Hyundai Starex Review
Hyundai, the renowned brand for rendering the pioneer technology in the market has been implementing unprecedented technologies ever since the past decade. In 1947, Chung Ju Yung founded Hyundai Civil Engineering company which was later bombed in Korean war but company managed to maintain its footings and re-establish itself as the one of the leading Korean enterprises. It was the year 1960 which made it move toward the automotive industry, the company quickly made alliance with the one of industry's oldest automaker which made the debut of its first car Cortina. Today's lineup shows Hyundai's complete turn around which includes midsize sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs and sporty cars, Starex being yet another sweet innovation. Hyundai has been producing this van since 1997 which was previously known as Hyundai H-1 and Hyundai H-200.The first generation Starex succeeded Hyundai Grace and used the Mitsubishi Delica platform while got the power from 2.5 liter 4D56 SOHC 8-valve non turbo diesel engine measuring 74 hp and 142 Nm of peak torque at 2500 rpm. The current generation Starex houses the 2.5 liter 4D56 TCI engine under the hood with power of 99 hp and torque of 226 Nm at 2000 rpm. The engine is mated with 5 speed manual rear wheel drive which makes it to achieve the top speed of 149 kmph while pulling the vehicle form rest to 100 kmph within 21.9 secs. The efficient engine offers the fuel consumption of 10.7 kmpl in combined driving condition. The decent styling and redesigned features make it somewhat good-looking and pulls the attention towards it. The overall silhouette is made with redesigned bumper, radiator grille and styled headlamps while on the side, the first door are incorporated with wing mirrors which are further integrated with LED indicators indicating other vehicle while cornering. Inside the ample of feature makes it the nice option to chose from while the leather trim and meticulously arranged instruments gives the convenience inside. The front dashboard is not so attractive which lures the consumer but still the sheaf of controls suppress the lukewarm styling. Further the safety is not the thing to be compromised with, therefore the Hyundai is engineered to makes the occupants safe while driving with airbags safety, ABS and EBD system with ventilated and solid disc brakes for better control. Overall the MPV is the segment where it is typically not so desirable to get the multitudinous features engaged whereas the Hyundai Starex offers all the currently available features impeccably.
Mileage and Fuel economy
The efficient engine is capable to produce the superb performance and efficiency at the same time while offering the decent mileage of 10.7 kmpl, which is quite laudable for the vehicle of this segment.
Hyundai has always been praised for offering advanced engines which never compromise in rendering the level of performance. Starex offers the 2.5 liter engine which puts the exceptional power of 99 hp at 3800 rpm with the max torque of 226 Nm at 2000 rpm which is pretty appreciable.
Acceleration & Pickup
Although not so impressive figures, but in MPV segment the respectable acceleration figures are one of the thing that Starex is know for. The new Starex reaches from 0 to 100 kmph within 21.9 secs while allows to cruise at high speed of 149 kmph.
The blend of sophisticated styling and sublime design is neatly inculcated in Starex while the captivating exteriors are flaunted providing exceptional luxury and comfort. The overall silhouette is perfectly crafted to make it a good looking MPV which won't prevaricate in terms of performance. The front fascia is embellished with the reflector headlamps which are carved in distinctive shapes over the short bonnet. While the front gates are integrated with the wing mirrors along with DLRs which boost the illumination and indicates other vehicle while turning and cornering. The redesigned front radiator grille exhibits the bold aggressive and hulk look which synchronizes with its sleek and stylish appearance. The side skirts perfectly complements with its aerodynamic appeal. Further both bumpers are restyled making it a completely different with its predecessor. The head lamps are incorporated with 3 way washer nozzles that enhances the reach of water in windshield. Taking a look at its rump, the smooth and sporty look suits the personality of vehicle. The flat top and sliced cut rear with sloping front adds to the style quotient.
The car can not be defined so much superfluous though it possesses the classy styling which makes it stand over the desires of customers. The full packaged car is made with massive dimension which not only makes it dominating but also offers spacious cabin inside. Starex carries the dimension of 5125 mm x 1920 mm x 1935 mm(L x W x H) with wheelbase of 3200 mm.
