Haval F7 test. Big, beautiful…Chinese

According to AUTOSTAT, in February 2020, Chinese automakers sold 3,208 new cars in Russia, which is 35.9% higher than the result of a year ago. The Haval brand became the leader among manufacturers from the Celestial Empire, Geely is in second place, and Chery brand closes the top three, but with a decent lag behind the first two companies. Haval was able to sell quite decent 1,220 cars in our market in a month, and the Haval F7 model became the sales leader in the model range of this brand, the Chinese managed to sell 480 of these cars.

The popularity of the Haval F7 is understandable: a mid-size crossover with a modern design, good technical characteristics, decent equipment and, most importantly, a very competitive price, which starts at 1,474,000 rubles. On our test, we had an all-wheel drive modification with a two-liter engine and in the top-end Premium package, such cars are available at a price of 1,844,000 rubles.

Haval F7 test. Big, beautiful… Chinese

According to the design, the Haval F7 is a completely modern crossover, I would even say, with a European appearance, but there is no uniqueness in it. At the back, it’s a spitting image of the Jaguar F-Pace, and at the front, the F7 has something in common with this representative of the British brand. On the other hand, the similarity between Haval and Jaguar plays into the hands of a Chinese car, which, even in the maximum configuration, is almost two times cheaper than a premium brand crossover. In general, if we abstract away and do not compare Haval with someone else, the car looks very interesting, especially for a crossover priced up to 2 million. There are no questions about the build quality, I won’t say that I examined all the joints directly with a magnifying glass, but everything seems to be quite decent. In the maximum configuration, the car is equipped with full LED headlights with attractive running lights, as well as LED fog lights with cornering illumination.

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The interior design is also interesting and modern, with a complex architecture of the front panel, but with flaws in ergonomics. Take, for example, a newfangled curved gearshift joystick, somewhat similar to that in the Peugeot 3008. At first glance, everything is fine, but over time you realize that glossy plastic is not the best solution for this control, although, of course, even the Germans sin with this . And if you think at a traffic light and put your hand on the “joystick”, then, it’s not even an hour, turn on the neutral, pressing the button is not required for this. That's what happened to me when I just took the car for a test.

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Or, for example, a fashionable steering wheel, cut off from the bottom, for some reason the Chinese engineers forgot to make a recess for the grip on the inside, so that when you turn it, the hand will slide off in this place. As a nitpick, I’ll also say about the cup holders, they are arranged in such a way that if you put a bottle of water there, it will interfere with you, and the central armrest, which is not very clearly fixed, sometimes tries to knock the lid off a cup of coffee. These minor miscalculations, which are not visible at first glance, but will come out during operation, are not very pleasant, so the Chinese still have something to strive for.

The front seats look nice, but you get behind the wheel and you just sink into the cushions, the seats are too soft, which is not good, and I think people with back problems will suffer in them. Lateral support is developed, the pillow is long enough, but an adjustable knee pillow could be added. Behind the wheel, I do not have enough steering wheel adjustment for reach, I either have to move closer or drive with outstretched arms, but drivers of average height will feel more comfortable here. In the maximum version, electric adjustments are available for the driver's seat, but they are scanty, you can only adjust the backrest and move closer / further, while the seat rises higher / lower. For the front passenger seat adjustment only mechanical. Behind myself, with a height of 187 cm, I sit down completely freely, and there is even a margin. In general, even three adults can sit quietly on the back sofa, since the floor is even, without a central tunnel. Isofix mounts are located at the extreme places, they are hidden between the pillows, so you will have to tinker with installing a child seat.

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The car was not deprived of a trunk, the minimum available volume is 723 liters, and if you fold the backs of the rear sofa, it can be increased to 1443 liters. A dokatka is hidden in the underground. The electric tailgate is not provided even in the maximum configuration.

Haval F7 test. Big, beautiful… Chinese

There are not many electronic assistants in Haval F7, but they are, some, however, are not available for modifications for our market. The test car was equipped with adaptive cruise control with collision avoidance and emergency braking. The cruise works well, it is proposed to control it with the buttons on the steering wheel, and the 3.5 "color display on the dashboard displays visual information on the operation of the system. The F7 also has a forward collision warning system with visual and audible warning. And there is also a circular view 360° with trajectory tips, which makes it easier to park.The picture quality from the cameras is not very high and gets worse in low light, for example, in an underground parking lot, but you can still navigate through them.The only thing is that the surround view system seems to be rendered separately from the media system, when it is activated, there is a delay of about 3-4 seconds, plus it cuts down the multimedia operation completely, a very strange decision.

