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2022 Hyundai Staria joins Tucson and Genesis GV70 in missing out on an Australian suspension tune, but Korean brand committed to bespoke adjustment program

The Hyundai Staria is the brand's latest people mover, but will miss out on a unique Australian suspension tune.

Hyundai Australia has stood apart from other car brands for a number of reasons, but one of the key points of difference is its insistence to tune suspension settings for local roads.

From 2013, and the then-current Elantra, up until now, the program has tweaked many models such as the i30, Kona, Ioniq and Genesis G70, adding to their appeal here in Australia.

However, recent model launches such as the new Tucson and Genesis GV70 have skipped Australian tuning, and the Staria people mover will also forgo a local tweak to ride and handling settings.

Speaking to media, Hyundai Australia product general manager Andrew Tuitahi confirmed the Staria will come to market without a local tune, but that Australia was part of the conversation at every revision.

“No local suspension tune on Staria, but we did have the privilege of having the car in the country for many, many months prior to launch, which allowed us to conduct our typical evaluations,” he said.

“We did see that car evolve over time with some updates in tune being conducted by the team back at the Namyang (South Korea) R&D centre, and each time one of those revisions came through, it essentially ticked off any of the issues or feedback that we had provided, so much so that by the time we were considering our local changes, we felt that the car had essentially addressed all of our concerns and therefore did not require local tune.”

Hyundai local suspension tuning typically softens up the car for a more comfortable ride on Australia’s often uneven and craggily roads, while also tightening steering for more responsive turn in.

In fact, so good was the local suspension tune for the i30 N that launched in 2018, that an evolution of those settings was then applied to all global i30 Fastback N cars in 2019.

Despite the recent wave of new Hyundai metal missing out on the local suspension tuning treatment, Mr Tuitahi said the brand is committed to the program if and when it is necessary.

“We’ve got to consider what travel restrictions we’ve got in place, semi-conductor supply issues, our ability to get prototypes into the country – all those things have played a part in it,” he said.

“We have great communication with our R&D centre, we’re able to tell them what kind of characteristics we’re looking for and how we would achieve those if we were tuning locally.

“But all of that said, where and when required we will absolutely be tuning locally, we have done during the pandemic, and we will continue to do so.”