Hyundai Palisade is a large Korean-built SUV, or people mover to use the older definition
for a vehicle in this class. It has received major upgrades as well as substantial styling
changes for the 2023 model year, so it’s worth us taking a look at it again with a full road

A major feature in the Palisade is the Hyundai Bluelink system that can be connected to
the from anywhere via a smartphone. Owners can send planned routes and receive
emergency assistance automatically after an accident.

They can even remotely lock or start their car with their preferred climate settings,
therefore have their Palisade sitting waiting for them all warmed up and ready to go.

Palisade is a large vehicle with styling that is in the look-at-me class – nothing subtle here.
Styling changes for 2023 include a parametric shield grille design flanked by vertically
stacked LED headlights.

The Highlander variant we reviewed has exclusive design touches, including a satin
chrome finish to the grille with matching logo badge and skid plate finishes. There are
hidden-type turn signals, body-coloured cladding and exclusive 20-inch wheels with a 15-
spoke turbine design.

Hyundai Palisade can be optioned with either a seven-seat or eight-seat layout, the former
offering two individual captain-type chairs in the middle row. This was our test vehicle and
it has a real feeling of luxury of the type normally only offered in a limousine.

Additional luxuries for Highlander variants include heated and ventilated front and second-
row seats now for both seven- and eight-seat variants.

Highlander also gains exclusive interior finishes, quilted seat inserts, quilted and
perforated door trim inserts, suede headlining and stainless-steel front speaker grilles, and
door/cargo area scuff plates.

Every Highlander variant is available with Black Nappa leather with luxury quilting and
Gloss Black/Pinstripe trim, with the further options of Warm Grey and Dark Khaki Nappa
leather with unique wood-look trim dependent on the exterior colour.


A 12.3-inch touchscreen multimedia system is now standard on all Palisade models.
Features include wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; six USB-C and one USB-A ports;
Bluetooth message playback; embedded satellite navigation with live traffic updates;
wireless smartphone charging; and a voice memo function with up to 70 minutes recording

There’s also AM/FM and DAB+ digital radio although the latter cuts out when driving
through cuttings or when there’s multiple trees in the centre island or simply in country

The 12-speaker Infinity audio system in our Palisade produced excellent sound quality and
could be adjusted to suit our needs.

The recently revised Hyundai Palisade is offered with a choice of a 3.8-litre petrol V6 with
front-wheel drive, or a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel with four-wheel drive. Both have a recently
updated eight-speed automatic transmission. Ours test vehicle was the turbo-diesel.

Hyundai Palisade has lap-sash safety belts for all occupants. This isn’t as common as it
should be because too many competitors have a lap-only belt in the centre-rear spot.

An expanded suite of SmartSense driver assistance and advanced active safety features
is used in the 2023 Palisade. It now incorporates forward collision-avoidance assist with
junction turning function, intelligent speed limit assist, a multi anti-collision braking system.

There’s a surround view monitor, a reverse light guide function as well as reverse parking
collision-avoidance assist. The latter a real bonus when you’re reversing a large people
mover out of a tight spot in a shopping centre. It was also handy in the underground
carpark in our apartment block where roof pillars and other vehicles are pretty close.

With Bluelink, the 2023 Palisade has automatic collision notification and SOS emergency
call function.

There’s a natural language server-based voice control and server-based connected
routing navigation.

Getting into the front and two middle-row seats is easy. As you would expect the rearmost
seats are a bit of squeeze to get in and out. But as that’s the area normally used by the
littlies in your family there’s little hassle. And the juniors are more than happy to be as far
from mum and dad as possible…

Yet again I had problems seeing the information that’s displayed on the windscreen. My
polarising sunglasses could not see it unless I tilted my head slightly to one side or the
other. Obviously, I could look at the instruments in their normal position, but that’s a little
less safe than having a view of the forward traffic and the dials at the same time.

Other car brands have solved this problem so it’s time Hyundai did.

Palisade is impressive in the way that it drives, all the more so when you remember this is
a five-metre-long vehicle where its main aim in life is to carry up to eight people. It’s
certainly not sporty but you do feel that it wants to follow your directions through the
steering wheel and throttle pedal.

There’s some bump-thump over the joints on the road but we have felt worse. And some
road roar on concrete surfaces, but on bitumen it’s nice and refined.

Fuel consumption was in the nine to 11 litres per hundred kilometres around town in the
suburbs and on hilly and winding roads. This dropped dramatically to just five to seven
litres during easy paced driving on level roads and on 110 km/h motorways.

Hyundai Palisade is a reasonably priced, high-quality people mover that’s does everything
it’s intended to do with plenty of aplomb. It’s significantly cheaper than upmarket European
vehicles in the same class and certainly deserves a place on your short list of models to

Looks: 9/10
Performance: 7/10
Safety: 9/10
Thirst: 8/10
Practicality: 9/10
Comfort: 8/10
Tech: 8/10
Value: 8/10


Palisade Elite 3.8-litre petrol 2WD: $65,900
Palisade Highlander 3.8-litre petrol 2WD: $75,900
Palisade Elite 2.2-litre diesel AWD: $69,900
Palisade Highlander 2.2-litre diesel AWD: $79,900
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your
local Hyundai dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Hyundai Palisade Highlander 2.2-litre diesel AWD)

Capacity: 2.199 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders in line
Maximum Power: 147 kW @ 3800 rpm
Maximum Torque: 440 Nm @ 1750 rpm
Fuel Type: Diesel
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 7.3 L/100km
CO2 Emissions: 193 g/km

DRIVELINE: Eight-speed automatic

Length: 4995 mm
Wheelbase: 2900 mm
Width: 1975 mm
Height: 1750 mm
Turning Circle: 11.8 metres
Kerb Mass: 1980 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 71 litres

Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Ventilated disc

Five years / unlimited kilometres

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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