The Hyundai Paliside cruises like a Boeing, accelerates fast and doesn’t knock an account

He was born in South Korea, but was educated as an American for everything. Don’t worry, this is not a “hit the expert” -style show – it’s a short, non-binding description of the Hyundai Paliside, the new SUV, and if you still do not recognize, follow the big guy in the neighborhood, he probably owns. What’s big? Huge, huge. Holds seven or eight passengers, 498 cm long, 197 cm wide, 175 cm high and weighs a little less than two tons, just like the Americans, who live in the suburbs, hide in the parking lot next to the house.

Immediately be warned, the Paliside is the ultimate cruise vehicle that provides endless comfort, so anyone looking for heaps of madness and adrenaline injections for the rest of their lives, will keep looking, they will not find them here. This is the largest vehicle for the South Korean Empire, which was presented only about two years ago at the car show in Los Angeles. It lands now, because Hyundai understands that SUVs were and remain the hot hit even in 2021, and any category you throw a candidate into will soon be caught. The seven- and eight-seater vehicles are a relatively small niche, but still on the day I took the Paliside for a ride, that very morning, Toyota showcased their Highlander (see “Spare Wheels”), also a heavy-duty vehicle designed for the same multi-passenger class.

Hyundai Paliside (Photo: Manufacturer)

So the exterior, as befits an unrefined giant, or if you will have a carpenter’s elegance, is aggressive, prone to a boxy look. The truth is that we also had no expectations, because at the heavy weights indulgence should appear in user experiences. Well I drove on the limited edition, seven seats, fancy. The compilation among other things boasts that in the second row there is no long bench, but two captain’s chairs. I mean I can already tell that in the first two lines there are endless spaces, nothing is interfering and there is probably no chance of you hearing a complaint from the kids.

The front seats, apart from the fact that they are heated or air-conditioned, depending on the season, are also electric and super-comfortable. In the trip we made together, we reached Ezuz on the border of the Negev and Sinai. There is no bigger hole than this in the country. We drove, came back that day and I went out in the parking lot in Tel Aviv when I was fresh, fresh and ready for evening exercise.
Not only the occupants of the first rows will live here in peace, but also in the third row, the one where the deprived are usually pushed, a surprising place has been recorded. Admittedly not the luxury we encountered up front, but still quite reasonable even for adults.

The trunk, with all the seats occupied, is admittedly not large, but contains 311 liters. It’s much more than another car, this size you get half a house and a babysitter. And yet, we have gathered to drive, and as befits such vehicles under the hood find an atmospheric V6 gasoline engine, with a volume of 3,800 cc, 291 hp. It can suit you if you are not an environmentalist, because he also drinks fuel, and also smokes, grade 15 in air pollution.

Hyundai Paliside (Photo: Manufacturer)Hyundai Paliside (Photo: Manufacturer)

Paliside comes in two propulsion configurations, front and dual. I drove it with the dual paddle. Although in the mode selector it is possible to switch to terrain conditions from mud, through sand and snow and the ventral spacing is over 20 centimeters, but left the Judean Desert for jeeps. If so, drive it for comfortable kurkar trails and do not challenge it with really hard terrain, it is not built for that.

Although the Paliside is a vehicle that accelerates nicely (7.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h), it is also not intended for nervous pressing of the pedal, it is intended for cruising. In these areas of around 100 km / h and above, with an unfinished road opposite And the kids are pecking at the back, it’s like a Boeing 747 sailing in the sky.

The suspensions are calibrated on the relaxed side of the scale, there are not many obstacles that can throw it off balance. Fasten your seat belts and listen to the pilot’s instructions. Any attempt to push Paliside into a wild detour will elicit unpleasant sounds of effort when he tells for the umpteenth time how much it is not for him. This is a family car by definition. He came to pamper rather than challenge. For example, in safety you will hardly find vehicles that surpass it: level 8, which includes, among other things, an autonomous braking system in an emergency, active control to prevent deviation from the lane, adaptive cruise control and an active system that warns of forgetting children behind.

On the other hand, size also has a price, and on the economical side Paliside is less cooperative. On the long drive we managed to finish with a liter of gasoline on every 10.4 miles, but overall the vehicle finished with a gallon on every 7.7 miles. Paliside is not a cheap car. The version I used costs 350,000 shekels, definitely not worth every penny, but at the same time it offers so much in the price, even much more than you describe. It’s a giant that’s far from being mainstream, gray (Nicole Reidman: ‘I’ll also go out with a person who has a Hyundai.’) So in the case before us, size definitely matters.

Spare wheels

In the realm of giants, Toyota did not remain obligated and landed its own fall, the Highlander (pictured below). In the above case, it is a seven-seater vehicle that is 495 cm long, its wheelbase is 285 cm, it has dual propulsion, but gentlemen and ladies, unlike the Paliside, it is a hybrid giant. The price of the Highlander starts at NIS 290,000.

Toyota Highlander (Photo: Toyota PR)Toyota Highlander (Photo: Toyota PR)

The Highlander holds a 2,500 cc gasoline engine and together with the electric motor is capable of producing 248 hp. Next month, the importer Union Motors is set to launch the alleged Rav 4, which offers an electric driving range that, according to the manufacturer, reaches 70 kilometers. Yaris Cross, Toyota’s hybrid SUV, is expected to arrive towards the end of the year.

Another pretentious vehicle that has already come off the ship: the JEEP Gladiator-Rubicon, which was brought back to life after production was discontinued in the early 1990s. It is a recreational vehicle with high off-road capabilities, built on a ladder frame that is almost 79 centimeters long compared to a four-door Wrangler. Gladiator comes with an atmospheric V6 engine, with a volume of 3,600 cc, which knows how to deliver 280 hp and a torque of 35.4 kg. Gladiator, which name requires, will come in three trim levels, and its starting price will be NIS 419,000.

We’ll finish with the 2020 add-ons. The rechargeable Mitsubishi Outlander is ranked first in sales of plug-in hybrid SUVs in Europe after 26,673 units were sold during the past year. Mitsubishi Motors’ future plan is by 2030 to increase production and sales of electric vehicles by 50%. We wrote down a reminder in the diary.

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