Those with a budget of R1.0-million for a people mover have many competent options, with the Volkswagen Transporter being arguably the most well established. How does the Transporter compare with two competent rivals when it comes to value for money?

Those in the market for a new hatchback in the R300 000 bracket will have several competent options to choose from, one of which is the Renault Clio. For today’s comparison, we will be comparing the Life-spec Clio with the base model Opel Corsa and LX-spec Kia Rio to determine which offers the best value for money.

volkswagen transporter vs opel zafira vs hyundai staria: which is the best value for money?

Practicality

The trio are all very similar in terms of dimensions, but it is the Renault with the largest boot, followed by the Kia and then the Opel. Despite the boot space advantage, there is very little to differentiate the products from an interior space perspective.

volkswagen transporter vs opel zafira vs hyundai staria: which is the best value for money?

Performance

In terms of performance, the Corsa is at a disadvantage, sporting the lowest power and torque figures, followed by the Kia which has a lower torque figure than the Clio while coming in over 150kg heavier than the Renault. When looking at efficiency, all three products have nearly identical claimed fuel consumption figures, with Renault just pipping the Opel and Kia to the post.

  Renault Clio 1.0 Turbo Life Opel Corsa 1.2 Kia Rio hatch 1.4 LX
Engine 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbo petrol 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder petrol
Transmission 5-speed manual 5-speed manual  6-speed manual
Power 74 kW 55 kW 73 kW
Torque 160 Nm 118 Nm 135 Nm
Kerb weight 983kg 1 055kg 1 130kg
Boot space 391-litres 309-litres 325-litres
CO2 emissions 132 g/km 130 g/km 137 g/km
Fuel consumption 5.7 L/100km 5.8 L/100km 5.8 L/100km
Price R309 900 R309 900 R315 995

*This table was compiled with information sourced from www.duoporta.co.za as well as the official press releases of each model.

Specification

All three models feature the basics, with ABS, airbags (four in the Clio, six in the Corsa and two in the Kia), ISOFIX child seat anchor points, cloth-covered seats, airconditioning, multifunction steering wheels, front and rear electric windows, an audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and remote central locking. Both the Renault and Opel get cruise control and rear Park Distance Control while the Kia gets front fog lights and alloy wheels.

volkswagen transporter vs opel zafira vs hyundai staria: which is the best value for money?

Safety

The Clio was crash tested by the Euro NCAP programme in 2019 and received 5-Stars, with 96% for adult occupant safety, 89% for child occupant safety, 72% for vulnerable road users and 75% for its safety assistance systems. The Corsa was tested by the same programme in 2019 and received a 4-Star with 84% for adult occupant safety, 86% for child occupant safety, 66% for pedestrian safety and 69% for its safety assistance systems. In 2017, Euro NCAP tested the Kia Rio, and it achieved a 3-Star safety rating, with 85% for adult occupant safety, 84% for child occupant safety, 62% for pedestrian safety and 25% for its safety assistance systems.

volkswagen transporter vs opel zafira vs hyundai staria: which is the best value for money?

Warranty and maintenance

In the warranty department, the Kia is the best offering, with a 5-year/unlimited mileage warranty and 4-year/60 000km service plan, followed by Opel which gets a 3-year/45 000km service plan and 3-year/120 000km warranty with the Clio in third place with a 5-year/150 000km warranty and a 2-year/30 000km service plan.

volkswagen transporter vs opel zafira vs hyundai staria: which is the best value for money?

Verdict

Looking at the data, there is not a product here that offers poor value for money, but there can only be one winner and the Renault Clio edges it by the smallest of margins by virtue of its strong performance across the categories listed.

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volkswagen transporter vs opel zafira vs hyundai staria: which is the best value for money?
volkswagen transporter vs opel zafira vs hyundai staria: which is the best value for money?
volkswagen transporter vs opel zafira vs hyundai staria: which is the best value for money?
volkswagen transporter vs opel zafira vs hyundai staria: which is the best value for money?
volkswagen transporter vs opel zafira vs hyundai staria: which is the best value for money?
volkswagen transporter vs opel zafira vs hyundai staria: which is the best value for money?
volkswagen transporter vs opel zafira vs hyundai staria: which is the best value for money?
volkswagen transporter vs opel zafira vs hyundai staria: which is the best value for money?

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