Hyundai H-100 vs. the competition


The Hyundai H-100 is the South Korean automaker’s answer to the public’s need for a capable yet affordable business partner.

This light-duty vehicle has been assembled locally in Hyundai’s Santa Rosa plant in Laguna since 2009 and has been one of the top choices for most of the country’s businessmen and entrepreneurs.

At the front, the Hyundai H-100 offers simple and straightforward features including headlights with bulb-type daytime running lights, a body-colored bumper, intermittent wipers, and quadrant convex-type side mirrors.

Inside, the Hyundai H-100 offers seats and a dashboard that leans more towards utility with a splash of comfort. The three-seater cabin looks modern even when compared to the interior of its competition, it also sports all-around ventilation to keep driver and companion comfortable even during hot days.

The Hyundai H-100 offers a 1,080kg load capacity.

Hyundai H-100

Powering the South Korean is the brand’s Euro 4-compliant 2.5-liter diesel mill mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The powertrain setup can produce a total of 128 horses and 255Nm of torque.

In terms of safety, the Hyundai H-100 relies on ventilated discs at the front and drums at the rear. The brakes have a hydraulic emergency brake system with LSPV (load-sensing proportioning valve).

Stopping power is coupled with support from a double-wishbone and torsion bar springs at the front and a semi-elliptical laminated leaf spring setup at the rear. A hydraulic double-acting telescopic-type suspension at the front and rear axles at the back improves shock absorption.

Hyundai currently offers the H-100 in an air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned variant. Price is at P965,000 and P1,005,000.

The Hyundai H-100 faces tough competition in the segment. Here are some of the staples the Korean utility vehicle is often compared with.

Kia K2500

The Kia K2500 is from a fellow South Korean Brand, Kia. As the H-100, it sports standard lighting equipment like halogen headlamps, rear combination lamps, body-colored front bumpers, manual-folding side and rearview mirrors, as well as door-mounted turn signal indicators.


Inside is an analog instrument panel, a polyurethane steering wheel and gear shift knob, and manual air-conditioning.

Total load capacity can either be 835kg or 1,235kg depending on the variant.

The Kia K2500 uses a 2.5-liter engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The similarly sized powertrain produces identical numbers: 128hp and 255Nm of torque.

This utility vehicle is supported by a torsion bar spring suspension setup at the front and a multi-leaf spring arrangement at the rear.

Kia currently offers the Kia K2500 in 10 variants with prices ranging from P820,000 to P1,110,000.

Mitsubishi L300

The Mitsubishi L300 might be the only Japanese in this list, but the nameplate is one of the longest-running models on the market.


It offers a boxier exterior with halogen lights, a chrome grille, turn signals integrated on the body-colored bumpers, and a larger rear combination lamp cluster.

Inside is a no-nonsense cabin with three seats and decent amenities with plenty of hard plastics intended for durability.

The Mitsubishi L300 can carry a total payload of 1,215 kilograms.

A new 2.2-liter engine powers the L300 and offers 40 percent more torque and pulling power than its predecessor. It’s mated to a five-speed manual and can produce a total of 98hp and 200Nm of torque.

The Mitsubishi L300 has an independent wishbone and coil spring with stabilizer arrangement at the front with a semi-elliptic leaf spring setup at the rear.

Mitsubishi offers the L300 in a single variant for P804,000.

Photos from Hyundai, Kia, and Mitsubishi

Also read: 

Battle of the commercial vehicles: Isuzu Traviz vs. Kia K2500

War of the workhorses: Hyundai H-100 vs. Kia K2500

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