Review

Hyundai ix35 SUV

Price  £17,000 - £28,015

Hyundai ix35 SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

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

The Hyundai ix35 is the Korean company's rival to crossovers like the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga, Kia Sportage and Skoda Yeti – and like those cars it offers the compact dimensions of a family hatchback with the pumped-up looks and practicality of an SUV.

The ix35 is one of the most stylish in the class, too, despite being relatively old. It has a sleek, sporty look that turns heads in a way you wouldn’t expect from a car with a Hyundai badge. It comes with a choice of three specification levels (S, SE and SE Nav) and three engines: a 1.6-litre petrol, a 1.7-litre diesel and a 2.0-litre diesel. Plus it's available in four-wheel drive.

It's comfortable, spacious and practical, and the quality of the interior is excellent – especially considering the low price tag, which undercuts most rivals, and the impressive amount of equipment that comes as standard even on entry-level models. All-in-all it's a highly accomplished family car, but despite an update in 2013 it's still not the most exciting crossover to drive, and far from the most efficient.