Hyundai Australia has tweaked its Palisade vary to observe the naming conference set in different markets, so as an alternative of the Highlander topping the vary, there are actually two Calligraphy fashions on provide.
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 offered 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 format with second-row captain’s chairs, or an eight-seat format with two three-seat benches within the again.
It is a large SUV with large households in thoughts – and it leaves an enormous 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 most costly one ($80,900 plus on-road prices), and for probably the most half it appears to be like and feels it too.
I reckon loads of consumers will look to swap out these normal 20-inch wheels for a extra aggressive trying choice, however as is, the Palisade nonetheless has a commanding presence. Are you questioning about various fashions with the selection of petrol or diesel, seven or eight seats, and with this degree of apparatus for this sort of cash? Effectively… sorry, there’s no different SUV just like the Palisade in Australia.
Nonetheless, you may need 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.
Should you can take care of seven seats, you’ve received the Mazda CX-90 as a walk-up begin. Pricing for it ranges from $74,400 by way of to an enormous $100,935 plus on-road prices, which is another excuse the Palisade stands out from a worth perspective. Different eight-seat decisions 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 go well with a few decade in the past, considering that it was an excellent 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 may.
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 lovely 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 nicely.
One bizarre little factor is that the centre-airbag tag on the driving force’s seat will get in the best way a bit of bit if you happen to transfer your arms round, or attain again to a baby within the second-row.
You’ve received a pair of digital screens – the central one being in your infotainment or multimedia, and a driver’s information display providing a heap of data at a look. There’s a head-up show on the windscreen as nicely.
Going into a bit of bit extra element on the infotainment display, it has layers of menus that you would be able to 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 may very well be.
As an example, it’s not as straightforward to get into the protection settings to show issues off because it in all probability may very well be, and you’ll’t arrange features as a favorite button on the steering wheel both.
However you may 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 amount and tuning down under the display, and additional down you’ll additionally discover dials for temperature – however there’s now a small touchscreen system for the fan velocity 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 onerous 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 nicely. 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 cellphone charging pad, and extra storage – in addition to an enormous front-covered centre armrest with a USB and 12-volt plug. Plus, there’s one other USB port forward of that in your cellphone mirroring.
There’s additionally an enormous storage tray beneath the bridge console space, which is useful for free objects. You additionally get a heated steering wheel on this spec as nicely.
A specific favorite of mine is the digital rear-view mirror, so you possibly can change to a video digital camera view from the rear of the automobile in case you have the again seats stuffed with faces.
There are bottle holders within the entrance doorways too. This automobile actually nailed the temporary 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 cut up second-row seat to permit extra third row house if required.
With the seat set to its most beneficiant second-row place, there’s sufficient house for me to take a seat behind my very own driving place with ample leg, foot and headroom. The seat additionally gives recline performance as nicely, 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… Nevertheless it has a fast launch set off to tilt the seatback ahead and slide the seat as far ahead as it may.
There may be heaps of room within the third row for an grownup, even with somebody their very own measurement sitting in entrance. Whereas the seating place is sort of ‘knees-up’ the headroom accessible is sweet. There may be sufficient house for 2 adults within the again, however three could also be a squeeze.
Should you plan to place children proper within the again, good luck to you, however there’s an ISOFIX level for the very again passenger seat, whereas there are a further two top-tethers within the third-row. Be mindful the seatbelt for the center third-row seat is housed within the ceiling, moderately 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 in the back of the C-pillar to permit simpler ingress and egress to the very again row.
So, in case you have a lot of folks to maneuver, they’re nicely 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 if you happen to’re planning to make use of it primarily as a five-seater, it’s going to make extra sense.
Even so, you possibly can match a folded-up pram with all of the seats up, and also you’ll match an excellent variety of procuring 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 good boot system that permits you to stroll behind the automobile with the important thing in your pocket and routinely open the boot for you hands-free – very useful for fogeys, and no awkward kicks below the tailgate that you just’ll in all probability mess up.
Whereas the newly added boot carpet mat is a pleasant factor to have, it’s designed for the automobile for use as a five-seater, so mightn’t be a lot good if you happen to plan to make use of all three rows on a regular basis.
If you could fold down the third-row seats they’ve velcro pull-tabs moderately than handles (like another automobiles) and so they can fling out of attain whenever you drop the seats down. The second-row will be electronically folded flat by means of a few buttons mounted within the boot.
As already talked about, there’s a selection of two powertrains for all variations of the Palisade in Australia, with a $4000 worth distinction between them.
The cheaper selection is the petrol model, which employs a 3.8-litre naturally aspirated V6 producing 217kW of energy and 355Nm of torque. It’s accessible 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 accessible 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.
