Hyundai Staria makes global debut

The Hyundai Staria people carrier is expected in South Africa towards the end of 2021

Reuben Van Niekerk
Hyundai Staria

Hyundai has launched its new Staria MPV via a digital world premier. The Staria showcases Hyundai Motor’s transformation as a smart mobility solution provider and embodies the company’s inside out design methodology that emphasises interior spaciousness and usability. The Staria is Hyundai’s response to shifting consumer needs by offering them purposeful, innovative features and redefining in-car travel experiences.

The Staria will be available in various configurations, ranging from 2 to 11 seats in two variants; The Staria and Staria Premium.


Premium and futuristic styling

Evoking the streamlined form of a spaceship, the 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 front end is embellished with horizontal daytime running lights and a positioning lamp, together running across the width of the vehicle, complemented by a bold, wide radiator grille with a unique pattern. The clean silhouette is further accented by a pair of low-set headlamps while the same body colour is used for all frontal parts to maximise the modern and pure style.


The Staria premium model features a variant exclusive tinted brass chrome treatment, applied to the Hyundai emblem, grille, headlamp bezels, front and rear bumpers, wheels, side mirrors and door handles to emphasize the vehicle’s premium and modern look.

Lowered beltlines and panoramic side windows improve overall visibility and create a feeling of openness.


The rear features a wide window, framed by elongated vertical tail lamps, while the Staria Premium models receive Hyundai’s unique Parametric Pixel lamp design and garnish on top.


Inside story

The interior of the Staria applies a simple and modest layout to highlight 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 driver and passenger seats in the first row are designed to offer a feeling of space and comfort.  Housed in the dashboard is a 10,25-inch front display screen, touch-based centre fascia and a button-type electronic shift lever. The digital cluster is located on top of the dashboard for an unobstructed driver view.


Premium package

The Staria premium is equipped with a number of features that will transform the passenger’s mobility experience. The seven-seat Premium model is equipped with Premium Relaxation seats in the second row that recline electronically and also have sliding capabilities. The one-touch relaxation model reclines the seats automatically to a posture that comfortably disperses the passenger’s weight and improves overall body balance. The nine-seat premium models individual seats in the second row can swivel 180 degrees to face passengers in the third row.


Overall the Staria’s generous legroom is among the best in its segment and can be converted into expansive additional cargo space when all the seats are pushed together, made possible by the versatile long sliding seat function.


Safety a priority

Naturally for a people carrier, safety is a priority and the Satria can be ordered with as many as six-airbags, while all seats feature three-point seat belts and headrests in addition to a number of active safety systems



Hyundai Automotive South Africa aims to launch the Staria locally towards the end of 2021. The company is currently examining all configurations of the Staria, from the luxury seven-seater to the panel van version, to determine what the range in South Africa will consist of. If the luxury model is launched in South Africa, it will see the brand compete in the MPV segment for the first time. What has been confirmed is that the Staria will be offered in South Africa with a 2.2-litre VGT turbodiesel engine that boasts 148kW.