Hyundai ix35 Review Australia

26 Jun 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Hyundai ix35 Review Australia
Hyundai ix35




THE ALL-NEW Hyundai replaces the outgoing Tuscon in the compact SUV market.

It brings it a new design philosophy, edgy and upgrades to the drive-train, most in the form of the new Theta-II 2.0 litre and also an updated six-speed transmission.

Like the Tuscon, the also offers a base front-wheel-drive-only variant the ix35 which is the focus of this

What’s the appeal?

Hyundai has young professionals looking to their first new car with the – buyers looking for than just transport, with personality and individual

And the new ix35 Active certainly not suffer a lack of personality. by Hyundai’s European Design the ix35 is both stylish and – certainly one of the sharper compact SUVs.

The profile of the car swooping design cues an aggressive front end. A mix of sporty looks with the ix35 Active would equally at home parked on a beach or at an innercity nightspot.

can only go so far however Hyundai has young families looking for and practicality in its sights.

The ix35 is an attractive price proposition good interior and cargo a nice high driving and light controls but without the cost (and weight) of a 4WD system.

What features it have?

For in-car entertainment, the Active offers a MP3 compatible CD with auxiliary and USB input.

A sound system ensures is distributed around the spacious iPod compatibility is offered an optional iPod cable jacks into the stereo

There is one minor shortcoming this. It was noted that the cable port is located in the console, leaving the MP3 player in sight which adds the of unplugging and removing the device time the car is parked for fear of

Externally, heated side rear mud flaps and rear fog are standard equipment. The Active features 17” steel and a body-coloured front grille.

To out the equipment list, keyless cruise control, power and a trip computer that can display average speed and consumption come as standard

What#39;s under the bonnet?

higher-spec models of the ix35, the is only offered with and is equipped with the four 2.0 litre Theta-II engine 122kW. Torque is a reasonable 197 Nm @ 4600rpm.

A choice of two transmissions is a traditional five-speed manual or a automatic with sequential mode.

Front suspension a MacPherson strut set-up; for the rear. Hyundai Australia has had input in the tuning of the suspension to suit Australian roads.

How it drive?

Start the petrol of the ix35 Active and it hums to silently. But push it past as you get underway, and the engine volume dramatically, enough to intrude into the cabin.

There are no problems however at highway On the road, the ix35 Active well for noise and vibration it is that this is one area has worked hard on to improve.

out on the road (especially when it becomes apparent that the 1485kg frame is only powered by its 122kw 2.0 litre

It struggles a little with an load on and feels lifeless the toe, especially when in the gears of the six-speed auto.

A flick to manual mode to to a lower gear will things (but bring it some intrusive engine as revs rise).

Around town, you don#39;t any such shortcomings: off the mark it off about as briskly as a standard providing enough power to get of traffic when in need of haste.

The steering of the ix35 is light and the car is quite nimble at low speeds through urban As speed rises however around the 80km/h mark the steering becomes somewhat and numb to input.

We feel it do with a little more steering assist (Hyundai has an electric power steering at these mid-speeds.

Despite the input, we also feel the Active’s #39;firmish#39; suspension has not off; even small on the road are transmitted into the (and passengers notice

Unfortunately, the trade-off – comfort for handling performance does not mean a better car. While the handling is for most urban and highway putting it through a series of exposes a few shortcomings.

While few SUVs offer the handling of a similarly-sized hatch, the ix35 not feel as well connected to the as, say, the Dualis. You simply to be aware of it, you can#39;t poke it curves like a sportscar.

visibility ahead and to the sides is thanks to that higher position, it#39;s not so good to the

Thanks to a thick D-pillar and the small, high rear it was quite an exercise to perform lanes, requiring double of blind spots to make the adjacent lanes were of traffic.

It also makes the Active a little difficult to when reversing. Dealer reverse parking sensors are a

On the plus side, the ix35 has a turning circle at 10.58 making parking that bit easier.

So, for the drive, the ix35 is a mixed There are better-handling compact but, for most, you will pay a lot for them.

What did our passengers

Passengers of the ix35 Active impressed with the good and headroom afforded by the high of the cabin.

The seats, covered in a all-cloth material also praise – although not they provide good and comfort even on extended

One complaint was that due to the large space and lack of air-conditioning in the rear, the ix35 Active some time to cool the interior of the vehicle.

