We test the Hyundai Staria Load Premium 2023

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Staria Load Premium – Last week I drove the Hyundai Staria Load Premium. The newest model adds a host of safety and comfort features to the base model.

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Considering drivers of such vans spend most of the day on the road, if they have a few extra features that make their time safer and more comfortable and convenient that’s a good thing.

Driving the Staria is like driving a big SUV, which isn’t surprising given its based on the SUV platform.

The 2.2L diesel engine matched to the familiar 8 Sp AT is an economical, powerful and responsive combination. Plenty of zip around town, handles a load with ease and sips fuel while its doing it.

I had to move a bunch of furniture for a function and the Staria Load fitted it all comfortably.

The premium model comes with a 10.25 inch central screen and digital instrument cluster, LED headlights, 17 inch alloy wheels and additional safety features.

Like a lot of commercial vans, I could do with a touch more leg room, but for normal sized people its fine.

In the back there are tie down points everywhere and with a high lift rear tailgate and twin side opening doors, access to the cargo area is excellent.

The styling does tend to polarise people, but the pricing at around $51,250 plus the usual costs is great value.

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Staria Load Premium Highlights

Highlights among the new features are a 10.25-inch supervision instrument cluster and 10.25-inch navigation multimedia unit, LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, smart key with push button start, and a smart power tailgate.

The five-star ANCAP safety rated STARIA-LOAD Premium also gains additional standard safety technology in the form of a Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM) and a High Beam Assist (HBA) system.

These extra features contribute to STARIA-LOAD resetting the commercial van safety benchmark yet again, based on the availability and performance of its advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

In ANCAP’s Commercial Van Safety Comparison analysis, which sits alongside the ANCAP star ratings for occupant and pedestrian protection, STARIA-LOAD performed highly in each area to earn the first PLATINUM level of crash avoidance in the segment, with a score of 90 percent.

Completing an appealing package are additional exterior colour choices for STARIA-LOAD, to give customers new personalisation possibilities.

STARIA-LOAD Premium will be available in Abyss Black, Graphite Gray and Moonlight Blue, in addition to the existing Creamy White and Shimmering Silver.

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What is good?
  • Engine/transmission
  • Large practical load area
  • Good ride and handling
What is not so good?
  • No AWD version
  • Would like a little more leg room
  • Still getting used to the shape

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The medium work van segment is popular but competitive.

Buyers could also look at the Toyota HiAcePeugeot Expert, Renault Traffic,   VW MultivanLDV G10+

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Staria Load Premium

Model Price $51,240 MLP*
Engine 2.2L 4 Cyl TD Euro 5
Drivetrain FWD 8 Sp AT
Battery Capacity / type N/A
Power 130kW @ 3,800rpm
Torque 430Nm @ 1,500 – 2,500rpm
Fuel ADR 7.0L/100km
Fuel on Test 7.9L/100K on test
Fuel capacity 75L
Range (WLTP) / efficiency 1271 km
Fast Charge / Home (240V) N/A
Safety Five Star ANCAP (tested Aug 2021)
CO2 Emissions 183 g/km
0-100kmh/Top Speed N/A
Servicing 12 Mths / 15,000km Fixed price service
Warranty 5yr/ 160,000 km
Roadside Assist 5 Yr. conditional

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

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Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 8
Equipment 8
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 10
Fit for Purpose 10
Style / appeal 7
Technology / connectivity 8
Value for Money 8

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Overall Length 5253mm
Wheelbase 3273mm
Width 1997mm
Height 2000mm
Wheels 17×6.5 Alloy
Tyres 215/65 R17
Max ground clearance Up to 186mm
Wading Depth N/A
Approach N/A
Rampover N/A
Departure angle N/A
Turning Circle KTK 11.94m
Boot Capacity Max 4935L
Load width / height 1640 mm / 1436 mm
Load length 2607 mm
Kerb Weight 2002 kg
Payload (kg) 1072 kg
GVM (kg) 3020 kg
GCM 5520kg
Towing Capacity 2500kg
Tow Ball rating 250kg

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