The blind spot monitoring system with visual indication is not available on our market, but there are lamp shades on the mirror housings in the cabin. The joystick for controlling the media system is also not available, although its presence suggests itself, instead of it there is a plug on the central tunnel. True, it is worth saying that there is a joystick in the Haval F7x cross-coupe. The central display is 9 "touchscreen, turned towards the driver, it is of average quality with a low resolution, and glares in the sun. There is no own navigation here, and the icons feel like they are some kind of template, and not drawn specifically for the car. But there is support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so that's good.

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It's a strange moment in F7 that the single-zone climate control settings are available only through the media system, that is, at the bottom of the console there are buttons and a knob for adjusting the blowing force, but the temperature and direction can only be adjusted from the screen. It is the same with the three-level heating of the front seats, there is one button under the screen, by pressing which the settings screen opens, and there you already select the heating level for each of the seats. These little things can clearly be attributed to ergonomic flaws, the manufacturer could make everything much easier and more convenient, for example, with a heated steering wheel, the button of which is placed on the steering wheel itself. And so, it turns out, I pressed, waited, and then you choose the settings from the display, it’s inconvenient. There seems to be no particular complaints about the operation of climate control, but in the rain the car fogged up several times, although automatic operation and air conditioning were turned on. The seat heating is not strong, for the most part the pillow warms up, the back heats up less. Yes, two-level separate heating with classic control buttons is available for the rear sofa.

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There are two standard USB connectors in the front of the cabin, but they are not located in the usual way. One is in a niche under the central tunnel, there is also a 12-volt outlet. The location is not bad at first glance, especially considering that there is a rubberized area where you can put your devices, but access to the niche is difficult from a chair. There is another USB, which is located in the rear-view mirror housing on the passenger side, but it is only convenient for connecting DVRs or radar detectors, if they, of course, have USB, and not their own connector. Also one USB is available to rear passengers. Devices are charged slowly from the on-board network, but the charge goes on, or rather, creeps, even when the gadget is under load.

There are no questions about the operation of the Haval F7 hands-free system, but there are difficulties with connecting the device via Bluetooth. So, Android smartphones were connected to me, but for some reason they did not export contacts and call lists to the car system, but the iPhone fell off the system a minute after the connection. In general, it is strange, and I observed this on two cars, and what is the reason for this behavior of the system is not very clear.

The gauges in the F7 are classic and easy to read, although the speedometer could have been marked up even larger. Between the tachometer and the speedometer there is a color multi-functional screen, on which you can display a digital speedometer and additional service information. It is strange that the manufacturer did not display information on the external temperature on this screen, it is available only on the screen of the media system.

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In terms of comfort, the Haval F7 is quite good for its price category, of course, the noise from the wheels makes its way into the cabin, but the aerodynamic noise at speed is insignificant. The suspension handles small bumps of the roadway quite well, but it shakes you noticeably on large potholes. Large rolls in corners are a little strained, so that later you pass them slowly.

In our market, the car is presented with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with a capacity of 150 hp. and a 2.0 liter engine also with a 190 hp turbine, both options are available with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The box is available only robotic seven-speed. The two-liter engine provides very good dynamics of the car, and the box switches correctly and without delay. In general, I liked the Haval F7 on the go, in absentia I expected worse dynamics and handling from the car, but in terms of these parameters, the Chinese crossover pleasantly surprised me. The crossover is not afraid of a little off-road, the ground clearance of 190 mm and all-wheel drive allow you to move off the road without much fear. The consumption of the test car in mixed mode was about 10-11 liters per 100 km, with the declared 8.8 liters per hundred. It is recommended to fill F7 with the 95th, despite the fact that there is information about the 92nd on the hatch.

Haval F7 test. Big, beautiful… Chinese

In general, for the money Haval F7 is quite a decent urban crossover with its pluses and minuses. Let me remind you that the initial modification of the F7 starts at 1,474,000 rubles, it will be a front-wheel drive car with a 1.5-liter engine. The top version with a two-liter engine and all-wheel drive will cost 1,844,000 rubles, it will have all the options available for our region, including a large panoramic roof. SKD assembly of Haval F7 vehicles intended for our market is carried out at a plant near Tula.

