Hyundai Staria vs Kia Carnival vs VW Kombi – R800,000 family cars

Several multi-purpose vehicles have arrived in South Africa in recent months, catering to larger families or businesses that require people carriers.

Kia as a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Group, launched its new MPV, the Carnival in January this year, to replace the Grand Sedona, following the launch of the Hyundai Staria in late 2021.

The Hyundai Staria and new Kia Carnival offer slightly more space than South Africa’s staple family cars which include the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Base configuration models start at around R800,000, some R200,000 more than the Fortuner, Tiguan and Everest, but owners with larger families will appreciate the versatility of the seating configurations.

These South Korean vehicles compete with the long-loved Volkswagen Kombi, which has seen a resurgence. VW aims to extend its MPV offering through the introduction an all-electric MPV and van range, the ID Buzz and ID Buzz Cargo, in 2023.

BusinessTech looked at the three people carriers you can currently buy in South Africa for around R800,000:


Hyundai Staria

  • Price: From R794,900
  • Engine: 2.2L Diesel
  • Power: 130 kW
  • Torque: 430 Nm
  • Fuel consumption: 8.7L/100km


Kia Carnival

  • Price: From 799,995
  • Engine: 2.2L Diesel
  • Power: 148 kW
  • Torque: 440 Nm
  • Fuel consumption: 6.8L/100km


VW Transporter Kombi Trendline

  • Price: From R780,000
  • Engine: 2.0L Turbo Diesel
  • Power: 81 kW
  • Torque: 250 Nm
  • Fuel consumption: 8.1L/100km


Mercedes Benz Vito Tourer

Mercedes-Benz also offers an MPV starting at around R800,000, which can only seat up to eight people.

The mid-sized van starts at R798,462 and sports 84kW of power and 270Nm of torque.


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