Remember the Hyundai Staria? We’re sure you do, because it sure is hard to forget when it looks that cool. Well, Hyundai Australia has just unveiled the significantly toned-down commercial van version of the Staria called the Staria-Load, and good news – it’s still just as good-looking as the regular MPV.
As is standard on commercial cargo vans, the Hyundai Staria-Load is only available with either a white or silver exterior paint job. The side rear windows have all been swapped with solid metal panels; the lights replaced with more rudimentary reflector units, and the wheels are standard steelies. And still, it just looks cool.
Obviously, the most important aspect of a cargo van is its cargo space. Hyundai says that the Staria-Load’s cargo area is now rated at 4,935 litres, a huge improvement over its predecessor, the iLoad’s 4,426 litres. In simpler terms, the difference is as much as one additional Euro-sized palettes (three vs two).
The Staria-Load also comes equipped with a solid rear axle and leaf spring rear suspension (as opposed to the independent multi-link units on the passenger-spec car), allowing it to carry heavier loads, and the ability to tow up to 2.5 tonnes.
Power comes from a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, which churns out 174 hp and 430 Nm of torque – a slight increase over its predecessor. The oil-burning mill is paired to an eight-speed automatic to drive the front wheels.
Hyundai is also pretty generous with the standard equipment on the Staria-Load, with creature-comfort items such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless charging pads all present on the LCV.
On the safety front, the Staria-Load is also equipped with the Hyundai SafetySense advanced driver-assistance suite as standard, which includes features such as autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert with collision-avoidance, blind-spot monitor, Lane Keep Assist / Lane Following Assist, and even Smart Cruise Control with stop and go functions.
The Hyundai Staria-Load is now available in the Land Down Under in two-seat or five-seat configurations, with the option of a liftback or twin door tailgate. Local prices start at AUD45,740 (approx. RM139k) for the two-seat model, and AUD48,240 (approx. RM147k) for the five-seater.