An additional airbag and improved advanced safety technology have allowed the updated Hyundai Palisade to raise its safety score from four stars to five.
The 2023 Hyundai Palisade has been awarded a five-star safety rating, after safety upgrades introduced for the facelifted model were re-tested – in a crash lab, and on a test course – by local crash testing authority ANCAP.
The five-star rating applies to Palisades manufactured after May 2022, when upgrades to the Hyundai SUV’s crash safety – including a new airbag between the front seats – and driver assistance technology were introduced as part of a mid-life facelift.
The outgoing, pre-facelift Palisade – manufactured between late 2020 and April 2022 – received a four-star ANCAP safety rating earlier this year, which will remain in place for this model.
The pre-facelift model was limited to four stars because it didn’t reach the performance threshold for two categories: Adult Occupant Protection, and Safety Assist (for advanced safety technology).
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) requires minimum scores of 80 per cent and 70 per cent respectively in these categories for a five-star rating, where the Palisade originally managed 79 per cent and 63 per cent for these categories.
Photos supplied by ANCAP indicate the 2023 Palisade’s updated autonomous emergency braking system was retested – and a new test simulating a side-impact crash conducted to evaluate the new front-centre airbag.
With the new centre airbag on board, the Hyundai Palisade received an improved 84 per cent score for Adult Occupant Protection.
The Palisade’s result in the Safety Assist category has been improved to 83 per cent, thanks to an upgraded autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system, which can brake to prevent crashes with cars in oncoming lanes while turning across an intersection.
It has also gained multi-collision braking – which automatically applies the brakes after the vehicle detects a crash – and traffic sign recognition.
2020 Hyundai Palisade crash testing
2020 Hyundai Palisade crash testing ANCAP
ANCAP also re-evaluated assessment of the Speed Assistance System – to test the new traffic sign recognition – while a far-side impact test conducted by Hyundai was also assessed by ANCAP’s engineers, to evaluate the front-centre airbag.
Because the updated Hyundai Palisade now has a refreshed look, data supplied by Hyundai – and assessed by ANCAP – also indicated that pedestrian protection performance was comparable to the pre-facelift model.
“It’s great to see Hyundai introduce these safety-related upgrades which now elevate the facelifted Palisade to five stars, and we encourage all vehicle brands to continually look for opportunities to improve the safety specification of models as part of their model facelifts,” said ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg.
The facelifted 2023 Hyundai Palisade is priced from $65,900 to $79,900 before on-road costs, and is arriving in Australian showrooms this month (August 2022).
Sam Purcell has been writing about cars, four-wheel driving and camping since 2013, and obsessed with anything that goes brum-brum longer than he can remember. Sam joined the team at CarAdvice/Drive as the off-road Editor in 2018, after cutting his teeth at Unsealed 4X4 and Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures.