Fam­ily wagon

H1 Bus fits a gig­gle of nieces and a scrum of cousins

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - ALWYN VILJOEN • alwyn.viljoen@wit­ness.co.za

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).

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