Spec-sheet brawl: Hyundai Staria Premium AWD vs. Toyota Hiace Super Grandia Elite

Old foes face off once more
by Drei Laurel | Aug 18, 2022
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The Toyota Hiace’s era of absolute dominance might soon face a real challenge—at least if the newly introduced Hyundai Staria turns out to be as good as it looks on paper.

We finally have the Hyundai Staria’s spec-sheet and, naturally, our first thought was to compare it to the current king of the local van segment. For this fightl, we’re pitting the two models’ top-spec offerings against each other.

At first glance, it’s immediately apparent that the Staria has at least one advantage over its Japanese competition: All-wheel drive (AWD). As the variant name, Hyundai Staria 2.2 CRDi Premium 8AT AWD, suggests, this Hyundai makes use of all four wheels. The Toyota Hiace Super Grandia Elite 2.8 AT, meanwhile, only puts its rear wheels to work.

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As far as engine output is concerned, both vans are almost equal. Horsepower is the same at 175hp, though the Hiace has a 19Nm advantage when it comes to torque. The Staria uses a 2.2-liter turbodiesel, while the Hiace comes with a 2.8-liter turbodiesel.

Entertainment-wise? We’ll have to give it to the Staria with its Bose sound system and larger eight-inch touchscreen. The South Korean import also comes with a sunroof, electronic parking brake, and a 360-degree camera—all of which are absent in the Hiace Super Grandia Elite.

Seating capacity has to go to Toyota, though, as the Hiace can seat up to 10 compared to the Staria’s seven-person capacity.

The real game-changer here might be the price. Despite coming with AWD and a relatively richer feature package, the Staria Premium AWD is actually able to undercut the Hiace Super Grandia Elite by over P150,000.

Anyway, check out the vehicles’ specs in the table below and let us know your opinion in the comments. Does the Staria have the upper hand in this comparo?

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Hyundai Staria vs. Toyota Hiace Super Grandia

Hyundai Staria 2.2 CRDi Premium 8AT AWD Toyota Hiace Super Grandia Elite 2.8 AT
Price (Philippine Peso) 2,930,000 3,098,000
Drive AWD RWD
Seating capacity 7 10
Engine setup 2.2-liter DOHC turbodiesel 2.8-liter DOHC turbodiesel
Power (hp) 175hp @ 3,800rpm 175hp @ 3,400rpm
Torque (Nm) 431Nm @ 1,500-2,500rpm 450Nm @ 1,600-2,400rpm
Transmission 8-Speed automatic 6-Speed automatic
Fuel tank capacity (L) 75 70
Brakes (front/rear) Disc/disc Ventilated discs/ventilated discs
Wheels 18-inch alloys 17-inch alloys
Tires 235/55 R18 235/60 R17
Front suspension MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Rear suspension Five-link coil springs Four-link coil springs
Seat material Leather Leather
Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel adjustment Yes Yes
Infotainment system 8-inch touchscreen 6.8-inch touchscreen
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Yes/Yes No/No
Sound system Bose w/ surround sound 6 speakers
Smart keyless entry Yes Yes
Push-to-start ignition Yes Yes
Power liftgate Yes No
Power sliding doors Yes Yes
Parking brake Electronic Mechanical
Automatic climate control Yes Yes
Sunroof Yes No
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution Yes Yes
Hill-start assist Yes Yes
Electronic stability control Yes Yes
Forward-collision warning Forward Collision-Avoidance Assit Pre-Collision System
Lane-keep assist Yes Lane Departure Alert
Blind-spot monitoring Yes No
Cruise control Smart with Stop and Go Yes
Camera Surround View Monitor Rear (integrated into rearview mirror)
Airbags Driver and front passenger, side and curtain Driver and front passenger, side and curtain, driver knee
Dimensions (mm) 5,253 x 1,970 x 1,990 5,300 x 1,970 x 1,990
Wheelbase (mm) 3,273 3,210
Ground clearance 186 175

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