Hyundai’s H-1 bus represents excellent value when compared to its luxurious German rivals but is value for money always a good thing? We took the fancy 2.5 turbo-diesel nine-seater for a seaside getaway to find out.
The shiny veneer
Some car reviews almost write themselves or, better still, will be written for you by other people. When Mercedes-Benz’ press fleet brought me their range-topping V-Class luxury MPV for testing, I initially panicked about what to write… until the first passengers climbed aboard. All I had to do was listen and take notes…
H1-bussie bied nou selfs nog meer as die vorige modelle
Hyundai se bemarkingspan in Suid-Afrika het, sedert die bekendstelling van sy petrol- en turbo-diesel formaat H1-reeks in 2009, uitstekend daarin geslaag om hierdie gewilde negesitplekbussie ‘n markleier hier te lande te maak. Dit was veral die toe bloeiende toeristemark wat ‘n groot afsetgebied geskep het maar wat die laaste jaar noustrop getrek het onder drakoniese en sinnelose wetgewing vanaf regeringskant.
The bang bus
As our first launch report for 2016, it’s only fitting that it should start with a bang. Bang for your buck, that is. In a market where small city runabouts long surpassed six figures and compact luxury sedans are pushing half a bar, it’s great to know that Hyundai’s updated H1 bus range represents excellent value.
The best bus?
Like most of its competitors, Mercedes-Benz is on a serious mission to build more and more models in an effort to offer their products in almost every market segment. They’ve also been fiddling with their range descriptions and the latest addition slots in at the end – this new V-Class.