New Hyundai Staria, a space-inspired minivan

Who said minivans were dead? Hyundai has just started marketing its new large minivan, the Staria, in our country to demonstrate the validity of this type of vehicle. With a simply unbeatable interior space, the Korean firm has launched a passenger variant in Europe developed on a platform that has different commercial developments in Asian markets (transport vans and light industrial versions).

The idea is to offer an alternative to the long-established German models that dominate this segment, such as the Mercedes-Benz V-Class or Volkswagen’s Multivan family. They are aimed at two types of audiences: on the one hand, large families with three or more children with space requirements above the average.

On the other, in addition to private customers with an active lifestyle who prioritize space to develop their leisure or sports activities, the Korean firm targets fleet companies, hotels, and VTC companies that provide passenger transfer services for events. and/or VIP personalities.


The Staria is a minivan that establishes the line to be followed for future multi-purpose vehicles of the firm and is Hyundai’s response to redefine the travel experience on board

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And it is that the characteristics that the Staria presents perfectly fit these requirements, since its enormous exterior dimensions give this vehicle unparalleled spaciousness, habitability and interior comfort. That is why Hyundai has developed two possible interior configurations to get the most out of its functionality, with seven or nine seats, and two finishes: Tecno and Style; the latter with exclusive finishes for a more luxurious and premium interior atmosphere.

More a minivan than a minivan

The dimensions of the Hyundai Staria allow us to venture that it is a special vehicle, almost a “minivan” rather than a minivan of “classic” format and typology; In reality, there is little or nothing conventional about this model.

It has an overall length of 5,253mm, a width of 1,997mm and a height of 1,990mm with a generous 3,273mm wheelbase. This gives it a trunk capacity that ranges between 117 and 1,303 liters, a volume that is not particularly high for loading objects, since it is a passenger model focused on people and with enough space for your luggage but not indicated. for the transport of large objects, since its third row of seats cannot be removed from the vehicle.

The Staria is a minivan that establishes the line to be followed for future multi-purpose vehicles of the firm and is Hyundai's response to redefine the travel experience on board

The Staria is a minivan that establishes the line to be followed for future multi-purpose vehicles of the firm and is Hyundai’s response to redefine the travel experience on board

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Undoubtedly, what is most striking about this unique interpretation of the minivan is its design, with very aerodynamic and rounded shapes reminiscent of a spaceship. Other visually striking and groundbreaking aesthetic elements and resources end up giving it a very bold, risky and polarizing image: either you like it or you don’t, but it doesn’t leave you indifferent. This is the case, for example, of the LED daytime running lights, which extend across the width of the vehicle in a fine line that crosses the front of the vehicle from side to side. The daring optical assemblies are also surprising, with headlights grouped in quadrants located in a low position on the sides.

The Staria has very aerodynamic and rounded shapes reminiscent of a spaceship

The curved front that projects the same angle of the hood until connecting it with its large front windshield is completed with a large-format grille and a wide mesh with diamond-type graphic patterns, in body color, so as not to stand out or distinguish this area but rather the opposite: to unify or conceal the area to create a more “unitary” nose, like that of a train or an airplane.

This concept of unifying surfaces and colors to create an optical effect of speed is accentuated by the use of decorative details in body color. Thus, all the components of the front use a tinted chrome effect that maximizes the modern and minimalist style of the vehicle: emblem, 18-inch wheels, side mirrors, door handles…

The Staria is a minivan that sets the line to follow for future multipurpose vehicles of the firm and is Hyundai's response to redefine the on-board travel experienceThe Staria is a minivan that sets the line to follow for future multipurpose vehicles of the firm and is Hyundai's answer to redefining the on-board travel experience

The driving position maintains the futuristic look of the exterior, with 10.25″ digital instrumentation and a touch screen of the same size crowning the center console.

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The side silhouette of the Staria is characterized by a very low waistline, which results in very high windows with a large glass surface to facilitate the outward vision of passengers and bring light to the cabin. Its two large automatically operated sliding rear doors also contribute to giving the Staria a great interior spaciousness and accessibility. The huge tailgate, in turn, facilitates the loading of luggage in a trunk that does not stand out for its capacity. The rear features two large elongated vertical pilots with a parametric pixel design to continue its futuristic aerospace-inspired design.

Lifestyle concept of interior utilization

The interior, according to Hyundai’s own designers, is inspired by the universe of cruise ships, with a general atmosphere of an open type thanks to an architecture that favors spaciousness and light. The layout and ergonomics respond to a simple and practical design to increase passenger convenience and comfort. An approach that symbolizes an “inside-out” design methodology emphasizing interior spaciousness and ease of use.

Multiple spaces, drawers and storage compartments are distributed throughout the cabin but it is the space for the legs and heads of the occupants – one of the best in its segment – ​​what makes the difference in the Staria, with longitudinal displacement seats in the second and third row and numerous possibilities of adaptation and configuration depending on the preferences of the occupants.

The Staria is a minivan that establishes the line to be followed for future multi-purpose vehicles of the firm and is Hyundai's response to redefine the travel experience on board

The interior seats are reclining and even have footrests to guarantee ride comfort.

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Thus, the relax function stands out in the high-end 7-seater model, where passengers in the second row can activate, with a single touch, this position in their premium seats to travel in maximum comfort. This position allows the seat, backrest and footrest to automatically recline to almost full tilt, like a Business Class airplane seat, which comfortably dissipates weight and improves the overall balance of the body almost as if it were a bed.

In terms of technology, mention the connectivity options of the Staria, which has 10.25-inch digital instrumentation, a 10.25-inch Audio Video Navigation (AVN) system and first-class infotainment functions with a Bose premium sound system. with 12 speakers, wireless charging pad and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connection.

A single diesel engine available

As far as the mechanics are concerned, the only propulsion system available in the Staria is a 2.2-liter CRDI diesel block that produces a power of 177 CV with a torque of 431.5 Nm and is associated with a transmission 8-speed automatic managed by an electronic gear lever using buttons (Shift by Wire). It has three driving modes: Eco, Normal and Sport, and the traction can be front or total.

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The Staria is a minivan that establishes the line to be followed for future multi-purpose vehicles of the firm and is Hyundai's response to redefine the travel experience on board

The boot capacity ranges between 117 and 1,303 liters

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