs of the front seats. They enhance immersion in music, provide an unusual listening experience, and even work as a kind of lower back massage if the melody has a tight beat. A smart equalizer and spatial sound settings, as well as light and music using contour lighting, are included. Bravo, Haval x JVC collaboration!

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The multimedia system in the H3 is like that of adults, with wireless “carplay”. And it’s already in the database! Telematics with a mobile application is also supported. I was pleased with the dashboard – unlike Jolyon, it is made on the basis of a higher quality and contrast display (like Dargo), which is installed at a slight reverse angle to avoid glare. Works! The double platform for smartphones is also good (one slot with fast wireless charging), and the transmission selector is made in a brutal style a la Tank 300.

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There is sufficient space in the cabin, but the seating position was not right, even though the length of the front seat cushions was stated to be increased. Still not enough, and in addition to this, there is not enough adjustment of the steering wheel for reach and at least somehow working lateral support on the backs of the seats. Another strange decision of a stylistic nature: two types of “carbon fiber” textures in the decoration: a two-dimensional “aquaprint” on the front panel and something similar to the famous 3M film on the door cards. Respectable manufacturers have been avoiding such imitations for about ten years now.

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And now the main thing: in the top-end configuration with all-wheel drive, a powerful engine (there is also a junior 143-horsepower single-wheel drive version), cool “music” and a wide range of assistants (rude and intrusive, but, fortunately, can be turned off once and for all), the Haval H3 is worth 3.1 million rubles. And if front-wheel drive is enough, then a car with the same generous equipment will cost 250 thousand less! Finally, the base, which is also quite well filled, costs 2.6 million.

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Haval probably intended the H3 to be something similar to the Ford Bronco Sport. But it turned out, rather, to be a Jeep Renegade – looking like an SUV, but driving as such only on asphalt. Lazy and sluggish. And if you need any additional off-road qualities, then in any case you will have to pay extra for the Dargo X, because the H3 does not have any advantages over a regular crossover outside of hard surfaces. Rather, on the contrary, it is burdened with an additional disadvantage in the form of a short-travel suspension.

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But the H3 may well be an interesting alternative to the updated Jolyon in a rich package, if you want a spacious city car with a cool design. And in general, any other crossover in this modest budget for these days – I can easily understand people for whom a cool sounding audio system is more important than all-wheel drive. At the same time, you won’t have to look for your car among a dozen of the same ones, only car sharing ones. Although the latter is not certain. /m

CarHaval H3 4WDLikeDesign, space and interior organization, music systemDislikeAlmost all driving characteristics are at a mediocre levelVerdictDesigner SUV with cool musicEngine 1499 cm³, petrol L4 turbo, 177 hp, 270 N∙mTransmission RKP-7 Figures 9.6 s; 175 km/h Weight 1780 kg

Detailed technical specifications

Haval H3 4WD Engine type petrol L4 turbo Displacement, cm³ 1499 Max. power, hp /rpm 177/5500–6000 Max. torque, Nm/rpm 270/1500–4000 Drive type full Gearbox robotic, 7-speed Front spring suspension, McPherson Rear spring suspension, multi-link Dimensions (LxWxH), mm 4520×1875×1745 Wheelbase, mm 2710 Curb weight , kg 1780 Trunk volume, l 493 Acceleration 0–100 km/h, s 9.6 Max. speed, km/h 175 Fuel consumption (combined), l/100 km 8.3 Fuel tank volume, l 55 Price, rub. from 3,099,000 Updated Haval Jolion. Haval Dargo X right away – with locking instead of massage The first imported engine plant: how Haval engines are assembled near Tula

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