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2021 Hyundai Staria

2021 Hyundai Staria

Wow, this is a van with some very futuristic looks.  Bring it on!  Hyundai have created a stunning looking van that replaces the iLoad and the iMax and it’s called the Hyundai Staria.  I think it’s the narrow LED DRL strip along the front of the van that really portrays a bit of that science fiction creativity.  The huge grille underneath the strip runs the full width of the Staria’s face and it looks rare and attractive, particularly with the block headlamps at each corner.

There are five colours available as long as they are in shades of black and grey, so the Staria will look smart for all occasions.  Really nice 18-inch rims are available that keep the van looking interesting on the side view.  Around the back, the appearance is neat and, again, attractive for a big people moving van.  Two lengthy vertical LED taillight clusters are at either corner of the Staria, and there is a nice mesh design over all the lights at the back.  At around $49k the Hyundai Staria People Mover range kicks off and sitting at the top of the ladder is the AWD Highlander Diesel, which is asking around $65k.

A key fob opens the doors, and it has separate buttons for each door.  Climb up into the driver’s seat and the seat feels very comfortable.  The dash is simple and elegant with its piano black trim.  A very good infotainment touchscreen graces the centre of the dash.  The driver gets a cool pop-up style digital driver’s display, and the ergonomics from the drivers, and, for that matter, the front passenger’s seat is very good.  On the central display screen you can get all the modern features like GPS navigation, mobile phone integration, Spotify, Apple CarPlay, climate control functions, Digital radio, six-speaker audio controls and lots more.  If you have kids seated right down the back of the Staria, an onboard camera helps you keep an eye on them via the display, just to make sure all is well back there.

2021 Hyundai Staria

Front seat occupants have all the ports for the tech we often bring with us on a trip away.  Wireless phone charging and connectivity is a standard feature.  Cup-holder and bottle storage is present throughout the van.  Climb through the powered sliding door, sit down in the second row, and there is copious levels of knee, leg and head room.  The seats are supportive and soft, and they recline and slide forward and back.  Top spec models get a twin sunroof, which adds excellent light throughout the big van’s cabin space.  Third row passengers have decent leg room if the second row seats are set in the normal position.  If you are a tall adult, the second row will need to be in the forward position.  Kids, of course, can manage with less if the second row is slid backwards.  Two USB ports are present, as well as cup holders and air vents right down the back.  With the third row seats locked in position, there is 831 litres of cargo space, which is ample for pretty most any normal situation.  You can always tow a trailer or add a roof pod if you need some more cargo space when all the seats are taken up.

Five doors, 8 seats and seven airbags are ideal features you want to know are available on a people moving, family-friendly van.  Active radar cruise control, ESP, ABS, curtain airbags and lane keep assist are some of the top safety items onboard the new Staria.  High and low-speed autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian avoidance, front and rear cross-traffic alert, bird’s eye view cameras are also standard features.  The old iLoad boasted a 4-star ANCAP rating, and though they haven’t crash tested the new Staria yet, this new people mover should rate highly.

The 2021 Hyundai Staria People Mover is bigger than the iMax it replaces, and it comes in eight-seat form, with seven and nine-seat variants to follow.  The big 5.2 metre long Hyundai Staria uses FWD and an eight-speed automatic 91 ULP 3.5-litre engine.  This is a strong motor, with as much as 200 kW and 331 Nm available in all models: Base, Elite and Highlander.  The other option is an 8-speed automatic 2.2-litre turbo-diesel with 130 kW of power and 430 Nm of torque.  AWD options are available, as well.

This is a big machine, and you feel like you’re lording it over other road users, however, the relaxed, confident road holding, and effortless cruising ability, makes the Staria a very likable option for carrying friends and family about.  The brakes deliver strong stopping ability, and you never feel lost or unsettled with the way the big van steers.  Hyundai have done a great job in the ride comfort and road holding area.

A 5 year/unlimited km warranty along with 1 year of roadside assist comes as part of the deal on a new Hyundai Staria van.  It competes against the VW Multivan, Kia Carnival and the Toyota Granvia.  Resembling a spaceship with its curvaceous body and low belt line, this is the comfortable people mover I’d be wanting to drive, purely because it looks cool – though the Kia Carnival would be a close second, maybe first; I don’t know, you’ll have to make up your own mind on the best people mover for you!

2021 Hyundai Staria

The 2021 Hyundai Staria models include the:

  • Auto
  • Elite Auto
  • Highlander Auto

For any more information on the new Hyundai Staria models or, for that matter, any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181.  If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of Hyundai dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours.  Private Fleet – car buying made easy!