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Hyundai Starex - At A Glance

If there is one model that helped Hyundai get established in the Philippines, it would be the Starex. While there were Hyundai models that preceded it, the first-generation Starex boosted the popularity of the South-Korean carmaker in the late '90s. The second-generation was launched in 2007 and is still in production to this day. The second-generation Starex was a significant leap forward versus its first iteration. For a van, at least, it was stylish and higher-spec versions were luxurious. The Starex was proof that a van didn't have to be purely utilitarian, and the second-generation built further on that strength. There were several innovations introduced by the Starex as well. Its diesel engine was among the strongest in the van segment, which made it surprisingly brisk for a load carrier. There are a wide variety of Starex body styles and variants out there. The van was largely unchanged for a decade until it was face lifted in 2018 with a fresh new face and a more upscale interior for the Grand Starex versions.

Good buy or goodbye?

Despite its popularity, it's easy to dismiss the Hyundai Starex due to its country of origin. Admittedly, its reliability record isn't as stellar as its Japanese competitors, but there are also thousands of Starex vans that have served their owners for over a hundred thousand kilometers in a few years. So is Starex ownership hit or miss? If you're buying one second-hand, that all depends on the previous owner. These vans require a little more care and attention compared to its more rugged and utilitarian competitors. But, as they say, if you take care of a car well enough, it rewards you with many years and thousands of kilometers of service. Also, the Starex is noted for its comfort against its Japanese counterparts, and the extra performance the VGT-equipped models have to offer. Also, the availability of automatic transmission in many variants mean even owner-drivers will find it easy to drive. Just be wary of its width. But what makes the Starex worth buying is its prices in the second hand market. They're typically lower than the Hiace and NV350 Urvan, meaning you can get a much newer van with less kilometers on the clock for a lot less.

Pros:

- Front-engine design makes it inherently safer - One of the most powerful in its class - First van to get Variable Geometry Turbo - High fuel efficiency - Comfort is highly rated - Automatic transmission available in most variants - Multiple variants and seating configurations

Cons:

- Look out for early VGT-equipped models - Reported hot-start problems - Four-row versions can get tight inside - Be wary of its width - Has a certain reputation with the afterlife

Variants

2.5 GL TCI M/T 2.5 GL TCI Super Express M/T 2.5 GLS CRDi M/T 2.5 GLS CRDi A/T 2.5 GLS CRDi A/T (facelift, 2018-present) 2.5 GLS CRDi Gold A/T (facelift, 2018-present) 2.5 GLS CRDi Platinum A/T (facelift, 2018-present) 2.5 GLS CRDi Urban A/T (facelift, 2018-present)

Dimensions and capacities:

Length 5,125 mm (2007-2018) 5,150 mm (2018-present) Width 1920 mm Height 1925 mm Fuel Tank Capacity: 75 Liters Max cargo area: N/A Ground Clearance: 190 mm Wading capacity: N/A

Powertrain

Engines 2.5-liter diesel, 4-Cylinder, In-line, 8-Valve SOHC (TCI) 2.5-liter diesel, 4-Cylinder, In-line, 16-Valve DOHC, Variable Geometry Turbo (GLS and up) Horsepower: 100 HP (TCI) 170 HP (GLS to GLS Platinum) 175 HP (GLS Urban) Torque: 225 Nm (TCI) 441 Nm (GLS to GLS Platinum) 451 Nm (GLS Urban) Transmission options: 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic Driven wheels: Rear-wheel drive

Fuel economy and range

City: 7.7 km/l (GLS A/T) to 9.3 km/l (GL TCI M/T) Highway: 14.4 km/l (GL TCI M/T) Estimated range: 557 km to 1,080 kms per full tank

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