Hyundai Grand Starex Pros & Cons
- Spacious cabin
- Efficient diesel engine
- Comfortable seats
- Short on safety features
- No LED lighting
- Infotainment system could be better
The Grand Starex is a light commercial, four-door van from South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company. It has been in production since 1997. The latest 2019 iteration is the first major facelift of the model's second generation. Founded in 1967, Hyundai is one of the largest vehicle producers in the world. It has an expansive list of automotive products sold in close to 200 countries.
The model is available in four trims and two engine options: a 2.5-liter TCI SOHC eight-valve diesel engine that delivers a maximum power of 99 horsepower at 3,800 revolutions per minute (rpm) and a peak torque of 226 Nm at 2,000 rpm and a 2.5-liter CRDi DOCH 16-valve diesel engine with VGT that generates up to 168 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 441 Nm of torque at 2,000 to 2,250 rpm.
The base trim uses a five-speed manual gearbox, while the rest utilize an H-Matic five-speed automatic transmission. Depending on the trim, the Grand Starex depends on either a disc front brake/drum rear break combination or an all-disc configuration. As for the suspension setup, all units use MacPherson with coil spring up front and a rigid axle five-link with coil spring at the rear.
The Grand Starex rather falls short in the security department. The base trim comes with driver air bag and back warning system only. The top-of-the-line Grand Starex Urban has a slightly longer list, which includes dual front and side air bag for the driver, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic braking system, keyless entry, and back warning system.
The top-of-the-line 2019 Grand Starex Urban carries a PhP2,750,000 suggested retail price.
The Grand Starex is a very capable van, whether it is used as a family car or as a business service transport. This vehicle delivers good ride quality and handling. The suspension setup along with the good 190mm ground clearance works well in making sure that road imperfections do not affect passenger comfort. The vehicle feels well-planted and stable, thanks to its long wheelbase, which measures 3,200mm, and its strong body structure. Meanwhile, its braking configuration has enough stopping power for the Grand Starex's enormous size.
The Grand Starex is a huge car, standing 5,150mm in length, 1,920mm in width, and 1,925mm in height. With the 2019 model, the Grand Starex gets a major facelift. However, it is only the top-of-the-line Urban that receives the brand-new exterior. A large front radiator grille with chrome treatment flanked by projector-type multi-reflector halogen headlamps with integrated turn signal lamps graces the van's front view. On the grille is Hyundai's well-known logo in chrome as well. The abundance of chrome surfaces on the front fascia gives the Grand Starex a premium look. The front bumper comes in black instead of the vehicle's body color and encloses the fog lights.
From the sides, the van looks huge but well-proportioned. A side skirt runs from one wheel to the other, while arching character lines above each wheel make the side profile look a bit muscular. One interesting detail are the aligned front and rear door handles. The Grand Starex gets a sliding rear door to make it easy for passengers to get in and out of the car even in cramped spaces. Meanwhile, the middle and rear windows have a clean, unified look.
This van runs on 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215/65 tires, which seems tiny for the vehicle's dimensions. The rear exterior looks minimalistic but has a good lay-out. The main highlights are two vertically arranged tail light clusters and a huge windscreen with a wiper to maintain good visibility even during the rainy seasons. The van sports a plain-looking lift-type boot lid and a roof-mounted spoiler with high mount stop lamp.
The Grand Starex offers a generous cabin space in the 10-seater and nine-seater configuration options, with the beige color scheme adding to the roomy atmosphere. The dashboard is a mix of black and beige, with chrome accents lending it a premium look. At the driver side, the steering wheel, which comes wrapped in leather as an option, has integrated controls. Behind it, a meter cluster shows pertinent driving and vehicle data on a small MID screen. Instruments include a tachometer, fuel gauge, speedometer, and engine temperature. At the center of the dashboard is a floating seven-inch entertainment screen that supports AM/FM radio, CD, AUX, and USB. It is flanked by vertically stacked AC vents.
Apart from these vents in the dashboard, there are also ceiling-mounted AC vents to keep all passengers cool and comfortable. This van provides sufficient leg and head room for all occupants. Comfortable seats wrapped in fabric ensure a smooth and enjoyable ride. The Grand Starex also provides a good boot capacity, which may be increased further by folding the rear seat rows. The Grand Starex is available in the following color options: White, Black, Brown, and Silver.