Hyundai ix35

Hyundai ix35 Motability carThe Hyundai ix35 is up against the Nissan Qashqai, the Skoda Yeti, the Peugeot 3008 and the delightful Kia Sportage  in what is fast becoming a very crowded Urban Sports Utility Vehicle sector. So how can the Hyundai cope? The Hyundai is bigger for starters, some 10cm longer than the Nissan offering a generous 591 liters of boot space and in order to keep the competition on its toes as of October 2013 the ix35 has been facelifted with subtle changes such as new LED lighting and new alloy wheels, the major improvement is to the ride quality with softer suspension and a more responsive steering making the ix35 an excellent motorway car that glides over the bumps in the road.

 

Hyundai ix35 Motability car rear

The Hyundai ix35 is now available in five trim levels, ‘S’, ‘SE’ ‘SE Nav’ ‘Premium’ and ‘Premium Panorama’, previously the entry level car was fitted with heated rear and front seats, this is no longer the case you have to move up to the SE and above to enjoy this luxury. The entry level car ‘S’ is moderately well equipped with 16” alloy wheels, air conditioning, front and rear windows, hill assist and LED running lights, The SE adds 17″ alloy wheels, Bluetooth, cruise control, heated seats, rear parking sensors and automatic climate control, (the SE nav adds a 7″ touchscreen Audio and sat nav with rear reversing camera) the Premium adds 18″ alloy wheels (17″ alloy wheels on 1.6 petrol), leather seats, keyless entry and privacy glass, the Premium Panorama adds two sunroofs.

 

The entry level engine is a 1.6 petrol unit provides 135bhp and good economy at 41.5 mpg and enough grunt to get the ix35 to 62 miles per hour in 11.1 seconds and to a top speed of 111 mph, the 1.7 diesel engine is a little slower and only offers economy at 48.7 miles per gallon but is still the wise choice. The 2.0 litre diesel 4×4 Automatic ix35 starts at £1199.

The Hyundia ix35 is a surprise, bigger than the competition and, following the facelift, better in many ways. The extra trim levels added have made the ix35 less of a bargain, the SE is the trim level we would recommend as it replace the outgoing ‘Style’ trim.

Summer Best Buy – Hyundai ix35 1.7 Diesel SE, Manual   –   £299 Advance Payment (£59.58 wpms)