Haval F7 test. Big, beautiful…Chinese

According to AUTOSTAT, in February 2020, Chinese automakers sold 3,208 new cars in Russia, which is 35.9% higher than the result of a year ago. The Haval brand became the leader among manufacturers from the Celestial Empire, Geely is in second place, and Chery brand closes the top three, but with a decent lag behind the first two companies. Haval was able to sell quite decent 1,220 cars in our market in a month, and the Haval F7 model became the sales leader in the model range of this brand, the Chinese managed to sell 480 of these cars.

The popularity of the Haval F7 is understandable: a mid-size crossover with a modern design, good technical characteristics, decent equipment and, most importantly, a very competitive price, which starts at 1,474,000 rubles. On our test, we had an all-wheel drive modification with a two-liter engine and in the top-end Premium configuration, such cars are available at a price of 1,844,000 rubles.

Haval F7 test. Big, beautiful… Chinese

According to the design, the Haval F7 is a completely modern crossover, I would even say, with a European appearance, but there is no uniqueness in it. At the back, it’s a spitting image of the Jaguar F-Pace, and at the front, the F7 has something in common with this representative of the British brand. On the other hand, the similarity between Haval and Jaguar plays into the hands of a Chinese car, which, even in the maximum configuration, is almost two times cheaper than a premium brand crossover. In general, if we abstract away and do not compare Haval with someone else, the car looks very interesting, especially for a crossover priced up to 2 million. There are no questions about the build quality, I won’t say that I examined all the joints directly with a magnifying glass, but everything seems to be quite decent. In the maximum configuration, the car is equipped with full LED headlights with attractive running lights, as well as LED fog lights with cornering illumination.

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The interior design is also interesting and modern, with a complex architecture of the front panel, but with flaws in ergonomics. Take, for example, the newfangled curved gearshift joystick, somewhat similar to that in the Peugeot 3008. At first glance, everything is fine, but over time you realize that glossy plastic is not the best solution for this control, although, of course, even the Germans sin with this . And if you think at a traffic light and put your hand on the “joystick”, then, it’s not even an hour, turn on the neutral, pressing the button is not required for this. That's what happened to me when I just took the car for a test.

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If we are talking about the quality of materials and assembly, then everything is quite good. There is a slightly specific, barely perceptible smell of plastic, the cabin smells not like in German, Japanese and even Korean cars, but it's still not a poisonous smell, like, for example, in Chery Amulet, which was impossible to get into without a gas mask. All the plastic that is in front of your eyes is soft to the touch, and on the upper part of the front panel the manufacturer even made a fake line, it seems like it is sheathed in leather, nice and not clumsy. Quite a lot of interior details are really covered with artificial leather, there are inserts on the doors, the lower part of the front panel and even on the central tunnel in front. The chairs also have faux leather upholstery, similar to that of the inserts. But here I have one question, how this material will behave over time, since the skin is thin and soft, in turn, other automakers use leatherette that is denser and rougher in texture for upholstery. Plastic inserts for metal are also a little embarrassing, there is no spraying there, the usual silver paint is on top. And most of the central tunnel is made of hard plastic with a matte finish, visually pleasing, but I would have preferred something else.

The front seats look nice, but you get behind the wheel and just sink into the cushions, the seats are too soft, which is not good, and I think people with back problems will suffer in them. Lateral support is developed, the pillow is long enough, but an adjustable knee pillow could be added. Behind the wheel, I do not have enough steering wheel adjustment for reach, I either have to move closer or drive with outstretched arms, but drivers of average height will feel more comfortable here. In the maximum version, electric adjustments are available for the driver's seat, but they are scanty, you can only adjust the backrest and move closer / further, while the seat rises higher / lower. For the front passenger seat adjustment only mechanical. Behind myself, with a height of 187 cm, I sit down completely freely, and there is even a margin. In general, even three adults can sit quietly on the back sofa, since the floor is even, without a central tunnel. Isofix mounts are located at the extreme places, they are hidden between the pillows, so you will have to tinker with installing a child seat.

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The car was not deprived of a trunk, the minimum available volume is 723 liters, and if you fold the backs of the rear sofa, it can be increased to 1443 liters. A dokatka is hidden in the underground. The electric tailgate is not provided even in the maximum configuration.

