There’s one thing oddly addictive about giant SUVs with a lot of house and tonnes of tech, and it doesn’t come significantly better than the 2023 Hyundai Palisade.
For these unfamiliar with the Palisade, it’s a type of American-style Black Ops autos (particularly in Abyss Black mica) with real people-mover capability and all of the bells and whistles you possibly can ever need in your loved ones hauler, after which some.
It launched globally in markets just like the US and South Korean in 2018, however it might be late-2020 earlier than the Palisade landed in Australian showrooms amidst the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, and but greater than 6000 of those large Korean SUVs have discovered Aussie houses.
So, after what appears like solely yesterday when it first dropped, the Palisade has already acquired its first complete replace, which features a brasher look throughout, and just about extra of every part – together with 15mm extra size, an improved five-star ANCAP security score (up from 4 stars) and a steeper asking value.
Together with the facelift additionally comes much less selection along with your new Palisade, by design apparently. After sifting by way of gross sales for the 2022 model 12 months, Hyundai tells us the overwhelming majority of consumers (70 per cent) go for the range-topping Highlander model variant, whereas 24 per cent select the mid-spec Elite trim. Simply 6.0 per cent opted for the bottom model.
Because of this, for 2023 the Palisade is obtainable in simply two trims (Elite and Highlander), thereby ditching the outgoing entry-level variant altogether.
Nonetheless, there’s a nonetheless a selection of petrol or diesel no matter which trim you select, simply keep in mind petrol variations are provided with front-wheel drive completely, whereas the diesel is barely mated to all-wheel drive.
As an indication of the occasions, there’s now a clearer delineation between the 2 trims, each in and out, beginning with two completely different finishes for Palisade’s even bigger, extra imposing face, in addition to extra up to date lighting designs to go with the brand new look.
There are some SUVs with similarly-large cliff-edge grilles which simply look foolish, however each Highlander’s premium-look Satin Chrome end and Elite’s Darkish Chrome finishes actually do work effectively, aesthetically.
Hidden flip indicators additionally praise Palisade’s new so-called Parametric Defend entrance grille completely, together with a wider, full-width alloy-look skid plate that provides the phantasm it’s acquired a wider stance, regardless of all different dimensions (besides size) remaining the identical because the earlier iteration.
Each the headlights and daytime operating lights have been modernised for the higher, with vertical clusters on each counts. We like this so much for the extra up to date, technical look it offers the Palisade. It appears to be like positively flash with out going overboard or wanting kitsch.
Out again, modifications are much less noticeable. The decrease rear bumper has been re-styled by including an identical full-width skid plate, full-width reflector gentle, vertical LED reversing lights that match the DRLs up entrance and square-shaped exhaust suggestions rounding off the brand new look.
There are new wheel designs too – the Highlander getting 20-inch turbine machined alloys and engaging satin chrome door handles, whereas the Elite is supplied with the identical dimension wheels however a unique design and body-coloured door handles. Each kinds are match for the American-inspired Palisade design.
Styling is one factor, however this isn’t only a skin-deep makeover. For instance, the chassis has been strengthened for elevated physique rigidity. Moreover, the aspect sill, flooring and B-pillar have additionally been strengthened for higher crashworthiness.
Past that, there’s a noticeable enchancment in trip consolation (extra on that later) due to the introduction of third-generation Selective Damping Management that adjusts the oil circulation charge within the dampers primarily based on enter frequency. The outcomes are merely exceptional for what’s successfully a passive suspension system.
Apparently, the steering rack will get revised bearings for better really feel on-centre at pace, in addition to new rubber mountings for the rear differential designed to scale back driveline vibration.
Even the eight-speed transmission has been tweaked for smoother, extra intuitive shifting due to a set of gearbox enhancements together with a revised shift-by-wire actuator, low-friction seals and using a lower-viscosity oil.
Lastly, the Palisade advantages from elevated ranges of refinement by way of extra in depth insulation measures together with better use of noise-reduction supplies in key areas such because the rear wheel arches, baggage trim and bumpers.
Even the rear door glass is now 9.0 per cent thicker, whereas wind noise has been lowered in a number of problematic areas together with aspect mirrors and door glass seals.
Inside, Palisade’s cabin may seem largely unchanged on first look, however on nearer inspection we counted 16 new options together with twin 12.3-inch screens, distant begin operate and a digital rear-view mirror.
