Staria – Facing the floods in a people mover

We drive the Staria around Lismore and Nimbin

Hyundai Staria – We travelled to the north coast of NSW which had been recently hit by floods.

Hyundai Staria

We were driving a Hyundai Staria people mover base model but with the 2.2 litre diesel engine that comes with an 8 speed gear box and all wheel drive.

The vehicle handled the conditions very well being both easy, comfortable to drive and sure footed on the rough, testing rural roads. Touring on the motorways was relaxed with enough room and USB ports for adults in any of the three rows of seats.

People movers have come a long way now representing a more comfy and secure family car rather than feeling like a converted van.


The Staria is priced excluding on road costs from $48,500 for the petrol base model, add $3,000 for the diesel AWD. There is an elite specification and the top of the range Highlander, with the diesel engine and AWD at $66,500.

But our comfort was little consolation to those who had been smashed by the flood waters.

Driving through the Lismore shopping precinct all the roads were mud stained, the footpath tiles were scratched presumedly by rocks and debris being washed along and most of the shops were closed with obvious water damage.

There were some piles of rubbish and the occasional abandoned car beside the roads beyond the town centre.

The road to Nimbin was cut up and regular had one lane closed while they repaired major wash aways.

All-new STARIA features a standard suite of SmartSense™ advanced active safety and driver assistance features.

There are also seven airbags, including Hyundai’s pioneering front centre side airbag.

Mounted in the left side of the driver’s seat backrest, it’s designed to prevent or reduce the severity of injuries caused by collisions of front passengers with each other, or with interior components, in the event of a side impact collision.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto