Best Hyundai People Movers
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Great Vehicle never missed a beat owned since new 2013 build 2014 buySolid, Reliable, Family !! Is what comes into mind when I think about my Imax, i love it as a single mum I've never had to worry never skipped a beat no issues at all and shes 10 years old now! I would consider buying a newer model but since it's know longer an option I'll keep loving the one I've got . Happy Mumma Show details
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- Starting Price $52,990 to $72,690
- Drive TypeFront Wheel Drive (FWD) and All Wheel Drive (AWD)
- Fuel TypePetrol and Diesel
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Cameron NSWSydney, NSW 110 postsStaria 2.2L Diesel AWD Highlander
The ultimate family vanTraditional luxury players, like Mercedes and Volkswagen, are just sitting idly by as their R&D budget is spent elsewhere. That new Volkswagen Multivan can’t come soon enough!
That’s where the Staria comes in. It’s the 8-se... Read moreater van that isn’t just for moving people, but offers modern features, luxury appointments and styling that breaks necks as it makes its way down the street. It appears as if Hyundai’s van department wondered what happened to all the ‘cool’ vans, so they went out and made one themselves. Usually, people movers or ‘adventure’ SUVs that share their chassis with a commercial van or ute don’t exactly excel in the build quality segment. The Staria feels as if it’s as far removed from its commercial sibling as it possibly could be. There’s an obvious weight with plenty of sound-deadening fitted throughout the cabin that highlights this people mover’s quality construction. Leather seats and an infotainment system are straight from Hyundai’s premium SUVs, and are a welcome addition in raising the perception of quality on the inside of the vehicle. There are plenty of hard plastics splashed throughout the cabin, but to me, that’s acceptable as it’ll wear a lot better than softer materials. The AWD diesel Highlander model of the Staria is the must-have. It combines features, luxury and driving capability to make this a formidable people mover. Topping out at $66,500, this quickly becomes the best value large people mover compared to the European alternatives. You’re looking at nearly $100,000 for a similarly specced VW Multivan or Mercedes V Class. Servicing can be prepaid up to 5 years/75,000kms, maxing out at $1,800 for that option. That translates to around $360 a service. Cars that offer a commercial model usually suffer from a lack of isolation from their engine and road noise. The Staria managed to combat most of that sentiment. That 2.2L turbo-diesel motor does cause a little bit of a rumbley racket when it comes to getting up to speed in the Staria, generating a tractor-like diesel sound the more you press down on the throttle. However, once you’re up to speed, and the gearbox can relax the motor low into the rev range, it becomes almost like you’re riding in the cabin of a plane. Late at night, with rear occupants using the reading light, it really does feel and sound like you’re on an overnight flight back from LA. The Staria manages to come to a stop with plenty of ease. I’m not sure if it’s the driving position or the size of the brakes, but occasionally they did feel a little small for a van this size. The perfect pairing with this AWD system and diesel motor is the 8-speed automatic gearbox. It’s a common gearbox now used by Hyundai, and I am a fan. It’s smooth, predictable and rarely misses a beat. I wouldn’t really want to imagine what traction is like in the FWD-only Staria, as this AWD system managed to avoid having all 430Nm disrupt traction upon harsh moments of acceleration. The ride in the Staria is plush, but if you hit a bump too hard, that transfer of movement to the rear occupants is exaggerated around 1.5 times. So that slightly large bump you felt up front can bump bums off seats in the third row. This is a long van, but it’s not exactly too wide. It makes maneuvering through small alleyways, and tight streets, a lot easier than it might look. Additionally, the turning circle of the Staria is extremely impressive, I found it easier to park than the likes of a Kia Carnival. I wasn’t entirely light-footing the accelerator when it came to driving the Staria. What I didn’t expect was for this van to return a far lower-than-expected average fuel consumption figure. I was averaging around 9L per 100km of driving, whether it was in traffic or out on the highway. Where Hyundai went to town with designing the Staria was on making this interior as practical as possible. Australia misses out on the 12-person seating option for now, for what I presume is to score 5 stars in an ANCAP safety rating. More on that in the next section. Up front, the best elements from the Hyundai Tucson have been transplanted. This includes the cover-less driver’s display, steering wheel and infotainment. Although, I really don’t love the gloss-back capacitive buttons below the screen. They’re a magnet for fingerprints and dust, and make quickly turning down the volume a tapping frenzy. There’s no transmission tunnel, allowing you to step through to the other side of the van. Without a giant mound between the front occupants, it means if you park too close to a wall, you can step through to the otherside. There are also plenty of places to lock and store loose items. Two lockable bins on the dashboard and a small table placed between the front seats ooze practicality. Additionally, shelving below the infotainment screen provides a place to wirelessly charge your phone. 1303L of boot space with all 8 seats up is an incredible feat for any car, but you’d hope for this much storage when you first lay eyes on just how long this van is. The automatic tailgate is a must, as the small-garage-door-sized boot opening would otherwise prove to be a challenge. It’s easy to throw items in and out, thanks to the low and flat load floor, also making for a great place to sit down. The third row can fold to create an internal bench, or to help store additional items in behind the second row. Second row comfort is first and foremost. Five people can travel long distances with ease, as there’s no shortage of knee room, feet-room or head-room for anyone. As noted by the ANCAP requirements, this requirement restricts the movement of the third row, making it a little more restrictive than I would have liked. You’ll have to ask nicely for second row occupants to sit a little more upright and slide forwards to share all of that room they’re offered. For me, this is the ultimate road-trip vehicle, a van I really wish I could bring with me on my next trip to the snow. Until a newer people mover can come in and compete either on more power, features or price, the Staria now carries the crown as my first choice for a large people-mover van like this. *Disclaimer - I work for ProductReview as their independent car and motorbike expert. I borrow new cars and motorbikes from manufacturers and owners to review. I am not paid or incentivised by these brands to post reviews. I write and create content to provide insight and information about any new or used vehicle I can get my hands on.