MPVs have fallen out of favour due to the rise of crossovers and SUVs, but Hyundai is infusing some pizzazz into the shrinking segment with its all-new Staria. Hyundai says the Staria has a "future-oriented, innovative exterior resembling a spaceship."
That's debatable, but there's no denying the MPV looks futuristic and has a clean appearance. We're particularly fond of the ultra-wide LED light bar at the front and the vertical taillights with a pixel-like design similar to the new Ioniq 5 electric midsize SUV.
Gallery: 2021 Hyundai Staria
Shown here is the range-topping Premium trim level with its glitzy radiator grille, full-LED headlights, bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels, and chrome accents throughout the exterior. Much like its Carnival sibling, the new Staria can be had with up to 11 seats along with other configurations featuring nine, seven, or just two seats for the van version.
A digital instrument cluster is positioned at the top of the dashboard and is complemented by a 10.25-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. Go for the Premium variant with seven seats and the middle row has what Hyundai refers to as "premium relaxation seats," which automatically recline at the press of a button to enable a comfortable position. The nine-seat Staria Premium has second-row seats that swivel 180 degrees to face the passengers sitting on the rearmost seats.
The Staria Premium also gets ambient LED lighting in 64 colours while all trim levels have various storage areas, including above the overhead console, the top and bottom of the centre console, and below the driver's display. The centre console box contains USB ports, cup holders, and extra storage space for miscellaneous items, while the button-type gear selector has freed up more space.
Hyundai says it will release full technical specifications in the first half of the year and mentions the 11-seat Staria will be exclusive to domestic market South Korea.