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The Top Gear car review:Hyundai ix35
For:Better to drive that you'd expect, spacious and practical
Against:Ride quality suffers over rough roads, not as refined as some rivals
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Good-looking, practical and comfy family SUV doesn’t top the class, but it’s worth a look. Or you could save £10k and get a Dacia Duster…
What we say:
A recent facelift has made the ix35 even more accomplished than before. A real step forward for Hyundai, but not without its faults
What is it?
The ix35 marked a real step forward for Hyundai. It feels like someone has actually spent some time on it, styling and interior in particular. The drive is more average and it’s hardly revolutionary, but you do get a lot of kit for your cash.
Better than you might expect. The steering is quick and body roll is kept under control. It’s actually a nice thing to drive.
The suspension can get a bit clanky over rubbish roads, and at speed, road and wind noise creep in more than you’d like, but on the whole, and for a big family SUV, it’s not that bad.
Banish any thoughts of a thumping great 3.5-litre V6 - the badge isn’t an engine designation. No, you get the choice of a 1.7-litre diesel with 114bhp, or a 2.0-litre diesel with 134bhp, and a 1.6-litre petrol. Naturally, you’ll lean towards the 134bhp diesel. A tad grumpy, this engine, but just powerful enough.
On the inside
591 litres of boot space with the seats up and 1436 with them folded is nothing to snigger at, and there’s plenty of head and legroom for you army of little ones waging war on the seats.
All Hyundais come with a five-year warranty, not that you’d need to use it mind. The cabin and general feel of the car is robust.
The 1.7-litre diesel with 114bhp is probably the best compromise, offering over 50mpg and emissions of 139g/km of CO2 in 2WD form.