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Pod Bus vs Bus 4×4 Conversion of Coaster

Pod Bus vs Bus 4×4 Conversion of Coaster

Outback and off-road tour operators are a finicky bunch. Whether they operate in the Snowy Mountains, the Kimberleys, Kakadu, Fraser Island, the Red Centre, Cape York, the Savannah Way or the Flinders Ranges, most of them are in constant search of the perfect tour vehicle that can drive both on-road and off-road.

The interaction between the driver and customers is big part of the tourism experience. For lack of choices as well as other reasons, many tour operators still use the good old pod type ‘mine bus’ which is basically a truck with a bolt on seating pod. This pod truck-bus has served tour operators over the years, but you have to admit that this outdated hand me down is far from perfect as a tour bus.

The main deficiencies of this vehicle are its limited off-road performance (not good in mud or soft sand), poor field of vision and driver access for passengers. All pod buses are trucks; therefore, their ride is far from comfortable.

We compare the pod bus against the Bus 4×4’s popular conversion of Toyota Coaster. The Coaster Conversion and pod truck-bus are both in that 15-20 seat, light rigid territory and hence in the consideration set of many tour operators.




  Passenger Seats

  Engine Size



  Fuel Consumption

  Auto Option

  Build Time

  Price New (Ex GST)

Generic Pod Bus

  6 - 7M / 3M / 2M

  6,000 - 7,000 KG

  15 - 20

  5,193 cc

  110 - 114 kW

  370 - 419 Nm

  17 - 20 Litres per 100 Km


  90 Days


Bus 4x4 Conversion of Coaster 

  6.99M / 2.64M / 2.08M

  5,800 KG

  22 (17 With Cargo)

  4,009 cc

  110 kW / 150 HP

  397 Nm

  14 Litres per 100 Km


  14 Days


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The Bus 4×4 Conversion of Coaster comes with additional off-road accessories like super single wheels and tyres which perform better in sand and mud with a greater ease of changing tyres.

Our Verdict

The Bus 4×4 Conversion of Coaster outperforms its truck-bus competitors in off-road capability, comfort and fuel economy. It is also lighter, takes a fraction of the time to build and comes in automatic. The patented Bus 4×4 4WD Conversion Kit consists of majority Toyota components meaning reliability and parts availability.

In short, buying the Bus 4×4 Conversion of Coaster over a generic ‘box of seats’ is a no brainer.

Rehashed and rewritten from an old article by Matt Grooby.

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