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Hyundai Will Not Launch 11-Seater Staria in Malaysia

Hyundai Staria

Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM), which just launched its luxurious 7-seater MPV Staria Premium recently confirmed that it has no plans to introduce the 11-seater version of the Hyundai Staria into the Malaysian market.

Management of HSDM said that the Grand Starex will remain HSDM’s sole 11-seater MPV retailed in the market. With the launch of the Staria Premium, HSDM is expanding its MPV offerings.

The Staria Premium is Hyundai’s first luxurious MPV at par with premium Japanese MPVs, and it sits in a category that is a notch higher from the Grand Starex.

The Grand Starex features a 2.5L turbodiesel engine that is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, swivel seats on the second row, a suite of safety features, and overhead display monitor among other features.

The aforementioned 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine, which is the same as the one powering the current Hyundai Santa Fe, is paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox by ZF. A maximum output of 177 PS and 431 Nm of torque is sent to the front wheels.

The list of safety and driver assistance features is quite comprehensive, comprising Forward Collision-Avoidance Assistance (FCA), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), a Surround View Monitor, Smart Cruise Control, and High-Beam Assist (HBA), Safe Exit Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Rear Occupant Alert, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

Hyundai Staria

Convenience features on the other hand include Smart Power Sliding Doors, a Smart Power Tailgate, and buttons on the remote to open the sliding doors, the tailgate, and all of them at the same time.

The Staria Premium is made to order directly from Korea with a starting price of RM358,888 (applicable for Peninsula Malaysia.

OTR price is inclusive of the Penjana Sales Tax waiver but excludes insurance) with a two-year or 50,000km (whichever comes first) warranty while the Grand Starex retails at a starting price of RM165,888 (applicable for Peninsula Malaysia.

OTR price is inclusive of the Penjana Sales Tax waiver but excludes insurance) with a 5-year or 300,000km warranty (whichever comes first) as well as 3 years of free service.

That said, read our review of the Hyundai Staria Premium here.

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Review: 2021 Hyundai Staria – Don’t Compare it With an Alphard

Hyundai Staria

When Hyundai first revealed the Hyundai Staria via a Digital World Premiere back in April 2021, I was very much impressed with what I was looking at, as the MPV looked like it came straight out of the movie Blade Runner 2049.

At the same time, I couldn’t help it but assume that there is no way this thing is coming to Malaysia because cool and premium vehicles like this, with our wonderful tax structure, will be sold at a very high price, which is why a lot of cool vehicles don’t make it here because they just won’t sell well.

Hyundai Staria review

Much to my surprise, Hyundai decided to take the chances and launched the Staria Premium 7-seater MPV in Malaysia last week with a starting price of RM358,888.

Overview

Contrary to popular belief, the Hyundai Staria is not just a more luxurious version of the Grand Starex. In fact, the folks at Hyundai said that the Staria here does not share any component with the Starex.

Built on a completely new platform, the Hyundai Staria is a fresh new product that is available in 11-seater, 9-seater, as well as 7-seater configurations around the world. The one which we are getting here in Malaysia is the 7-seater version. No other version is available here for time being.

Hyundai Staria review

Powering the Staria is a tweaked version of the same 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine as the Hyundai Santa Fe, paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox by ZF. A maximum output of 177 PS and 431 Nm of torque is sent to the front wheels.

The list of safety and driver assistance features is quite comprehensive, comprising Forward Collision-Avoidance Assistance (FCA), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), a Surround View Monitor, Smart Cruise Control, and High-Beam Assist (HBA), Safe Exit Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Rear Occupant Alert, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

Hyundai Staria Malaysia

Convenience features on the other hand include Smart Power Sliding Doors, a Smart Power Tailgate, and buttons on the remote to open the sliding doors, the tailgate, and all of them at the same time.

Design

The Hyundai Staria’s biggest strength is without a doubt, the exterior design. Looking like a spaceship, the colossal MPV is guaranteed to turn heads not only due to its sheer presence, and how cool it looks.

Up front, taking centre stage is the slim and long signature LED DRL that runs across the face of the Staria, complemented by a huge, funky grille below it which comes integrated with Matrix LED headlamps.

Hyundai Staria lights

Unlike most vehicles where the DRLs are part of the headlight cluster, the designers at Hyundai did not only position them separately, but placed them at the most unconventional places.

The DRL is where headlight is usually is, and the headlamps are where the fog lamps are usually found. The fog lamps on the other hand are part of the headlamp cluster.

Hyundai Staria headlight

Regardless of the unorthodox positioning, all the lights look like they’re in place, they look cool, and most importantly, they are not confusing when you look at them.

Moving to the side, we have funky 18-inch wheels unlike any design you’ve seen before, and huge windows that provide the occupants with superb visibility.

Hyundai Staria taillight

At the rear, we have LED tail lights with a cool “pixel” design, as well as a rear spoiler. Last but not least, we have two panoramic roofs.

