Hyundai ix35 SUV

Price  £17,465 - £28,545

Hyundai ix35 SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Great-value price
  • Stylish design
  • Long warranty
  • No seven-seat option
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Poor fuel economy

At a glance

The greenest
SE 1.7 CRDi Blue Drive 2WD 5dr £20,825
The cheapest
S 1.6 GDI 2WD 5dr £17,465
The fastest
Premium 2.0 CRDI 4WD Auto 5dr £27,695
Top of the range
Premium Panorama 2.0 CRDI 4WD Auto 5dr £28,545

"The Hyundai ix35 is stylish, well equipped and spacious, but isn't as efficient as the best cars in the class."

The Hyundai ix35 is yet another contender in the crowded SUV class, which includes the brilliant Nissan Qashqai and tough, no-nonsense Skoda Yeti. Also featuring is the Hyundai's sister model, the Kia Sportage. While both vehicles share many parts, the ix35 has a five-year warranry compared to the Sportage's seven. Even five years is impressive, but if you like to keep your cars for a long time, the Kia may be the better choice.

In terms of their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, the models are broadly similar and not as efficient as a Nissan Qashqai. Only the very expensive ix35 FCEV, which runs on hydrogen, really stands out in terms of eco-credentials.

The standard ix35's engine line-up features a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.7-litre diesel – both with two-wheel drive and available in standard and economical Blue Drive form. There's also a 2.0-litre diesel available only with four-wheel drive. The most economical, and the best all-rounder, is the Blue Drive 1.7 diesel. However, it costs around £1,200 more than the Blue Drive 1.6-litre petrol. If you're a low-mileage driver, the petrol may be worth considering for its lower price and more responsive nature.

That said, regardless of engine, the ix35 is not exactly fun to drive. The suspension is too firm and uncomfortable for urban roads and too soft for fast, open roads, where it causes the ix35 to lean heavily in corners. The steering is a little strange, too: quite direct at high speeds, yet slow and vague around town.

At least the car looks good and is roomy, with a flat floor in the rear cabin so passengers can get comfortable. The boot is large and well shaped, too. Like most of its rivals, the ix35 is available only as a five seater; there's no seven-seat option (you'll need its bigger brother, the Hyundai Santa Fe, for that).

The interior looks smart, but uses lots of hard plastic. There are five trim levels: S, SE, SE Nav, Premium and Premium Panorama. Standard equipment is good even on the S, with air-conditioning, alloy wheels and all-round electric windows coming as standard. For its additional creature comforts, including cruise control and rear parking sensors, the SE is our pick of the range.

With its five-year warranty and good reputation for reliability, you should be able to buy an ix35 with confidence. It was awarded five stars in its Euro NCAP crash tests, too, so should protect you and your passengers well in the event of a crash.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.2 / 5

It’s attractively priced, well equipped and backed by strong aftersales care, but the ix35 is hobbled by inefficient engines

Engines, drive & performance

3.3 / 5

The ix35 isn’t quite as composed and capable as rivals, while the smaller diesel engine and single petrol engine are a little sluggish.

Interior & comfort

3.1 / 5

The Hyundai ix35 is comfortable, well equipped and solidly built, plus the interior is attractively designed

Practicality & boot space

3.4 / 5

The Hyundai ix35 is spacious and features a large boot – although high ride height makes it awkward to load heavy items.

Reliability & safety

4.2 / 5

A superb reliability record and long warranty add to the Hyundai ix35 ownership experience, plus it comes with plenty of safety kit.

What the others say

3.8 / 5
based on 4 reviews
3 / 5
"The Hyundai ix35 is a practical alternative to the Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5, but it's getting on a bit now."
4 / 5
"Comfortable and quiet on the move, there's little to find fault with and the icing on the cake is the ix35's superb value for money."
3 / 5
"The Hyundai ix35 doesn't quite have the polish of the class leaders, but it's good value for money and looks the part."
5 / 5
"Sit behind the wheel and you could be forgiven for thinking that you're in a Volkswagen, with upmarket, well-finished materials and a smart design."
What owners say 
4.1 /5 based on 154 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
27 May 2015
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