Should you plan to tow together with your Palisade, be aware 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 equipment, which bumps it as much as 180kg.
The most important disappointments with the drive expertise within the Palisade are its security programs.
The insistent velocity signal recognition system – which you could flip off each single time you drive the automobile (if you happen to don’t prefer it) – is irritating and sometimes incorrect.
On a number of events it learn 70km/h when the velocity restrict was actually 110km/h. It additionally can not differentiate between velocity indicators for vans and people for automobiles – which 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 in all probability extra of a homologation or site visitors signage subject than it’s Hyundai‘s fault, but it surely does present that you just can not depend on site visitors signal recognition know-how extra typically. It additionally always beeps and bongs and actually annoys you – my companion hated it as nicely.
One other annoying component that I switched off each single time I drove the Palisade is the lane maintaining 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 motive.
The drive expertise is in any other case excellent, which makes it doubly disappointing that these security tech objects may severely undermine the drive expertise for many who don’t like being bossed round by their automobile.
I discovered the steering had a pleasant, reassuring quantity of really feel and weight to it, being responsive and dependable at increased speeds. It was additionally fairly straightforward to twirl the wheel at decrease speeds and to know what’s going to occur in roundabouts and the like.
The trip consolation was additionally fairly good, with a cruisy really feel to the best way the automobile holds itself on the freeway. The Palisade additionally does a reasonably good job over lumps and bumps round city – although sharper edges do upset the physique a bit of bit.
The engine is unquestionably satisfactory for this utility, and certainly it has extra grunt and refinement than another bigger-capacity diesel autos that I’ve pushed in related conditions. Whereas 2.2L may not seem to be a sufficiently big engine for a car this huge, I reckon it does go well with properly.
It additionally has a intelligent eight-speed automated transmission which gives clean shifts at increased speeds. Whereas there’s a little little bit of turbo lag to take care of from a standstill, the gearbox does an excellent job whenever you’re going slower too.
The extent of refinement and tranquility is superb. It feels pretty much as good as a luxurious SUV for way more cash when it comes to cosseting occupants and disposing 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 children, or overlook to show off the bing-bong velocity alert system.
Our detailed pricing and spec story will be discovered right here in order for you extra information, however this can be 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
- Arms-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 cellphone 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 mild information
- Distant Good Parking Help
- Encompass-view digital camera
- 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 mild 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 if you need or want extra full-finish leather-based trim. Dad and mom, you’ll know that it’s infinitely simpler to scrub than suede!
The Palisade vary wears an five-star ANCAP security score primarily based on 2022 testing.
It acquired scores of 84 per cent for grownup occupant safety, 88 per cent for youngster occupant safety, 62 per cent for susceptible highway person safety, and 83 per cent for security help.
Customary security tools consists of:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Automotive, Pedestrian, Bike owner detection
- Junction Help
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Driver consideration warning
- Clever velocity restrict help
- Multi-collision braking
- Brakes the automobile for you in case you have an accident, stopping additional crashes
- Secure Exit Help
- Warns you if you happen to’re about to open the door into the trail of site visitors
- Lane Following Help (lane centring)
- Lane hold help
- Rear occupant alert
- Main car departure alert
- Adaptive cruise management with cease/go
- Reversing digital camera
- Entrance, rear parking sensors
- Tyre stress monitoring system
- BlueLink linked companies 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 aspect and full-length curtain protection, together with third-row occupant safety.
Should 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, seemingly if you happen to’re a freeway commuter, however not if you happen to ask something of the automobile in city conditions.
I did a mixture of driving over a number of days within the Palisade diesel, and my on-dash gas use quantity was 9.3L/100km. And truthfully, given it was a mixture of city, open highway and freeway stuff, I feel that’s okay. Each petrol and diesel fashions have a 71-litre gas tank capability.
As for long-term possession issues, there’s a five-year, limitless kilometre guarantee provided by Hyundai Australia, and prospects even have a number of decisions with regards to servicing.
The primary is a pay as you go upkeep plan, which you’ll 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 possibly can pay as you go, with a life-time capped-price servicing plan accessible for the whole Hyundai vary.
There’s additionally a roadside help plan accessible without spending a dime for the lifetime of the automobile if you happen to keep it throughout the Hyundai community of workshops.
And the model consists of as much as 10 years of satellite tv for pc navigation map updates, whereas the BlueLink linked companies plan covers the primary 5 years of knowledge too.
The Hyundai Palisade remains to be a really family-friendly SUV, and gives unrivalled option to consumers who’re in search of a big SUV that provides loads of normal specs and house.
It could be an excellent higher factor with out that annoying speed-sign recognition know-how.
General, there’s nothing else fairly prefer it in our market for a similar sort of coin, and it’s a really compelling selection for households after a big SUV.
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