Interior

While the exterior looked like we are in the year 2049, the interior brought us back to the year 2019, which is not a bad thing. The cabin just doesn’t look as futuristic as the exterior.  

Hyundai Staria interior

The main highlight inside the Staria is the 2nd row Relaxation Comfort Seat which reclines into a full “Relaxation” mode at a touch of a button. Offering top-class level of comfort and support, the second row seats are where you want to be in the Hyundai Staria; not the front, or the third row.

Hyundai Staria third row seats

But that doesn’t mean that the third row is bad because the seats are actually quite comfortable and spacious enough to accommodate two six-footers, or three regular-sized individuals without any issues.

Making life better for occupants at the rear are four roof air vents, curtains for all windows, USB charging ports for everyone, a Bose audio system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, as well as wireless charging in front.

Experience as a passenger in the Hyundai Staria

As an occupant, life was fantastic in the Hyundai Staria. While the seats offered top-notch level of support and comfort, the build quality and noise insulation level were impressive as well.

Hyundai Staria review

However, for a vehicle that aims to take on the Toyota Alphard, the Hyundai Staria didn’t feel as luxurious as I expected it to be.

For example, the design of the rear air cond controls and the air vents on the roof made it feel like I was in a very comfortable window van rather than a full-blown luxury MPV.

Hyundai Staria interior

And then we have the windows which reminded me of my Bas Sekolah back in the 1990s, which you have to manually slide to open and close in the second row, and unlatch to open in the third row.

Hyundai Staria rear air cond

As cool as they were, the way which I had to operate the windows took away the whole “premium” experience as an occupant, because I was expecting powered windows like what you find in an Alphard or a Honda Odyssey for that matter.

Hyundai Staria review malaysia

On the upside, features like the Suede upholstery in the cabin, the door handles, metal accelerator and brake pedals, 10-colour ambient lighting, the humungous centre-console, and the dual panoramic sunroof show that the folks at Hyundai have put in a lot of thought and effort into making the vehicle look and feel good for occupants.

Driving the Hyundai Staria

Despite its massive size, I could get used to the Staria and become one with it in no time as the visibility level was amazing and all the controls were where they were supposed to be.

Hyundai Staria test drive

Holding my big butt together was a 12-way adjustable powered leather seat with heating and ventilation, providing good support at all times.

With the driver assistance features doing their thing and beeping when they need to, things were kept under control at all times, instilling more confidence in me while driving.

Hyundai Staria gear

The 10.25-inch LCD display was an absolute pleasure to look at, with four funky display styles for the various driving modes – Normal, Eco, Sport, and Smart.

My favourite feature was the Blind Spot Assist feature which uses the cameras situated under the side-mirror and displays what is in the blind spot on the LCD display mentioned above every time you turn the signal lights on.

Hyundai Staria 10.25-inch screen

For a vehicle this big, having a clear vision of the blind spot every time I changed lanes or direction was a certainly a blessing in disguise.

With 431 Nm of torque available on tap, the Staria showed no signs of struggling even when it was fully loaded with occupants. It was just a case of “ask and you shall receive”.

Hyundai Staria driver seat

It was an enjoyable and comfortable vehicle to drive both on the highway and on city roads, and the body-roll was actually barely noticeable, thanks to the well-built chassis.

The only downside was that the infamous diesel engine note was audible at the driver’s seat when I accelerated. Fortunately, it couldn’t be heard in the second and third rows.

Conclusion

Overall, the Hyundai Staria Premium 7-seater MPV is a mighty impressive product. Not only is it arguably the funkiest people-mover in the market at the moment, but it is also very good at what it is supposed to do.

Hyundai Staria rims

Thanks to the long list of safety and driving assistance features, the super-comfortable seats all around, the generous amount of space for occupants and luggage, the premium Bose audio, and a good build quality, it is a very enjoyable vehicle to drive and also to be in.

The only downside, to me at least, is its price tag of RM358,888. While its futuristic and funky exterior design somewhat justifies the hefty price, the interior does not.

Hyundai Staria side mirror

Yes, it is much cheaper than the Toyota Alphard which asks for RM446,609, but the Staria is nowhere near the Alphard or even the Kia Grand Carnival in terms of the level of luxuriousness offered.

The Hyundai Staria here actually feels much more similar to the likes of the Weststar Maxus G10 (RM136k), and the Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer (RM287k) – large MPVs that are ideal to be used for shuttle services more than family vehicles.

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Hyundai Staria Arrives to Take On the Alphard – From RM359k

Hyundai Staria

Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) officially launched the Hyundai Staria Premium MPV today with an asking price of RM358,888 on the road without insurance, with a two-year or 50,000km (whichever comes first) warranty.

However, a five-year or 300,000km (whichever comes first) warranty and a 3-year or 50,000km (whichever comes first) free maintenance service can also be had for an additional RM10,000 which brings the price of the Staria to RM368,888.

Hyundai Staria launch

An add-on package which consists of a Roof Monitor Infotainment, Retractable Side-step and 3M Premium Tinting is also available at RM20,000 with the purchase of the Staria Premium.

