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The Top Gear car review: Hyundai ix35

£17,230£28,140
5/10
Overall verdict

For: 

Better to drive that you'd expect, spacious and practical

Against: 

Ride quality suffers over rough roads, not as refined as some rivals
Not just another SUV clone, but actually a capable, decently car with better road manners than you might expect. Good build quality, too.

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Our choice

Hyundai

2.0 CRDi Premium 5dr

£23,750
N/A
48mpg
11.30s
134bhp
154g/km

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.

Driving

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.

Owning

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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 CRDi Premium 5dr [Leather] Auto
12.1s 183g/km 40.4 136 £27,290
The cheapest
1.6 GDI S 5dr 2WD
11.1s 158g/km 41.5 135 £17,230
The greenest
1.7 CRDi Blue Drive S 5dr 2WD
12.4s 135g/km 54.3 115 £19,040

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

8/10

Skoda Octavia Estate

£17,430£29,060
Do you really need a crossover? A Skoda Octavia wagon would surely meet your needs. You can even get it with four-wheel drive