“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step.” Chinese Proverb

If you are a business owner, or want to start a new business – then consider the Changan Star Double-cab Lux as part of your mission and vision statement.

Here are five reasons why you should buy the Changan Star Double-cab Lux?

  1. The Changan Star Double Cab is offering the most value-for-money package in the base or entry-level LCV workhorse segment. For the aspiring entrepreneur who does not have the capital or credit to finance a Hyundai H-100 or a Kia K2500, where a Nissan NP200 is too small and a Suzuki Super Carry too slow – the Changan Star 1.3L is the ideal option. The Changan Star has low running costs, parts are readily available and it is easy to maintain.
  2. It has a brilliant 1.3L, 4-cylinder engine that produces 72kw of power and 119nm of torque sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. Short to medium trips the performance is more than adequate and the ride quality is reasonably comfortable. Without a substantial payload in the rear and at highway speeds there is some vibration – given the rear leaf spring suspension set-up and most of the weight is in the front. Though it rides on 175/70/R14 tyres and has a ground clearance of 155mm – I personally found the Changan composed and relatively settled in the corners.
  3. It can carry a payload of building material, rubble, gardening equipment – anything up to 1000kg/1 ton. With this much weight in the rear, the Changan is in its element…its workhorse capabilities are truly inspiring. Fold-down the sides and tailgate, and the 2.06m long by 1.52m wide cargo area transforms into flatbed – which is versatile when moving household furniture.
  4. It is light on fuel. The Changan Star is a true workhorse, but offers the fuel efficiency of a small hatchback. For the seven days I drove the Changan, I refueled only twice. I used and drove it like any other car; I ran errands with it, visited dealerships, dropped my daughter at school in the morning and picked her up in the afternoon. My driving patterns were never consistent; 7.6L/100km on the days I was rushing around, driving the LCV bakkie as fast and as hard as mechanically possible, otherwise 6.5L/100km was the overall average fuel consumption.
  5. Comparing apples with apples, the Changan is the most affordable LCV in its class. It is both reliable and capable, and yet has the easy to drive versatility of a day-to-day runabout vehicle. It is even has a radio with an auxiliary port – albeit a two speaker sound system. My wife drove the Changan, she quite enjoyed the ride height and the extra visibility on the road. Her words were, “for what it is and for R166 880…it is a bargain.” The Changan Double-cab comes with a 3year/100 000km warranty and for a limited time JMC are offering a R10 000 discount on all single and double-cab models.


By Dean Joseph