Dig deeper and also you’ll discover one other seven beforehand present options have acquired vital upgrades together with ventilated rear seats for eight-seat variations and extra highly effective (15W) wi-fi cellphone charger to call a pair.
Patrons of the 2023 Hyundai Palisade will even cop a hefty value rise of between $3700 and $4200 relying on which model variant they select.
2023 Hyundai Palisade pricing:
- Hyundai Palisade Elite 3.8 V6 FWD: $65,900 (+$3700)
- Hyundai Palisade Elite 2.2D AWD: $69,900 (+$3700)
- Hyundai Palisade Highlander 3.8 V6 FWD: $75,900 (+$4200)
- Hyundai Palisade Highlander 2.2D AWD: $79,900 (+$4200)
Costs exclude on-road prices
The pricing changes imply the Palisade Elite competes with high-spec variations of smaller fashions just like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, whereas high-spec fashions line up towards flagship variations of the Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Kluger, and is knocking on the door of extra premium metallic just like the Volkswagen Touareg and Volvo XC90.
Gross sales information exhibits that 60 per cent of Palisade consumers select the eight-seat possibility over the seven-seat model, which implies whereas gaining an additional seat, you additionally lose the 2 captain’s chairs within the second row – one thing to think about.
Whereas it’s simple to see why the overwhelming majority of Palisade consumers go for the extra luxurious Highlander spec, you possibly can relaxation assured the entry-level Elite model nonetheless appears to be like and feels satisfyingly particular with its all-leather upholstery, full with quilting on the seatbacks distinction pipping on the sides.
Regardless of the large array of options and creature comforts on board the most recent Palisade, the cabin itself is a splendidly clear and uncluttered design that appears to take a leaf out of the very newest BMW cockpits (good factor) with particular reference to the array of horizontal strains together with the full-width air-con vents.
We particularly like the feel and appear of the suede headliner on the Highlander, whereas the Elite will get a material model. There’s additionally some leather-based trim on the decrease sprint, in addition to what appears to be like and appears like open-pore timber beneath.
Even the door playing cards get splashes of quilted leather-based; alloy-look trim and that open-pore wood-look materials. It’s a mix of varied supplies that work effectively collectively – it appears to be like virtually Nordic.
There’s a contemporary, new-look steering wheel with a little bit of an odd four-spoke design, nevertheless it feels nice to the contact and the buttons are good and enormous for straightforward entry to the standard performance.
Sadly, there’s nonetheless no electrical adjustment for the steering wheel, even on the Highlander. Given the extent of luxurious on provide right here, it virtually feels flawed to need to manually regulate the attain and tilt. How about it Hyundai?
Ergonomically, although, the Palisade is superb with the centre console encapsulating the push-button shift-by-wire drive selector and rotary drive mode dial, together with HVAC and seat heating/air flow controls.
The brand new, bigger 12.3-inch twin screens are one other good match for this up to date Palisade, particularly the digital driver’s show (upgraded from analogue) which will be configured in a number of methods relying on what data the driving force desires displayed.
Whereas the entry-level Elite will get a frameless auto-dimming rear-vision mirror, the Highlander is supplied with a extra superior camera-based digital model (a primary for Hyundai), which gives the choice of a large unencumbered view (if all of the seats are occupied, for instance) or a normal mirror view.
The entrance seats in both trim deserve particular point out for each the consolation and help they afford, particularly in case you’re going to be sitting behind the wheel for a number of hours or extra. And, whereas the leather-based is softer within the Highlander, these within the Elite are precisely the identical design and nonetheless splendidly supple.
Stretching practically five-metres in size, the Palisade understandably provides stacks of house all through all the cabin.
We solely sampled the eight-seat model of each Elite and Highlander trims, which will get two full-width bench seat configurations behind the entrance row, slightly than the 2 captain’s chairs within the centre row of the seven seater.
There’s nonetheless a stack of rear legroom out there for passengers sitting within the second row, due to each sliding seats and a totally flat flooring.
Accessing third-row seating is surprisingly simple, through a button on every of the 2 outer seats which mechanically folds and slides them ahead in a single cohesive motion.
Loads of the standard facilities again there, too, with six cupholders within the center row together with digital local weather controls, whereas third-row seating will get 4 cupholders and roof-mounted vents.
Each rear-seat rows fold just about useless flat, remodeling the Palisade right into a veritable station wagon able to swallowing in depth hundreds and baggage.
