2024 Hyundai Palisade Review

By Alexi Falson on 22 May 2024
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OnlineAuto Rating
out of 10
  • Immensely spacious
  • Filled with convenient, practical touches
  • Smooth on-road manners
  • Tonnes of equipment in base form
  • Thirsty V6 petrol
  • Base model misses out on some safety tech
  • Size takes some time to get acquainted with
  • Misses out on wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
Hyundai Palisade Elite (8 Seat) Specs
    • 71L
    • 193
    • 3800 / 1750
    • 5 star
    • Automatic
The Hyundai Palisade is the biggest, boldest and most practical SUV in the company’s lineup, positioned as the perfect all-rounder for growing Australian families.

For 2024, the reshuffled Palisade range has picked up some added features across the lineup, bolstering its position as a leading option for large SUV buyers looking for a heap of premium touches that won’t break the bank.

With no shortage of competitors in the large SUV world, let’s take a closer look at how the Hyundai Palisade stacks up and meets the wide range of needs that family buyers demand.

    Hyundai Palisade Competition

    Hyundai Palisade

    Kia Sorento
    Toyota Kluger
    Mazda CX-90
    Ford Everest
    Nissan Pathfinder
    LDV D90
    Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
    Isuzu MU-X
    Skoda Kodiaq
    Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

    How Much Does It Cost?

    The Hyundai Palisade range is priced from $66,800 for the entry-level Palisade Elite 2WD Petrol, with prices rising to $70,800 for the Palisade Elite AWD Diesel.

    From here, prices move to $75,900 for the Palisade Calligraphy 2WD Petrol, with the Palisade Calligraphy Black 2WD Petrol priced at $76,900.

    The Palisade Calligraphy AWD Diesel is priced at $79,900 with the range-topping Palisade Calligraphy Black AWD Diesel priced at $80,900.

    Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change and do not include on-road costs.

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    Hyundai Palisade - ELITE (8 SEAT) Specifications

    Model Date 2024
    Make HYUNDAI
    Model PALISADE
    Series LX2.V4
    Variant ELITE (8 SEAT)
    Body 4D WAGON
    Fuel type DIESEL
    Transmission 8 SP AUTOMATIC
    Drive AWD
    Engine TCDI
    Engine capacity 2199
    Engine configuration DUAL OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
    Engine RPM 3800 / 1750
    Cylinders DT4
    Torque 440
    KW 147
    Fuel tank size 71.0
    Fuel usage specs 7.3 / 0
    CO2 193
    ANCAP security rating 5

    What Features & Specs Does the Hyundai Palisade Have?

    The entry-level Palisade Elite comes riding on a set of 20-inch alloys and receives LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, leather upholstery with power-adjustable and heated front seats, a powered boot lift, a panoramic sunroof, a rear-view camera with front & rear parking sensors, wireless phone charging, three-zone climate control, alloy scuff plates, a knitted headliner, some faux wood interior highlights and a full-sized spare tyre.

    Stepping up to the Palisade Calligraphy range adds an upgraded front grille, a surround-view monitor, a dual-pane sunroof, a 10-inch head-up display, a digital rear-view mirror, a parking assistant, quilted Nappa leather upholstery with heated and ventilated first and second-row seats, an upgraded steering wheel and some added safety equipment we’ll cover later in this review.

    Finally, the Palisade Calligraphy Black picks up a host of black finishes for the alloys, grille, front and rear bumpers, tail lights and roof rails, as well as a black suede headliner and a mix of black suede and leather for the interior upholstery.

    Hyundai Palisade Connectivity & Infotainment Features

    Tech-heads will surely love what’s on offer inside the Palisade’s cabin, with the dashboard headlined a pair of 12.3-inch displays, one for the digital instrument cluster and another for Hyundai’s infotainment system.

    Hyundai’s 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system offers satellite navigation, DAB+ digital radio and vehicle controls for the safety settings, and is paired with a wonderful 12-speaker Infinity sound system.

