Which 2024 Hyundai Staria variant should you buy? [Comparison Guide] 

Updated Jan 09, 2024 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?

It has five vastly different variants available locally.

Filipinos sure like vans, and that’s a given. We are after all, a family-oriented society. Plus, we enjoy the occasional road trip and that wouldn’t be complete with friends and family, right? 

A picture of the Hyundai Staria

The 2024 Hyundai Staria Premium+

To this end, MPVs, vans, and minivans have proven to be a common sight on Philippine roads. Hyundai knows this of course, and that’s why it has recently launched the all-new Staria.

Of note, the Hyundai Staria has five different trims for the local market. There’s the Cargo variant, the Commuter, the GLS+, and the Premium+ seven-seater, and the Premium+ nine-seater. So which one of these might be the right variant for you? Let’s find out.  

Hyundai Staria Variants: Exterior 

To begin, let’s compare the dimensions of the Staria’s five different trims. For the Commuter, GLS+, and Premium+ trims, all four are 5,253mm long, 1,970mm wide, and 1,990mm in height. The Cargo version does come with the same length and width, but it is slightly taller at 2,000mm. 

All five also have a wheelbase length of 3,273mm, and all come with a ground clearance of 186mm.  

The top-spec Premium+ from the rear

The top-spec Premium+ from the rear

Concerning exterior lighting, both versions of the top-spec Premium+ gets Dual LED headlamps. The GLS+ in turn has LED Multi MFR lights, whereas the Commuter and Cargo trims both use Halogen headlamps. Then again, only the Premium+ has LED taillights, while the others have halogen taillights.  

Furthermore, only the Staria Cargo doesn’t have autolight control and daytime running lamps. The GLS+, Commuter, and Cargo do come with rear fog lamps, but the Premium+ is the sole variant that has LED rear fog lamps.  

For easier access, the Premium+ versions then come with power sliding doors and a power tailgate. Both of these aren’t present in the rest of the variant lineup. Only the seven-seater version gets a sunroof. 

A picture of the Staria Cargo being loaded with luggage

The Cargo doing its thing

The Premium+ variants also get extra points for style, as it is equipped with a glossy black front grille decorated with copper trims. The rest either get a body-color grille or a black and silver grille.  

Moreover, only the Premium+ seven-seater, Premium+ nine-seater, and GLS+ come standard with power folding side mirrors. The rest then come with power-adjustable, manual-folding side mirrors.  

For wheels, the top-spec Premium+ variants ride on a set of 18-inch alloys. The GLS+ meanwhile, uses 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Commuter and Cargo variants come standard with 17-inch steel wheels. 

Hyundai Staria Variants: Interior 

In terms of passenger capacity, both the GLS+ and the Commuter can seat up to 11 occupants. The Cargo, as per its name, is optimized for carrying stuff, so it can only seat three people including the driver.  

2023 Hyundai Staria interior dashboard

Inside the Hyundai Staria Premium+

The top-spec Premium+ in turn, has two versions: one can seat up to nine, while the other more expensive one can seat up to seven. Both of these versions get reclining and sliding captain seats, but only the seven-seater version's captain seats have ventilation. 

For utmost hauling capacity, the Staria Cargo has the most capacity at 4,935 liters. The GLS+ and Commuter trims meanwhile, are capable of fitting up to 1,024 liters of cargo.  

For the seats themselves, these are clad in Nappa Leather for the Premium+ trims, and regular leather for the GLS+. The Commuter and Cargo meanwhile, both have fabric seats.  

A picture of the Staria Premium+'s captain seats

The top-spec model has captain seats

The Premium+ trims also come with power-adjustable front passenger and driver seats. The rest, in turn, get manually adjustable driver’s seats. 

For the driver, both the Premium+ variants and GLS+ provide a push-to-start button, an electrochromic rear-view mirror, and a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster. The other two have turn-key ignition systems, a basic night and day rear-view mirror, and an analog gauge cluster. 

Only the Premium+ versions, comes with automatic air-conditioning, while the rest gets a manual air-conditioning system.  

The Staria Premium+ seven and nine-seater versions also have the best interior lighting out of the five. That’s because these are the only variants that have an LED overhead console lamp, a mood and console lamp, and a room lamp. The other trims also have an overhead console lamp, but those aren’t LEDs.  

