They say that dynamite comes in small packages and we can definitely attest to that statement after driving the Changan Minivan. While it is certainly not the most visually appealing car we have ever tested, this budget beater won us over simply because it does what is advertised at an incredibly low price.
First impressions of the Changan were somewhat reserved. The minivan we were presented to test was part commercial vehicle, part family run-around. Typical of a Chinese-manufactured car, the Changan looks very familiar but at the same time, it still looks like its own model.
The interior of the Changan is practical, well laid out and had all the amenities one could possibly need. The cabin is comfortable and while we wouldn’t suggest using this for long hauling, but for around town commutes and deliveries, this little work horse delivers very adequately for the driver and up to four extra passengers. The load capacity is great and with some clever packing, the back half of the cabin can hold plenty of goods.
Ideal for big and small business needs, these hard workers are packed with ample power to take on any task with great ease.
From a performance perspective, the Changan is nippy over very short distances and cruises in traffic quite comfortably. The low fuel consumption ensures that you will always get more kilometres for your money and when running a small business, it is these little things that set the Changan apart.
The minivan starts at less than R155,000 and the dealerships are selling them as fast as they bring them in. Ideal for big and small business needs, these hard workers are packed with ample power to take on any task with great ease. The Changan is a great car, giving customers great value for the money they spend. Would we recommend it to small business owners – absolutely! It gets the job done!