After making its ASEAN debut in Thailand in early July, Hyundai has introduced the Staria MPV in Indonesia. It’s designed to replace the Starex 11-seater window van that has been in service since 2007.
The specifications between the Thailand and Indonesia units appear the same and are in the right-hand drive. However, the Indonesia-market Hyundai Staria gets an exclusive rim design as well as two different trim and badging highlights.
The Brass Chrome package gives a bronze effect on the Hyundai emblems, Staria emblem as well as the mesh pattern on the grille, the front spoiler, side mirrors, and the elaborate 18-inch rims.
For the Indonesian market, the colour palette for the new Staria includes White among three exterior colours- Abyss Black Pearl, Silver Metallic and Graphite Grey. The Dark Chrome package (image above) is paired only to this grey shade.
Now for the interior, of which the new Hyundai Staria is offered in 7- or 9-seater configuration in Indonesia. Called “Premium Relaxation Seats”, the captain seats in the 7-seater are loaded with comfort features, such as ventilation, 8-way adjustment with additional reclining angle as well as ottoman leg support!
For the 9-seater, occupants can swivel the individual second-row seats to face the third row, turning the Staria into a mobile conference room or more engaging atmosphere.
Both interior configurations have standard premium features such as remote engine start, a fully automatic air-conditioning system for the front and back sections, leather upholstery (two colour choices), front passenger walk-in switch, manual window sunshades and LED ambient mood lighting. The 7-seater variant adds a Bose 12-speaker Premium Audio System.
Power to move the new Hyundai Staria is a modern CRDi turbodiesel unit displacing 2.2-litres. Outputs are 177 hp and 430 Nm of torque and all that power is sent to the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Independent multi-link rear suspension provides comfort to the occupants as well as better cornering stability.
Similar to the Thailand model, the Staria gets almost the full suite of Hyundai SmartSense ADAS features. We say almost because the only missing assist system is the Adaptive Cruise Control. Both seat configurations have standard fitment of the blind-spot monitoring (BSM), rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA), Safe Exit Assist and Surround View Monitor camera system.
Hyundai Mobil Indonesia is positioning the 7-seater higher; thus it gets autonomous emergency braking, lane following assist, front vehicle departure alert and active assists in the BSM, RCTA and Safe Exit Assist.
The new Hyundai Staria in Indonesia is priced at IDR888 million (approx. RM260k) for the 9-seater variant and IDR1.020 billion (RM300k) for the 7-seater variant. A ballpark figure, the new Hyundai Staria is IDR300 million (approx. RM88k) dearer than the Starex H1 model.
For reference, the entry-level Toyota Alphard 2.5 X starts from IDR1.065 billion, while a Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer starts from IDR1.027 billion.