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Reviewed | Hyundai Palisade HighlanderBack

On August 06, 2021
The Top-of-the-Range Highlander variant we got our hands on impressed us from the get-go

If numbers are your thing, Hyundai’s Palisade doesn’t let you down. Let’s get straight into the good stuff:

- 217kW@6000rpm

- 355Nm@5200rpm

- 8 forward gears

- 3.8litre petrol V6 (or 2.2litre diesel)

- 10.7l/100km combined

- Available with 7 or 8 seats

- And ONE…

Now that Holden and its Acadia has been discontinued, the Palisade sits alone in the ‘little bit bigger than a CX9, Kluger and Sorento but a little bit smaller than a LandCruiser Sahara, Nissan Patrol’ soft road SUV class.

With all seats in position, 311 litres of boot space confront you when you open the tailgate, which increases to 704 litres when you drop the third-row seats down and while we’re throwing numbers your way, here are a few more:

- 6 airbags

- 3 sets of ISOFIX anchor points (2 in row two and 1 in row three)

- 3 traction control modes for various terrain

- 4 driving modes (Smart, ECO, Comfort and Sport)

- 1897kg

- 4980mm long, 1975mm wide, 1750mm high

- 750kg Unbraked Towing Capacity

- 2200kg Braked Towing Capacity.

The Top-of-the-Range Highlander variant we got our hands on impressed us from the get-go. Externally it looks stylish and aggressive, and the plush interior looks as good as anything you would expect from Europe. But what stands out most is that the Palisade is built with a family lifestyle in mind, heck!

The car we drove was a dealer demo and had a bike on the roof to showcase its versatility and what the right car in the driveway can inspire you to do on the weekend. Every seating position offers heaps of headroom, sufficient legroom and with ceiling mounted air vents, additional climate control buttons for the second row, plenty of cupholders and USB sockets for everyone, nobody feels left out. And unlike many in its class, getting in the rearmost seats won’t require the abilities of a contortionist, thanks to a door side passenger switch to fold the backrest down and move forward.

Looking through the rear vision mirror from the driver’s seat, you would be quite confident that everyone looking back at you, is enjoying a stable, firm, but not harsh ride from the multilink suspension and appreciates how quiet it is. Put your foot down and the V6 petrol engine’s 217kW that go to the front wheels (V6 petrol is not available on the AWD) get you moving swiftly enough and even has a decent note, it feels responsive as it works through each gear and is well mated to the eight-speed auto.

No matter which Palisade you choose, Hyundai’s SmartSense is a standard feature, giving you lane keep assist, adaptive cruise, front and rear parking sensors (which are great to have in all models), and you even get a warning to check the back seat when exiting the vehicle. Telling our readers these days that a vehicle features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is like telling them it has wheels and windows but yes, you get all these and more in the Palisade.

In conclusion, it is a BIG ‘Thumbs Up’ for the Palisade, if an ad campaign was to nail the purpose and practicality of a vehicle, Hyundai nailed it with theirs “a great option for a growing family” and from $560 per fortnight, you can make one yours with an Eziway Novated Lease. Contact us at carleasing@eziway.net.au or call 1800 932 394 and speak to our friendly consultants.



Nick Kotsonis | Corporate Relations

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