Designed to the same criteria as Hyundai's smaller models, the Hyundai ix35 SUV is a value-packed rival for the Nissan Qashqai and Toyota RAV4. There are three 2.0-litre engines to choose from, one petrol and two diesels. The petrol version is front-wheel-drive only, while the diesel can be had with front or four-wheel drive. The diesel is the one to choose, as it offers lots of power. The ride is firm, so the body doesn’t roll in corners too much, and passengers will appreciate the large interior with its high seating position. Standard kit includes air-conditioning and front and rear heated seats.
- Great value price
- Stylish design
- Long warranty
- No seven-seat option
- Not much fun to drive
- Poor fuel economy
Comfortable to drive and very well built, the Hyundai ix35 SUV is the Korean brand's answer to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage. Its high ride offers the driver a good view of the road ahead and the interior is very well equipped, especially in the top-spec model.
It also offers reasonable practicality and looks good, too, thanks to the fact it was styled by Peter Schreyer – the same man who created the ever-fashionable Audi TT.
Don't forget Hyundai's five-year warranty, which offers real peace of mind, as well as an annual car health check, free of charge.