But the three-row compact minivan is forbidden fruit for the US.
Minivans are popular with Americans. That is a fact from the moment Chrysler unveiled the Dodge Caravan in 1983, foretelling the demand for modern multi-purpose vehicles, commonly known as MPVs. But not every MPV tells a success story.
Hyundai had attempted to sell a minivan here called the Entourage in the mid-2000s. But the recession meant it had already bowed out in 2009, leaving only its twin Kia Sedona sibling to soldier on into the 2010s and '20s, which has since become known as the Carnival. But they have found success overseas, which is where the new Hyundai Stargazer comes in.
For 2023, the Stargazer reveals an all-new design in a compact MPV body that's designed for the utilitarian streets of Indonesia, its target market. As a product of modern Hyundai's global portfolio, it compliments a massive dose of style with a high quantity of value. Starting with the fact that this offers three rows of seats. An option of captain's chairs in the second row will bring the passenger count from seven to six.
On the styling front, the Stargazer fronts a horizontal daytime running light pattern to symbolize Indonesia's location on the equator. An H-shape lamp runs across the back to signify this is a Hyundai from afar. Completing the look is a choice of wheels that can be had with a bladed heptagonal design.
If this looks familiar, you're not wrong. The bigger Staria minivan takes a similar approach to the front end and benefits from practical gains inside.
Inside, the Stargazer uses Hyundai's current design language, so things like the steering wheel and switchgear in other models like the Elantra are seen here. There's an eight-inch display available that includes Bluelink to provide you with connected services, such as remote start and vehicle alerts sent to you via the smartphone app. To keep your phone handy, a wireless charging pad is also available.
Other features include a seat back table for the second row, a 4.2-inch digital gauge cluster, and Hyundai's Smart Sense ensuite of safety features, which consist of forward-collision avoidance assist, lane keeping, blindspots warning, and assistance that's useful for parallel parking, and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance.
Would the Stargazer do well in the US of A? Probably not. The only minivan to come from South Korea remains the Kia Carnival, which we thought was a fantastic alternative to the Telluride. Hyundai instead relegates small practicality to the Kona, which we also liked.
Meanwhile, prices for the Stargazer start around $16,200 (IDR 243.3 million) and barely breaks past $20,000 (IDR 307.1 million) for the top-of-the-line Prime model. Indonesian shoppers: you can order your Stargazer now. American shoppers, you probably wouldn't buy this anyway when a Kona or Tucson exists.