Hyundai Australia has tweaked its Palisade vary to comply with the naming conference set in different markets, so as a substitute of the Highlander topping the vary, there are actually two Calligraphy fashions on supply.
Basically, the Calligraphy and Calligraphy Black Ink take the place of the outgoing flagship, albeit with the latter adopting a blacked-out exterior end and totally different inside trim.
Identical to the decrease grades, the Black Ink is out there with a V6 petrol engine and front-wheel drive, or in 2.2-litre turbo-diesel AWD spec, as examined on this evaluate.
It additionally persists with the selection of a seven-seat structure with second-row captain’s chairs, or an eight-seat structure with two three-seat benches within the again.
This can be a massive SUV with massive households in thoughts – and it leaves a giant impression too.
How does the Hyundai Palisade fare vs its rivals?
View an in depth breakdown of the Hyundai Palisade in opposition to equally sized autos.
So that is the costliest one ($80,900 plus on-road prices), and for essentially the most half it appears to be like and feels it too.
I reckon loads of consumers will look to swap out these customary 20-inch wheels for a extra aggressive wanting choice, however as is, the Palisade nonetheless has a commanding presence. Are you questioning about different fashions with the selection of petrol or diesel, seven or eight seats, and with this degree of apparatus for this type of cash? Effectively… sorry, there’s no different SUV just like the Palisade in Australia.
Nevertheless, you may wish to contemplate the sensible Kia Carnival people-mover, which mightn’t have the SUV profile, however does have a really sensible eight-seat physique and boot, with sliding doorways to keep away from car-park-door-dent points. There’s an replace coming, however on the time of writing the Carnival begins from $47,480 to $67,580 plus on-roads. It’s a household cut price by comparability.
When you can cope with seven seats, you’ve obtained the Mazda CX-90 as a walk-up begin. Pricing for it ranges from $74,400 via to an enormous $100,935 plus on-road prices, which is one more reason the Palisade stands out from a worth perspective. Different eight-seat selections embrace the Land Rover Defender 130 (from $126,670), Nissan Patrol (from $84,900), Nissan Pathfinder (from $71,490), Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer (from $78,515) and Hyundai Staria (from $49,000).
Hyundai Palisade pricing:
- 2024 Hyundai Palisade Elite V6 FWD: $66,800 (+$900)
- 2024 Hyundai Palisade Elite Diesel AWD: $70,800 (+$900)
- 2024 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy V6 FWD: $75,900 (+$935)
- 2024 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy Black Ink V6 FWD: $76,900 (NEW)
- 2024 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy Diesel AWD: $79,900 (+$1530)
- 2024 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy Black Ink Diesel AWD: $80,900 (NEW)
I bear in mind after I purchased a pinstripe swimsuit a couple of decade in the past, considering that it was look – it wasn’t, not on me, anyway.
However on this SUV there are pinstripes that sweep from the doorways throughout the dashboard to embody the cabin and fortunately, the Palisade pulls it off higher than I ever might.
These, together with some actually beautiful supplies, make for a high-end really feel regardless of a lower-end price ticket for such a big SUV.
There are stunning finishes on the pillars and the headliner, and even for the covers for the sunroof and the glass roof within the rear.
There’s additionally leather-accented trim on the doorways, steering wheel and seats, with suede materials on the seat inlays. In fact the entrance seats are heated and cooled, with electrical adjustment as properly.
One bizarre little factor is that the centre-airbag tag on the motive force’s seat will get in the best way slightly bit should you transfer your arms round, or attain again to a baby within the second-row.
You’ve obtained a pair of digital screens – the central one being on your infotainment or multimedia, and a driver’s data display screen providing a heap of knowledge at a look. There’s a head-up show on the windscreen as properly.
Going into slightly bit extra element on the infotainment display screen, it has layers of menus that you could enter if you wish to spend a little bit of time doing so, and a number of the controls possibly aren’t so simple as they might be.
As an example, it’s not as straightforward to get into the security settings to show issues off because it most likely might be, and you’ll’t arrange features as a favorite button on the steering wheel both.
However you will get there utilizing the steering wheel controls. You simply have to be taught the best way to do it. And you’ll want to be taught it, belief me.
Fortunately, there are buttons and dials for the quantity and tuning down beneath the display screen, and additional down you’ll additionally discover dials for temperature – however there may be now a small touchscreen system for the fan pace and air-con controls and in addition for the rear air flow controls too.
