Review

Hyundai ix35 SUV

£17,000 - £28,015

The Hyundai ix35 SUV is Hyundai's answer to cars such as the Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai, and the Skoda Yeti. Arguably, its biggest rival comes in the form of the Kia Sportage. That car shares many of the Hyundai's parts but gets chunkier looks and has a seven-year/100,000 mile warranty that betters the ix35's five-year/100,000 mile cover.

The Hyundai's engine range is showing its age and can’t compete with the economy of the latest models such as the brand-new Nissan Qashqai. That's not to say the Hyundai is hugely expensive to run, particularly if you opt for the 1.7-litre or 2.0-litre diesels. The latter comes with grippy four-wheel-drive as standard, while a 1.6-litre engine is the only petrol option and is relatively thirsty.

Three versions are available in the ix35 range – S, SE and Premium.  Basic S spec gets air-conditioning, alloy wheels, and an alarm, while top-end Premium models get a touch of luxury with 18-inch alloy wheels, a leather interior and keyless entry and start button.