Transport in Style

In the now-tradition of white vans transporting passengers in the metropolis, Hyundai now offers its version of the ubiquitous van, the Hyundai Grand Starex Super Express that, naturally, comes in White.

Bringing with it is the spacious and comfortable interior that the Starex is known for, the Grand Starex Super Express carries more passengers comfortably, and with the side facing rear seats, ingress and egress from that section is a cinch. The van can carry up to 17 passengers without cargo, which makes this an ideal people transport.

Interior is quite Spartan, armed with only a radio, the dashboard offers simple layout, but has dual glove compartments. The drivers seat is fully adjustable, even 6-footer drivers will fit, the front-middle seat folds down and serves as an additional organizer, with 2 cup holders to boot.  There are AC vents for all rows, making a comfortable ride even on hot days. The only disadvantage here is the tight leg-room for the passenger seats offered, as the whole van space is used for maximum payload.

With the rear seats up, the cargo space is exceptionally wide. I tested it with a transport box of an 8kg washing machine, just to see measure it personally. A 48x32x32 box is easily loaded, thanks to the wide tailgate, and there is still a 4in clearance from each side. I’ve even managed to load a Size 29 Mountain Bike just for the heck of it.

Powering the van is a 2.5L VGT CRDi engine (non turbocharged) with a 5-speed manual. Yes, it comes only in manual transmission, which actually makes more sense in transporting heavy loads. Torque is readily available even without the turbo. Acceleration is slower, but you don’t need horsepower in a van. Really.

Since the Starex has a front engine layout, compared to the other popular vans with a Cab-over-Engine (COE), the Hyundai behemoth offers a more substantial front crumple space in case of a collision. The only disadvantage with this is the bonnet eats up space in traffic and more difficult with parking in tight spaces.

Retail is at ₱ 1,418,000, which is quite reasonable, given what you are buying. Transporting people or cargo has never been this good. The Starex is indeed a van for all trades.

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