Hyundai iX35 – Road Tests – Motoring – The Independent

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Hyundai’s iX35 is an SUV – ideal for who don’t really like

Things are not what they That’s the thrust of the new Hyundai ‘s introduction to the world. We are that although it is essentially a SUV, a role within range that it takes from the Tucson, it can actually be all to nearly all buyers.

The iX35 – and engineered in Germany, incidentally – is shorter than a new Vauxhall (but then the Astra is for a compact hatchback). A well-equipped – they start at £17,995, to £20,745 – costs less a basic Ford Focus the Focus has become overpriced). costs, servicing costs, and taxation are all lower than notional MPV and hatchback rivals, you get a very impressive five-year, warranty.

Sounds good. And you get to project to the the notion that you have a life and a propensity towards activity and wholesome ideals. is some of that residual baggage, but this is a friendly treading lightly upon the

Yes, yes. This is all nice in theory. But even if the occupies no more road than a typical compact it certainly feels like it

Its height is part of the reason, an which adds to the sense of and makes it feel wider it is, not least because the verge is away and its position harder to At speed, at night, in the rain on a winding road, is when you this the most.

The height, albeit lower the outgoing Tucson’s, gives the a bulk and presence which do make it more in-your-face, or than a hatchback. So owners be entirely absolved from opprobrium, however misplaced. The is all the greater if the iX35 in question as most of them probably mere front-wheel drive than all-wheel drive.

the petrol-fuelled version can’t be had any way.

Inside, the iX35 is as more premium than Hyundais, a claim based on satin-finish mock aluminium, a dashboard face and gentle instrument illumination, but actually no advance here on the already habitable i30 hatchback. There is cost-cutting than Hyundai like you to think, such as plastics for the upper door and a lack of a one-shot-for-up feature on the electric window, and it’s a the rear-seat backrests don’t fully flat.

But the cabin is roomy, and the cheaper model has sufficient equipment to the posh Premium version an indulgence. The latter’s £1,750 cost buys you yet-bigger cleverer air-con, a large panel in the roof and rails on it, trim, cruise control, the to start the engine without tiresome business of putting a key in a and smoked rear windows for celebrity look. I don’t any of it.

Do I need four-wheel drive, Not unless I’m tackling the of lumpy, slippery terrain for the iX35 looks to have created, but which few will None of this alters the fact that the iX35 is a pleasing car to drive, especially the 134bhp diesel engine is uncommonly smooth, has a proper and pulls with immediacy and from very low speeds.

So is it that it sometimes makes the wheels tug against the steering as it the grip, unless you’re the 4×4 version in which excess tractive effort is to the rear wheels as needed.

The diesel is the one to have, no question. front-wheel drive it is slightly and more frugal, with drive slightly more but both versions steer cope quite well bumps, and stay level in And driving them is a pleasure.

people shouldn’t covet but they do. That being so, is a good one to covet: ownership will be low, ownership will be high. Sounds just don’t sign until you have also a Skoda Yeti.

I know one I’d choose.

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The Rivals

Kuga 2.0 TDCi Zetec WD:

Cheeky and fun to drive. A touch too for some tastes, but a quality – if a rather expensive one.

3008 2.0 HDi Sport: £20,095.

No 4WD but copes on poor terrain. cabin, smooth and crisp with a healthy 150bhp. looks.

Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI 110 SE:

The most likeable of compact Livelier than its 110bhp looks neat and friendly, cabin quality, great to

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