Hyundai Staria camper
Hyundai Staria is the Multivan of MPVs – swivel seats with configurable position, it comes in either a 6 or 9 seat version. A big car for sure – the seats can be folded down giving you almost 2.5m legroom. The irony is though that you are paying a premium for those luxury seats, only to then hide them under a mattress. Albeit you could sleep on those reclining middle seats for a few nights too. Or go for the van (cargo) model – it’s a bit longer and taller + you can make it your own + it’s cheaper. It’s labelled as an MPV, but really, it’s just like a Multivan, not like a Caddy. We may see these categories blend somehow in the future…
NimbleCamper rating: 4.0/5
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- Launch: August 2021 (EU, Asia)(1)
- Seats: 7-9-11
- Interior dimensions:
- Boot length (cm): 242 (passenger), 261 (cargo)
- Boot height (cm): 136 (passenger), (86cm between the folded seat and roof), 144 (cargo)
- Boot width (cm): N/A
- Exterior dimensions (cm):
- Wheelbase 327 (128.9 in)
- Length 525 (206.8 in)
- Width 199 (78.5 in)
- Height 199–200 (78.3–78.7 in)
- Towing capacity: 2,500kg braked, 750kg unbraked
- 2 Roof windows, 4 USB chargers, a smaller sliding window inside the main side window, window shades (mmight depend on model)
- Lots of great storage compartments everywhere
- Electric + remote control doors
- avg MPG (UK): 26.9-34.5
- avg l/100km consumption: 8.2-10.5 (official brochure and here)
- EURO NCAP safety rating (2012) – 3/5, 2021 – ANCAP 5/5 (Australian)
- ADAC rating: tbc
Standard rating (not focused on car camping):
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Can you sleep in a Hyundai Staria?
Oh yes, you can, with plenty of room left. In the 11-seater model, which has a 3+3+2+3 seat structure, when you fold the 2nd to 4th rows of seats, the total length is 204cm, and 50~56cm of space is left in the trunk, not bad right? Mind you, you will have to level the sleeping area with some flat sturdy platform as the seats leave some holes and the mattress wouldn’t be stable. In the 9-seater Tourer model with 3+3+3 seat structure, the sleeping space will be a bit smaller (but nothing you can’t extend with a platform that is needed anyway) + more storage space in the back.
Apparently the Lounge version is not as good for camping as not all seats fold down (make sure you test all seats or ask about it before you buy).
The following equipment comes as standard:
- 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- 4.2-inch instrument cluster information screen
- LED headlights, daytime running lights, fog lights and tail lights
- Automatic high-beam
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Air conditioning
- Wireless phone charging
- Electronic parking brake
- Tilt and telescopic steering column
- Paddle shifters
- Six-speaker sound system
- Six USB outlets (two for each row)
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Full-size alloy spare
The Elite version will give you all of the above plus:
- 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- DAB+ digital radio
- Satellite navigation
- Leather upholstery
- 12-way power driver’s seat
- Dual-zone climate control
- Keyless entry and start
- Remote start
- Power sliding doors
- Hands-free power tailgate
- Second- and third-row window sunshades
The Highlander will give you all of the above plus:
- Blind-Spot View Monitor
- Dual-panel sunroof
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
- LED interior lighting
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Rear passenger view monitor
- Cloth headliner
- ‘Premium’ dashboard and door panel materials
A factory-made Hyundai Staria Camper has been announced too.
It’s competing with the VW California T6 and offers some good camping features:
- Pop-up roof
- lay-flat seats
- galley-style kitchen with a sink and refrigerator
- sliding table, cabinets
- drop-down infotainment screen
- Outside awning
So far it’s sold in Korea for around 37000-46000 EUR / 31000-39000 GBP.
A shout out to electrodealpro.com for some great interior photos.
- Average used price, GBP (2015) – I use Carsite.co.uk‘s price aggregates from 2015 (or the nearest possible year if not available), or, if not found, from autoscout24.com. For new cars, I specify the closest possible match (i.e. if released this year, it’s the new price, if released two years ago, it’s the 2-years old price etc). It’s here to give you a benchmark comparison (- a like for like, an apple with an apple) of the value of each car and for filtering purposes. It’s not meant to be used as an accurate estimate of used car value – it is updated once a year, so make sure you know what the car should cost at the time of purchase if you decide to buy one.
- Boot dimensions – taken from various sources across the web, starting with official, supplemented with other reliable websites (like ridc.org.uk), supplemented by user-generated content – images of measurements from forums or social networks. It’s also used for filtering, comparison and to give you a good idea of the car’s suitability for camping.
- Comfort rating – a benchmark used to simplify the car’s comfort & driving score based on equipment, furnishings, handling, safety, and costs ratings from external sources like whatcar.com, carwow.co.uk, autocar.co.uk etc. It gives you an indication of whether the car will drive and feel like a van (low rating) or offer better interior & handling (higher rating). A simple van-like car, for example, a Renault Kangoo is 0.5, a well equipped and comfortable car like a Ford S-Max is a 2. No hard math behind it, just an indicator, f.e. 0.5= basic car that does the job, 1.5 = hey, that’s nice to have!, 2 = oooh, comfyyyy.
- Consumption – I take the average 2017 consumption or closest match from Fuelly.com, or if none is available, from other sources like honestjohn.co.uk. If there are not enough cars for a single year, an average for several years is calculated.
- NimbleCamper rating – a weighted score of boot length (45% weight), boot height (40%), consumption (10%) and comfort (5%). The logic of weighing length & height higher than consumption and comfort is – headroom is important when you sleep in the back of the car, so is the length. A comfy ride is a factor, but you can sleep in a big car that’s not that comfy, however, it’s much harder to camp/sleep in a comfy car that’s too small. Read more about the NimbleCamper rating and criteria here.