People Movers under $60K: Gold Star Value Awards 2015

People Movers under $60K: Gold Star Value Awards 2015

New challenger tests Koreans.

Kia Rondo Si

Kia -Rondo -SiTAKING the top spot isn’t a first for Kia’s Rondo, which suggests frugality is not just a fleeting quality. The Korean bus doesn’t win on the strength of retained value – the predicted depreciation isn’t fantastic at 53 percent – but on the fact you can buy the Rondo for a mere $30K, so there’s not too much to lose.

The 7.9L/100km economy figure is quite good given how hard the 2.0-litre petrol works, though it can’t touch turbo-diesel rivals. Kia’s seven-year warranty is also a boon, which helps the Rondo people-mover see off challengers from other long-warrantied brands such as Hyundai and Citroen.

Hyundai iMax 2.5 CRDi

Hyundai -i Max -25-CRDiHYUNDAI’S take on the people-mover is just a commercial van with seats bolted in, but it’s very effective transporting your peeps, and doing it with minimum cost.

Fiat Freemont

Fiat -Freemont -frontIT’S a Dodge in drag, but Fiat has given us the more cost-effective version. The Journey on which it’s based finished sixth overall simply because it’s pricier.

People Movers under $60K Kia Rondo Si 2.0i auto Hyundai iMax 2.5DT man Fiat Freemont 2.4i auto
Purchase Price $30,240 $41,490 $27,000
Combined cycle fuel (L/100km) 7.9 8.1 9.8
Fuel RON (min. rec.) 91 D 91
Three-year fuel cost $4509 $4895 $5594
Redbook resale (%) 53.2 65.2 58.1
Three-year depreciation $14,152 $14,439 $11,313
AAMI insurance premium $944 $1035 $933
Service interval (months) 12 12 6
Warranty (years) 7 5 3

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