Juliet Reviews…The Hyundai Palisade

Hyundai’s flagship SUV, the Palisade, is finally here. It is an enormous seven/eight-seater SUV that will take on the BMW X5, the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, which as you can tell, is already a rather impressive segment. But the Palisade is coming in guns blazing!

BIGGER IS BETTER

The Palisade sits above the recently face-lifted Santa Fe and joins the impressive SUV line-up that Hyundai offers in the form of the Tucson, Creta and the compact Venue, not forgetting the unique Kona. This enormous SUV will accommodate up to eight passengers and offer 509-litres of luggage space. The seven-seater will have two individual seats in the second row while the eight-seater will boast a three-seat bench. Either way, you know you’ve got an incredible practical car on your hands.

PREMIUM ALL ROUND

Hyundai might not come to mind when you think of its premium competitors, but the Palisade, much like the Santa Fe and many of Hyundai’s offerings, are right up there in terms of build quality, features and technology. The Palisade comes with heated and cooled front seats, an eight-inch touchscreen coupled with a seven-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a wireless charging pad. This is the ultimate road trip car with a total of SUV UBS ports is also up for grabs, that’s one for every passenger, and a Rear Seat Quiet Mode system that allows the driver’s row to listen to their selected audio without that same audio being transmitted to the second- and third-row audio speakers, so that potentially sleeping passengers will not be disturbed.

From a convenience and safety point of view, there is cruise control, Blind Sport Detection, six airbags, Park Assist, a rear parking camera, Cross-Traffic alert, Safe Exit Assist (this uses radar to detect cars approaching from the rear and cautions passengers that are about to exit the vehicle. If a passenger attempts to open the door when a car is approaching from behind, a visual and acoustic warning on the centre cluster will alert the driver.), and Rear Occupant Alert.

POWER TO THE PALISADE

Both the seven-seater and eight-seater model (whichever you choose at no extra cost) is powered by a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, it produces 148kW and 440Nm of torque. It is the same engine as is found in the Santa Fe so we know it well. Unfortunately, due to the size of the Palisade, it does feel quite sluggish and one would have hoped for more power, especially when you want to pull an overtaking maneuver. With that said, fuel consumption is at a claimed 8.2l/100km which is quite achievable.

PRICING

  • Palisade R2.2 7-seater Elite (auto) R 999 900
  • Palisade R2.2 8-seater Elite (auto) R 999 900

It comes standard with a seven-year or 200 000km manufacturer’s warranty, a seven-year or 105 000km service plan and roadside assistance for seven years or a distance of 150 000km.

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