The impressive interior common to all elegant passenger cars are incorporated in it which makes you feel comfortable inside. The driver's door arm rests are incorporated with switches for power window lifts and rear view mirror adjuster. The perfect combination of advanced technology and modern styles makes it the right choice for leisure purpose. The designing template offers plenty of space inside with perfectly located equipments which adds an extra grace to its appeal. The interior lighting package makes elegant style to car while cabin comfort is complemented with stylish full length side windows. Inside the use of Nappa leather trim at seats and steering enhances the comfort feel and quality with durability. For carrying multitude of knickknacks with you in long drive, Starex offers numerous stowage compartments to keep your things.
The sheaf of prominent features make it a practical MPV possessing some real facets to show. The cubby holes for items between rear seats on some models doubles as an open tray and holder for drinks while the console between driver and front passenger comes available for couple of bottles and cups. Further making the extra space to write, the sunvisor on driver's side doubles as handy pocket for things. For maintaining the constant acceleration over road surface it can be switched to cruise control while the available automatic air conditioning system is oriented to regulate the temperature offering the pleasant ride to consumer. The meticulously crafted multi switch panel is located conveniently allowing to operate various equipments at ease without stranding off you concentration from driving.
The open and shut slid door unravels the plenty of space inside which offer the level of comfort and ease with plenty of legroom and headroom for all occupants. The impressive cargo area of 4308 litre makes the huge space to carry large cargo bags while stands enough to extra luggage effectively enhancing utility of vehicle.
Engine and Performance
the efficient and impressive Starex comes equipped with 2.5 TCI (4D56) engine which offers the 99 hp of power with peak torque of 226 Nm at 2000 rpm. Mated with 5 speed manual RWD the diesel engine gets the top speed of 149 kmph while it allows to get out of the city traffic with pulling the vehicle form 0 to 100 kmph within 21.9 secs. Although the figure does not say the ostentatious story but still the the ride is quite good to the vehicle of this segment. The engine puts the decent fuel economy while allows to ride 10.7 km with sip of one litre fuel.
Stereo and Accessories
Plenty of equipments at instrument panel is most interesting and attractive part of the vehicle which makes the long driver joyful. The new stereo system, AM/FM, MP3 and CDs along with AUX interface allows to relish the ride with music. Providing the better connectivity with different devices the system allows to connect ios, android, windows and Java support gadgets. Further the 7 inch LCD screen and quality six speakers allows to fill the environment with superior level sound. This MPV comes fitted with centrally located touch screen with navigator system offering the slide function. Multi-switch panel embedded in the cockpit is designed with neat and clean manner that gives driver the control of fog lights and rheostat.
The new Hyundai Starex is outfitted with 17 inch alloy wheels with the tyre size of 235/60 R17 offering excellent grip over the road surface in different terrains.
Braking and Handling
For MPVs, the wheel tuned steering capabilities and brake controlling has always been the worry, where the Hyundai engineers have worked hard. In order to deliver the good performance to consumers the car is integrated with ventilated disc brakes for front wheel while the rear wheels are appointed with solid disc brakes. To enhance the braking and efficiently control the vehicle the brakes are coupled with ABS system which are accompanied with electronic brake force distribution which dissipates the power to all wheels. Further the decent handling is given with the McPherson strut suspension for front axle and 5 link rigid axle for rear.
Safety and Security
Hyundai Starex features plenty of safety elements which makes it safe to drive. The powerful ABS and EBD system prevents the slippery condition and offers the better control. The rear parking assist system, caters the view of rear road which makes it easy to park safely and steer back with ease. The eight parking sensors are incorporated very meticulously which prevent the vehicle from crash and accident by warning and responding with alert if any vehicle or object comes in proximity. The rigid body structure is made of high strengthen steel which ensures the overall safety from collision while crumple zones absorbs the impact energy.
- Comfortable and spacious cabin
- Efficient petrol engine
- Sheaf of nicely placed equipments
- Not very impressive steering capability
- Body roll on high speed