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June 21, 2022

Here's Your First Look At The Base Hyundai Staria For The Philippine Market

While all eyes are on the top-of-the-line Hyundai Staria Premium, how does the base Staria look like? Once again, we have to thank sales agents for this rather unofficial first look (you can check out the rest of Hyundai Philippines’ launch line-up here).

To recall, the Staria Premium will be made available in two variants for the Philippine market—a 9-seater and a 7-seater version. The 9-seater has two rows of Captain’s Chairs with the first row being able to swivel 180-degrees. Meanwhile, the 7-seater has what Hyundai calls Premium Relaxation Seats which are designed to relieve the pressure points of a conventional seat, so you feel as if you’re seated in your favorite recliner.

The base 11-seater Staria doesn’t have either of those. Instead, it goes a bit more conventional with its 3+3+2+3 configuration. Yup, you read that right. The driver’s seat is separate, but the passenger’s seat has a tandem seat attached to it. Then, you have a second-row and fourth-row bench seat. Surprisingly enough, the third row manages to keep two separate bucket seats, although as you can imagine, the knee space is tad more economy than business class.

From the photos, it’s clear that even the base Staria would come with a decent infotainment system featuring an 8-inch screen. It’s very likely that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto would come as standard, but as of the moment, it’s still unconfirmed. The seats are covered in synthetic beige leather. The driver, meanwhile, gets a 4.2-inch digital LCD cluster. It’s not as high-tech looking as a full TFT setup, but it should the instrumentation easier to read. Other key features include an electronic parking brake and what looks to be manual air conditioning.

Outside, it looks like the base Staria will come equipped with LED headlights as standard, while the alloy wheels match that of the Korean market’s 18-inch design meaning it’ll come fitted with 215/65 R 18 tires. Oh, and based on both the button on the driver’s door and the placement of the key fob in the demo unit, it’ll have smart keyless entry. It also appears to have a front and rear camera as well rear parking sensors.

Shared across the Staria line is a 2.2-liter variable geometry turbo diesel engine. This engine’s good for 177 horsepower and 431 Nm of torque. The gearbox is an 8-speed automatic per Hyundai Korea specs.

Another interesting aspect is the warranty. As we reported earlier, Hyundai Motor Philippines (HMPH) is changing the warranty on the cars it’ll be selling to a 5-year / 200,000-kilometer warranty (excluding wear-and-tear items). It will also have the same warranty on paint, though corrosion coverage is only up to 100,000 kilometers.

For those who’re planning to use their Staria (or any other HMPH vehicle) for commercial purposes such as rentals, TNVS, taxis, you’d be glad to know that you’ll still be getting a factory warranty. However, it is limited to a 3-year / 100,000-kilometer coverage. Sounds fair?

Again, it’s worth noting that HMPH has shared nothing official on their plans as of the moment. We’re still waiting for their official launch which should happen sometime in July.


  1. Finally, a nicely-equipped base model. I just don't expect it to be cheap based on the gray market prices.

  2. How much? Will it be better than Toyota Hiace?


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