Mazda "Bongo van" the highly admired van by working professionals

Among Japanese import used cars from Japan, followed by Toyota's Hiace and Nissan's Caravan van, Mazda's Bongo van is also known as a synonym for commercial vehicles.

What are the differences between a Bongo Van & Hiace Van or Caravan Van?

The difference from Hiace van and Caravan van is its overwhelmingly low price!

It was announced that Bongo van would be discontinued in 2020, but it can be still imported cheaply at Japanese used cars, so if you want to import Bongo van cheap, don't worry!!

Bongo van is often used not only as a commercial vehicle but also for everyday use such as for going outdoors. The biggest attraction is that it can carry a lot of luggage even though it is a compact commercial van.

Depending on the grade, you can choose between 2-seater and 5-seater, so for example, if you use it for work, you may want to choose 2-seater, and for everyday use, 5-seater will be useful.

This time, we would like to introduce Mazda's Bongo Van, which has been attracting attention not only from Japan but also from the world, which can be imported cheap from Japan.

Bongo SKP2V
Bongo SKP2V

The great points of Bongo van

  • It is an overwhelmingly low price in the import market!
  • Large trunk
  • Capable of turning in a small space
  • 3 types of specially equipped vehicles

Now, let's take a closer look at what you want to know when importing Mazda Bongo Van cheap, which is particularly popular in Africa such as DRC, Congo, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda. We will go through the details here.

1.The large size of the trunk where it can carry a lot of luggage

Compared to Hiace, which has a larger car body than Mazda's Bongo Van, there is no difference in the loading capacity, and it is possible to carry a lot of luggage.

There are two types of trunks depending on the grade. One that uses folding storage in the second row, and the other that eliminates the seat in the second row.

Both grades of the trunk can be fully flat, so you can load a lot of luggage and also enjoy staying in a vehicle when going outdoors.

The height of a standard roof is 1,222mm and the height of a high roof is 1,345mm. Not only the exterior but also the size of the trunk is different.


2. Capable of turning in a small space = easy to drive!

Japanese van type cars such as Mazda's Bongo van is capable of turning in a small space, but since the nose of Bongo van is particularly short, the minimum turning radius is 4.3 m if it is 2WD and it is good at making sharp turns.

Since the minimum turning radius is almost the same as a light vehicle, Suzuki Spacia gear, Bongo van is also easy to drive which is one of the attractions.

Also, because the full length is relatively shorter, it is easy to drive on narrow roads and urban areas.

3. A wide variety of specially equipped vehicles are available

As a commercial van, Mazda's Bongo Van offers a wide variety of specially equipped vehicles to meet all the importer's needs.

There are three types of Bongo van's specially equipped vehicles. First, it is a "floor raising specification" that realizes a flat floor instead of double tires, second, a "van with tailgate lifter" that can store the room interior with a high power tailgate with a lifting capacity of 350 kg. Lastly, "Fresh vans" that achieve a high cooling effect with urethane insulation and FRP plywood.

Choosing a Bongo Van from these specially equipped vehicles depending on the purpose, it can be used on a daily basis and as a work partner.

Popular Bongo van model

A Japanese car, Mazda Bongo Van, is very popular with its low price in the import market. It is available in two grades, "DX" and "GL", and the functionality and number of passengers differ depending on the grade.

Therefore, from here, we will introduce the differences between DX and GL.

Bongo Van DX

Bongo DX
Bongo DX Back
Both are easy to use and have a good loading capacity!! The driver's seat is also spacious! The functionality-focused grade "DX" is a 4-door and 2-seater model that can be selected between a standard roof and a high roof. Equipped with a halogen headlamp with an optical axis adjustment function and a semi-logic manual air conditioner, the key is an electromagnetic wave keyless entry system. Equipped with an AM/FM radio with a digital clock and 2 speakers, which are indispensable for driving, so you can drive comfortably. You can optionally add infrared ray cut film, roof carrier, wind guard, and back buzzer, etc., so you can customize Bongo van according to your taste. A comfortable cabin from the standpoint of the passenger has several useful functions; a center console box with a cup holder, a door pocket on the driver's side, and a large instrument panel pocket, etc., so you can store various things neatly.
Model code

Bongo Van GL

Bongo GL Double Tire Model
Bongo GL Back Single Tire Model
Great for a transportation service!!

Bongo van "GL" is suitable not only for carrying luggage but also for transportation service, and the grade can meet the needs of daily comfortability such as daily use.

Among Bongo Vans that were greatly improved in 2010, while taking over the functions of DX as it is, the big difference between GL and DX is that the four doors are the same, but you can choose between 2-seater and 5-seater. For the purpose of going out with a family or going outdoors, 5-seater is useful.

If you intend to use it to carry luggage such as materials, you can secure a large trunk by choosing a two-seater.

Model code

Load Capacity and Engine

The engine is equipped with a new 1.8L water-cooling in-line 4-cylinder DOHC engine.

