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.
You are also unable to sit in the Hyundai rock and roll bed seat facing outwards when the tailgate is up due to the different height of the Hyundai roof.
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.
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:
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.
For more information on our campervan conversions visit http://achtungcamper.com.au/conversions/