Hyundai Grand Starex 2018 facelift officially revealed in South Korea

Updated Sep 29, 2020 | Same topic: Most Updated Car Concept

Under the hood will be an upgraded 2.5 litre CRDi turbodiesel Euro 6 compliant engine.

After leaking some images of the allegedly facelifted Starex, Hyundai has finally unveiled official refreshed version for 2018 year model in its home country. With a host of improvements inside and out, the Hyundai Grand Starex 2018 has been spruced up remarkably to stand shoulder with other models in Hyundai’s lineup.

Hyundai Grand Starex 2018 angular frontpre-facelift Hyundai Grand Starex 2017


The new Starex (left) owns a sleeker appearance thanks to a number of exterior refreshments

As mentioned in our previous article, the 2018 Starex has been given a sleeker appearance thanks to a number of exterior refinements. Particularly, replacing the vertical headlights in the pre-facelift model is the presence of new horizontal units in trapezoidal shape which is well complemented with the new 'Cascading Grill'. Also present at the front fascia are restyled air intake plus taller bonnet to offer better pedestrian protection and a more imposing look.

Hyundai Grand Starex 2018 angular front outdoor

The 2018 year model measures 3200 mm of wheelbase

Speaking of overall dimension, the new Starex measures 5150 mm x 1920 mm x 1925 mm (L x W x H) and 3200 mm of wheelbase. The figure for length is extended to 1940mm for 4WD version.

For South Korean market, Hyundai has introduced new and more premium range-topping 2.5 Urban model. The Urban is loaded with various interesting updates including:

  • Projector halogen headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • Chrome grille
  • Aero-blade wipers
  • 17-inch alloy wheels adorned with machined-finish
  • Refined suspension tuning for better comfort

top-spec Hyundai Grand Starex Urban 2018 rear view

Range-topping Urban model is offered with various interesting updates

Moving inside, the Hyundai Grand Starex 2018 comes equipped with a handful of significant refinements. In detail, the van now gets a revised ‘sedan’ interior with the introduction of new horizontal-oriented dashboard, new four-spoke steering wheel, redesigned gear lever, and a refreshed set of instrument gauges. There are also automatic air-conditioning and new ‘floating’ 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation.

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Hyundai Grand Starex 2018 cabin

The interior sees an introduction of heightened level of technology features

While the Urban model sees a wide array of updates, the Standard Grand Starex layout stays unchanged. Although the top-of-the-line Urban only offers 9-seat option, mid-spec and entry level versions are available with either 11 or 12 seats.

Driven the people carrier is an upgraded 2.5 litre CRDi turbodiesel engine which is compliant with Euro 6 emission standards and capable of producing 140 PS at 3600 rpm and 353 Nm of torque between 1500 – 2500 rpm when connected to a 6-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, 5-speed automatic gearbox is equipped with VGT equipped turbo-diesels dishing out 175 PS at 3600 rpm and 451 Nm of torque from 2000 – 2250 rpm.

The Hyundai Grand Starex Super Express is an easy-to-drive commuter van

In addition to the above-mentioned features, the 2018 models are also provided with hill-start assist, enhanced sound insulation for a quieter ride, softer suspension and locking differential for 4WD versions. will keep an eye out for more updates of this commuter van in terms of price and release date in the Philippine market. In the meantime, look at the table below for the latest price tag of the PH-spec Hyundai Grand Starex currently marketed in our country:

Hyundai Grand Starex 2017 price in the Philippines
Model Price
Hyundai Grand Starex 2.5 GL MT ₱1,378,000
Hyundai Grand Starex 2.5 CRDi GLS AT ₱1,778,000
Hyundai Grand Starex 2.5 CRDi GLS AT (with Swivel) ₱1,988,000
Hyundai Grand Starex 2.5 GL MT (Super Express) ₱1,418,000

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Hyundai Grand Starex

The Hyundai Starex is a rear-wheel-drive, van available in the Philippines. It comes in a seatless cargo variant, an 18-seater variant, or 10-seater variant.  

Locally, the Hyundai Starex has a total of nine different variants in the Philippines. The Hyundai Grand Starex Philippines price ranges from Php 1,248,000 to Php 2,938,000. 

Under the hood, the Hyundai Starex uses a 2.5-liter diesel engine, or a 2.5-liter CRDi engine. The non-CRDi versions are capable of making up to 100 horsepower and 226 Nm of torque. The CRDi 2.5-liter mill meanwhile, can produce up to 170 horsepower and 441 Nm of torque.  

All non-CRDi versions of the Starex uses a five-speed manual gearbox, while the CRDi versions come with a five-speed automatic transmission. All versions are rear-wheel-drive. 

Size-wise, the Hyundai Starex is 5,125mm long, 1,920mm wide, and 1,925mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 3,200mm, and a ground clearance of 190mm. 

Locally, the Starex rivals the likes of the Toyota Hiace, Nissan Urvan, Foton Toano, among others.