CHOOSING YOUR VEHICLE: The Hyundai Campervan VS the VW Campervan

We are often asked which van we would recommend for a campervan, the Hyundai Iload or the VW Transporter.   There is obviously no easy answer and lots to consider when choosing between the two.

THE ORIGINAL CAMPERVAN

As the VW has historically been used as a campervan in the UK and Europe, there are a lot of accessories readily available and made specifically for this type of van. Check out Just Kampers Australian website for a glimpse of what is available to purchase for the VW (but not the Hyundai.) Most notable here is the passenger swivel seat base which to date we cannot source for the Hyundai.

Another point to keep in mind is that the step into the Hyundai is higher and the sliding door opening smaller than in the VW, this makes it slightly more difficult to step into a Hyundai campervan.

Winner: VW

THE UP FRONT COST

If you are purchasing new, the price is like for like. Although if you have a limited budget and can only afford second hand, Hyundai vehicles drop far more in price than the VW once they leave the showroom.   For $28K you could buy a Hyundai Iload with low kms and still under warranty, however would not find anything similar in this price range when looking at used VW Transporters.

Having said that, Ronny our German Achtung Camper director would 100 times over tell you there is no comparison between German and Korean workmanship.   Achtung Camper can also get a good discount on new T6 vans purchased through us to convert into a VW Campervan. These two points lead us to the following conclusion:

Winner:

Hyundai if you are purchasing second hand.

VW if you are purchasing new.

 THE ONGOING COSTS

Regardless of whether you want your van to be a campervan or a normal passenger vehicle, Hyundai vs VW comes down to a few deciding factors:

  • A 5 year warranty on Hyundai vans as opposed to 3 years with VW.
  • Cheaper ongoing servicing and parts with Hyundai.
  • More mechanics in Australia are able to service/repair the Hyundai than a European model.

Winner: Hyundai

 For more information on our campervan conversions visit http://achtungcamper.com.au/conversions/

 

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  1. Simon Glen
    Simon Glen says:

    The Volkswagen T5 and T6 have a major advantage over the Hyundai iLoad: they have fully independent suspension with coil springs both front and rear. The Hyundai has a rigid back axle and leaf springs (19th century bullock carts had this type of axle) and so generally it has a harsher bumpier ride and not as good roadholding as the VW. You can really throw the VW T5 and T6 into corners. On non-bitumen roads the independent system of the VWs is safer and faster especially on corrugations.
    Being front-wheel-drive the VW T5 and T6 have the weight of the engine/gearbox over the driven wheels – an advantage in loose or slippery conditions. The Hyundai has a front engine and rear-wheel-drive and a long prop-shaft.
    The VW T5 and T6 have always been available with automatic transmission (called ‘DSG’) even with the four-wheel-drive models. The Hyundai iLoad doesn’t have the option of automatic transmission.
    The VW T5 and T6 have always been available with full-time four-wheel-drive. VW call it ‘4-motion’ (or ‘syncro’ on earlier models). Most four-wheel-drive VWs also have a locking rear differential – excellent for muddy conditions. Many ex-NSW VW ambulances are four-wheel-drive with a locking rear differential. The Hyundai iLoad is not available with for-wheel-drive.
    So, for travel off the bitumen, I would definitely choose the VW T5 or T6. (Even better would be a much earlier air-cooled Volkswagen T2 from the 1970s. They are really strong, have excellent ground clearance, good traction and are easy and unsophisticated to maintain. You can fix them in the bush. They will keep going on only two cylinders. But, finding a good unmolested one which is not worn out is really hard now days. Also, they don’t have the passive safety of more modern vehicles.)

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  2. Pam Lassila
    Pam Lassila says:

    It has always been one of my dreams to go around in a campervan for a while! I just want to quit the world for a summer or a year and travel around in the camper. I think that would be so fun and life would be so simple and relaxing.

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