There’s 311 litres of house behind the third row and 704 litres are liberated when folded, for instance. With all rear seats collapsed, baggage house expands to 2447 litres SAE (U.S. normal).
There’s a handy under-floor compartment behind the rear-most seat row that shops one very strong baggage blind and the jack.
As earlier than, the 2023 Hyundai Palisade is out there with two powertrains.
The petrol possibility is a naturally-aspirated 3.8-litre V6 producing 217kW of energy and 355Nm of torque. It’s out there solely with front-wheel drive.
The second and by far the most well-liked possibility is a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel producing 147kW and 440Nm. It’s out there solely with all-wheel drive.
Each engines are paired with an eight-speed computerized transmission developed in-house by Hyundai.
The V6 petrol model is understandably the least environment friendly of the 2 powertrains and makes use of 10.7L/100km on the mixed cycle, whereas the turbo-diesel 4 will get 7.3L/100km. In actual fact, on the run again from Bowral to Sydney we recorded a mean of 5.9L/100km.
For the file, 80 per cent of Palisade consumers in Australia have purchased the diesel over the petrol model, given its higher gas economic system and all-wheel drive.
Subsequently, we solely acquired to drive the Palisade diesel at launch in each Elite and Highlander trims.
If anybody is anxious in regards to the Palisade’s 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel’s capacity to haul a automobile of this dimension and heft, we will put these fears to relaxation right here and now.
Peak energy comes at 3800rpm and all 440Nm of torque is out there from simply 1750rpm to 2750rpm, so there’s loads of punch from the get-go and little or no lag to deal with if you have to give it a boot full.
And, it doesn’t cease there. Throttle response from just about anyplace within the rev vary is quick and convincing, whether or not you powering alongside a fast-flowing nation B-road or pulling out of a suburban junction.
Not solely is it spectacular efficiency from the small-displacement diesel, it’s additionally outstandingly quiet and refined. In actual fact, I can’t recall driving a sub-3.0-litre diesel (automotive or SUV) that delivers such a excessive stage of refinement – even underneath load.
Hyundai has employed a complete suite of engineering and acoustic options designed to isolate engine noise, wind noise and any related vibrations all through the drivetrain from the Palisade’s cabin. It’s a holistic method that’s confirmed to be very efficient.
There’s extra steering really feel too, doubtless the results of revised bearings that helps ship glorious on-centre really feel and extra direct steering really feel, particularly at pace.
In the case of the Palisade’s trip and dealing with, the refinement story will get even higher, no matter whether or not you’re driving on or off the overwhelmed observe. It’s exceptional given neither variant advantages from adaptive dampers.
As an alternative, Palisade is the primary such Hyundai to be geared up with third-generation Selective Damping Management expertise (SDC3), which successfully provides a further piston valve within the damper which may regulate the oil circulation charge primarily based on the frequency of the damper actions. As well as, the springs have additionally been revised for 2023.
Experience consolation over some fairly stunning nation roads is the form of compliance and physique management that betters many full-blown adaptive suspension options from rival makes and fashions.
It wasn’t simply bumps and damaged highway we examined the Palisade on both, we took it by way of correct deep troughs at speeds of 70km/h-plus with barely a ripple felt by way of the chassis and within the cabin (watch the video on the backside).
On the identical time physique management has been demonstrably improved thanks to numerous strengthening measures which have added extra rigidity to Palisade’s physique. There’s little if something that appears to upset the automobile or induce any undesirable roll by way of the bends.
Ultimately it’s not anybody factor that stands out with the most recent Palisade, slightly, a lot of smaller enhancements in key areas, and each considered one of them working in excellent sync with one another.
The tip result’s an excellent SUV that feels very very like the benchmark in its class.
