Hyundai’s all-new STARIA multi-purpose vehicle has arrived in South Africa, featuring a futuristic design, and delivering a ride quality and premium experience that denotes the massive strides made by its Korean manufacturer since its humble beginnings five decades ago.
Evoking the streamlined form of a spaceship, STARIA’s sleek exterior is defined by a single stroke running from front to rear – inspired by the curve of light that illuminates the earth’s horizon at sunrise when viewed from space. The STARIA luxury model features an exclusive tinted brass chrome treatment, applied to the Hyundai emblem, grille, headlamp bezels, front and rear bumpers, wheels, side mirrors and door handles to emphasise the vehicle’s premium and modern look.
The STARIA interior applies a simple and modest layout to highlight the driver’s convenience and passengers’ comfort, while staying faithful to its original value as an MPV. The cruise ship-inspired interior delivers an open and unique atmosphere through its innovative design architecture. The vehicle’s lower beltlines and panoramic windows create a spacious, stimulating environment for all passengers. The STARIA is driven through its front wheels by an improved R2.2-litre VGT turbodiesel engine, mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It delivers 130 kW maximum power, and its torque output peaks at 430 Nm. Its high-efficiency, air-cooled turbocharger has an improved compressor and turbine wheel performance for better low speed torque performance.
The STARIA has secured the highest level of passive and active vehicle safety. It offers six airbags, and all seats come with three-point seat belts and headrests. Safety is further bolstered by smart features such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) in the top derivatives.
The STARIA also offers more safety features in the Elite and Luxury versions, such as Safe Exit Assist (SEA) which prevents the door from opening in a situation where a passenger attempts to open the power sliding door while a rear-side vehicle is passing by, and Rear Occupant Alert (ROA), which uses a radar sensor to detect and alert the driver if a rear passenger is left in the car after exiting the vehicle.
The complete Hyundai STARIA range:
STARIA R2.2 Executive 9-seater R789 900
STARIA R2.2 Executive 11-seater R799 900
STARIA R2.2 Elite 9-seater R959 900
STARIA R2.2 Luxury 9-seater R1 099 900
A seven-year/200 000 km manufacturer’s warranty and roadside assistance for seven years or 150 000 km are included in the price throughout the range. The Luxury version also comes standard with a seven-year/105 000 km service plan included in the retail price; while the Elite and Executive models have a six-year/90 000 km service plan.