Haval F7 test. Big, beautiful… Chinese

There are not many electronic assistants in Haval F7, but they are, some, however, are not available for modifications for our market. The test car was equipped with adaptive cruise control with collision avoidance and emergency braking. The cruise works well, it is proposed to control it with the buttons on the steering wheel, and the 3.5 "color display on the dashboard displays visual information on the operation of the system. The F7 also has a forward collision warning system with visual and audible warning. And there is also a circular view 360° with trajectory tips, which makes it easier to park.The picture quality from the cameras is not very high and gets worse in low light, for example, in an underground parking lot, but you can still navigate through them.The only thing is that the surround view system seems to be rendered separately from the media system, when it is activated, there is a delay of about 3-4 seconds, plus it cuts down the multimedia operation completely, a very strange decision.

The blind spot monitoring system with visual indication is not available on our market, but there are lamp shades on the mirror housings in the cabin. The joystick for controlling the media system is also not available, although its presence suggests itself, instead of it there is a plug on the central tunnel. True, it is worth saying that there is a joystick in the Haval F7x cross-coupe. The central display is 9 "touchscreen, turned towards the driver, it is of average quality with a low resolution, and glares in the sun. There is no own navigation here, and the icons feel like they are some kind of template, and not drawn specifically for the car. But there is support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so that's good.

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It's a strange moment in F7 that the single-zone climate control settings are available only through the media system, that is, at the bottom of the console there are buttons and a knob for adjusting the blowing force, but the temperature and direction can only be adjusted from the screen. It is the same with the three-level heating of the front seats, there is one button under the screen, by pressing which the settings screen opens, and there you already select the heating level for each of the seats. These little things can clearly be attributed to ergonomic flaws, the manufacturer could make everything much easier and more convenient, for example, with a heated steering wheel, the button of which is placed on the steering wheel itself. And so, it turns out, I pressed, waited, and then you choose the settings from the display, it’s inconvenient. There seems to be no particular complaints about the operation of climate control, but in the rain the car fogged up several times, although automatic operation and air conditioning were turned on. The seat heating is not strong, for the most part the pillow warms up, the back heats up less. Yes, two-level separate heating with classic control buttons is available for the rear sofa.

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There are two standard USB connectors in the front of the cabin, but they are not located in the usual way. One is in a niche under the central tunnel, there is also a 12-volt outlet. The location is not bad at first glance, especially considering that there is a rubberized area where you can put your devices, but access to the niche is difficult from a chair. There is another USB, which is located in the rear-view mirror housing on the passenger side, but it is only convenient for connecting DVRs or radar detectors, if they, of course, have USB, and not their own connector. Also one USB is available to rear passengers. Devices are charged slowly from the on-board network, but the charge goes on, or rather, creeps, even when the gadget is under load.

There are no questions about the operation of the Haval F7 hands-free system, but there are difficulties with connecting the device via Bluetooth. So, Android smartphones were connected to me, but for some reason they did not export contacts and call lists to the car system, but the iPhone fell off the system a minute after the connection. In general, it is strange, and I observed this on two cars, and what is the reason for this behavior of the system is not very clear.

The gauges in the F7 are classic, easy to read, although the speedometer could have been marked up even larger. Between the tachometer and the speedometer there is a color multi-functional screen, on which you can display a digital speedometer and additional service information. It is strange that the manufacturer did not display information on the external temperature on this screen, it is available only on the screen of the media system.

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In terms of comfort, the Haval F7 is quite good for its price category, of course, the noise from the wheels makes its way into the cabin, but the aerodynamic noise at speed is insignificant. The suspension handles small bumps of the roadway quite well, but it shakes you noticeably on large potholes. Large rolls in corners are a little strained, so that later you pass them slowly.

In our market, the car is presented with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with a capacity of 150 hp. and a 2.0 liter engine also with a 190 hp turbine, both options are available with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The box is available only robotic seven-speed. The two-liter engine provides very good dynamics of the car, and the box switches correctly and without delay. In general, I liked the Haval F7 on the go, in absentia I expected worse dynamics and handling from the car, but in terms of these parameters, the Chinese crossover pleasantly surprised me. The crossover is not afraid of a little off-road, the ground clearance of 190 mm and all-wheel drive allow you to move off the road without much fear. The consumption of the test car in mixed mode was about 10-11 liters per 100 km, with the declared 8.8 liters per hundred. It is recommended to fill F7 with the 95th, despite the fact that there is information about the 92nd on the hatch.