    The company also packages the Palisade range with a five-year subscription to the Hyundai Bluelink connected services system that offers vehicle status, location and diagnostics details, remote climate control and navigation inputs with connected routing, voice recognition and security monitoring.

    Does the Hyundai Palisade Have Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto?

    Hyundai’s current infotainment system for the Palisade requires a physical connection for smartphone mirroring, due to the fact it does not have wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.

    Having said that, there’s USB ports aplenty in the front of the cabin and a wireless charging pad that can accommodate large smartphones, while the 12.3-inch touchscreen unit itself is bright, responsive and ticks all important boxes.

    Is the Hyundai Palisade Comfortable to Drive?

    Size and practicality being one of the Palisade’s key drawcards does mean that it commands more of your attention behind the wheel, though not considerably so.

    While the Hyundai Palisade can’t hide its sheer size and weight on the road, it does well to remain reasonably well-mannered around town on a daily drive, but does require some focus while parking or merging in traffic, for example.

    Having said that, the Palisade is particularly smooth on both a run around town and on a long-distance journey thanks to its lightweight steering rack that makes tight manoeuvres accessible.

    The Palisade is offered with a choice of two engines, a 3.8-litre V6 petrol and a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, both of which offer decent acceleration for the size of the package.

    The 2.2-litre diesel edges out the petrol engine when it comes to overall versatility, confidence-inspiring all-wheel-drive system and more effortless acceleration off the line, though both are a great match for the Palisade’s stature.

    On the road, the Palisade is incredibly comfortable, soaking up small bumps and potholes around town without a second thought and without too much in the way of sloppiness when you make a tight turn.

    Pick up the pace and the Palisade remains up for the challenge, with its heavy-duty suspension eating up larger bumps and rough country roads with confidence.

    At highway speeds, the Palisade remains immensely comfortable, with its smooth ride quality buoyed by a quiet cabin that makes it an almighty long-distance tourer, even on some rougher sections of Australian motorway.

    All up, while there’s no hiding its weight, the Palisade remains surprisingly user-friendly around town and remarkably smooth and comfortable in a mix of driving situations, proving itself a great family chariot.

    Is it Fuel Efficient?

    With two engines on offer, fuel economy figures vary greatly between the petrol and turbo-diesel unit.

    On a combined cycle, the Palisade with its 3.8-litre V6 petrol unit is rated at 10.7L/100km.

    Opt for the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel and the Palisade’s combined cycle figures drop to 7.3L/100km.

    This makes the turbo-diesel by far the most fuel-efficient of the pair, which may be useful information for fuel-conscious buyers.

    How Much Fuel Does the Hyundai Palisade Use Around Town?

    • Palisade 3.8-litre Petrol FWD Town Consumption: 14.9L/100km

    • Palisade 2.2-litre Diesel AWD Town Consumption: 9.2L/100km

    How Much Fuel Does the Hyundai Palisade Use on the Highway?

    • Palisade 3.8-litre Petrol FWD Highway Consumption: 8.3L/100km

    • Palisade 2.2-litre Diesel AWD Highway Consumption: 6.2L/100km 

    Is it Practical and Spacious?

    With a massive footprint, the Palisade offers a palatial level of space and practicality for up to eight people - asserting itself as one of the best family wagons on the market.

    Tall drivers rejoice - the Hyundai Palisade’s cabin can confidently handle even the longest of legs thanks to its lofty roofline which also adds to the sense of space and visibility while driving.

    The updated cabin design has seen some new pinstripes weaving across the dashboard and door sills, while the rest of the layout has been carried over for 2024.

    That’s a particularly good thing, because the front of the Palisade’s cabin proves itself as a super practical offering thanks to its chunky centre console and no shortage of storage options.

    Up front, small bags and the like can be stored underneath the centre console, while loose items can make their way into the huge folding armrest or centre console bin with retractable cup holders that can be hidden away for added space.

