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, a 2.0-litre diesel with 134bhp or 181bhp, and a 1.6-litre petrol. Naturally, you'll lean towards the top-spec 181bhp: that does 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds and will return 39.2mpg. A tad grumpy, this engine, but 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 nearly 50mpg and emissions of 139g/km of CO2.