Haval F7 test. Big, beautiful… Chinese

In general, for the money Haval F7 is quite a decent urban crossover with its pluses and minuses. Let me remind you that the initial modification of the F7 starts at 1,474,000 rubles, it will be a front-wheel drive car with a 1.5-liter engine. The top version with a two-liter engine and all-wheel drive will cost 1,844,000 rubles, it will have all the options available for our region, including a large panoramic roof. SKD assembly of Haval F7 vehicles intended for our market is carried out at a plant near Tula.

Haval F7 test. Big, beautiful…Chinese

According to AUTOSTAT, in February 2020, Chinese automakers sold 3,208 new cars in Russia, which is 35.9% higher than the result of a year ago. The Haval brand became the leader among manufacturers from the Celestial Empire, Geely is in second place, and Chery brand closes the top three, but with a decent lag behind the first two companies. Haval was able to sell quite decent 1,220 cars in our market in a month, and the Haval F7 model became the sales leader in the model range of this brand, the Chinese managed to sell 480 of these cars.

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The interior design is also interesting and modern, with a complex architecture of the front panel, but with flaws in ergonomics. Take, for example, a newfangled curved gearshift joystick, somewhat similar to that in the Peugeot 3008. At first glance, everything is fine, but over time you realize that glossy plastic is not the best solution for this control, although, of course, even the Germans sin with this . And if you think at a traffic light and put your hand on the “joystick”, then, it’s not even an hour, turn on the neutral, pressing the button is not required for this. That's what happened to me when I just took the car for a test.

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Or, for example, a fashionable steering wheel, cut off from the bottom, for some reason the Chinese engineers forgot to make a recess for the grip on the inside, so that when you turn it, the hand will slide off in this place. As a nitpick, I’ll also say about the cup holders, they are arranged in such a way that if you put a bottle of water there, it will interfere with you, and the central armrest, which is not very clearly fixed, sometimes tries to knock the lid off a cup of coffee. These minor miscalculations, which are not visible at first glance, but will come out during operation, are not very pleasant, so the Chinese still have something to strive for.

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If we are talking about the quality of materials and assembly, then everything is quite good. There is a slightly specific, barely perceptible smell of plastic, the cabin smells not like in German, Japanese and even Korean cars, but it's still not a poisonous smell, like, for example, in Chery Amulet, which was impossible to get into without a gas mask. All the plastic that is in front of your eyes is soft to the touch, and on the upper part of the front panel the manufacturer even made a fake line, it seems like it is sheathed in leather, nice and not clumsy. Quite a lot of interior details are really covered with artificial leather, there are inserts on the doors, the lower part of the front panel and even on the central tunnel in front. The chairs also have faux leather upholstery, similar to that of the inserts. But here I have one question, how this material will behave over time, since the skin is thin and soft, in turn, other automakers use leatherette that is denser and rougher in texture for upholstery. Plastic inserts for metal are also a little embarrassing, there is no spraying there, the usual silver paint is on top. And most of the central tunnel is made of hard plastic with a matte finish, visually pleasing, but I would have preferred something else.

The front seats look nice, but you get behind the wheel and just sink into the cushions, the seats are too soft, which is not good, and I think people with back problems will suffer in them. Lateral support is developed, the pillow is long enough, but an adjustable knee pillow could be added. Behind the wheel, I do not have enough steering wheel adjustment for reach, I either have to move closer or drive with outstretched arms, but drivers of average height will feel more comfortable here. In the maximum version, electric adjustments are available for the driver's seat, but they are scanty, you can only adjust the backrest and move closer / further, while the seat rises higher / lower. For the front passenger seat adjustment only mechanical. Behind myself, with a height of 187 cm, I sit down completely freely, and there is even a margin. In general, even three adults can sit quietly on the back sofa, since the floor is even, without a central tunnel. Isofix mounts are located at the extreme places, they are hidden between the pillows, so you will have to tinker with installing a child seat.

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The car was not deprived of a trunk, the minimum available volume is 723 liters, and if you fold the backs of the rear sofa, it can be increased to 1443 liters. A dokatka is hidden in the underground. The electric tailgate is not provided even in the maximum configuration.