On one aspect of the Active, form takes over function. The ix35’s rises significantly from to rear, resulting in the rear being smaller and positioned than those of other SUVs.

This can mean small children in the rear may have a little difficulty outside (something for a young to consider).

Interior quality and

Stepping into the cabin, is no mistaking the modern European philosophy of the ix35 Active. The is very smart looking. The console is what catches the eye positioned at a downwards slope, it the bright blue backlight of the stereo.

Looks aside, is evidence that the ix35 is still built to a budget below the facade of stylish design lies an interior by hard, scratch-prone plastics although nice to look at, tactile appeal.

This is evident with the plastic of the steering wheel on the Active

To Hyundai’s credit though, the of the ix35 seems very built; having no creaks or panel gaps and all doors hatch included) closed without rattles.

Luggage space

Hyundai has not let the styling of the ix35 get in the way of practicality in space.

Behind the eye-catching design lie a variety of cubbies and compartments.

And to carry big loads, the offers a flat-floored boot that measures 591 litres the rear seats in place, and litres with the rear folded down (although the seats do not fold completely with the rear boot

How safe is it?

Safety wise, the Active features as standard: ABS Electronic Brake Distribution, stability and traction control, brake control and hill-start which minimises rollback taking off from an incline.

The is equipped with a total of six – drivers and front dual-side fronts, and roof side curtain airbags are deployed from front to

For the back seat passengers, all seating positions utilise retractable seatbelts and all have anchor points.

of our testing was in urban driving stint of some harder-working #39;kliks#39;; we recorded an average economy of 11.1 l/100km, reasonably well to the claimed

How does it compare?

The main of the ix35 are the base model from the Japanese marques, the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan .

The venerable Toyota RAV4 is the most obvious competitor.

as the original soft-road SUV, the iteration of the RAV4 is dearer the ix35 for equivalent models the base model CV 2WD at $31,990rrp similar specifications to the ix35 at $28,990rrp.

Both are front-wheel-drive, but though the ix35 gives up to the RAV4’s 2.4 litres, the ix35’s Theta-II engine is only a less powerful (122kW 125kW) but more fuel (8.5 l/100km vs. 9.1 l/100km).

the ix35 Active is compared to the Dualis, the Nissan offers a price-tag. The automatic, front-wheel-drive ST of the Dualis is priced at $27,490.

the Dualis and ix35 share styling so once again, on it#39;s the ix35’s 2.0 litre separating the two. The Dualis is equipped with a frugal l/100km) 2.0 litre engine, but it produces 102kW compared to the Active’s 122kW.

The Dualis have a slight edge in its as it is equipped with some in the ix35 Active, namely stereo, alloy wheels and a glove-compartment. The Dualis also an advantage for handling and on-road

Of course, the compact SUV market is with competitors. Dollar for however, the value-packed ix35 a lot of car for less than most of its competitors.

Is it expensive to maintain?

the first 1000km/four weeks of Hyundai offers a free service. Thereafter, compulsory intervals are scheduled at every (or 12 months), with recommended intervals of 7500km.

The 15,000km costs approximately $160, the 30,000km service is roughly The 45,000km service is around while the 60,000km costs $290. The 90,000km service a gearbox oil and spark plug and comes in between $550 and


For all models of the ix35, offer a five year kilometre factory warranty.


The ix35 range with a variety of metallic Vanilla White, Sleek Grey Titanium, Phantom Blue Ice (light blue), Eco Blue Ocean (dark and Remington Red.

How much?

retail price for the base ix35 Active with a gearbox is $26,990. Add $2000 for the option.

Other options in this review the iPod cable ($70) and reverse sensors ($695).

Our verdict

The Active is arguably the most compact SUV in its segment.

Hyundai’s into European styling has rewards the ix35 is pleasing to at both inside and out, and the mass of hard plastic make up the interior does to detract from a car that is to occupy both as a driver or as a

The main drawback for the ix35 model pertains mainly to its The 2.0 litre Theta-II fares enough when compared to its but pales in comparison to the R-series found in the ix35 Elite

There are other issues the ix35’s drivability; handling, comfort and vision could all be However, these drawbacks to be considered in the context of the ix35 price point nearly all of its are more expensive for similar sets.

In the end, the ix35 is worthy of consideration, though also recommend a test of the diesel powered ix35 – the turbo diesel is that much better the 2.0 litre petrol in the Active, and worth the extra spend.

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