Last month, Haval officially launched the all-new H6 HEV in Pakistan. Its launch was touted as a historic milestone for Pakistan’s car industry as it is the first locally assembled hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) in the country.
The H6 HEV has a major Achilles heel which is its gargantuan price tag. While it offers great fuel economy, great power, and numerous features, it has tough competition in its category and price bracket. One of its main competitors is Changan Oshan X7.
While not a hybrid, Oshan X7 has several particulars that make it an enticing product and a credible threat. This article will compare the two big brawlers to see which one makes more sense as a family hauler.
Although not too different from the normal Gen-3 H6 SUV, the HEV variant’s styling is slightly more extravagant.
The front fascia has a larger front grille and a different bumper design for a more aggressive look. The SUV still has a boxy silhouette and a broad stance that is complemented by modern dual projector headlamps, a new grille that blends in with the body, a sharper front bumper, and a long snout.
The side profile has body-colored side mirrors and door handles, and a single character line gives it a regal look. The blacked-out alloy rims lend a slight cosmetic flair over the 1.5T and 2.0T variants.
While the front is bold and aggressive, the rear end looks boring. The small rear windshield with a duck-tail spoiler and generic taillight design makes the rear resemble every other crossover SUV on Pakistani roads. At night, however, the rear end looks much more attractive with the taillight lit up.
Overall, though, H6 HEV is still a handsome SUV.
Changan has taken giant leaps forward in terms of styling and design for its cars, which is also reflected in the Oshan X7. The front has a large mesh-patterned front grille, a pair of razor-sharp LED headlights and DRLs, an aggressive front bumper, and a sleek hood design.
Unlike its adversary, Oshan X7 has a round shape. The side profile is the same as most crossover SUVs, with a few character lines along the length, a high beltline, and a set of 19″ alloy wheels for a refined look.
Like Tiggo 8 Pro, Oshan X7 has a simple rear end. It has a large lightbar that extends across the rear of the SUV, a silver strip, and a beefy rear bumper with dual exhaust cutouts for a handsome look. Overall, Oshan X7 has fairly radical styling.
Haval H6 HEV stands head and shoulders above its competitors in terms of interior design. It has a clean, yet futuristic cabin. The dash and the center console are laced with screens, dials, small buttons, and a flat panel. The seats and other surfaces are also wrapped in high-end materials.
With the modern three-spoke steering design and a smooth dash, the front compartment looks modern, yet easily useable. In terms of space, the H6 is big enough to easily accommodate 5 passengers and plenty of luggage.
Oshan X7’s interior design is also minimalistic. The cabin features smooth lines and creases, up-market materials such as faux leather, piano black panels, and soft-touch materials, allowing for a posh feel.
The SUV is a D-segment vehicle that can accommodate seven passengers comfortably (in the comfort variant only) which is an advantage over H6 HEV. Overall, it has a great interior modern, stylish, and practical at the same time, albeit not as futuristic as H6 HEV.
Weight and Dimensions
The dimensions of both vehicles are as follows:
|Measurements||H6 HEV||Oshan X7|
|Length||4,653 mm||4,730 mm|
|Width||1,886 mm||1,870 mm|
|Overall Height||1,734 mm||1,720 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,738 mm||2,786 mm|
|Ground Clearance||212 mm||200 mm|
|Curb Weight||1,770 kg||–|
|Luggage Capacity||600 liters||1,407 liters w/third-row seats folded down|
H6 HEV also has a familiar turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine that, combined with the output of an electric motor, makes a plentiful 240 horsepower (hp) and 530 Newton-meters (Nm) of torque. The hybrid powertrain sends power to the front wheels only via Haval’s 2-speed dedicated hybrid transmission (DHT).
It has McPherson struts up front and an independent double-wishbone suspension at the back. It features disc brakes on all four wheels with Anti-lock Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist (BA) technology.
Haval claims that, in the city, H6 HEV is capable of traveling 18 kilometers per liter, while the highway consumption is even better. H6 HEV’s top speed is limited to 180 km/h to preserve the electric motor and battery.
Oshan X7 has a 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine that makes 185 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The power goes to the front wheels only, with a 7-speed DCT automatic transmission.
It has McPherson struts up front and a multi-link coil spring setup in the back. Oshan X7 is also fitted with disc brakes on all four wheels with ABS, Electronic EBD, and BA technology to allow for decent stopping power.
According to the SUV owners on various forums, the fuel economy of Oshan X7 is around 12.5 kilometers per liter, which, albeit less than H6 HEV’s fuel average, is impressive for a big and heavy SUV.
This comparison is between top variants to find out the complete range of features. The following are the safety and convenience features of both SUVs:
|Specs and Features||Oshan X7||Haval H6 HEV|
|Central Power Door Locks||Yes||Yes|
|Immobilizer System and Burglar Alarm||Yes||Yes|
|Parking Sensors||Front and Rear||Front and Rear|
|Daytime Running Lights||Yes||Yes|
|Traction and Stability Control||Yes||Yes|
|Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)||Yes||Yes|
|Blind Spot Monitoring||No||Yes|
|Autonomous Emergency Braking||Yes||Yes|
|Lane Keep Assist||No||Yes|
|Smart Infotainment System||Yes||Yes|
|12 Volt Socket||Yes||Yes|
|Apple Carplay/Andriod Auto Configuration||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Climate Control||Yes||Yes|
|Rear AC Vents||Yes||Yes|
|Push Start Button||Yes||Yes|
|Multiple Drive Modes||Yes||Yes|
|Steering Wheel Multimedia-Control Switches||Yes||Yes|
|Adjustable Steering Wheel||Yes||Yes|
|Electrically Adjustable Front Seats||Yes||Yes|
|Heated and Ventilated Front Seats||Yes||Heated Only|
|ISO Fix Child Seat Anchors||Yes||Yes|
The prices of both vehicles are as follows:
|Haval H6 HEV|
|1.5T FWD HEV||9,749,000|
Some may say that there is no contest between Changan Oshan X7 and Haval H6 HEV for many reasons. However, for Pakistani buyers, value for money is an important factor.
While H6 HEV gets more style and luxury points, Oshan X7 offers better utility, practicality, and a decent number of features.
There is no obvious winner in this contest as both SUVs have their respective strengths and weaknesses. Although, there is an undeniable fact that a larger number of people would rather buy an Oshan X7 and a small economy car for the same money as the Haval H6 HEV.