10.02.2022 Press release

Hyundai STARIA wins in auto motor und sport “Best Cars 2022” readers' poll

  • Readers vote the new Hyundai STARIA the winner in the “Vans - import” category 
  • Futuristically-designed multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) finished ahead of Renault Espace and Seat Alhambra
  • More than 100,000 readers of Germany’s auto motor und sport magazine voted in the poll

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Still fresh on the market, the Hyundai STARIA has already proven itself popular among European drivers. Now, the automaker’s sleek multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) has been recognised in the “Best Cars 2022” readers' poll of renowned German trade magazine auto motor und sport, where it was crowned the winner in the “Vans - import” category.

The auto motor und sport Best Cars Award is one of the most important and prestigious awards in the German automotive industry, which is our biggest market in Europe. STARIA represents our latest effort to spearhead the evolution of mobility, and to address emerging lifestyle needs as we adapt to new ways of living. Winning this award for the van - import category at the first attempt represents a significant achievement for STARIA, and speaks to the outstanding work of the Hyundai designers and engineers who developed this model.

Andreas-Christoph Hofmann Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe

The auto motor und sport readers' poll placed the Hyundai STARIA ahead of multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) competitors such as the Fiat 500L, Renault Espace, Seat Alhambra, and Toyota Proace Verso.

Evoking the streamlined form of a spaceship, STARIA’s sleek look is defined by a single stroke running from front to rear – inspired by the curve of light that illuminates the Earth’s horizon at sunrise when viewed from space. In addition to its futuristic exterior, the STARIA also stands out for its unique interior design, which includes advanced features such as the multi-functional Premium Relaxation Seats in the second row. These enable passengers to recline electronically, and also have sliding capabilities for easy reach or to maximise cargo space. The one-touch relaxation mode makes the seats recline automatically to a seat posture that comfortably disperses the passenger’s weight and improves overall body balance.

STARIA is also equipped with a wide-angle camera that enables the driver and front passenger to view rear passengers in the back seat on display screen. Families can use this feature to conveniently monitor children and pets. The infotainment system allows all occupants to communicate hands-free, while the 12-speaker Bose sound system provides an overall high-quality audio experience. The fully digital cockpit, designed with the driver in mind, features a 10.25-inch display and an equally large touchscreen for the navigation system in the centre console.

STARIA also offers the highest level of vehicle safety thanks to a range of advanced safety features. Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) uses a radar sensor to detect and alert the driver if a rear passenger is left in the car after they exit the vehicle. An ultrasonic motion sensor monitors the interior to prevent children or animals from being accidentally left behind. This is especially important in the summer, when the interior heats up in minutes, and potentially saves lives.

Safe Exit Assist (SEA) also sounds an acoustic alarm if a rear passenger wants to open one of the two electric sliding doors when a vehicle is approaching from behind. This function ensures the electronic child safety lock remains activated until the danger has passed. The assistant switches on automatically if STARIA’s speed falls below three km/h and the system calculates a potential collision to be less than three seconds away.

Currently, customers can choose between two versions of the Hyundai STARIA, either with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Both come with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and a powerful 177 PS diesel engine.

Disclaimer: CO2 and emissions data

  • Fuel consumption in l/100 km for the Hyundai STARIA 2.2 CRDi 2WD: low (short-haul) 11.1; medium (suburban) 8.5; high (rural) 7.2; high (highway) 8.6; combined 8.5; CO2 emissions in g/km: 222; CO2 efficiency class: C.
  • Fuel consumption in l/100 km for the Hyundai STARIA 2.2 CRDi 4WD: low (short-haul) 12.1; medium (suburban) 9.0; high (rural) 7.4; high (highway) 8.8; combined 8.9; CO2 emissions in g/km: 232; CO2 efficiency class: D.
  • The stated fuel consumption and CO2 emission values were determined according to the prescribed WLTP measurement procedure.


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