I don’t like that it’s a touchscreen, and it’s additionally fairly reflective so it may be arduous to see what you’re doing at a look when you’re driving.
The centre console additionally homes the button-operated shift-by-wire transmission system, an auto-hold button, and a rotary dial controller for drive modes and terrain modes, as properly. The drive modes are: Good, Sport, Eco and Consolation. The three terrain modes are Snow, Mud and Sand.
There’s ample storage within the entrance row with a big centre console space, together with two retractable cupholders, a wi-fi telephone charging pad, and extra storage – in addition to a giant front-covered centre armrest with a USB and 12-volt plug. Plus, there’s one other USB port forward of that on your telephone mirroring.
There’s additionally an enormous storage tray beneath the bridge console space, which is useful for unfastened gadgets. You additionally get a heated steering wheel on this spec as properly.
A selected favorite of mine is the digital rear-view mirror, so you’ll be able to swap to a video digicam view from the rear of the automotive you probably have the again seats filled with faces.
There are bottle holders within the entrance doorways too. This automotive actually nailed the transient with regards to practicality upfront.
It’s additionally impressively sensible within the second row. There are two cupholders in every door, USB-C ports and map pockets for each seatbacks, and a local weather management panel with air-flow, temperature and seat heating/cooling buttons for the outboard second-row seats.
This row additionally scores sun-blinds, overhead air flow, seize handles, lights, and there’s a sliding 60:40 break up second-row seat to permit extra third row house if required.
With the seat set to its most beneficiant second-row place, there may be sufficient house for me to sit down behind my very own driving place with ample leg, foot and headroom. The seat additionally affords recline performance as properly, and there’s a flip-down armrest with cupholders too.
Lastly, the second-row options ISOFIX factors for the outer seats, and top-tether factors for all three positions.
Okay, with regards to third-row entry, the smaller portion is on the roadside, which is at all times a bit perplexing to me… However it has a fast launch set off to tilt the seatback ahead and slide the seat as far ahead as it might probably.
There may be heaps of room within the third row for an grownup, even with somebody their very own dimension sitting in entrance. Whereas the seating place is kind of ‘knees-up’ the headroom out there is nice. There may be sufficient house for 2 adults within the again, however three could also be a squeeze.
When you plan to place youngsters proper within the again, good luck to you, however there may be an ISOFIX level for the very again passenger seat, whereas there are a further two top-tethers within the third-row. Consider the seatbelt for the center third-row seat is housed within the ceiling, reasonably than from the seat itself (as is the case within the second-row).
There are two extra USB-C ports within the again row, 4 extra cupholders, and there are additionally little built-in seize handles behind the C-pillar to permit simpler ingress and egress to the very again row.
So, you probably have plenty of individuals to maneuver, they’re properly catered for – however what about all their stuff? Effectively, like most bigger SUVs with three rows of actual lodging, the boot house is a bit restricted when all of the seats are in play.
Hyundai claims 311 litres of cargo house with the third-row up, and 704 litres with it down – so should you’re planning to make use of it primarily as a five-seater, it’s going to make extra sense.
Even so, you’ll be able to match a folded-up pram with all of the seats up, and also you’ll match variety of buying baggage or backpacks in there too. For greater journeys simply take into consideration getting a towbar and trailer, or a roof-mounted cargo pod.
I really like that this mannequin options the sensible boot system that permits you to stroll behind the automotive with the important thing in your pocket and routinely open the boot for you hands-free – very useful for folks, and no awkward kicks below the tailgate that you simply’ll most likely mess up.
Whereas the newly added boot carpet mat is a pleasant factor to have, it’s designed for the automotive for use as a five-seater, so mightn’t be a lot good should you plan to make use of all three rows on a regular basis.
If you might want to fold down the third-row seats they’ve velcro pull-tabs reasonably than handles (like another automobiles) and so they can fling out of attain once you drop the seats down. The second-row could be electronically folded flat by means of a few buttons mounted within the boot.
As already talked about, there’s a alternative of two powertrains for all variations of the Palisade in Australia, with a $4000 value distinction between them.
