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People-movers Under $60K: Gold Star Value Awards 2014

By James Whitbourn, 16 Oct 2014 Best Value Cars

Kia Rondo Si

Korean marques again take the cake

­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