Hyundai is gunning for the Volkswagen California Camper with its latest Staria.

    The Hyundai Staria Lounge Camper is available with either a four- or 11-seater interior for when you’re driving, and a pop-top roof and inflatable mattress for when you’re stationary.

    The pop-top roof is electrically operated, and frees up space for two people to sleep.

    Hyundai Australia expressed interest in the Staria Camper, but said it’s unlikely to come Down Under at this stage

    The seats in the cabin can be folded to free up more sleeping space, and there’s a sink fed by an inbuilt water tank, an externally-powered 36L fridge for when you arrive at the camp site, and a fold-out awning with LED lighting.

    Open the boot – which doubles as shelter, given its size – and there’s a table at the rear for picnicking at your camp site, along with a shower.

    Hyundai even offers a mosquito net to keep the kids bite-free when the doors are open.

    Power in the Staria Camper comes from a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

    Pricing in Korea kicks off at ₩50,390,000 ($55,000) and extends to ₩71,810,000 ($78,000) before you start adding options.

    That fold-out awning is an optional extra, as is the ability to draw power from campsites.

    In Australia, the Staria is offered with a choice of petrol or diesel power. Pricing kicks off at $48,500 before on-roads and extends to $66,500 before on-roads.

    It’s an eight-seater as standard, with no option for fewer or more passengers.

    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.

    MORE: Everything Hyundai Staria

    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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