FOURTEEN decades is a extensive time for any vehicle to provide in the Australian sector. Hyundai’s outgoing people today-mover, the boxy, commercial van-centered iMax, has been a stalwart of the classification since 2007, outlasting several rivals which include the Subaru Exiga, Fiat Freemont, Dodge Journey and Kia Rondo.
In lots of methods, surviving 14 decades in a sector with too much to handle desire for SUVs requires some executing. SUVs outsell people today-movers domestically by a ratio of five-to-one particular, in Australia the iMax’s peak sector share of 22 per cent (in 2014) declining steadily towards the robust-providing Kia Carnival, a model that now accounts for much more than fifty percent of all people today-mover profits right here.
But it’s the freshly released substitution to the iMax that might just switch these quantities on their head.
This 7 days, Hyundai unveiled its 8-seat Staria people today-mover into the Australian sector, the sub-$sixty,000 model vying specifically towards the Kia Carnival (from $forty three,a hundred ninety), Honda Odyssey ($39,a hundred and forty), Volkswagen Multivan ($58,990), and LDV G10 ($31,490).
Primarily based on the underpinnings of the seven-seat Santa Fe SUV, the Hyundai Staria is bodily larger than all existing rivals. It delivers the alternative of petrol and turbo-diesel electric power, the availability of entrance and all-wheel travel, and a few model grades ranging in price from $48,500 to $66,500 (ahead of on-street expenses).
It is a price level that locations the Staria in the thick of it as far as its level of competition goes – no matter whether which is specifically from other people today-movers, or indirectly from comparably-sized SUVs – and its segment-straddling enchantment makes the new Hyundai Staria rather attractive.