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Recently, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. quietly released the refreshed Grand Starex in the Philippines. The Korean carmaker's official local distributor didn't hold a launch, or even put out a press release--the van just subtly appeared on social media.

Strange, too, because the Starex features a new-look face that appears much more modern than the ones found in previous models. Most notable are the redesigned grille and headlights, as well as the new black cladding and smaller foglights. It still runs on the same 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine, though.

The new Starex is only the latest van in recent memory to enter the local market. Late last year, Nissan Philippines brought in the automatic variant of the Urvan Premium, providing the hauler with a more convenient drive.

So, which of these two new vans has more to offer? The Urvan has the seating advantage, able to service 15 individuals compared to the Starex's 10. It also rides 5mm higher. But the Korean offering trumps its Japanese competitor in terms of engine performance by more than 40hp, and it has a fresher exterior design.

You know what this means: Another spec-by-spec showdown between segment rivals. Based on the stats, are you going with the Korean or Japanese hauler? Let us know in the poll below.


Hyundai Grand Starex
Nissan Urvan Premium AT
Price (Philippine Peso) 2,085,000 1,836,000
Drive RWD RWD
Seating capacity 10 15
Engine 2.5-liter DOHC turbodiesel 2.5-liter DOHC turbodiesel
Power 168hp @ 3,600rpm 127hp @ 3,200rpm
Torque 441Nm @ 2,000-2,250rpm 356Nm @ 1,400-2,000rpm
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 75 65
Transmission Five-speed automatic Five-speed automatic
Brakes (front/rear) Disc/disc Ventilated disc/drum
Front suspension MacPherson with coil spring Torsion bar with stabilizer
Rear suspension Rigid axle five-link with coil spring Rigid axle with leaf spring
Wheels 16-inch alloys 15-inch steel
Tires 215/70 R16 195/70 R15
Airbags Driver/passenger Driver/passenger
Dimensions (mm) 5,150 x 1,920 x 1,925 5,230 x 1,880 x 2,285
Ground clearance (mm) 190 195
Wheelbase (mm) 3,200 2,940
Seats Fabric Fabric
Audio system 1-DIN with tuner/AUX/CD 2-DIN with tuner/AUX/CD

Which van has more to offer?

Hyundai Grand Starex

Nissan Urvan Premium

I'll go with a different model

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