Maximum loading capacity Engine Specification Drive system Riding capacity Grade
1,150 kg (900 kg) 1800 DOHC Standard roof (4 - 5 door) 2WD 2 / (5) people DX, GL
1800 DOHC High roof (4 - 5 door) 2WD 2 / (5) people DX, GL
1,000 kg (750 kg) 1800 DOHC Standard roof (4 - 5 door) 4WD 2 / (5) people DX, GL
1800 DOHC High roof (4 - 5 door) 4WD 2 / (5) people DX, GL

Bongo van that has continued to evolve

The first-generation Bongo, which became the base of the Mazda Bongo Van, was released in 1966, more than half a century ago.

The Bongo series will stop the development of the next model due to the decrease in domestic demand and the stricter collision safety standard in the latter half of 2010.

However, since it has had a strong demand as a popular model of Japanese used car, please check stock at!

So, what was the history of the Japanese car, Mazda Bongo, for over half a century?

First-generation Bongo, May 1966~

The first-generation Bongo was launched in May 1966.

It was extremely popular at the time as a cab-over type car with an engine under the deck and was loved by many people as a synonym for a one-box car.

When the first-generation Bongo was released, three types such as trucks, vans, and coaches were released at the same time, and the biggest attraction at this time was the "super low deck."

In Bongo van, the floor height is 450mm, which is as low as an adult knee, and it has become as a pioneer as a lightweight cabover van.

Second generation Bongo, May 1977~

The second-generation Bongo, launched in May 1977, was a huge hit with 5,000 sold monthly as a Japanese car.

The second-generation Bongo took a new approach to the "very low deck" which was the characteristic of the first-generation Bongo Van. Realized a completely flat trunk by excluding the tire house.

This was the first attempt in the car industry for a van, and it attracted attention all over Japan at that time.

Adopting the cab-over type that was used in the first-generation Bongo Van and 12-inch double tires in rear wheels become a popular topic of conversation.

Third generation Bongo, May 1983~

The third-generation Bongo, which has been a long-running model for 16 years, was released in May 1983.

At the same time as the third-generation Bongo, the full-scale light-sized truck "Bongo Brawny" that covers 1 to 1.5 ton was released, and it was during this time that it responded to meet a wide range of needs.

In addition, the improved third-generation Bongo provided many topics, including the long-awaited 4WD and automatic vehicles to enhance its functions and launch the electric vehicle "Bongo EV".

Fourth generation Bongo, June 1999~

It is a model that meets the needs of commercial cars to private cars.

The current model, the fourth-generation Bongo, was launched in June 1999. While it is based on the previous model, it adopts a modern instrument panel and the "SK platform" which is newly designed only for the front part of the car body to cope with collision safety.

In addition, it is equipped with the same gasoline engine as the previous third-generation Bongo, but it was improved by adding an electronic - fuel - injected engine device, and similarly, the diesel engine was powered up.

The model that underwent a minor change in 2003 is equipped with a common rail diesel turbo that complies with exhaust emission regulations. It has two grades, GL and DX, so that it can meet the needs of commercial vans to private cars.

Bongo SKP2V
Bongo SKP2V

What is the difference between Bongo van and Vanette van! ?

The answers are almost the same!!! These two are very similar. In fact, they have the same model code, but Bongo van has SK82V, and Vanette van has SK82VN (N is Nissan's N). In other words, they are almost the same. The prices are almost the same, so why not choose your favorite manufacturer?

When looking for an imported car, why not try searching with SK82V, etc. instead of separating Bongo Van and Vanette Van?

Bongo Van
Body Type Minivan
Total length x total width x total height 2,385 × 1,630 × 1,850mm other
Engine displacement 1,789 ~ 2,184cc
Riding capacity 2 people, 3 people, 5 people, 6 people
Nissan Caravan
Body Type Minivan
Total length x total width x total height 4,400 × 1,695 × 1,855mm other
Engine displacement 1,597cc
Riding capacity 2 people, 5 people, 6 people, 7 people

In this way, Mazda's Bongo van and Nissan's Vanette van are synonymous with the same Japanese minivan car, and their size, body type, passenger capacity, and drive system, etc. are almost the same.


Q1. Which has better ride quality, DX or GL?

GL has better quality!

With DX and GL, GL is more comfortable to ride. Since DX is a simple grade that emphasizes functionality, it is designed with an emphasis on ease of use and loading capacity.

Therefore, it is designed to carry luggage such as construction materials rather than accommodating people.

On the other hand, GL is designed both to carry luggage and accommodate people, and you can also choose between 2-seater or 5-seater, so the ride quality is better with GL.

Q2. Does Bongo van have good fuel efficiency?

With the 2016 minor change, the fuel economy of Bongo Van has been significantly improved, making it a fuel-efficient car.

The great improvement in fuel efficiency due to minor changes is the adoption of an electronically controlled 5-speed automatic (5EC-AT).

By increasing the number of gears and controlling the shift to an appropriate gear ratio, fuel efficiency is improved.