Hyundai Palisade 3.8L V6 GDi 2WD 2021 Review

We take a Hyundai Palisade 3.8L V6 Front Wheel Drive for a Road Test Review

Hyundai Palisade – Launched in December 2020 Hyundai Palisade adds to the already extensive SUV range offered by Hyundai, but with a difference.

Hyundai Palisade 3.8L V6 FRONT

It’s BIG yet well-proportioned with dynamics and quietness that belies its size.

Hyundai Palisade 3.8L V6 ENGINE

Palisade comes with two engine options, a 3.8L V6 petrol and a 2.2L diesel, two drivetrains, FWD and AWD, seven and eight seat configurations one transmission, an eight speed AT and two specification levels, the Palisade and Highlander.

Hyundai Palisade INTERIOR

Inside it looks and feels spacious and luxurious, with even the entry level Palisade being well equipped.


Hyundai Palisade FEATURES

Key features are wireless phone charging, smart phone connectivity, a 10.25 inch centre screen, 12 speaker Infinity premium sound system, air conditioning and airbags for all three rows of seats and a practical seat and luggage arrangement.

Pricing is from $60,000 for the entry level Palisade petrol through to $75,000 for the 2.2L Highlander, plus the usual costs. The sweet spot is probably the diesel AWD Palisade, but I must admit to liking all the bling that comes with the Highlander.

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Hyundai Palisade PROFILE

 What is good?

  • Standard features
  • On road dynamics
  • Interior space

What is not so good?

  • No privacy glass
  • Missing some safety features
  • No Hybrid version

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Hyundai Palisade REAR SEATS

Model   Hyundai 3.8L Palisade FWD
Model Price$60,000 MLP*
Engine3.8L V6 Petrol
Drivetrain8 Sp AT FWD
Power217kW @ 6,000 rpm
Torque355Nm @ 5,200 rpm
CO2 Emissions251 g/km
Economy ADR10.7 L/100km
Tow Capacity/Tow Ball2200 Kg / TBCkg
Servicing12 Months / 15000 km  Service Plan 5 Year Service cost $1995
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km with 1 Yr. Conditional roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

Hyundai Palisade THIRD ROW SEATS

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel8
Ride and Handling9
Fit for Purpose8
Towing Capability7
Value for Money8

Hyundai Palisade REAR


Overall Length49805mm
Width / Height1975mm / 1750mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depthUp to 203mm / TBA mm
Approach / Rampover / Departure angles18.5 degrees / 17.9 degrees / 20.3 degrees
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle71 Litres / 11.8mts KTK
Kerb Weight / Payload / GVM / GCM1897kg / 773kg / 2670kg / 4870KG
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating2200kg / TBCkg

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.