2018 Welcomes Hyundai’s Facelifted Grand Starex 12-Seater Minivan

Hyundai sells plenty of different vehicles in the United States, but there are some we never see. Like the Grand Starex.

Alternately sold in other markets as the iLoad, iMax, i800, and H1, the Starex is more of a commercial van than the minivans popularized in America. It’s about as long as a Kia Sedona, but can accommodate as many as 12 passengers across four rows of seating.

The current, second-generation model was introduced over a decade ago, but has now undergone a facelift to keep up with the times. That includes new front- and rear-end styling, punctuated by new head- and taillight graphics.

The grille’s new and bigger as well, and the interior’s been comprehensively updated to include a new 8-inch infotainment screen, fresh steering wheel, and updated trim.

This being a commercial vehicle, power comes from a diesel engine – specifically a 2.5-liter turbodiesel. It produces 138 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque when mated to a six-speed manual, or 172 hp and 332 lb-ft with the five-speed automatic that brings with it a variable turbocharger.

Buyers in South Korea can opt for all-wheel drive with a locking differential as well. Pricing starts at 21.1 million won, or nearly $20k at current exchange rates. Prospective customers in markets like Europe, the UK, and Australia can expect to see the updated models arrive in the near future as well. Just don’t expect to see any roaming American roads.

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  • roy

    That interior looks posher than a Maserati

    • donald seymour

      Laugh out Loud, Roy, why does your comment makes sense to me?

      • roy

        Well because it is somewhat true. I mean for me the perceived quality of this hyundai is far higher than a Maserati

        • donald seymour


        • Michelin

          Wrong. Evidently You never saw a Maserati interior. In pictures you can’t touch and smell leader.
          I often drive for business Ghibli and BMW 330X. I can guarantee that leather of Ghibli seats is far better than leather of BMW 330x seats.
          I’ m curiosi to see in leather seats of Stinger ….

    • ChrisInIL

      Looks can be deceiving. Hyundai does have some nice interior design, but the real quality just isn’t there. It won’t hold up to even moderate daily use.

      • roy

        Perceived quality. Was talking about that.

    • europeon

      I never took you for one of those kids that think they know everything from seeing some pictures on the Internet, but I guess the new year brings surprises…
      Kia Stinger’s interior looks good in pictures, but when you see the stitched molded plastic dashboard with your own eyes, the magic is gone.

      • roy

        And hence ny statement about the perceived quality

    • bd

      In Korea, there is a limo-grade interior for the Sedona minivan.

      As for the Maserati, they need to stop using Chrysler/Dodge bits.

  • Adi

    Wow the interior looks surprisingly upmarket. The infotainment screen looks like the one on the newest Ford models though.

    • This is a luxury MPV so yeah it’s loaded with feature. But I think wouldn’t sell much in US because it doesn’t really looks like typical Minivans because it’s boxy.


    Ten years design but has interior like sonata

  • Awkward Box

    Not doing it for me. The interior has the awkward on-the-dash shifter and the interior doesn’t look that great.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Wow, the interior and exterior designs are clashing together.

  • TheBelltower

    Behold! A cargo van with seats

  • YUGE

    Honda or Toyota minivan, the rest are junk.

    • Bash

      If you know a little bit more, you’ll know that Chrysler Pacifica is very impressive…, but if you don’t know,, now you know 😉

      • YUGE

        Fiat/Chrysler is the worst, most unreliable auto maker. JUNK!

        • To You Too

          And your avatar/name is one the worst, racist, and ignorant on Disqus.

          • YUGE


    • bd

      This is a commercial van reworked as a passenger van (like the MB Vito).

      As for “rea”l passenger minivans, the Kia Sedona actually outsells and gets better reviews than the Honda Odyssey in Australia (diff. from the NA model).

      • bd

        The Toyota equivalent would be the HiAce and not the Sienna.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Hyundai doing it’s bit for ZPG.

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