H1 Bus fits a giggle of nieces and a scrum of cousins
THE best-selling people mover in South Africa is not, as many would guess, the Toyota Quantum or the VW Kombi, but Huyndai’s H1 Bus.
At the launch, year-to-date sales showed even when the facelifted H1 Bus was on its way, the Korean van still enjoyed a quarter of the market (25,0%), followed by the VW Kombi (23,7%) then the Quantum (12,1%).
The H1 Bus also competes with the Ford Torneo Custom and the Mercedes-Benz Vito, but starting at R499 999 for the 2,4 manual and R629 900 for the 2,5 diesel automatic, none of them can touch the Korean’s value offer.
Those who think other brands build better cars should note hat the 2018 JD Power survey in the U.S., which ranks cars according to the least complaints, gave the three spots to Huyndai — followed by Porsche.
Huyndai also leads Ford, Toyota, Citroën and Skoda in the world rally champs. Clearly, the Koreans are going places and in the H1 Bus, so can the entire family.
We proved this by loading a giggle of nieces and a scrum of cousins in all the seats to explore Msunduzi.
The teens had their phones paired via Bluetooth before I even had the van in gear and report the sound and space at the back is “awesome”.
Having rowed the gear lever of the 2,4 petrol (126 kW and 224 Nm at 4200 rpm), we prefer the 2,5 diesel. It has the same power at 125 kW, but makes 441 Nm from 2 250 rpm. This power goes to the 16-inch rear wheels through a five-speed auto, where a rigid axle, five-link suspension ensures a smoother ride than in my similar sized Stavic.
Since its launch in 2009, over 14 400 people have bought an H1 bus. New buyers should consider the park distance control at R4 852.
It does work a treat.
Huyndai’s new H1 Bus (right) hopes to also be SA’s best-selling people mover, just like the previous generation (left).