Hyundai might have hit a jackpot in popularity with the launch of the 2020 Palisade. Not their first 8 seater but definitely head and shoulders above the Santa Fe, the new Palisade offers enough value for money to send shudders down the spine of its competitors like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and maybe even the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.
Equipped with Hyundai’s HTRAC® multi-mode all-wheel drive system, Palisade offers good acceleration and the ability to quickly switch between snow, mud and sand for off-road adventure.
I drove the Palisade on Eco, Comfort and Sport modes and while there is a notable difference in power & acceleration, there wasn’t much of a difference in Fuel Economy. Averaging in the city with 11.8 liters per 100 kilometers, the fuel economy is just about alright.
Palisade drives silky smooth even at high speeds but doesn’t handle corners that well. There is a fair bit of body roll and you feel its more of a minivan rather than an SUV. The 8 speed automatic transmission is quick to change gears without any sound or jerky movements. There are paddle shifters behind the steering wheel incase you want to take matters in your own hands, which I almost every time do.
From a driver-assist technology and safety perspective, the Palisade is loaded with features making it kind of “idiot proof”. The active lane assist, adaptive cruise control, all side camera angles and a crisp instrument panel display are right up there with any leading car manufacturer.
I had a great time with the Palisade. Almost anywhere I parked publicly, people came up to see the car and asked me a zillion questions. While most of them where impressed on how great it was; they were a little surprised when they got to know its price tag.
Engine: 3.8 Liter – V6
Horsepower: 295 Bhp
Torque: 355 Nm
Drive System: All Wheel Drive
Transmission: 8 Speed Automatic
The 2020 Palisade is built on an all-new SUV chassis with a design that delivers unmatched second & third row seating and a generous enough cargo space. A bold chrome cascading grille dominates the front end of the Palisade giving it a muscular appearance.Separated composite headlamps and a vertically connected forward lighting signature complete a strong and distinctive front demeanor.
Thin LED head lamps, daytime running lights and turn signals add finesse and modern style to the Palisade exterior.Overall vehicle design is aerodynamic with a 0.33 coefficient of drag (Cd).
The rear end of the Palisade is fairly wide and gives stability to the overall design. Main stay are the vertical LED tail-lamps.
Hyundai Palisade has a very neat and spacious cabin design. The steering wheel has basic buttons like cruise control, lane assist, radio channels, phone and volume.
All round the interior and the instrument panel, a smooth wraparound woodgrain creates a spacious, comfortable ambience. Top of the dashboard looks sturdy and feels like hardened rubber.
Palisade has a crisp Head-Up Display (HUD) that displays vehicle speed, road speed limit and navigation in the driver’s line of sight without having to look away.
Absence of the gear shift stick adds more space to the cabin and the center console. You can switch between different drive modes using a rotating dial. Seat ventilation, front and rear AC controls are all neatly placed here. Second and third row seating has decent head and leg room. The second row seats fold away on the touch of a button to allow easy access to the third row.
There is a cutaway glass roof that provides a generous sense of spaciousness to all passengers. To ensure a comfortable temperature for everyone, Palisade features an industry-first, innovative new roof vent diffuser design, providing quieter and more flexible flow of air to the rear passengers.
Infotainment system integrates with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, and there is a wireless charging pad for compatible devices. Palisade’s premium Infinity sound system provides an equally enjoyable experience for all row passengers
The coolest feature in the Palisade infotainment is the “Driver Talk” intercom. Operated via the display screen, the driver can broadcast voice to the second and third row passengers using the car’s audio system. It kind of gave me a tour-guide feeling but who doesn’t like the sound of their own voice?
Conversation Mode allows the driver to communicate separately with the second or third rows of seats via the audio system. Rear Seat Quiet Mode allows the driver’s row to listen to the audio system while turning off the second- and third-row speakers, to avoid waking sleeping passengers in the rear. A conversation mirror allows the driver to clearly see passengers in the rear.
I can go on and on about the Palisade features but in my opinion, its worth you guys check it out yourself at the Juma AlMajid Est Hyundai showrooms in UAE.