Palisade Elite highlights:
- Seven or eight seats
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster (NEW)
- 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Hyundai Bluelink related companies (NEW)
- Distant begin (NEW)
- Satellite tv for pc navigation with telematics (NEW)
- Voice recognition (NEW)
- USB-C charging ports (excluding multimedia port) (NEW)
- 15W wi-fi charger (NEW, up from 5W)
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (wired)
- 12-speaker Infinity sound system
- Driver Speak operate
- Quiet Mode operate
- Single-pane sunroof
- Tri-zone local weather management
- 10-way energy driver’s seat
- Heated entrance seats
- Leather-based upholstery
- Leather-based-wrapped steering wheel
- Arms-free energy tailgate
- Electrochromatic rear-view mirror
- 16 cupholders
- Tyre stress monitoring
- 20-inch alloy wheels with full-size spare
- LED headlights
Palisade Highlander provides:
- Reversing Parking Collision Avoidance Help (NEW)
- Distant Sensible Parking Help (NEW)
- Backup gentle information (NEW)
- Digital rear-view mirror (NEW)
- Blind Spot View Monitor
- Encompass-view cameras with 3D view (NEW)
- Twin sunroofs
- Highlander-exclusive grille (NEW)
- Highlander-exclusive skid plates (NEW)
- Physique-coloured cladding and bumpers
- 10.0-inch head-up show
- Quilted Nappa leather-based upholstery
- 12-way energy driver’s seat
- Eight-way energy passenger seat
- Heated and ventilated entrance seats
- Heated and ventilated second-row seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Driver’s seat reminiscence
- Energy-adjustable entrance passenger lumbar (NEW)
- Chrome steel entrance speaker grilles (NEW)
- Automated defog (NEW)
- Second row wing-out headrest (NEW)
- Suede headliner
- Rear door blinds
- 4-spoke, two-tone leather-wrapped steering wheel (single-tone with black interiors)
- Gloss black trim (NEW, black inside solely)
- Heated steering wheel
- Rain-sensing wipers
Hyundai Bluelink is actually the model’s model of Kia Join on-line companies, suitable with a smartphone app that enables you discover the automobile’s location, remotely lock or unlock the doorways, regulate the local weather management settings (together with the heated and cooled seats), in addition to different capabilities like distant beginning the automotive.
Different capabilities embody:
- SOS emergency name
- Automated collision notification to emergency companies
- Cloud-based navigation
- Stay climate data
- Consumer profile cloud backups
- Valet mode
Moreover, it’s also possible to ship a vacation spot to your automotive or sync your calendar with it, in addition to a large number of different capabilities.
- Creamy White mica
- Shimmering Silver metallic
- Graphite Gray metallic
- Abyss Black mica
- Sierra Burgundy mica
- Moonlight Blue mica
- Strong Emerald mica
- Gaia Brown mica (Highlander solely)
- Olivine Gray metallic (Highlander solely)
Premium paint is a $695 possibility.
Whereas all colors can be found on Highlanders with the black inside, Hyundai is proscribing the supply of sure colors with the opposite inside themes.
The Darkish Khaki inside can be found solely in Creamy White, Abyss Black or Strong Emerald, whereas these with the Heat Gray inside will be had solely in Graphite Gray, Gaia Brown and Moonlight Blue.
Hyundai added a centre airbag to the 2023 Palisade in addition to a bunch of latest and upgraded driver help options, managing a five-star ANCAP security score throughout the vary – following the earlier model’s disappointing four-star outcome.
The brand new Palisade scored 84 per cent for grownup occupant safety, 88 per cent for youngster occupant safety, 62 per cent for susceptible highway customers and 83 per cent for security help.
Normal security options embody:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Metropolis, City Interurban speeds
- Car, Pedestrian, Bicycle owner detection
- Junction help
- Blind-spot help
- Driver consideration warning
- Main Car Departure Alert
- Excessive Beam Help (auto high-beam)
- Clever Velocity Restrict Help
- Lane Following Help
- Lane-keep help
- Rear cross-traffic help
- Rear Occupant Alert
- Secure Exit Help
- Adaptive cruise management with Cease&Go
- Entrance and rear parking sensors (x4)
- 7 airbags incl. front-centre airbag
Palisade Highlander provides:
- Blind Spot View Monitor
- Encompass View Monitor (360 cameras)
- Entrance and rear parking sensors (x6)
- Distant Sensible Parking Help
The Palisade is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee – nonetheless two years off sister model Kia.
Servicing is required each 12 months or 15,000km – whichever comes first.
The primary 5 companies every price $399 for the V6 petrol, and $489 for the turbo-diesel.
As an inexpensive luxurious SUV with room for as much as eight, the 2023 Palisade has hit the ball out of the park – no query.
All the celebrities are aligned right here – from its design, refinement, elegant trip and dealing with steadiness, exhaustive stock of creature comforts to its myriad driver help methods. All for underneath 80 grand for the primo Highlander model. Outstanding.
I suppose if there was any criticism to stage towards the Palisade, it might be the shortage of a hybrid powertrain to switch the thirsty petrol possibility, however that’s about it.
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