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A half-tonne bakkie alternative? Grandi10 Cargo versus NP200 in an unlikely on-paper battle

2020-07-24 10:30

Charlen Raymond

Nissan NP200

2020 Nissan NP200 (Nissan SA)

• Grandi10 Cargo and NP200 competing for customers with similar needs.

• These two vehicles are completely different, but fulfill the same purpose.

• There is a difference of R10 000 between these vehicles.

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Earlier in July, Wheels24 ran a story on the Grandi10 Cargo, Hyundai's little fighter when it comes to hauling a load around. While based on the standard Grandi10, the Cargo does away with the rear bench, which opens up a maximum loading volume of 1202L.

Our test unit, the 1.0 Motion Cargo, is one of two models in the Grandi10 Cargo range, with the other being a 1.2 Fluid model that retails for R234 900. And coming in at under R200 000, the 1.0 Motion Cargo only has one rival to contend with: the Nissan NP200.

The NP200 line-up consists of five models, four petrol and one diesel. For this on-paper rivalry with the Grandi10 Cargo, we opted for the NP200 1.6i 8V Base with aircon and Nissan's Safety Pack; given that the entry-level model is not equipped with aircon.

Here's how these two vehicles compare.

Hyundai Grandi10 Cargo

2020 Hyundai Grandi10 Cargo (Hyundai SA)

Price and warranty

Pricing is an essential factor for any business or entity that would require the services of a small, affordable panel/cargo van. Though the NP200 and Grandi10 are two completely different vehicles, they are after the same customer with the same type of needs.

As such, the Grandi10 1.0 Motion Cargo has one up over the NP200 when it comes to price. At R196 500, it is almost R10 000 more affordable the Nissan's R206 100 asking price.

Both vehicles have warranties included in their prices, with the NP200 boasting with a six-year/150 000km one. Hyundai, on the other hand, comes standard with a five-year/150 000km vehicle- and seven-year/200 000km drivetrain warranty. It also has a seven-year/150 000km roadside assistance warranty.

Nissan NP200

2020 Nissan NP200 (Nissan SA)

Practicality

While the Hyundai has a relatively low kerb weight of 912kg, the Nissan is slightly heavier at 1055kg, and with good reason. The extra weight makes the NP200 inclined to carry a heavier load. While the Grandi10 Cargo can carry a payload of 350kg, the NP200 can cope with 800kg payload.

The NP200 also has a load volume capacity of 1250L, which is slightly more than what the Cargo offers. In addition, the Nissan can tow a braked trailer weighing up to 650kg (580kg unbraked). The Cargo can't accommodate a tow bar. At 177mm, the Nissan's ground clearance is 22mm more than the Grandi10's, which should come in handy when the bakkie is loaded and a speedbump must be crossed.

While both vehicles offer seating for two, the Cargo's interior is more user-friendly. It has front electric windows, a cd player, AUX and USB inputs, a media system that is Bluetooth compatible, and an onboard trip computer. All features this NP200 does not offer unless you opt for a higher-spec model.

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Hyundai Grandi10 Cargo

2020 Hyundai Grandi10 Cargo (Hyundai SA)

Engine and drivetrain

The Nissan boasts with the bigger engine. Its 1.6-litre four-cylinder motor is bigger than the Cargo's three-cylinder 1.0-litre mill, and it produces more power, too: 64kW/128Nm vs. 48kW/94Nm. Both vehicles send their power to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.

Though the Nissan has the upper hand in terms of power, the Cargo wins ground with its better fuel economy. On its 43L fuel tank, the Cargo can squeeze out a range of 796km at 5.4-litres/100km. The Nissan has a bigger fuel tank that's 50L in size, and Nissan claims an economy of 8.1-litres/100km. That means 617km on a full tank.

Nissan NP200

2020 Nissan NP200 (Nissan SA)

Choosing one

Though there are other vehicles on the market that can double as cargo vehicles, the NP200 and Grandi10 Cargo are dedicated to this purpose. In terms of hauling a load around, both can see to that purpose, but the Grandi10's cabin allows for items to be secured. And the iron bars around the windows give that extra protection, both against burglars and items scratching against the windows.

The NP200's cargo area is exposed, and buyers would have to purchase a canopy or tonneau cover to protect goods.

Ultimately, the Grandi10 Cargo and NP200 see to different needs, and where you should sign will come down to preference.

Hyundai Grandi10 Cargo

2020 Hyundai Grandi10 Cargo (Hyundai SA)

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