2024 Hyundai Staria Review

By Alexi Falson on 26 Feb 2024
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  • Massive interior cabin filled with clever practical touches
  • Outstanding boot space with three rows standing
  • Comfortable and compliant ride on a mix of Aussie roads
  • Long safety equipment list for base model
  • No ISOFIX anchors or top tether mounts in the third row
  • Thirsty V6 petrol
  • Ride height might make some drivers nervous in carparks
Hyundai Staria Elite Specs
    • 75L
    • 218
    • 3800 / 1500
    • 5 star
    • Automatic
Buyers looking for a large and practical family-mover should definitely have the Hyundai Staria in their sights.

Built primarily to serve growing families, Hyundai’s eight-seater people mover features sleek styling, a huge cabin and a handsome list of features to keep your family comfortable and safe on the road.

With some fierce competition in the world of family people movers, let's take a closer look at the Hyundai Staria to see how it stacks up in 2024.

Hyundai Staria Competition

Hyundai Staria

Kia Carnival
Volkswagen Multivan
Toyota Granvia
Mercedes-Benz V-Class
Volkswagen Caravelle

Starting Price: $49,000

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How Much Does It Cost?

The MY24 Hyundai Staria range is priced from $49,00 for the entry-level Staria Petrol FWD, while the Staria Diesel AWD is priced at $52,000.

Stepping up to the Staria Elite Petrol FWD brings the price to $57,000, while the Staria Elite Diesel AWD is priced at $60,000.

Finally, the range-topping Staria Highlander Petrol FWD is priced at $64,000 while the flagship Staria Highlander Diesel AWD is priced at $67,000.

Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change and do not include on-road costs.

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Hyundai Staria (ELITE) Specifications

Model Date 2024
Series US4.V2 MY23
Variant ELITE
Fuel type DIESEL
Transmission 8 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive AWD
Engine TCDI
Engine capacity 2199
Engine configuration DUAL OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
Engine RPM 3800 / 1500
Cylinders DT4
Torque 430
KW 130
Fuel tank size 75.0
Fuel usage specs 8.2 / 0
CO2 218
ANCAP security rating 5

What Features & Specs Does the Hyundai Staria Have?

Hyundai’s entry-level Staria comes riding on 18-inch alloys and receives adaptive cruise control, LED head & tail lights, fog lights and daytime running lamps, cloth upholstery with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a surround-view monitor with front & rear parking sensors, a wireless smartphone charger and a six-speaker sound system.

Stepping up to the Staria Elite adds leather upholstery with a power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry & start, powered sliding doors, a hands-free boot lift, remote start, rear sunshades and an ugpraded infotainment system.

The range-topping Staria Highlander picks up a pair of panoramic sunroofs, a premium dashboard and door surrounds, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a blind-spot view monitor.

Connectivity & Infotainment Features

The entry-level Hyundai Staria is packaged with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display, while upgrading to the Elite adds a larger 10.25-inch infotainment display, atop the addition of satellite navigation and DAB+ digital radio. 

Does the Hyundai Staria Have Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto?

Hyundai’s entry-level Staria with its 8.0-inch infotainment system offers a wireless connection to your smartphone to access Apple CarPlay & Android Auto on the go.

Curiously, upgrading to the Staria Elite with its larger 10.25-inch infotainment display requires a wired connection to your smartphone via a USB cable.

Is the Hyundai Comfortable to Drive?

Hyundai has done a great job to ensure the Staria remains just as user-friendly as its SUV twin under the skin, the Santa Fe.

The company offers the Staria with a choice of two engines, with a 3.5-litre V6 petrol sitting at the base of the range producing 200kW of power and 331Nm that is channelled to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic.

For those looking for some added stability, Hyundai also offers the Staria with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel that produces 130kW of power and 430Nm of torque sent to all four wheels.

On the road, the Staria feels very much like its Santa Fe sibling, remaining comfortable on a daily drive around town and easy-to-navigate traffic and tight car parks thanks to the great visibility.

The acceleration isn’t anything to get excited about, though the ride and handling package is impressive for a people-mover of its size.

Around town, the Staria feels comfortable and confident while soaking up small and moderate bumps, while the high-speed ride makes it a great option for family road trips.

All up, the driving experience on offer in the Staria is far more refined than you might expect from a people mover, behaving much like its SUV siblings on the road and carrying on with Hyundai’s impressive versatility.

How Much Can the Hyundai Staria Tow?

The Hyundai Staria range offers braked towing figures of 2,500kg in both the V6 petrol and turbo-diesel variants, as well as 750kg of unbraked pulling power.

Gross vehicle mass figures for the Staria petrol stand at 2920kg, increasing to 3040kg in the Staria turbo-diesel.