Haval F7 test. Big, beautiful… Chinese

There are not many electronic assistants in Haval F7, but they are, some, however, are not available for modifications for our market. The test car was equipped with adaptive cruise control with collision avoidance and emergency braking. The cruise works well, it is proposed to control it with the buttons on the steering wheel, and the 3.5 "color display on the dashboard displays visual information on the operation of the system. The F7 also has a forward collision warning system with visual and audible warning. And there is also a circular view 360° with trajectory tips, which makes it easier to park.The quality of the picture from the cameras is not very high and gets worse in low light, for example, in an underground parking lot, but you can still navigate them.The only thing is that the surround view system seems to be placed separately from the media system, when it is activated, there is a delay of about 3-4 seconds, plus it cuts down the multimedia operation completely, a very strange decision.

The blind spot monitoring system with visual indication is not available on our market, but there are lamp shades on the mirror housings in the cabin. The joystick for controlling the media system is also not available, although its presence suggests itself, instead of it there is a plug on the central tunnel. True, it is worth saying that there is a joystick in the Haval F7x cross-coupe. The central display is 9 "touchscreen, turned towards the driver, it is of average quality with a low resolution, and glares in the sun. There is no own navigation here, and the icons feel like they are some kind of template, and not drawn specifically for the car. But there is support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so that's good.

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There are two standard USB connectors in the front of the cabin, but they are not located in the usual way. One is in a niche under the central tunnel, there is also a 12-volt outlet. The location is not bad at first glance, especially considering that there is a rubberized area where you can put your devices, but access to the niche is difficult from a chair. There is another USB, which is located in the rear-view mirror housing on the passenger side, but it is only convenient for connecting DVRs or radar detectors, if they, of course, have USB, and not their own connector. Also one USB is available to rear passengers. Devices are charged slowly from the on-board network, but the charge goes on, or rather, creeps, even when the gadget is under load.

In terms of comfort, the Haval F7 is quite good for its price category, of course, the noise from the wheels makes its way into the cabin, but the aerodynamic noise at speed is insignificant. The suspension handles small bumps of the roadway quite well, but it shakes you noticeably on large potholes. Large rolls in corners are a little strained, so that later you pass them slowly.

In our market, the car is presented with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with a capacity of 150 hp. and a 2.0 liter engine also with a 190 hp turbine, both options are available with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The box is available only robotic seven-speed. The two-liter engine provides very good dynamics of the car, and the box switches correctly and without delay. In general, I liked the Haval F7 on the go, in absentia I expected worse dynamics and handling from the car, but in terms of these parameters, the Chinese crossover pleasantly surprised me. The crossover is not afraid of a little off-road, the ground clearance of 190 mm and all-wheel drive allow you to move off the road without much fear. The consumption of the test car in mixed mode was about 10-11 liters per 100 km, with the declared 8.8 liters per hundred. It is recommended to fill F7 with the 95th, despite the fact that there is information about the 92nd on the hatch.

Haval F7 test. Big, beautiful… Chinese

In general, for the money Haval F7 is quite a decent urban crossover with its pluses and minuses. Let me remind you that the initial modification of the F7 starts at 1,474,000 rubles, it will be a front-wheel drive car with a 1.5-liter engine. The top version with a two-liter engine and all-wheel drive will cost 1,844,000 rubles, it will have all the options available for our region, including a large panoramic roof. SKD assembly of Haval F7 vehicles intended for our market is carried out at a plant near Tula.

Haval F7 test. Big, beautiful…Chinese

According to AUTOSTAT, in February 2020, Chinese automakers sold 3,208 new cars in Russia, which is 35.9% higher than the result of a year ago. The Haval brand became the leader among manufacturers from the Celestial Empire, Geely is in second place, and Chery brand closes the top three, but with a decent lag behind the first two companies. Haval was able to sell quite decent 1,220 cars in our market in a month, and the Haval F7 model became the sales leader in the model range of this brand, the Chinese managed to sell 480 of these cars.

The popularity of the Haval F7 is understandable: a mid-size crossover with a modern design, good technical characteristics, decent equipment and, most importantly, a very competitive price, which starts at 1,474,000 rubles. On our test, we had an all-wheel drive modification with a two-liter engine and in the top-end Premium configuration, such cars are available at a price of 1,844,000 rubles.

