In partnership with: Van Hool EX16M
ENGINE 10.8-litre six-cylinder DAF MX-11 POWER 320kW (435bhp) @1,450-1,700rpm
EMISSIONS Euro 6 using EGR and SCR GEARBOX ZF EcoLife six-speed automatic TYRES 315/80 R22.5
Kiel 2010 seats have two-point
belts; later stock coaches will
Van Hool EX16M is defi nitely
a contender in the mid-range
VAN HOOL’S MIDRANGE EX
Van Hool’s EX range is set to mount a serious challenge in the middle
of the market. The high-capacity EX16M is highly pleasing to drive
The carefully-curated Van Hool brand
retains its aspirational aura, but the
Belgian-built TX range comes with a price
to match it. The Macedonian-assembled
EX line-up is a different prospect: It is
a cost-effective mid-range coach.
Destined to be the most popular variant
of the EX is the two-axle, 13.26m EX16M.
As signified by the suffi x, it is a mid-height
model at 3.68m. A GVW of 19,000kg
means that it can carry a maximum of 57
passengers with a toilet.
The EX’s trim level makes it suitable for
a wide variety of work, including tours. EXs
can also be customised.
Leg room, even for taller passengers,
is very good. Also impressive is the view
to the side, particularly from the rearmost
A powerful engine coupled to a
torque converter gearbox gives superb
In fact, with the EcoLife observing a shift
strategy that makes good use of the grunt
available, it’s doubtful that many other
coaches would keep up with the EX16M
in a straight line. It is that fast.
Handling and poise are both peerless.
Here, too, it is a true Van Hool, and it takes
bends and poor road surfaces in its stride.
Even when pushed hard it retains its
composure without fail.
Make no mistake, the EX is a genuine Van
Hool. It delivers from a passenger’s point
of view and it is also excellent from the
Refi nement within the cabin is good and
performance is superb.
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