Hyundai ix35 Active

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Hyundai ix35


ix35 Active

RRP: (manufacturer’s list price, on-road costs and dealer

Options fitted to test car included in above price): paint $320

Crash . N/A

Fuel . Regular ULP

Claimed economy (L/100km): 8.5

CO2 emissions 203

Also consider . Toyota CV, Holden Captiva 5, Nissan ST

Overall rating: 3.0/5.0


Price, Packaging and 3.0/5.0

Safety: 3.0/5.0

the wheel: 2.5/5.0


The astonishing growth of the compact SUV is pretty close to unprecedented in Look at the list of carmakers in trying to make a buck or From those claiming to be of the category we have Subaru with the 1970s DL AWD wagon and now its Forester; and Toyota with its three-door RAV4 in 1994), we seen just about carmaker of note deciding to an entry.

Deeply engaged in all is Korean car-maker Hyundai has been travelling very in the SUV segment in recent years its Santa Fe and, until Tucson.

The Tucson came to in 2004 armed with all-wheel drive and the 2.7-litre V6 from the bigger Santa Fe, with a price proposition was difficult to argue with. combination was available for an RRP just $30,000, which made the Tucson a powerful competitor in a market.

This was rammed home more when Hyundai bit the and announced an even cheaper, City version – front-drive only – the year.

By quickly establishing as the preferred Tucson, the City what people were looking for in an SUV – and it was nothing to do perceived off-road ability. argument has been eloquently since by the arrival of a swathe of drive only SUVs carmakers including Ford, and Toyota – and many in

The Hyundai ix35 abides by the principles established in the Tucson. The model is front-drive only, on-demand AWD versions utilising a petrol engine further up the As well, there’s now an AWD 2.0-litre

The difference is that the base Active suggests it is anything but the version.

If you ignore the standard steel wheels, painted and lack of front foglights, the Active has been carefully so as not to make buyers feel skimped on their compact

As well as showing evidence of its (Germany) styling origins, the Active scores well in the stakes with a classy surprising standard equipment and of stretching and cargo space.

A six-way power adjusted driver’s seat, cruise trip computer, a rear blind, six-speaker MP3/WMA system with iPod USB port and an auxiliary input – as well as steering controls – all suggest is no stripper model. Even the grab handles maintain a impression of quality.

Then stability and traction control, brakes and the inclusion of hill control and hill-start assist to the ix35 Active every of doing what the driver

Passive safety includes the six airbags, active whiplash-avoiding headrests and a passenger-protective body incorporating side impact and a rigid occupant structure front and rear crush

The ix35 Active comes a new, Theta-II 2.0-litre petrol engine featuring a bore/… ratio, and more than the previous 2.0-litre with impressive outputs of at 6200rpm and 197Nm at 4600rpm.

The II is 10kg or so lighter than the engine, and adopts variable timing and a two-stage variable system in addition to the usual twin overhead camshaft

Economy and emissions figures are good. Hyundai quotes an 8.5L/100km for both five-speed and six-speed auto versions, and CO2 of 201g/km and 203g/km respectively. economy comfortably undercuts (though AWD) Nissan Honda CR-V and Volkswagen

This is all helped along by an developed six-speed sequential transmission that delivers fuel economy to the manual version and, as indicated only lags a little with the manual in CO2 outputs.

Hyundai has planned and executed the with characteristic savvy. The has barely increased over the Tucson equivalents (the V6 is but the new 2.4-litre petrol four-cylinder and turbodiesel more than and the style, packaging and on-road have been ramped up in with recent, impressive new not the least of which is the acclaimed i30

With its modish, wedgy, style it guarantees kerbside and the airy interior promises it deliver the practicalities expected of a SUV. Dimensionally, it sits among X-Trails, Tiguans, and RAV4s, while the packaging ensures a good balance passenger space and luggage

So what is the new compact Hyundai SUV to live with? Well, you’ve got past the alluring and apparent quality of the interior, you find the ix35 delivers on its promise. It certainly gives away to even the most of its competitors.

If you thought, for example, the 2.0-litre engine might be of a spoiler in the lighter-than-most, 1485kg the on-road experience proves

The 122kW four steps off the with eagerness, delivering a healthy buzz as it does so. ratios are well spaced to a steady onward surge and the are brisk and smooth.

Hyundai ix35

It is only you approach the top end of the rpm band on full that it begins to sound a uncomfortable. Part-throttle acceleration is its forte as revs build the shifts are swift and the engine its decidedly sporty but well-enough note.

The six-speed auto shows of a job well done, although the that the engine’s commendably 197Nm of torque doesn’t in until 4600rpm shows in its to shuffle between ratios, annoyingly, as the ix35 mounts a steep incline.

On the other the manual-select function holds the gear longer, and more than most. The driver the impression that the car is showing for a greater authority. Because of the up-down ‘hunting’ experienced in auto mode can be largely

In the end, the ix35 Active is a sprightly compact SUV, for a quick overtaking manoeuvre on the road and, via the sequential handy through a give and set of undulating bends.

But the ride, if there’s enough compliance to off the sharp edges, tends to be a abrupt on sudden road and the steering is far too light to contribute a feel. With three from lock to lock it is but it lacks weight, and any sense of with the road surface.

said, the ix35’s actual via its 225/60R17 tyres is fine, the normal parameters of a high-set SUV spare tyre is full-size

The fact that the ix35 is front-drive only will be noticed unless it is being accelerated off the mark on a slippery The on-demand AWD system used on and Highlander versions doesn’t make for a hardened off-roader but it add a sense of extra security on road surfaces. The Active has control to look after issues.

With the backdrop of the and pleasant engine note, this base ix35 with a sense of quiet Road noise is well and the rush of wind at cruising doesn’t intrude on the senses. It is these days how a car interpreted as a model can imbue such of luxury.

The doors shut a satisfying thump, and the seats, if a bit and short on general support, are big and have sufficient give to comfortable. Surprisingly, the cloth-clad seat seems more and cozy than the leather in the top of the range ix35 Highlander.

the power seat, even drivers are able to find a position at the helm.

The ix35’s area folds flat one quick movement of the 60-40 backrests, and offers as much as litres of load space the rear seat folded, or a decent 591 litres behind the seat when it is in place. the generosity of passenger space, speaks volumes for the Hyundai’s efficiency.

In fact the ix35, even in form, is all about efficiency its better than average strong performance and commendable of safety (no ANCAP rating as but it can be assumed the ix35 will better than the four-star The ix35’s big brother, the Santa Fe, five ANCAP stars).

And the fuel figure of 8.8L/100km the official 8.5L/100km average is the ballpark for most drivers.

If, most compact SUV buyers, the of AWD or front-drive is of no concern to you, the Active skimps on nothing (if you mind the painted grille and the of fog lights) yet is priced to put the wind up the

Probably the only area in it falls short, especially you think of the good work has been doing lately i30 rates a mention again), is the way it

But if that is the only real that can be directed at the ix35, not much suggesting it should be but a high-ranking rational choice in the compact SUV segment.

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