A picture of the interior of the 11-seater Staria

Both the GLS+ and the Commuter can seat a total of 11 occupants

Hyundai Staria Variants: Tech & safety 

For entertainment, the Hyundai Staria Premium+ trims, and the GLS+ are kitted out with an eight-inch headunit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is also capable of playing AM/FM radio, and it has voice control as well as Bluetooth connectivity. 

For the top-spec Premium+ variants, the said headunit is then linked to a set of Bose speakers with surround sound. The GLS+ in turn, gets four speakers plus 2 tweeters. 

Meanwhile, the Commuter and Cargo variants both come with a mono LCD audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. On the Commuter, it is linked to four speakers. The Cargo then gets two speakers.  

A picture of the Staria's cruise control in action

Only the top-spec Premium+ has adaptive cruise control

For safety, only the top-spec Premium+ variants are equipped with lane-keeping assist, forward collision-avoidance assist (autonomous emergency braking), and forward collision avoidance assist junction. Both the said variant and the GLS+ do come with tire pressure monitoring, parking distance warning, a 360-degree monitor, and manual speed limit assist. 

For airbags, the Premium+ versions and GLS+ are the only ones equipped with side and curtain airbags. All variants do have dual front airbags. Standard on all Staria variants is anti-lock braking, hill-start assist, and stability control. 

Lastly, only the Staria Premium+ has adaptive cruise control. The GLS+, on the other hand, uses a conventional cruise control system. The other two trims lack cruise control entirely.  

Hyundai Staria Variants: Engine 

Powering all Staria variants available in the Philippines is a 2.2-liter CRDi (turbodiesel) inline-4 engine. At the most, this mill can make up to 173 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque.  

For the Premium+ trims and GLS+, both use an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Commuter and Cargo trims meanwhile both use a six-speed manual transmission. Only the Premium+ variants are available with all-wheel-drive model. The rest meanwhile, are front-wheel-drive. 

All four Philippine-spec Staria variants are propelled by a 2.2-liter CRDi engine

All four Philippine-spec Staria variants are propelled by a 2.2-liter CRDi engine

When it comes to suspensions, all four use a MacPherson strut for the front. For the rear, the Cargo stands out as the sole variant that uses leaf springs. The rest meanwhile, uses a multi-link rear end.  

For braking, all four come with disc brakes for all four wheels. Both the Premium+ and GLS+ come with electronic parking brakes, whereas the Commuter and Cargo variants use a manual, hand-operated parking brake.  

Hyundai Staria Variants: Price 

Hyundai Staria Variants 


Staria Cargo CRDi 2.2 MT 

Php 1,560,000 

Staria Commuter CRDi 2.2 MT 

Php 1,850,000 

Staria GLS+ CRDi 2.2 AT 

Php 2,320,000 

Staria Premium+ CRDi 2.2 AT 9-seater 

Php 2,830,000

Staria Premium+ CRDi 2.2 AT 7-seater  Php 3,030,000

Hyundai Staria Variants: Conclusion 

Choosing a 2024 Hyundai Staria variant clearly depends on your needs. For small, medium, and even large business owners who would like a secure logistics solution, the Staria Cargo is your bet. 

For those who just want to fit as many people as they can, whilst providing a decent amount of comfort. Then there’s the Commuter trim.  

A picture of a Staria being loaded with sacks of cement

There's a Staria for everyone

If you want to fit the most occupants but at the same time provide them with more niceties and safety, there’s the GLS+. 

The Premium+ in turn is the variant to get if what you’re after is something that can provide optimal comfort and safety. For the ultimate luxury Staria though, one should get the seven-seater Premium+. The top-spec seven-seater trim will, however, cost you a pretty penny.  

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Know more about Hyundai Staria 2024

Hyundai Staria

The Hyundai Staria is a MPV available in a cargo version, an 11-seater variant, a nine-seater, or a seven-seater version. Locally, this model has five different variants. There’s the Cargo MT, Commuter MT, GLS+ AT, Premium+ AT AWD nine-seater, and the Premium+ AT AWD seven-seater. Their prices then range from Php 1,560,000 to Php 3,030,000.

Under the hood of the Staria is a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine that produces up to 173 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque. It is then paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox or a six-speed manual transmission. The Premium+ trims are the only ones that have all-wheel-drive. 

Size-wise, this subcompact is 5,253mm long, 1,970mm wide, and 1,990mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 3,273mm, and it has a ground clearance of 186mm.

Locally, the Staria competes against the Toyota Hiace and the Kia Carnival. 

₱ 1,560,000 - ₱ 3,030,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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