When people think of light commercial vehicles, the main image that comes to mind is that of a workhorse that ferries people and/or hauls cargo. Its aircon may not be working entirely, its ride comfort is lacking, and its driver will most likely be tired to the bone after maneuvering it all day. A light commercial vehicle also does not scream “macho” like those rugged pickup trucks although it does declare loudly its dependability and reliability. It gets the job done, yes, but with much hard work and stress on its operator.
Enter the Kia K2500. This lineup of light commercial vehicles is a game-changer as it not only has added features that are unique to the K2500, but also is the only one in its category with a 4×4 variant. Kia Philippines is confident that the K2500 is the perfect partner for your business and one fine day last November, we get to see why.
We were set to test drive the 4×2 and 4×4 variants of the K2500 from Bonifacio Global City in Taguig to Tanauan, Batangas. The K2500 can be single-cab or double-cab and can be customized with various rear bodies, and for the drive to Batangas, I drove the 4×2 Karga/Kargo variant which can ferry up to 19 people or haul up to 1,235 kilograms of cargo. On the drive back to Taguig, I drove the 4×4 double-cab dropside variant, exclusively found in the K2500 lineup.
The fact that the K2500 has one of the highest output and torque in its segment partnered with its six-speed manual transmission gave me confidence in driving it. And it easily delivers, with a light touch of the clutch, its 2.5L CRDi engine with turbo propels the vehicle smoothly, providing solid performance all throughout the drive.
My 5-foot-1 petite frame was ready to take on the challenge of driving the K2500 from Bonifacio Global City to The General’s Farm in Tanauan, Batangas. I was nervous, of course, understandably so, as it would be my first time to drive a manual vehicle on the expressway and my first time to drive a light truck. Did I have a hard time, you ask? Not at all. And that is a testament to the K2500’s easy maneuverability.
Ride quality is impeccable. Once I swiftly got myself up to the cabin and adjusted my driver’s seat to the most comfortable position where everything is within my reach, it was easygoing from there. I felt some bumpiness on the way to the farm, but I attribute this to the fact that my truck was empty, so it was more bouncy. On the other hand, I did not feel any kind of stiffness on the drive back to BGC with the 4×4 double-cab dropside truck.
Once we got to the farm, we were treated to some good grub and given the lowdown on the specs and added features of the K2500 that set them apart from other light commercial vehicles: Blind spot split mirrors, overhead cabin lights and sunglass holder plus rear fog lamps. We were also shown the many ways business owners can customize their trucks to their liking and business needs.
There was a main test drive course on the farm where we got to drive the 4×2 and 4×4 K2500 vehicles. The 4×2 course saw the usual farm dirt roads and the vehicles performed as expected, with nary a bead of sweat. The 4×4 course was more rugged, and had that off-road feel to it, with the introduction of slopes, tight turns and bumpy and muddy terrain. The course mimicked situations when the vehicle needs to make deliveries to far-flung areas in not-so-agreeable weather. And, of course, the 4×4 variants did not disappoint. These machines were made to do their job and do it well with ride comfort and safety in mind.
Whether you are driving it in city traffic or harsher provincial roads, the K2500 delivers on performance, safety and over-all comfort. With its 4×4 variant, the K2500 is a game-changer, and its dependability, durability and customizability assure business owners that it is the perfect macho workhorse attuned to all their needs.