Hyundai recently gave the H1 bus its most substantial upgrade since it was first launched in 2009.
The most noticeable changes are at the front, where the H1 now has a rather square but modern appearance. From the side and rear it remains the same.
Two engine options are available. The 2.4-litre petrol develops 126kW and 224Nm of torque and is mated to a manual gearbox. It’s offers buyers a more affordable option in the large passenger bus segment, retailing for R499 999.
The model we’re interested in is the 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel. Mated to an automatic gearbox, this unit develops 125kW and 441Nm of torque.
Since the diesel is the big seller in the range, Hyundai equipped it with everything the modern family needs.
In addition to copious amounts of space, the facelifted H1 is equipped with a new touch-screen infotainment system that can be upgraded to include navigation for a mere R2522. It also has ABS, traction control, stability control and front and side airbags.
The diesel bus retails for R630 000, which is exactly the same as the outgoing model.
Hyundai’s five-year/150 000km warranty and five-year/90 000km service plan are included as standard.