Hyundai’s largest SUV, the Palisade, has been hit with a four-star ANCAP safety rating.
The eight-seat family hauler fell short of the five-star mark due to its adult occupant protection (79 per cent) and safety assist (63 per cent) scores. Thresholds of 80 per cent and 70 per cent are required for five stars respectively.
The Palisade was marked down on the safety assist front due to the performance of its AEB and lane-keep systems, while the adult occupant rating could have been improved by the presence of a central airbag.
The Palisade is the second Hyundai SUV to be hit with a four-star rating after the Venue, which was marked down due to the lack of cyclist detection in its AEB system.
It’s also the only one of its Large SUV peers to fall short of a five-star rating in ANCAP testing, although not all of them were tested under the same criteria.
Hyundai is launching the updated Palisade in the third quarter of 2022. A spokesperson for the company confirmed it intends to have the facelifted model re-tested.
Local specifications haven’t been confirmed, but overseas facelifted models gain a junction-friendly AEB system with emergency swerve assist, a highway pilot that pairs lane-centring aids and adaptive cruise, and AEB in reverse when parking.
There are also new rear side-impact airbags in the second row to go with the existing head-protecting curtains.
Atop the scores already mentioned, the current Palisade scored 88 per cent for child occupant protection, and 63 per cent for vulnerable road user protection.
“ANCAP’s role is to provide clear, reliable and independent consumer information for the broadest possible range of popular-selling models, and this rating and timing of the upcoming model update presents an opportunity for Hyundai to factor in the necessary safety-related upgrades to elevate the Palisade to five stars,” said ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg.
“This is an extremely competitive market and segment so we’d encourage Hyundai to do what they can to bring the Palisade to equal footing with its competitors.”