According to the design, the Haval F7 is a completely modern crossover, I would even say, with a European appearance, but there is no uniqueness in it. At the back, it’s a spitting image of the Jaguar F-Pace, and at the front, the F7 has something in common with this representative of the British brand. On the other hand, the similarity between Haval and Jaguar plays into the hands of a Chinese car, which, even in the maximum configuration, is almost two times cheaper than a premium brand crossover. In general, if we abstract away and do not compare Haval with someone else, the car looks very interesting, especially for a crossover priced up to 2 million. There are no questions about the build quality, I won’t say that I examined all the joints directly with a magnifying glass, but everything seems to be quite decent. In the maximum configuration, the car is equipped with full LED headlights with attractive running lights, as well as LED fog lights with cornering illumination.

The interior design is also interesting and modern, with a complex architecture of the front panel, but with flaws in ergonomics. Take, for example, a newfangled curved gearshift joystick, somewhat similar to that in the Peugeot 3008. At first glance, everything is fine, but over time you realize that glossy plastic is not the best solution for this control, although, of course, even the Germans sin with this . And if you think at a traffic light and put your hand on the “joystick”, then, it’s not even an hour, turn on the neutral, pressing the button is not required for this. That's what happened to me when I just took the car for a test.

Or, for example, a fashionable steering wheel, cut off from the bottom, for some reason the Chinese engineers forgot to make a recess for the grip on the inside, so that when you turn it, the hand will slide off in this place. As a nitpick, I’ll also say about the cup holders, they are arranged in such a way that if you put a bottle of water there, it will interfere with you, and the central armrest, which is not very clearly fixed, sometimes tries to knock the lid off a cup of coffee. These minor miscalculations, which are not visible at first glance, but will come out during operation, are not very pleasant, so the Chinese still have something to strive for.

If we are talking about the quality of materials and assembly, then everything is quite good. There is a slightly specific, barely perceptible smell of plastic, the cabin smells not like in German, Japanese and even Korean cars, but it's still not a poisonous smell, like, for example, in Chery Amulet, which was impossible to get into without a gas mask. All the plastic that is in front of your eyes is soft to the touch, and on the upper part of the front panel the manufacturer even made a fake line, it seems like it is sheathed in leather, nice and not clumsy. Quite a lot of interior details are really covered with artificial leather, there are inserts on the doors, the lower part of the front panel and even on the central tunnel in front. The chairs also have faux leather upholstery, similar to that of the inserts. But here I have one question, how this material will behave over time, since the skin is thin and soft, in turn, other automakers use leatherette that is denser and rougher in texture for upholstery. Plastic inserts for metal are also a little embarrassing, there is no spraying there, the usual silver paint is on top. And most of the central tunnel is made of hard plastic with a matte finish, visually pleasing, but I would have preferred something else.

The front seats look nice, but you get behind the wheel and you just sink into the cushions, the seats are too soft, which is not good, and I think people with back problems will suffer in them. Lateral support is developed, the pillow is long enough, but an adjustable knee pillow could be added. Behind the wheel, I do not have enough steering wheel adjustment for reach, I either have to move closer or drive with outstretched arms, but drivers of average height will feel more comfortable here. In the maximum version, electric adjustments are available for the driver's seat, but they are scanty, you can only adjust the backrest and move closer / further, while the seat rises higher / lower. For the front passenger seat adjustment only mechanical. Behind myself, with a height of 187 cm, I sit down completely freely, and there is even a margin. In general, even three adults can sit quietly on the back sofa, since the floor is even, without a central tunnel. Isofix mounts are located at the extreme places, they are hidden between the pillows, so you will have to tinker with installing a child seat.

The car was not deprived of a trunk, the minimum available volume is 723 liters, and if you fold the backs of the rear sofa, it can be increased to 1443 liters. A dokatka is hidden in the underground. The electric tailgate is not provided even in the maximum configuration.

There are not many electronic assistants in Haval F7, but they are, some, however, are not available for modifications for our market. The test car was equipped with adaptive cruise control with collision avoidance and emergency braking. The cruise works well, it is proposed to control it with the buttons on the steering wheel, and the 3.5 "color display on the dashboard displays visual information on the operation of the system. The F7 also has a forward collision warning system with visual and audible warning. And there is also a circular view 360° with trajectory tips, which makes it easier to park.The picture quality from the cameras is not very high and gets worse in low light, for example, in an underground parking lot, but you can still navigate through them.The only thing is that the surround view system seems to be rendered separately from the media system, when it is activated, there is a delay of about 3-4 seconds, plus it cuts down the multimedia operation completely, a very strange decision.