Exterior Design of the Hyundai Staria

Looking like a vehicle from the future, the Staria’s front end features a long and sleek horizontal daytime running light (DRL), a positioning lamp, a wide radiator grille with a unique pattern, as well as a pair of low-set headlamps.

Hyundai Staria

At the rear, the Staria comes with eye-catching vertical tail lamps with Hyundai’s unique Parametric Pixel design as well as lamp-shape garnish on top.

Hyundai uses the same body colour for all frontal parts, which is complemented by tinted brass chrome Hyundai emblem, grille, headlamp bezels, front and rear bumpers, wheels, side mirrors and door handles. Moving to the side, we have lowered beltlines and panoramic side windows.

Hyundai Staria DRL

The Staria 7-seater Premium’s innovative interior space utilisation is made possible by the MPV’s 3,273-mm wheelbase with an overall length of 5,253 mm and width of 1,997 mm.

Interior of the Hyundai Staria

Its interior applies a simple layout, and features the brand’s Premium Relaxation Seats in the second row that recline electronically with sliding capabilities for easy reach or to maximize cargo space.

Hyundai Staria dashboard

The one-touch relaxation mode makes the seats recline automatically to a posture that comfortably disperses the passenger’s weight and improves overall body balance.

Even when the seats are reclined by this mode, there is enough room for an adult passenger to sit comfortably in the third row, thanks to its spacious interior layout.

Hyundai Staria interior

The cargo space availability varies depending on the arrangement of the seating configurations. The 2- and 3-seater, optimized for business use, offers maximum cargo space of almost 5,000 litres.

The driver’s seat has a futuristic high-tech look with an advanced 10.25-inch front display screen, touch-based centre fascia and a button-type electronic shift lever.

Infotainment

The digital cluster is located on top of the dashboard, providing an unobstructed view for the driver. Hyundai’s smart infotainment system that is equipped with a wide-angle camera also enables the driver and front passenger to view rear passengers in the back seat on display screen.

Hyundai Staria infotainment

A 64-color ambient mood lamp provides a lush interior atmosphere. The harmonious direct and indirect lighting can selectively illuminate the cockpit, console, doors and cargo areas. The premium feeling is further enhanced by the Bose sound system.

Powertrain

Powered by a diesel-powered 2.2-litre CRDi engine, the newly improved diesel engine is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering 177 PS and 431 Nm of torque between 1,500 – 2,500rpm.

Hyundai Staria

Where safety is concerned, the Staria comes with Hyundai Smartsense active safety and driving assistance technologies which includes Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM), Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go that keeps the SCC running even when the vehicle comes to a complete stop.

Hyundai Staria rims

Other features are Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) with Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA), Parking Distance Warning (PDW), Surround View Monitor (SVM), Rear Occupant Alert (ROA), Safe Exit Warning (SEW) and High Beam Assist (HBA) that allows for hands-free operation of the high and low beam headlights when oncoming traffic is detected.

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2021 Hyundai Staria to be Launched Next Week

Hyundai Staria

Hyundai’s all-new luxury 7-seater MPV, the Hyundai Staria Premium is all set to make its Malaysian debut on the 27th of October virtually.

Now open for booking at all authorized Hyundai showrooms nationwide, the Staria is the first of Hyundai’s Purpose-Built Vehicles (PBV) that represents Hyundai’s vision for future mobility and its transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution provider.

Hyundai Staria

The 7-seater MPV Staria Premium that is set to be launched here will be powered with a diesel-powered 2.2 CRDi engine.

The newly improved diesel engine is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering an estimated power output of 177PS and 431Nm of torque. Its high-efficiency, air-cooled turbocharger has an improved compressor and turbine wheel performance for better low speed torque performance.

Featuring Hyundai’s new design language that is futuristic and iconic, the Staria Premium’s front is embellished with horizontal daytime running lights (DRLs) and a positioning lamp on its front, both running across the width of the vehicle.

This is complemented by a bold, wide radiator grille with a unique pattern. Its clean silhouette is further accented by a pair of low-set headlamps. Hyundai uses the same body color for all frontal parts to maximize the vehicle’s modern and pure style.

It also embodies Hyundai’s ‘inside-out’ design methodology that emphasizes interior spaciousness and usability. Its interior, which is inspired by the interior of a cruise ship, delivers an open and unique atmosphere through its innovative design architecture.

Hyundai Staria

Like a cruise ship, the vehicle’s lower beltlines and panoramic windows create a spacious and stimulating environment for all passengers. The overall cabin offers a luxurious experience that is more premium than any mass market MPV.  

The driver and passenger seats in the first row are designed to offer a feeling of space and comfort. The simple interior layout focuses only on the essentials to provide more room and flexibility, such as the glove compartment in the first row passenger seat which has been moved forward to provide extra legroom space.

The cargo space availability varies depending on how the seating configurations are arranged. The two- and three-seater, optimized for business use, offers maximum cargo space of almost 5,000 litres.

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