We recently spent time with Hyundai SA at the launch of the 2023 Hyundai Palisade.
The premium family SUV has received a notable amount of upgrades both on the cosmetic and technological side.
Although it may seem like it was just launched yesterday (2021), the Hyundai Palisade has been on sale since 2018 in other markets. So, the release of a facelift model was entirely justifiable by industry standards.
256 units have been sold since the pre-facelift model was introduced in September 2021
This year, the Hyundai Palisade stands against some tough competitors such as the Toyota Landcruiser 300, Nissan patrol, and Ford Everest
Hard to not notice, Bye bye to the old chrome grille, the premium SUV’s facia now features a wider, blacked-out front grille, that is complimented with refreshed headlights, and fog lights along with DRLS, giving the Palisade facia a stealthier look.
The cosmetic upgrades continue to the side, with side repeaters and puddle lights now fitted under the wing mirrors. The 2023 Palisade still rolls on 20-inch sized wheels with refreshed design and diamond cut look, boosting the looks of the facelifted luxury SUV even further.
Interior and Tech
To the naked eye, not much has changed inside the cabin. changes have however been implemented onto the tech and safety side, with new standard features now offered across the whole Palisade range.
The cabin now benefits from 2 larger 12” screens for both the infotainment and the instrument cluster. The infotainment system is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which can connect up to 2 devices at the same time. Entertainment experience has been also been upgraded with the addition of a 12 speakers infinity sound system, with some smart audio functions such as :
Conversation mode: (this mode allows the driver to easily communicate with passengers on the 2nd and 3rd row through the rear speakers by simply holding a customizable button on the steering wheel while speaking)
Quiet Mode: This feature allows the driver to switch off the sound on the rear speakers, while the front remains active, allowing the rear passenger to rest or sleep quietly.
A number of comfort features have been added to the cabin to enhance the luxurious experience, including the addition of USB Type C ports on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-row seats. The second-row seats are now both heated and ventilated, along with a tri-zone automatic air conditioning facing the rear passengers, also fitted as standard. With that, you’ll also find a double glass sunroof and Sunshade curtains on the rear doors windows.
The overall build quality of the Palisade both outside and inside feels pretty solid and durable. The interior looks modern and does not squeak or rattle whatsoever, with great cabin insulation.
Mechanically, nothing has changed. The 2023 Hyundai Palisade retains the same smooth and capable 2.2L 4-cylinder turbo Diesel powered engine, which was introduced in the pre-facelift Palisade model. The engine delivers 182kW and 440 Nm of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission
Compared to its rivals, the Palisade’s engine is less powerful and not as thrilling to drive. It however still offers a pleasant driving experience for its use. I have to admit that a little bit more power wouldn’t hurt, and could have possibly influenced the buyer’s choice on why it should be chosen between its rivals.
It rides smoothly and handles unpaved terrain with ease and great agility even though it’s not equipped with the same advanced AWD system as its competitors.
When it comes to safety, The new Hyundai Palisade comes loaded with a host of active and passive safety features such as
ABS, ESP, front and rear collision warning, lane keep assist, 360° park assist, blind spot monitoring projected to the digital instrument cluster, safe exit assist as well as lane follow assist. Also comes equipped with a total of 7 airbags
The Palisade scored 5 stars ⭐️ in the Australian ANCAP safety test.
In all, the upgrades and improvements made to the 2023 Hyundai Palisade are well worth it. They make it an all-rounder well packaged vehicle, especially with all of the premium comfort and safety features being offered as standard. It may not be the most 4×4 able or off-road buster out there, but it still represents great value for money in its segment for those who are looking for something family-friendly with a few countryside capabilities.
The 2023 Hyundai Palisade range is priced as follows
Palisade R2.2 7-seater Elite AWD AT. R1 099 900
Palisade R2.2 8-seater Elite AWD AT R1 099 900
All prices include a 7-year 200 000km as well as a 7-year 105 000km service plan.