The cheaper alternative is the petrol model, which employs a 3.8-litre naturally aspirated V6 producing 217kW of energy and 355Nm of torque. It’s out there solely with front-wheel drive, and makes use of an eight-speed automated transmission.
The opposite engine choice – the one examined right here, and the one I’d select if I used to be shopping for a Palisade – is the 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, which churns out 147kW and 440Nm. It’s solely out there with all-wheel drive, and has an eight-speed auto.
No hybrids or plug-in hybrids right here. May need to attend for the next-gen mannequin if that’s what you’re after.
When you plan to tow along with your Palisade, notice that each have unbraked towing capability of 750kg and braked towing rated to 2200kg. The utmost towball down weight is 100kg, until you select the diesel and choice the real towing package, which bumps it as much as 180kg.
The largest disappointments with the drive expertise within the Palisade are its security techniques.
The insistent pace signal recognition system – which you might want to flip off each single time you drive the automotive (should you don’t prefer it) – is irritating and infrequently incorrect.
On just a few events it learn 70km/h when the pace restrict was the truth is 110km/h. It additionally can not differentiate between pace indicators for vans and people for automobiles – that means that on the hill close to my home, which has a 60km/h zone for vans and 90km/h zone for automobiles, it was insisting that I used to be doing 30km/h over the restrict.
That is most likely extra of a homologation or visitors signage problem than it’s Hyundai‘s fault, but it surely does present that you simply can not depend on visitors signal recognition know-how extra usually. It additionally always beeps and bongs and actually annoys you – my associate hated it as properly.
One other annoying ingredient that I switched off each single time I drove the Palisade is the lane holding help. Whereas it’s higher than in some older fashions, it does have a little bit of an insistent really feel to it, and never for any actual good cause.
The drive expertise is in any other case excellent, which makes it doubly disappointing that these security tech gadgets might severely undermine the drive expertise for individuals who don’t like being bossed round by their automotive.
I discovered the steering had a pleasant, reassuring quantity of really feel and weight to it, being responsive and dependable at greater speeds. It was additionally moderately straightforward to twirl the wheel at decrease speeds and to know what’s going to occur in roundabouts and the like.
The experience consolation was additionally fairly good, with a cruisy really feel to the best way the automotive holds itself on the freeway. The Palisade additionally does a fairly good job over lumps and bumps round city – although sharper edges do upset the physique slightly bit.
The engine is unquestionably sufficient for this utility, and certainly it has extra grunt and refinement than another bigger-capacity diesel autos that I’ve pushed in comparable conditions. Whereas 2.2L won’t look like a large enough engine for a automobile this massive, I reckon it does swimsuit properly.
It additionally has a intelligent eight-speed automated transmission which affords easy shifts at greater speeds. Whereas there’s a little little bit of turbo lag to cope with from a standstill, the gearbox does job once you’re going slower too.
The extent of refinement and tranquility is great. It feels nearly as good as a luxurious SUV for rather more cash by way of cosseting occupants and getting rid of highway and wind noise.
The engine is commendably quiet, making for a really serene drive expertise … till you load up the again seats with youngsters, or neglect to show off the bing-bong pace alert system.
Our detailed pricing and spec story could be discovered right here if you need extra data, however it is a rundown of what you get in every grade of the Palisade.
