The Hyundai ix35 remains one of the most stylish SUVs around, even though it's getting on a bit. Its distinctive style and high-riding suspension tend to turn heads wherever it goes and certainly give it the feel of a very modern car.
You can get it in two main specifications – entry-level Style and top-of-the-range Premium – that offer the choice of a 1.6-litre petrol, or 1.7-litre or 2.0-litre CRDi diesel engines. You can get the petrol option in the base Style model and it only comes with two-wheel drive. The 1.7-litre CRDi also comes in two-wheel drive, while the 2.0-litre comes as a four-wheel drive model as standard. All engines come fitted with a manual gearbox, except for the four-wheel drive, where you can choose between either manual or an automatic (if you really have to). Like the Hyundai i30, the ix35 is a good 10cm longer than its main competitior, the Nissan Qashqai (which is also getting a bit old, but is getting replaced in 2014), which creates a surprising amount of extra room inside the car.
The interior is of a higher quality that previous models, with all fixtures and fittings feeling solid and well constructed, with a clearly laid out dashboard proving to be very easy to use. Top-of-the-range premium models also offer a panoramic glass roof, climate control, automatic windscreen wipers, heated leather seats and keyless entry fitted as standard. The ix35's soft suspension set-up makes it very comfortable to ride in over long journeys and, overall, it remains quite the accomplished family cruiser with decent comfort levels, decent accessories and manageable dimensions.