For a family of six or more it is often hard finding a vehicle that suits, looks good, goes well, and has a lot of luxury items included. This is where the Hyundai Palisade Highlander comes in and becomes like your adopted family member.

Palisade gives the perfect blend of exceptional comfort and practicality, with smart technologies and the uncompromising safety of the latest SmartSense features, in a bold and ultra-stylish seven- or eight-seater.

While people movers, vans, are getting a lot better, if style is preferred than the AWD SUV Palisade is the go-to.

With HTRAC Advanced AWD and a Multi-Terrain Control system, Palisade has the capabilities to tackle the toughest challenges, and comes complete with a full-size spare wheel and 2,200kg tow rating.

Powering the Palisade is either a 3.8-litre V6 GDi engine, 217kW and 355Nm, with front-wheel drive, or a 2.2-litre four-cylinder CRDi engine, 147kW and 440Nm, with all-wheel drive, both teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The diesel was the one tested and it hit the mark of fuel economy with 7.1 to 7.3 L/100km both around town and out on the highways.

Hyundai Palisade
Hyundai Palisade

With the seat layout, it is a little different to other SUV’s. The seven-seater is a two-two-three while the eight-seater is a two-three-three.

While a little unorthodox with having two captain’s chairs in the second row, it gives room for the passengers while giving the third-row user their own space with a surprising amount of leg and head room that can fit a person up to six feet.

Palisade looks after its occupants down to every detail, such as the seven USB ports and 16 cup-holders and 12 speakers surround sound.

Electric release buttons in Palisade’s cargo area allow users to fold Palisade’s second-row seatbacks flat with a simple press.

The Palisade has a 7.0-inch colour LCD supervision cluster that presents a digital speedometer, a range of trip computer information, along with system status and visual alerts.

A high-tech 10.25-inch touch-screen is integrated into the top of Palisade’s dash.

There are a lot of features and safety equipment packed into the Palisade Highlander that adds so much value.

This big SUV drives smooth and really doesn’t feel as big as it is because it drives more like a sedan than a large carrier of people.

From $85,173 drive away, this is one SUV that the family need to adopt.

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