Finding the right car for your family is no easy feat. There are so many options out there, and dependant on your lifestyle, a 4WD is on most North Queenslanders wish list. With that in mind, my family and I took the brand new HAVAL H9 for a few days to check it out.

As soon as we hopped in we realised how spacious it was. There is plenty of leg room, and as a 7 seater, it fits everyone in with ease.

My favourite feature is definitely the massage chairs. School pick up will never be the same again! Instead of waiting in the car impatiently, you can put the massage chair on, turn the airconditioned seat to cool the backside of your body, open the panoramic sunroof to look at the trees and kick back and relax. You’ll be disappointed when the kids actually make it to the car to go home.

Because it’s Chinese made, it’s also fitted with all of the latest technology. Lane-departure warning, rear crosstraffic alert, and blind spot monitoring. It’s also fitted with a reversing camera and rear parking sensors and it can even self-park! Safety wise, there are dual front airbags and curtain bags that stretch across all three rows, and Isofix anchor points for car seats.

Power wise, the engine in the HAVAL H9 has a turbo charger, and with a ZF 8-speed transmission you can go from sports mode to off-road using the all-terrain control system, and 0-100km/hour in less than 10 seconds. Word on the street is that this 4WD is one of the most comfortable and capable off-road vehicles you’ll ever drive, whether that be through sand, snow, mud, or water, you’ll be able to adjust to the terrain at the turning of a knob on your centre console.

Now I know what you are thinking. A Chinese car won’t be up to scratch like other 4WDs on the market. Well from our research and experience this thinking is a thing of the past. China is bringing out amazing cars, fitted with the latest technology and they are serious competitors in the market.

If you still have any doubts, they are also backing their cars with a 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty to put your mind at ease. And price wise – let’s just say you’re going to get a more luxurious car, for about $20K less than its competitors. The HAVAL H9 is $46,999 driveaway no more to pay with all of the features mentioned in this article (and more). Check out our PakMag review video for some more features and to see my family test out the HAVAL H9.

So if you are on the lookout for a new car, go and see Alan and his team at Cairns Cars, the home of Audi, HAVAL, Great Wall, and a host of other great brands.

Whether you are looking for your first car for $10,000, or the car of your dreams for $450,000, they have them in stock new and used to look at and take for a test drive, so head on in and say you read about it in PakMag.