ix35 Premium 2.0 CRDi 4WD
best year ever
in the UK since imports started thirty
years ago, with 74,285 Hyundais
a figure that puts them
in the top ten sales chart...
WHILE THE HYUNDAI i10 city car has been their best-selling range in the UK,
followed by the i30 line-up and then the i20 supermini models, the ix35 SUV/crossovers
enjoyed a 58% increase in UK sales
with over 11,000 taking to UK roads.
So then, a good time to re-evaluate the ix35. These five-door, four/five-seater
crossover/SUV models are priced from £17,400 to £25,185. Engine choices are:
133bhp 1.6 GDI petrol with manual transmission and front-wheel drive; 114bhp
1.7 CRDi diesel manual 2WD; and a pair of 2.0-litre CRDi diesel units (134bhp
manual and 181bhp auto) with four-wheel drive.
Depending on the engine chosen there is the choice of Style and Premium levels
of specification. The most popular ix35 model overall in 2012 was the 1.7 CRDi
2WD in Premium spec with the optional Media Pack
this includes touchscreen SatNav, rear-view parking-assist camera and a seven-speaker
sound system. This version costs £20,575 plus £1,100 for the Media Pack.
the first serious snowfall of the Winter arrived just as Hyundai came to collect
my ix35 test car
this model was the near-top-of-the-range 2.0-litre
CRDi 4WD manual in Premium spec with the optional Media Pack plus metallic paint.
The 4x4 system
in front-wheel drive
until the system feels
the need to
the rear wheels
when traction is about
to be lost...
total on-the-road cost of my test car was a hefty £25,320. I could suggest opting
for the 1.7-litre CRDi 2WD Premium (the most popular version) at £20,575, but
a 'country dweller'
an SUV without 4WD seems somewhat pointless.
The ix35's 4x4 system operates mostly in front-wheel drive only
until the system feels the need to automatically engage the rear wheels when
traction is about to be lost. There's also a 4WD lock button which will keep
the all-wheel drive permanently engaged for tough conditions on- or off-road.
A hill descent control function controls speed and traction on steep hills,
mainly for off-road work.
The 134bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine feels strong and is relatively quiet;
not quite as hushed as the most modern European units but by no means intrusive.
The official fuel consumption for the Combined Cycle is 47.9mpg but my week-long
test drive, all of it on tarmacadam, resulted in a disappointing 37.6mpg overall
and a best of 41.4mpg on a 70mph motorway 'cruise'. The 154g/km CO2 emissions
mean road tax is £170 a year; company car drivers will pay 24% in Benefit-in-Kind
tax. However, insurance is rated at a competitive 19E.
The ix35 is all about packaging. No longer than a conventional family hatchback,
it provides 591 litres for luggage in the boot; with the split rear seats folded
down you have a good-sized load area of 1,436 litres. Towing is also on the
and the maximum braked towing weight is a useful 2,000kg.
Seating is roomy and comfortable, with good rear passenger legroom. The front
seats on Premium models are heated, and all seats have leather facings.
impressive packaging continues with standard-fit AirCon, electrically-operated
and heated door mirrors, power windows (front and rear), heated windscreen,
panoramic sunroof, privacy glass, keyless entry with push button start, cruise
control, automatic headlights and wipers, hill start assist and, thankfully,
a full-size spare wheel.
My week-long test drive,
all of it on tarmac,
resulted in 37.6mpg
overall with a best
of 41.4mpg for a 70mph
road wheels are smart alloy 18-inchers which firm up the ride without spoiling
it. Generally it's a comfortable SUV to travel in, with good visibility despite
the chunky front A and rear C pillars.
poorer road surfaces the suspension can be a tad jittery, but in general it
mopped up the worst of the potholes without too much complaint. The steering
lacks feedback and has a strong self-centring tendency, but after a while you
get accustomed to it.
Against? Top spec 4WD models are becoming expensive and the real-life fuel consumption
didn't get close to the official figure (37.6 vs 47.9mpg).
However, that's easily overlooked given that the good-looking ix35 is so easy
to drive and offers a good combination of high specification, ride comfort,
and comes with a 5-year warranty package and a proper spare wheel!
Overall the Hyundai ix35 SUV is a very easy vehicle to live with
it has pleasing styling and a well built cabin. It's no wonder it has seen a
huge increase in UK sales and more people than ever are buying an ix35. And
that alone speaks volumes for its appeal.
Hyundai ix35 Premium 2.0 CRDi 4WD | £23,825
Maximum speed: 112mph | 0-62mph: 11.3 seconds | Overall Test MPG: 37.6mpg
Power: 134bhp | Torque: 236lb ft | CO2 154g/km