2024 Haval Jolion DCT Supreme Review

Last year, we were able to experience the top-of-the-line variant of GWM’s Haval Jolion crossover, the Haval Jolion HEV DHT Supreme. We were thoroughly impressed with the hybrid version’s driving performance and, though we have reservations about its refinement,  were also impressed with the amount of tech and safety features inside it as well. 

With the Haval Jolion HEV, we believe that it can hold its own against more established names in the segment despite its hefty price tag. This time around, we’re taking a look at its non-hybrid variant, the Haval Jolion DCT Supreme. Priced at P1,248,000, the Haval Jolion DCT Supreme is P340,000 less than its hybrid brother which begs the question, is it P340,000 worth of savings, or is it P340,000 less car?

3.9 / 5
2024 Haval Jolion DCT Supreme Review
Performance
Engine Output (HP), Acceleration, Transmission, Handling
4.0/5
Design
Exterior & Interior Design, Quality, Fit and Finish, Ergonomics
3.5/5
Ride Comfort
Cabin Comfort, Suspension, NVH Insulation
4.0/5
Safety and Technology
Convenience Technologies, Active and Passive Safety Features
4.0/5
Value for Money
Amount of the vehicle you get for the price, Fuel Efficiency
4.0/5
What You Will Like
  • Smooth shifting seven-speed DCT
  • Screens and cameras provide a clear and crisp view
  • Ride is planted yet sufficiently supple
What You Won't Like
  • Infotainment is hard to navigate
  • Lacks physical buttons to operate most of its features
How We Do Our Reviews

Starting with the looks, the Haval Jolion DCT Supreme pretty much looks the same as the hybrid version albeit without the hybrid badging and some key differences. To distinguish the non-hybrid variant from its hybrid brother, the Haval Jolion DCT Supreme sports a different style of 18-inch two-tone wheels that are reminiscent of a pinwheel’s vanes. Another difference is at the back where non-hybrid Haval Jolion comes with a simpler rear spoiler.

All in all, in the design department at least, you’re not missing out on much except for some blue badging and a different set of wheels.

GWM Haval Jolion DCT Supreme Front Row Seats

Inside, you’ll be greeted by seats wrapped in black leather, metallic accents on the doors, and matte plastics. Unlike the hybrid version which has two-tone leather seats paired with copper/bronze accents, the non-hybrid version is simpler overall. 

Because so little is different, our complaints about the hybrid version still ring true with the non-hybrid Haval Jolion which is the lack of physical buttons for the AC controls and other features on the car. It isn’t a deal breaker by any means because the Haval Jolion is packed full of features, but, if you’re not fond of controlling everything on the infotainment system, this will cause a bit of annoyance.

GWM Haval Jolion DCT Supreme Trunk

As for cargo space, this is where the non-hybrid version of theHaval Jolion wins over its hybrid brother slightly. Unlike the hybrid Haval Jolion which has 390 liters of space, the non-hybrid DCT Supreme has 430 liters, 40 liters more space thanks to the absence of battery packs.

However, because the DCT Supreme is lighter compared to the HEV, there is a slight difference in the ride characteristics. Both cars still feel comfortable and plush when you drive them on Metro Manila’s roads, but the HEV has a bit more dampening compared to the non-hybrid version.

GWM Haval Jolion DCT Supreme 2nd Row

Everywhere else, the Haval Jolion DCT Supreme is much the same as the HEV. The chassis still remains composed over uneven surfaces, and the model demonstrates impressive resilience to deeper road imperfections. Noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels are still top-notch with minimal wind intrusion into the cabin.

Moving to the tech features, the Haval Jolion DCT Supreme retains most of the toys on the HEV variant. It has the same 12.3-inch touchscreen display with a crisp and clear resolution along with a full six-speaker setup.

Good news right? Considering its P340,000 less than its hybrid version, having the same entertainment features is a great deal. But, with the same features come the same flaws so expect to do some deep and lengthy digging in the infotainment system to access the car’s features like what we had to do with the Haval Jolion DHT Supreme.

On the topic of safety, it’s also the same story as the non-hybrid Haval Jolion comes equipped with a comprehensive array of safety features. Standard features include ABS, six airbags, ISOFIX tethers, brake assist, electronic stability control, hill-start assist, roll-movement intervention, secondary collision mitigation, traction control, tire pressure monitoring, automatic crash unlock function, automatic locking return function, automatic fuel cut-off function, and intelligent door anti-error locking function.

GWM Haval Jolion DCT Supreme Rear

Furthermore, the DCT Supreme also sports an ADAS system. This system comprises adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, cross traffic alert and brake, forward collision warning, intelligent cornering control, lane center keeping assist, lane change assist, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, rear collision warning, traffic jam assist, and emergency lane keeping assist. The only thing missing from the non-hybrid variant is the Intelligent Cornering Control feature.

GWM Haval Jolion DCT Supreme Engine

Under the hood of the Haval Jolion DCT Supreme is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that pumps out 141 hp and 220 Nm of torque. This mill is paired with a seven-speed Wet Dual Clutch Transmission that unlike most DCTs available on the market, actually shifts smoothly without any noticeable lag. The engine revs smoothly and picks up speed quite well from a stop, but, because it has a lower output, the performance kind of falls flat when you reach the 90 km/h mark.

GWM Haval Jolion DCT Supreme Moving Shot

On the move, if you compare it to the hybrid Haval Jolion you will feel a power deficit when you move down to the non-hybrid DCT Supreme. On the other hand, like the hybrid, the non-hybrid has crisp cornering and handling characteristics and a refined comfortable ride. However, as we mentioned before, due to the non-hybrid variant being lighter, the ride has a slightly faster rebound when tackling bumps.

GWM Haval Jolion DCT Supreme Moving Rear

Overall, the Haval Jolion DCT Supreme is still a competent crossover providing a good balance of performance, comfort, and refinement albeit with slightly less power than its hybrid sibling. On its own though, if you don’t compare it to its hybrid version and compare it to other turbocharged gasoline crossovers, the Haval Jolion DCT Supreme can put up a good fight against other established names.

In our previous review of the Haval Jolion HEV, we managed to get 12.8 km/L in hellish city traffic, on the highway, we got it up to 18 km/L and higher with less traffic. 

In comparison, the Haval Jolion DCT Supreme managed to get nine to 10 km/L in the city and 14 to 15 km/L on the highway. Taking into account that it doesn’t have the assistance of electric motors and the fact that it is turbocharged, two to three kilometers less efficiency is not so bad overall.

GWM Haval Jolion DCT Supreme Comparison

As we said in the beginning, the Haval Jolion DCT Supreme, priced at P1,248,000 is P340,000 less expensive than the Haval Jolion HEV DHT Supreme which has a sticker price of P1,588,000. 

With the Haval Jolion DCT Supreme, you get almost all of the same features as the hybrid variant, you also get the same ride, comfort, and driving characteristics. Though you sacrifice extra power, fuel efficiency, and coding-free motoring by going internal combustion only, the non-hybrid Haval Jolion is still a great car overall.

To answer the question we put forward earlier on whether going non-hybrid means less amount of car or more savings, our answer would have to be most definitely savings.

If you want to take a look at GWM’s local offerings here in the Philippines, check out the GWM Car Guide on AutoDeal.betano888.co. Take a look, maybe your next car is among them.


Specifications

Engine

1.5 L

Fuel Type

Gasoline

Performance

 141 hp @ 5,600 rpm

Transmission

Automatic

Summary

Name GWM Haval Jolion DCT Supreme
Body Type Crossover
Price ₱1,248,000
Transmission Category Automatic

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