New challenger tests Koreans.
Kia Rondo Si
TAKING 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’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.
IT’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|
|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|
|AAMI insurance premium||$944||$1035||$933|
|Service interval (months)||12||12||6|