CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Hyundai Automotive SA has introduced an all-new, three-seater, Staria panel van that’s longer, wider, taller, and has more comfort features and lower fuel consumption than the long-running H1 van it replaces.
The futuristic range is made up of seven, nine, and 11-seat buses and a five-seat Multicab that has a separate cargo compartment.
Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director at Hyundai Automotive SA, explains: “The H1 Van deserves a long-service medal but a replacement. The Staria was our answer with its new technology, extra space, and luxury features – though the successful 2,2-litre turbodiesel engine will continue to give excellent fuel efficiency in the replacement.
“The H1 had a 22% market share through 2021 but we believe the Staria will do better than that.”
LONGER, WIDER, TALLER
The Staria van is bigger in all dimensions than the forerunning H1 – overall length, width, and height..
SOME SPECIFICATION COMPARISONS…
Length 5253mm / 5155mm – +103mm
Width 1997mm / 1920mm +77mm
Height 2000mm / 1935mm +65mm
Wheelbase 3273mm / 3200mm +73mm
Ground clearance 186mm / 190mm -4mm
The Stadia’s 3273mm wheelbase, Hyundai adds, “helps to ensure outstanding ride quality in the Staria.”
The sliding door’s gape is wider, loading height lower, and cargo load capacity increased to 900 kg – 100kg more. Two side sliding doors and the rear swing-type barn doors make access to the cargo area more practical and easy.
Conversions are, Hyundai says, easy – think hearse or ambulance…
WHAT ABOUT POWER AND PERFORMANCE?
The 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel in the Staria can deliver 130kW/430Nm to the front wheels through an eight-speed auto gearbox with the turbocharger and lighter components enabling a realistic overall fuel consumption of 8.7 litres/100km.
Maximum towing capacity is 2500kg (braked) and 750kg (unbraked).
WHAT ABOUT FEATURES?
Check the list supplied to The Corner…
Electronic stability control, self-adjusting headlights, daytime running lights, 17″ alloy wheel rims, heatable and adjustable external mirrors, and audio and Bluetooth remote-control buttons on the steering-wheel in addition to cruise control.
The middle-seat backrest can be folded forwards to create an odds-‘n-ends tray, and exterior styling includes body-coloured bumpers and external mirror housings.
…AND SO THE PRICE AND WARRANTY
The suggested retail price of the Staria Van is R599 900, which includes a seven-year or 200 000km (wcf) warranty; six-year or 90 000km (wcf) service plan, and roadside assistance for five years or 150 000km (wcf).
Service intervals – 15 000km.