Hyundai’s futuristic people mover has been priced for Australia.

    The 2022 Hyundai Staria is available with a choice of petrol and diesel power, and kicks off at $48,500 before on-road costs. It’ll hit dealers in August 2021.

    Unlike the ancient iMax it replaces, the eight-seat Staria isn’t a van with a family’s worth of seats inside. Instead, it’s based on the same platform as the Santa Fe SUV.

    That means it offers a full range of active safety assists, a more luxurious interior, and what promises to be a more car-like drive. It also offers all-wheel drive, which none of its similarly-priced rivals can match.

    Although it’s built on similar underpinnings, the Staria dwarfs the Kia Carnival.

    At 5253mm long with a 3273mm wheelbase, 1997mm wide, and 1990mm tall, it’s 98mm longer than the Kia, with 183mm more between the wheels and a 15mm higher roof.


    • 2022 Hyundai Staria 3.5 FWD: $48,500
    • 2022 Hyundai Staria 2.2 AWD: $51,500
    • 2022 Hyundai Staria Elite 3.5 FWD: $56,500
    • 2022 Hyundai Staria Elite 2.2 AWD: $59,500
    • 2022 Hyundai Staria Highlander 3.5 FWD: $63,500
    • 2022 Hyundai Staria Highlander 2.2 AWD: $66,500

    All prices exclude on-road costs.


    Power in the cheaper Hyundai Staria comes from a naturally-aspirated 3.5-litre petrol V6 making 200kW and 331Nm, sent to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    The more expensive diesel model is a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine with 130kW and 430Nm, mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

    Fuel Economy

    The 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine in the Staria uses a claimed 10.5L/100km on the combined cycle.

    The 2.2-litre turbo-diesel uses a claimed 8.2L/100km on the combined cycle.


    The Hyundai Staria measures 5253mm long with a 3273mm wheelbase, 1997mm wide, and 1990mm tall.

    There’s 831L of boot space behind the third row of seats, and a further 1303L from the third row to the back of the front seats.

    Braked towing capacity is 2500kg with both powertrains, or 750kg unbraked. Gross vehicle mass is 2920kg with the V6 and 3040kg with the diesel.

    Servicing and Warranty

    The Staria is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

    Servicing is required every 15,000km or 12 months, whichever comes first.

    The first five services on both models are priced at $360.


    The Staria hasn’t yet been tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP, but the related Santa Fe has a five-star rating.

    In addition to seven airbags – front, front-side, front-centre plus curtain bags on the A and B pillars – the following active safety features will be standard:

    • Blind-spot assist
    • Lane-keep assist
    • Lane-following assist
    • Autonomous emergency braking with multi-collision brake
    • Driver attention monitoring
    • Safe exit warning
    • Rear cross-traffic assist
    • Surround-view monitor

    The Elite adds:

    • Safe exit assist
    • 3D view surround-view camera

    The range-topping Highlander features a blind-spot view monitor, which projects a feed of what’s in your blind spot to the instrument cluster.

    There are Isofix child seat anchors on the outboard second-row seats plus top-tether anchors, but there are no anchors in the third row.

    Standard Equipment

    The base Staria comes standard with the following equipment:

    • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • 4.2-inch instrument cluster information screen
    • LED headlights, daytime running lights, fog lights and tail lights
    • Automatic high-beam
    • Front and rear parking sensors
    • Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Air conditioning
    • Wireless phone charging
    • Electronic parking brake
    • Tilt and telescopic steering column
    • Paddle shifters
    • Six-speaker sound system
    • Six USB outlets (two for each row)
    • Tyre pressure monitoring
    • 18-inch alloy wheels
    • Full-size alloy spare

    The Elite adds:

    • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • DAB+ digital radio
    • Satellite navigation
    • Leather upholstery
    • 12-way power driver’s seat
    • Dual-zone climate control
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Remote start
    • Power sliding doors
    • Hands-free power tailgate
    • Second- and third-row window sunshades

    The Highlander adds:

    • Blind-Spot View Monitor
    • Dual-panel sunroof
    • 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
    • LED interior lighting
    • Heated and ventilated front seats
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Rear passenger view monitor
    • Cloth headliner
    • ‘Premium’ dashboard and door panel materials

    Unlike the other two models, which come with only a black interior, the Highlander offers a choice between beige and blue interior colourways.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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