Korean marques again take the cake
1. Kia Rondo Si
THERE’S more than one way to skin a people-mover, and that’s just on the podium. While our winner embodies old-school MPV values, others here are commercials doing passenger-car duty.
The Rondo has cropped up more than once at the pointy end of the Gold Star Awards, and it’s clear why. The $32,790 Korean bus is a cheap way of carting the family, and efficient as well, thanks to a 6.4L/100km turbo-diesel. Resale is reasonable and insurance is cheap-as. Then there’s Kia’s long service interval and five-year* warranty.
2. Hyundai iMax 2.5 CRDi SLX
THE split between Hyundai’s huge eight-seater, a passenger version of its iLoad van, and third place was close. Size should make your decision clear.
3. Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Comfortline
GOLF-DERIVED (up front, at least) Caddy, like iMax, has workhorse origins, but it drives like a hatch. Terrific 70 percent three-year retained value.
*STOP PRESS: Since pubication of this article, Kia has increased its warranty to seven years/unlimited kilometres
|People-mover <$60k||Purchase Price||Comb. Fuel (L/100km)||Fuel RON (min. rec.)||3-year fuel cost||Redbook resale (%)||3-year deprec.||AAMI insurance prem.||Service interval (months)||Warranty (years)|
|Kia Rondo Si||$32,790||6.4||D||$3868||60||$13,116||$1044.91||12||5|
|Hyundai iMax 2.5 CDRi SLX manual||$41,490||8.1||D||$4895||69||$12,862||$1085.49||12||5|
|Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Comfortline||$39,990||5.8||D||$3505||70||$11,997||$1106.62||12||3|
Notable classmates: Citroen C4 Grand Picasso, Honda Odyssey VTi / Number of cars crunched: 10
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