Is it Fuel Efficient?

Fuel economy figures for the Hyundai Staria vary depending on which engine you’re opting for.

Those getting behind the wheel of the Staria with the 3.5-litre petrol V6 can expect to see combined cycle fuel economy figures of 10.5L/100km, making it quite thirsty.

The Staria 2.2-litre diesel is rated at a more fuel-efficient 8.2L/100km on a combined cycle.

How Much Fuel Does the Hyundai Staria Use Around Town?

  • Hyundai Staria 3.5-litre Petrol City Consumption: 14.5L/100km

  • Hyundai Staria 2.2-litre Diesel City Consumption: 10.4L/100km 

How Much Fuel Does the Hyundai Staria Use on the Highway?

  • Hyundai Staria 3.5-litre V6 Highway Consumption: 8.2L/100km

  • Hyundai Staria 2.2-litre Diesel City Consumption: 7.0L/100km 

Is it Practical and Spacious?

As you can probably tell from its massive footprint, the Hyundai Staria is a remarkably spacious package for large Aussie families looking for a practical people mover.

The front of the cabin offers a tonne of headroom, making it a spacious cockpit that offers a heap of visibility out over your surroundings while driving.

Compared to your typical large SUV package, there’s considerably more space and visibility on offer in the Staria.

This extends to practical touches in the front of the cabin, with the Staria picking up a number of clever storage options that utilise the sheer amount of space on offer.

Instead of a console that stretches between front occupants to the dash, there’s an open space that makes things feel particularly roomy in the cockpit.

There are storage options aplenty in the front of the Staria, with two storage pockets on the dash, a massive centre console bin, cup and bottle holders on offer to swallow up loose items.

Overall the interior design is incredibly clean, impressively simple and intuitive to use while you’re juggling a family in the rear.

Move to the second row and things are equally as spacious, with acres of head and legroom for those seated in the rear.

For those wondering if the Staria has ISOFIX anchors or top tether mounts in both rows of the cabin, unfortunately, you’ll only find them in the second row, rather than both.

Having said that, access into the second row is incredibly easy thanks to the large sliding doors which also come in handy when it comes to unloading in a cramped carpark, though the huge boot door can be problematic in tight quarters.

Things get a bit more cramped in the third row of the cabin, though its a perfectly fine spot for young kids to strap in for a long journey, making for a very impressive eight-seater people mover experience.

How Big is the Hyundai Staria’s Boot?

With all three rows of seats standing, the Hyundai Staria has a boot measuring in at a massive 831L, meaning you can squeeze eight people in with a large SUV’s worth of cargo in the rear without the Staria breaking a sweat.

Hyundai says that there’s an additional 1303L of cargo space on offer between the third row and the front if you ever need to transport some seriously large cargo.

Is it Safe?

The Hyundai Staria range picks up a long list of active safety gear as standard, even in the base model which is a nice touch.

The Staria comes fitted with autonomous emergency braking, a surround-view monitor, rear cross-traffic alerts, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assistance with lane departure alerts, driver attention monitoring and safe exit warnings.

Upgrading to the Staria Elite adds a safe exit assist system as well as a three-dimensional surround-view camera, while the Highlander picks up a blind-spot view monitor.

Does the Hyundai Staria Have an ANCAP Safety Rating?

The Hyundai Staria has received a five-star ANCAP safety rating following testing in 2021 where it scored the following marks.

  • Adult Occupant Protection: 85%

  • Child Occupant Protection: 86%

  • Vulnerable Road User Protection: 65%

  • Safety Assist: 74% 

What Warranty Does the Hyundai Staria Come With?

Hyundai packages the Staria with a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty with capped-price servicing on offer for your first five appointments.

Service intervals for both the diesel and petrol Staria range are set at 12 months or 15,000km, whichever elapses first.

Our Verdict: Is the Staria Worth it?

If you’re in need of an eight-seat people mover to keep up with your large family, the Hyundai Staria is a very impressive option from pretty much every angle you look at it.

The interior is massive and teeming with practical touches that make a huge difference for families, while the driving experience is more than able to keep up with a range of Australian road conditions that make it a great roadtripper.

Don’t forget that if you’re looking to upgrade to a new car soon, be sure to reach out to one of our car-buying experts who can help find you the best possible price. 

Five Hyundai Specs You Need to Know

  1. Five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty

  2. Front-wheel drive 3.5-litre V6 and AWD 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engines available

  3. 8.2 - 10.5L/100km combined cycle fuel economy figures

  4. Eight-seat platform with 831L of boot space behind third row

  5. 2500kg braked towing capacities for both variants 


Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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