Palisade Elite highlights:
- 7 or 8 seats
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Full-size spare wheel
- Automated LED headlights
- Automated high-beam
- Single-pane sunroof
- Palms-free energy tailgate
- Acoustic laminated entrance door glass (NEW)
- Acoustic windscreen
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Satellite tv for pc navigation with telematics
- Voice recognition
- Wired Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- Wi-fi telephone charger
- 12-speaker Infinity sound system
- Driver Discuss perform
- Quiet Mode perform
- Tri-zone local weather management
- Electrochromatic rear-view mirror
- Distant begin
- Leather-based-wrapped steering wheel
- Heated steering wheel (NEW)
- Leather-based upholstery
- Heated entrance seats
- 10-way energy adjustable driver’s seat
- 8-way energy adjustable entrance passenger seat (NEW)
- Melange knit headliner and pillar trims (NEW)
- Wooden-look inside trim inserts (NEW)
- Alloy scuff plates (NEW)
- Cargo carpet mat (NEW)
Palisade Calligraphy provides:
- Rear AEB
- Blind Spot View Monitor
- Backup gentle information
- Distant Good Parking Help
- Encompass-view digicam
- Twin sunroof
- Unique grille and skid plates
- Physique-coloured cladding and bumpers
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Water-repellent entrance door glass (NEW)
- Acoustic laminated rear door glass (NEW)
- 10.0-inch head-up show
- Contact-type local weather management buttons (NEW)
- Digital rear-view mirror
- Automated defog
- Rear door blinds
- 4-spoke, two-tone leather-wrapped steering wheel (single-tone with black inside)
- Gloss black trim (black inside solely)
- Quilted Nappa leather-based upholstery
- Heated and ventilated entrance seats
- Heated and ventilated second-row seats
- 12-way energy adjustable driver’s seat
- Driver’s seat reminiscence
- Second-row wing-out headrests
Palisade Calligraphy Black Ink provides:
- Gloss black 20-inch alloy wheels
- Darkish tinted grille
- Darkish tinted bumper garnish
- Darkish tinted entrance and rear skid plates
- Darkish tinted decrease door garnishes
- Darkish tinted tail gentle garnishes
- Gloss black roof rails
- Black suede headliner
- Black suede and leather-based upholstery
The worth enhance to get into the Black Ink model is simply $1000, however you get a good few extra options. It’s prone to come down as to whether you need or want extra full-finish leather-based trim. Mother and father, you’ll know that it’s infinitely simpler to scrub than suede!
The Palisade vary wears an five-star ANCAP security ranking primarily based on 2022 testing.
It obtained scores of 84 per cent for grownup occupant safety, 88 per cent for youngster occupant safety, 62 per cent for susceptible highway consumer safety, and 83 per cent for security help.
Commonplace security tools contains:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Automobile, Pedestrian, Bicycle owner detection
- Junction Help
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Driver consideration warning
- Clever pace restrict help
- Multi-collision braking
- Brakes the automotive for you you probably have an accident, stopping additional crashes
- Protected Exit Help
- Warns you should you’re about to open the door into the trail of visitors
- Lane Following Help (lane centring)
- Lane maintain help
- Rear occupant alert
- Main automobile departure alert
- Adaptive cruise management with cease/go
- Reversing digicam
- Entrance, rear parking sensors
- Tyre strain monitoring system
- BlueLink linked providers incl. emergency name
Palisade Calligraphy provides:
- Rear AEB
- Blind Spot View Monitor (cameras)
- Encompass-view cameras
- Backup information lights
- Distant Good Park Help
The Palisade has seven airbags – twin entrance, entrance centre, entrance facet and full-length curtain protection, together with third-row occupant safety.
When you select the petrol mannequin, the official mixed gas consumption variety of 10.7 litres per 100km is prone to be extra of a pipe-dream than a actuality, until you solely do freeway driving.
As for the diesel, the official determine for it’s 7.3 litres per 100km. Once more, doubtless should you’re a freeway commuter, however not should you ask something of the automotive in city conditions.
I did a mixture of driving over just a few days within the Palisade diesel, and my on-dash gas use quantity was 9.3L/100km. And actually, given it was a mixture of city, open highway and freeway stuff, I believe that’s okay. Each petrol and diesel fashions have a 71-litre gas tank capability.
As for long-term possession concerns, there’s a five-year, limitless kilometre guarantee provided by Hyundai Australia, and clients even have just a few selections with regards to servicing.
The primary is a pay as you go upkeep plan, which you’ll be able to go for both three years/45,000km ($1377/$1467 petrol/diesel), 4 years/60,000km ($1836/$1956), or 5 years/75,000km ($2295/$2445). Or you’ll be able to pay as you go, with a life-time capped-price servicing plan out there for the whole Hyundai vary.
There’s additionally a roadside help plan out there at no cost for the lifetime of the automotive should you preserve it inside the Hyundai community of workshops.
And the model contains as much as 10 years of satellite tv for pc navigation map updates, whereas the BlueLink linked providers plan covers the primary 5 years of knowledge too.
The Hyundai Palisade remains to be a really family-friendly SUV, and affords unrivalled option to consumers who’re on the lookout for a big SUV that gives loads of customary specs and house.
It will be a fair higher factor with out that annoying speed-sign recognition know-how.
Total, there’s nothing else fairly prefer it in our market for a similar form of coin, and it’s a really compelling alternative for households after a big SUV.
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