GWM H5 VGT 4×4
The H5 is my favourite Chinese car by far!
The H5 is a large vehicle, cabin space is impressive, headroom at the front and back is more than sufficient for almost all sizes. The exterior build quality surpasses your expectations of budget vehicles and this is carried through to the inside too with a list of standard features most brands make you pay extra for. More about this extensive list of items a little later.
The boot is large enough for a fridge and two dive bags or suitcases or golf bags etc. Of course if you take advantage of all the boot space you wont be able to use the cloth cover for the boot but this is a small sacrifice for load capacity.
The styling is unique, you might think you see hints of this or that brand in individual parts but overall there is nothing else that looks just like it on the road.
I found the vehicle to be comfortable immediately. The levers and switches to adjust the seats and mirrors were all in the right place and I found my comfortable driving position in seconds and unlike the C10 I didn’t struggle with the height of the driving position.
Initially there’s a touch too much body roll that I am not used to but the thing I’m least impressed about with this vehicle is the power steering. It’s really too light, maybe it just needs a dynamic firming option for higher speeds. Something else GWM may want to work on for future models is the turning circle.
I had the diesel engine paired with a 6 speed box. The engine promises a lot with the specs claiming 110kW at 4000 RPM and 310Nm between 1800 and 2800 RPM but somehow doesn’t seem to deliver the power evenly. There’s a bit too much turbo lag at low revs and shifting down to benefit from the torque is often a necessity. Personally I think all 4×4 vehicles should be fitted with automatic boxes, at the same time the H5 cruises smoothly on the open road with reasonable road and wind noise levels.
The vehicle is more handsome than pretty. The H5 is bigger inside than it appears at first, that’s not to say the vehicle is small in appearance but rather that the interior space, particularly in the back, is significant. The back seat can easily accommodate three adults and some luggage in the boot too. At it’s price its a good car, not an excellent car. The build quality is also good, the materials are possibly cheaper than other brands but so is the total package. You will get a lot of car for your buck with the H5 and the 3 year/100,000km and 2 year 24 hour road side assist are not to be overlooked when making a purchase!
GMW offers a whole host of items as standard in the H5, here are some: Power steering, ABS + EBD, dual climate control, ISOFIX seat attachments, electric windows and mirrors, remote central locking with search function, 6-speaker radio/DVD/MP3/USB/AUX, front and rear fog lights, door exit lights, front air bags with passenger disable facility, reversing camera with warning tone, rain-sensing wipers, front/rear mud flaps, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, height adjustable/auto sensing lights, steering wheel controls, DELPHI electronic management system, adjustable leather steering wheel/gear knob, front seat lumbar supports, cruise control (auto box), touch-screen media centre with phone/bluetooth facility, auto-dim rear view mirror with tyre pressure and temp readings, fuel consumption readout, full size spare wheel, auto-locking doors, electronic tailgate release, rear aux power point and lots more.
Price: R272 900
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