Hyundai has officially brought in the Stargazer for the Philippine market. It is the car brand’s entry into the ever-competitive seven-seater MPV market, and so it becomes another viable choice for those looking for a family-friendly ride, or a comfortable people carrier.
The all-new 2023 Hyundai Stargazer (GLS Premium pictured)
The Stargazer in the Philippines has a total of three different variants. There’s the top-spec GLS Premium 1.5 IVT, the GLS 1.5 IVT, and the GL 1.5 IVT. So which one’s the right one for you? Let’s find out by comparing their specs.
Hyundai Stargazer Variants: Exterior
When it comes to dimensions, all three trims of the Stargazer are 4,460mm long, 1,780mm wide, and 1,695mm in height. All three also come with a 2,780mm long wheelbase, and a ground clearance of 185mm.
Concerning the exterior equipment, only the top-spec GLS Premium comes with LED headlamps. The other two meanwhile, get halogen headlamps.
The Stargazer's rear end (GLS Premium pictured)
Foglamps, automatic light control, and daytime running lamps are not available on the entry-level GL trim. The said features are only present on the mid-spec GLS, and the top-spec GLS Premium. The GL also gets bulb-type taillights, whereas the other two come with LED taillights.
Also standard on both the GLS Premium and mid-spec GLS are power-folding side mirrors, a chrome finish for the grille and exterior door handles, and a shark-fin antenna. The entry-level GL meanwhile, gets body-color door handles and grille, manual-folding side mirrors, and a conventional antenna.
Check out the Stargazer's front end
Common features found on all Stargazer variants are a high-mount stop lamp, front and rear wipers, and a rear spoiler.
Completing the look of the GLS Premium and GLS is a set of 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels. The GL in turn, rides on a set of 16-inch monotone wheels.
Hyundai Stargazer Variants: Interior
All three variants of the 2023 Hyundai Stargazer can seat up to seven occupants. All are equipped with three rows, with a 60:40 split-folding second row, and a 50:50 split-folding third row.
These seats are clad in fabric on the entry-level GL, while the two higher-spec variants are covered in leatherette. Moreover, only the GLS Premium and GLS offer a center armrest, seat back pockets, and a console box.
A ll three variants are three-row, seven-seater models (GLS Premium pictured)
The top-spec and mid-spec trims also come with more features for the driver. The entry-level GL for instance, lacks the push-to-start button, smart key functionality, and cruise control features that are available to the other two trims. Moreover, the GL only gets an analog gauge cluster, while the other two trims have digital gauge clusters.
All three trims do come with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, though only the GLS Premium and GLS’s steering wheels are wrapped in leather. Meanwhile, the one on the GL is clad in PVC.
The Stargazer's cockpit (GLS Premium pictured)
Providing on-board entertainment for both the GLS Premium and GLS is an eight-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is then linked to a six-piece speaker set.
The entry-level GL in turn, gets a standard radio with a mono-LCD display. It also gets fewer speakers numbering at four.
Only the top-spec GLS Premium comes with a wireless smartphone charging pad. All three trims do come with one USB charging port for the front cabin, and two for the rear.
Hyundai Stargazer Variants: Engine & Performance
Powering all three Stargazer variants is a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. On all three, the said engine can produce a maximum of 113 horsepower and 144 Nm of torque.
The Stargazer's 1.5-liter Smartstream inline-4 gasoline engine
The said engine sends power to the Stagazer’s front wheels. All three variants also use Hyundai’s Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT).
All Stargazer variants also use the same MacPherson strut front suspension, and a torsion beam for the rear. Braking for all trims is then handled by disc brakes for the front wheels, rear drum brakes, and a hand-operated parking brake.
Hyundai Stargazer Variants: Safety
Handling safety for all three Stargazer variants are dual front airbags, anti-lock braking, and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
Only top-spec the GLS Premium and mid-spec GLS have stability control, traction control, a manual-speed limit assist, a rearview parking monitor, and a rear seat alert.
Further providing safety on the GLS Premium are a number of driver assist features. These include a high-beam assist feature, blind-spot collision avoidance assist, rear-cross traffic collision avoidance assist, lane keep and lane following assist, driver attention warning, forward collision avoidance assist, among others.
The GLS Premium is also the only trim that comes with side and curtain airbags, as well as a tire pressure monitor.
Hyundai Stargazer Variants: Price
Pricing for the 2023 Hyundai Stargazer starts at Php 1,068,000 for the GL Variant. The midspec GLS meanwhile, is priced at Php 1,198,000. The top-spec Stargazer GLS Premium then retails at Php 1,288,000.
Hyundai Stargazer Variants: Conclusion
When space and power is concerned, all three trims of the Stargazer are identical. All three afterall, come with the same engine and the same tune, the same transmission, and the same seat configuration.
Then again, the top-spec model offers the most when it comes to safety. In this case, this makes it the variant of choice if that is your primary concern.
The top-spec GLS Premium might be for you if you prioritize safety
The mid-spec GLS in turn sits on the middle ground as it largely has the same amount of convenience features as the top-spec GLS Premium, though lacking the extensive driver assist features.
For those who just want a basic but roomy seven-seater ride, then the GL might be more to your speed. Plus, it is also the most affordable of the bunch.
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Know more about Hyundai Stargazer 2023
The 2023 Hyundai Stargazer is a front-wheel-drive, seven-seater MPV. For the Philippine market, it has three variants. The entry-level GL is priced at 1,068,000. The midspec GLS meanwhile, has a price tag of Php 1,288,000. Lastly, the top-spec GLS Premium is currently available for Php 1,218,000.
Size-wise, the Hyundai Stargazer is 4,460mm long, 1,780mm wide, and 1,695mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,780mm, and a ground clearance of 185mm.
Under the hood of the Philippine-spec Stargazer is a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of making up to 113 horsepower and 144 Nm of torque. All trims use Hyundai’s Intelligent Variable Transmission.
Locally, the 2023 Hyundai Stargazer competes against the likes of the Toyota Avanza, Mitsubishi Xpander, Suzuki Ertiga, Nissan Livina, among others.
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Cesar G.B. Miguel
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