New cut-price base model gets a manual shifter and seven-year warranty for under $20k.

Haval Australia has launched the H2 MT, a new entry-level manual version of its smallest crossover that dips under the $20,000 barrier for the first time.

Priced from $19,990 drive-away, the H2 MT is powered by the same 110kW/210Nm 1.5-litre turbo four as the wider range, though is exclusively offered with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. Fuel consumption is rated at 8.2L/100km on the combined cycle, 0.8L down on versions equipped with the six-speed auto.

Standard equipment includes Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, cruise control, rear parking sensors, hill-hold assist, 18-inch alloy wheels, tyre pressure monitoring, halogen headlights with LED daytime-running lights, keyless entry, fabric seat trim, and privacy glass.

Like the wider range, the base H2 is covered by Haval’s promotional seven year, unlimited kilometre warranty – available “until the end of this year”.

“Australians work hard to make ends meet and for many, the decision about a new car often means making difficult compromises – either in their children’s education, renovations or retirement savings,” said Bill Soo, marketing manager for Haval’s local division.

“The launch of the H2MT is way of making safe, high quality SUVs more accessible to more Australians.”

It’s also worth noting the H2 managed a five-star ANCAP safety rating in October last year, scoring 34.88 out of 37 in local crash testing, including full marks in the side impact and pole tests.

While it achieved the top safety rating, no H2 offers increasingly-available active safety technologies like autonomous emergency braking.

2018 Haval H2 pricing

  • H2 MT – $19,990 (6MT, FWD)
  • H2 Premium – $22,990 (6AT, FWD)
  • H2 Lux – $26,990 (6AT, FWD)

All prices are drive-away