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Hyundai’s popular popular H1 Bus has received a bold new face in a make-over that is bound to elevate this market-leader as an even bigger favourite among customers in need of a competent people-carrier that offers great value for money.

The whole nose section of the H1has been redesigned, giving the nine-seater bus, and its panel van sibling, a modern look that fits in with the styling of the passenger car and the SUV range of the Korean manufacturer, and it comes without an increase in price.

New 17-inch alloy wheels adds to the good looks of the 2.5 turbo-diesel derivative of the H1 range, while the addition of an infotainment centre with a large touch-screen enhanced the list of interior luxury and comfort features in both nine-seater derivatives.

A steering wheel that can now adjust for reach as well as height makes the driving position in the H1 even more comfortable; also found in the panel van. The panel van will still be equipped with 16-inch steel wheel rims, though.

Rear camera for parking assistance, with display in the rear-view mirror, has also been added as a luxury feature in the range-topping H1 2.5 Turbo-diesel Bus.

Projection-style headlights have been added too, which not only illuminates the road ahead more effectively, but also adds to the good looks of the new front-end of the H1 bus.

Existing features that make the H1 2.5 turbo-diesel bus an ideal family or touring vehicle include:

  • Bluetooth connectivity for the infotainment’s sound system with multifunction controls on the steering wheel
  • Cruise control with controls on the steering wheel
  • A full automatic air conditioner with climate control
  • Glove box cooling
  • A side airbag
  • Electric folding mirrors
  • An Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)

The H1 9 Bus has long been one of the most popular vehicles in the Hyundai line-up, with applications as a family vehicle as well as commercial use for businesses that require a car for transporting a number of people in luxurious comfort and safety.

“The H1 has never really aged since we launched it in 2009, but the new make-over has really given it a modern look and a bold exterior that will attract many more buyers in this segment says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

“The fact that we have sold 14 424 H1 buses and 2 727 panel vans since the 2009 launch proves the popularity of the car,” says Anderson.

The six-seater Multicab derivative has been discontinued from the range, however, individual orders with deposits for this practical derivative will still be consistent.

The refreshed H1 Bus is still available in two engine choices – a 2 359cc petrol engine, delivering its 126kW maximum power and 224Nm maximum torque through a five-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels, and a 2 497cc turbocharged diesel engine that delivers 125kW maximum power and a healthy 441Nm maximum torque.

Whatever the role, a genuine ability to carry eight people and their luggage over long distances (or nine if the seat between the driver and front passenger is deployed) is the H1 bus’s key strength. It isn’t an MPV and does not suffer from that category’s shortcoming of having minimal luggage space once the rearmost seats are in use.

Adding to its appeal in a working  application is the 1 500kg towing capacity of the turbo-diesel derivatives. Prices start at R499 900.00.