Filipinos sure like vans, and that’s a given. We are after all, a family-oriented society. Plus, we enjoy the occasional road trip and that wouldn’t be complete with friends and family, right?
The 2023 Hyundai Staria Premium+
To this end, MPVs, vans, and minivans have proven to be a common sight on Philippine roads. Hyundai knows this of course, and that’s why it has recently launched the all-new Staria.
Of note, the Hyundai Staria has four different trims for the local market. There’s the Cargo variant, the Commuter, the GLS+, and the Premium+. So which one of these might be the right variant for you? Let’s find out.
Hyundai Staria Variants: Exterior
To begin, let’s compare the dimensions of the Staria’s four different trims. For the Commuter, GLS+, and Premium+, all three are 5,253mm long, 1,970mm wide, and 1,990mm in height. The Cargo version does come with the same length and width, but it is slightly taller at 2,000mm.
All four also have a wheelbase length of 3,273mm, and all come with a ground clearance of 186mm.
The mid-spec Staria GLS+ from the rear
Concerning exterior lighting, only the top-spec Premium+ gets Dual LED headlamps. The GLS+ in turn has LED Multi MFR lights, whereas the Commuter and Cargo trims both use Halogen headlamps. Then again, only the Premium+ has LED taillights, while the others have halogen taillights.
Furthermore, only the Staria Cargo doesn’t have autolight control and daytime running lamps. The GLS+, Commuter, and Cargo do come with rear fog lamps, but the Premium+ is the sole variant that has LED rear fog lamps.
For easier access, the Premium+ then comes with power sliding doors and a power tailgate. Both of these aren’t present on the rest of the variant lineup. It is also the sole trim that comes with a sunroof.
The Cargo doing its thing
The Premium+ also gets extra points for style, as it is equipped with a glossy black front grille decorated with copper trims. The rest either get a body-color grille or a black and silver grille.
Moreover, only the Premium+ and GLS+ come standard with power folding side mirrors. The rest then come with power-adjustable, manual-folding side mirrors.
For wheels, the top-spec Premium+ rides on a set of 18-inch alloys. The GLS+ meanwhile, uses 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Commuter and Cargo variants come standard with 17-inch steel wheels.
Hyundai Staria Variants: Interior
In terms of passenger capacity, both the GLS+ and the Commuter can seat up to 11 occupants. The Cargo, as per its name, is optimized for carrying stuff, so it can only seat three people including the driver.
The Hyundai Staria Premium+'s cockpit
The top-spec Premium+ in turn can fit up to seven occupants. Then again, it only has 431-liters of cargo space since most of its interior space is taken up by its captain seats for the second row. Of note, the said seats have ventilation, and are reclining and sliding.
In contrast, the Staria Cargo, as mentioned, has the most capacity at 4,935-liters. The GLS+ and Commuter trims meanwhile, are capable of fitting up to 1,024 liters of cargo.
For the seats themselves, these are clad in Nappa Leather for the Premium+, and regular leather for the GLS+. The Commuter and Cargo meanwhile, both have fabric seats.
The top-spec model has captain seats
The Premium+ also comes with power adjustable front passenger and driver seats. The rest in turn, get manually adjustable driver’s seats.
For the driver, both the Premium+ and GLS+ provide a push-to-start button, an electrochromic rear-view mirror, and a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster. The other two have turn-key ignition systems, a basic night and day rear-view mirror, and an analog gauge cluster.
Only the Premium+, comes with automatic air-conditioning, while the rest gets a manual air-conditioning system.
The Staria Premium+ also has the best interior lighting out of the four. That’s because it is the sole variant that has an LED overhead console lamp, a mood and console lamp, and a room lamp. The other trims also have an overhead console lamp, but those aren’t LEDs.
Both the GLS+ and the Commuter can seat a total of 11 occupants
Hyundai Staria Variants: Tech & safety
For entertainment, the Hyundai Staria Premium+, and the GLS+ are both kitted out with an eight-inch headunit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is also capable of playing AM/FM radio, and it has voice control as well as Bluetooth connectivity.
For the top-spec Premium+, the said headunit is then linked to a set of Bose speakers with surround sound. The GLS+ in turn, gets four speakers plus 2 tweeters.
Meanwhile, on the Commuter and Cargo variants, both come with a mono LCD audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. On the Commuter, it is linked to four speakers. The Cargo then gets two speakers.
Only the top-spec Premium+ has adaptive cruise control
For safety, only the top-spec Premium+ is equipped with lane-keeping assist, forward collision-avoidance assist (autonomous emergency braking), and forward collision avoidance assist-junction. Both the said variant and the GLS+ do come with tire pressure monitoring, parking distance warning, a 360-degree monitor, and manual speed limit assist.
For airbags, both the Premium+ and GLS+ are the only two trims with side and curtain airbags. All variants do have dual front airbags. Standard on all Staria variants is anti-lock braking, hill-start assist, and stability control.
Lastly, only the Staria Premium+ has adaptive cruise control. The GLS+, on the other hand, uses a conventional cruise control system. The other two trims lack cruise control entirely.
Hyundai Staria Variants: Engine
Powering all Staria variants available in the Philippines is a 2.2-liter CRDi (turbodiesel) inline-4 engine. At the most, this mill can make up to 173 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque.
For the Premium+ and GLS+, both use an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Commuter and Cargo trims meanwhile both use a six-speed manual tranny. Only the Premium+ is an all-wheel-drive model. The rest meanwhile, are front-wheel-drive.
All four Philippine-spec Staria variants are propelled by a 2.2-liter CRDi engine
When it comes to suspensions, all four use a MacPherson strut for the front. For the rear, the Cargo stands out as the sole variant that uses leaf springs. The rest meanwhile, uses a multi-link rear end.
For braking, all four come with disc brakes for all four wheels. Both the Premium+ and GLS+ come with electronic parking brakes, whereas the Commuter and Cargo variants use a manual, hand-operated parking brake.
Hyundai Staria Variants: Price
Hyundai Staria Variants
Staria Cargo CRDi 2.2 MT
Staria Commuter CRDi 2.2 MT
Staria GLS+ CRDi 2.2 AT
Staria Premium+ CRDi 2.2 AT
Hyundai Staria Variants: Conclusion
Choosing a 2023 Hyundai Staria variant clearly depends on your needs. For small, medium and even large business owners who would like a secure logistics solution, the Staria Cargo is your bet.
For those who just want to fit as many people as they can, whilst providing a decent amount of comfort. Then there’s the Commuter trim.
There's a Staria for everyone
If you want to fit the most occupants but at the same time provide them with more niceties and safety, there’s the GLS+.
The Premium+ in turn is the no-compromises choice if what you’re after is the ultimate Staria when it comes to both comfort and safety. It will however, cost you a pretty penny, and will have a significantly less cargo capacity even than the GLS+.
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Cesar G.B. Miguel