The blind spot monitoring system with visual indication is not available on our market, but there are lamp shades on the mirror housings in the cabin. The joystick for controlling the media system is also not available, although its presence suggests itself, instead of it there is a plug on the central tunnel. True, it is worth saying that there is a joystick in the Haval F7x cross-coupe. The central display is 9 "touchscreen, turned towards the driver, it is of average quality with a low resolution, and glares in the sun. There is no own navigation here, and the icons feel like they are some kind of template, and not drawn specifically for the car. But there is support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so that's good.

It's a strange moment in F7 that the single-zone climate control settings are available only through the media system, that is, at the bottom of the console there are buttons and a knob for adjusting the blowing force, but the temperature and direction can only be adjusted from the screen. It is the same with the three-level heating of the front seats, there is one button under the screen, by pressing which the settings screen opens, and there you already select the heating level for each of the seats. These little things can clearly be attributed to ergonomic flaws, the manufacturer could make everything much easier and more convenient, for example, with a heated steering wheel, the button of which is placed on the steering wheel itself. And so, it turns out, I pressed, waited, and then you choose the settings from the display, it’s inconvenient. There seems to be no particular complaints about the operation of climate control, but in the rain the car fogged up several times, although automatic operation and air conditioning were turned on. The seat heating is not strong, for the most part the pillow warms up, the back heats up less. Yes, two-level separate heating with classic control buttons is available for the rear sofa.

There are two standard USB connectors in the front of the cabin, but they are not located in the usual way. One is in a niche under the central tunnel, there is also a 12-volt outlet. The location is not bad at first glance, especially considering that there is a rubberized area where you can put your devices, but access to the niche is difficult from a chair. There is another USB, which is located in the rear-view mirror housing on the passenger side, but it is only convenient for connecting DVRs or radar detectors, if, of course, they have USB, and not their own connector. Also one USB is available to rear passengers. Devices are charged slowly from the on-board network, but the charge goes on, or rather, creeps, even when the gadget is under load.

There are no questions about the operation of the Haval F7 hands-free system, but there are difficulties with connecting the device via Bluetooth. So, Android smartphones were connected to me, but for some reason they did not export contacts and call lists to the car system, but the iPhone fell off the system a minute after the connection. In general, it is strange, and I observed this on two cars, and what is the reason for this behavior of the system is not very clear.

The gauges in the F7 are classic, easy to read, although the speedometer could have been marked up even larger. Between the tachometer and the speedometer there is a color multi-functional screen, on which you can display a digital speedometer and additional service information. It is strange that the manufacturer did not display information on the external temperature on this screen, it is available only on the screen of the media system.

In terms of comfort, the Haval F7 is quite good for its price category, of course, the noise from the wheels makes its way into the cabin, but the aerodynamic noise at speed is insignificant. The suspension does a good job of working out small bumps in the roadway, but on large potholes you noticeably shakes. Large rolls in corners are a little strained, so that later you pass them slowly.

In terms of comfort, the Haval F7 is quite good for its price category, of course, the noise from the wheels makes its way into the cabin, but the aerodynamic noise at speed is insignificant. Suspension handles small bumps well roadbed, but on large potholes you noticeably shakes. A little strain large rolls in corners, so that subsequently you pass them slowly.

In our market, the car is presented with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with a capacity of 150 hp. and a 2.0 liter engine also with a 190 hp turbine, both options are available with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The box is available only robotic seven-speed. The two-liter engine provides very good dynamics of the car, and the box switches correctly and without delay. In general, I liked the Haval F7 on the go, in absentia I expected worse dynamics and handling from the car, but in terms of these parameters, the Chinese crossover pleasantly surprised me. The crossover is not afraid of a little off-road, the ground clearance of 190 mm and all-wheel drive allow you to move off the road without much fear. The consumption of the test car in mixed mode was about 10-11 liters per 100 km, with the declared 8.8 liters per hundred. It is recommended to fill F7 with the 95th, despite the fact that there is information about the 92nd on the hatch.

In general, for the money Haval F7 is quite a decent urban crossover with its pluses and minuses. Let me remind you that the initial modification of the F7 starts at 1,474,000 rubles, it will be a front-wheel drive car with a 1.5-liter engine. The top version with a two-liter engine and all-wheel drive will cost 1,844,000 rubles, it will have all the options available for our region, including a large panoramic roof. SKD assembly of Haval F7 vehicles intended for our market is carried out at a plant near Tula.