    There’s also a wireless charging pad for large phones beside the cup holders, a pair of massive door bins on either side of the cabin and a large glovebox.

    Move to the second row and adults will have no problem getting comfortable, with ample headroom and excellent legroom, as well as air vents with dedicated climate inputs and USB-C ports to keep devices charged up.

    The Palisade’s second row folds in a 60:40 arrangement and is able to slide back and forth to give those in the third row some added legroom.

    On that note, third row accommodation is impressive, and while it’s more suited to kids when it comes to headroom, the Palisade is a fully-fledged seven to eight-seater.

    How Many ISOFIX Anchors Does the Hyundai Palisade Have?

    Designed with families in mind, the Hyundai Palisade does not disappoint when it comes to accommodating a hefty number of child seats.

    In total, the Hyundai Palisade has four ISOFIX anchors, with two fixed to the second row and another pair hiding away in the third row, with three top tether mounts in the second row and two mounts in the rearmost of the cabin.

    How big is the Hyundai Palisade’s Boot?

    As you can imagine, the Hyundai Palisade has massive appeal for families looking for a large boot.

    With all three rows of seats standing in eight-seat mode, there’s still a healthy 311L of boot space on offer, which expands to 704L with the third row folded down in a five-seat arrangement. 

    Fold the second row down and the Palisade’s boot expands to a massive 2,447L, proving itself as one of the most practical family SUVs on the market.

    Is it Safe?

    Buyers will be pleased to know that even the base model Hyundai Palisade Elite comes packed with a wide range of active safety gear, though a few goodies are reserved for the flagship.

    As standard, the Palisade is equipped with autonomous emergency braking with vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist detection, as well as junction assist.

    There’s also a rear-view camera with front & rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, driver attention alerts, multi-collision braking, lane-keep assist, safe exit assist, tyre pressure monitoring and lane centring.

    Stepping up to the Palisade Calligraphy range adds a rear autonomous emergency braking system, surround-view monitor with a blind-spot view monitor and a remote parking assistant.

    Does the Hyundai Palisade Have an ANCAP Safety Rating?

    The Hyundai Palisade has received a five-star ANCAP safety rating after testing in 2022 saw it post the following results.

    • Adult Occupant Protection: 84%

    • Child Occupant Protection: 88%

    • Vulnerable Road User Protection: 62%

    • Safety Assist: 83% 

    What Warranty Does the Hyundai Palisade Come With?

    Hyundai offers the Palisade with the company’s five-year/unlimited-kilometre factory warranty.

    Buyers have the option to pre-pay for capped-price servicing in three, four and five-year packages that are priced at $1,467, $1,956 and $2,445.

    If the Palisade is serviced within the Hyundai network, buyers also pick up roadside assistance.

    Service intervals for the Palisade range stand at 12-months or 15,000-kilometres, whichever elapses first.

    Our Verdict: Is the Hyundai Palisade Worth it?

    As a complete package, the Hyundai Palisade is a mighty impressive family-mover that does not skimp on size, style, practicality or driving comfort on a mix of Aussie roads.

    While it takes some time to adjust to its stature, the Palisade is smooth on the road and makes for a wonderful place to whisk your family from point A to B.

    We prefer the turbo-diesel over the thirstier V6 petrol, though buyers opting for a base model Palisade will not be disappointed by the practicality and comfort levels on offer.

    If you’re looking to upgrade to a new car, be sure to reach out to one of our car-buying experts who can help take the stress out of the car-buying process.

    Five Hyundai Palisade Specs You Need to Know

    1. Five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty

    2. Seven & eight-seat layouts available

    3. Petrol and turbo-diesel engines

    4. Five-star ANCAP safety rating

    5. 10.7L/100km fuel economy in V6 petrol drops to 7.3L in Palisade diesel


    Alexi Falson

    Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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