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The Hyundai Staria catches the eye at first sight for two reasons. The first is its size, the second is the design. Both the front and rear of the body are unlike any other car currently offered.
The unusual appearance was emphasized even more by the black color in combination with copper elements on the radiator grille or on the door handles.
Like a classic MPV, the Staria also has a second pair of sliding doors on the sides, which makes it very easy to get into the space of the second row of seats.
Here in this Luxury version there is a pair of solid leather armchairs. They also have built-in heating and ventilation, massage and the option to fold the backrest and, conversely, fold out the calf pad. As I have tried, the level of travel here is really like in airline business class.
The design of the car’s dashboard and controls can seem a bit disorganized at first glance. The display, which replaces the classic instrument indicators, is relatively high up and close to the windshield, on the other hand, the creators of the car placed the multimedia display relatively far back in the cabin area. It distracts from monitoring the traffic situation in front of the vehicle. In addition, it has a relatively small diagonal.
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Below it is another digital element, on which the temperature required by the air conditioning system can be set by touch, navigation is controlled, and the driving mode is also switched or the automatic parking assistant is activated. Classic buttons would definitely be a better solution.
People with smaller figures may also be bothered by the relatively high position of the front seats. They then have to “squeeze” into the cabin with difficulty. On the contrary, I was pleasantly surprised by the high level of materials used.
Even if there was a bigger suitcase…
Unfortunately, the enormous legroom in the second row had a negative effect on the size of the luggage. Its volume can be increased by moving the rear three-seater bench, but even then it is definitely not glory. Those who want to travel with a larger amount of luggage or sports equipment will have to choose a different seat configuration.
On the contrary, there are literally plenty of storage spaces in the interior. I was surprised, for example, by the box placed in front of the digital instrument panel, which then covers it when opened. Apparently, it is calculated that the driver will reach into it only after stopping and not while driving. There are three levels of compartments in the front door, with a box in the middle in which you can store, for example, a handbag. For rear passengers, drink holders and a “drawer” for wallets, keys and other small items slide out of it.
I also liked that there are as many USB ports in the interior as there are seats. So everyone can charge their mobile for as long as they want.
The large body and the diesel engine (driving all four wheels in our case) obviously affect the weight of the car. When it is necessary to slow down, it must be taken into account.
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Otherwise, the driving characteristics are surprisingly close to larger family SUVs. This is mainly due to the fact that the designers did not choose technology from commercial vehicles, but a platform originally intended for large SUVs. For example, the Hyundai Santa Fe. Thanks to this too, the chassis does not appear “boardy” when crossing lateral irregularities and does not lean too much in corners.
Hyundai does not give those interested in this car a choice of power unit. It is always a four-cylinder turbocharged diesel with a displacement of 2.2 liters. Its output of 177 horsepower and torque of 430 Nm is sufficient even when traveling with an almost fully occupied car, for example for a brisk pace on the German highway. I tried it on my way to the European Athletics Championships in Munich. In addition, the work of the person behind the wheel is made much easier by the flawlessly working eight-speed gearbox installed in this specimen.
Even at higher speeds, there is solid silence inside. Only the noise from the wheels could be filtered out a little better.
The combined consumption varied between 8.5 and 11 liters during test drives, depending on the pace of driving, occupancy and the difficulty of the terrain.
amount of storage space
only one engine
small luggage compartment
air conditioning control and other functions on the display
Basic technical data:
Body: seven-seater five-door MPV
Engines/Consumption: Diesel turbocharged four-cylinder 2.2/ 177 hp -7.8 liters
Transmissions: six-speed manual, eight-speed automatic
External dimensions: 5253x 1997×1990 mm
wheelbase: 3273 mm
Luggage space: 117-1303 l
max. speed 185 km/h
Acceleration 12.4 – 13.5 s
Prices: from 949,990 CZK