hyundai ix35

Hyundai completed the new family SUV. After arrival of luxury ix55 and facelift of the second generation Santa Fe, old Tucson is replaced by a new base model ix35.

Already one month after the start of sales in Europe, it has ordered by more than 30,000 customers. This is much more than the automaker had hoped. What lies its success, we investigated the most expensive version of 2.0 CRDi Premium 4 × 4, with an automatic transmission and a panoramic sunroof.

We do not compare nex ix35 with old Tucson. There is a huge generation step. Old-fashioned Tucson is changed to an attractive fashionable SUV that draws attention to the road as any other Hyundai. Design was born in the European automotive center in Russelsheim, Germany. ix35 is about eight centimeters longer, two centimeters wider and one centimeter lower than Tucson.

It has a very dynamic lines, the new hexagonal mask rising profile windows and fashionable lights. It is possible that by looking at the ix35 you will see the Ford Kuga. There is no doubt that ix35 will immediately catch your eye.

Interior space will surprise you. These parameters ranks ix35 certainly among the best in the class. Nobody can complain for the space above your head and before your legs. The seats are comfortable enough. The mistake is only a short fixed armrest driver, which is a storage box between the front seats. The higher seating position provides a good view forward.

The interior design provides many inventive features. The dashboard has an almost futuristic character that can effectively conceal the amount of hard plastic.

Touch screen audio, navigation and setting some other vehicle systems ix35 moves into entirely new dimensions.  But problem is the ability to read the display on bright sunlight where it is practically unreadable.

Equipment and variability
Hyundai wants to compete with the best. So they basically offer six airbags, ESP stability control and even active head restraints. Premium version is packed with luxury amenities, from heated leather seats, cruise control, built-in navigation, button start, keyless access to the car and reversing camera, which does not have a big ix55. You can then pay for addition such as panoramic roof and automatic transmission.

Luggage space of ix35 is decent 465 liters. It offers nearly horizontal floor and full-size spare underneath. We appreciate also a lot of interior storage space.

Engine and transmission
The fact that Hyundai knows how to make a good and efficient diesel engine was already proved. This is confirmed by 2.0 CRDi engine. In this version, it has 135 kW and 383 Nm of torque. So with less than 1700 kg of live weight, the ix35 can live without any problems. 6-speed automatic transmission is for extra charge. It works swiftly and smoothly. The larger difference against the manual transmission is in consumption. Automat will ask for  1.1 liters more in consumption according to car maker, but it is more in practice. In the city, we are not under 10 liters, overall average stays still at decent 8.5-liter per 100 km.

Here ix35 surprised us a little. From SUV you would a comfort when driving on bad roads and in light terrain. Nothing like that is happening, ix35 feels best for high-quality asphalt.

You just have a feeling that it is not comfortable enough. And it’s a shame, because the off-road equipment includes drive 4 × 4 and Lock mode. But stability on the road and at higher speeds will surprise you.

Technical data
Model: Hyundai ix35 2.0 CRDi Premium 4×4
Number of cylinders / valves: 4/16 DOHC
Displacement (cm3): 1995
Power (kW): 135
Transmission: 6-manual
Length/Width/Height (mm): 4410/1820/1655
Wheelbase (mm): 2640
Boot space / tank (l): 465–1436/48
Max speed (km/h): 194
Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h (s): 10,2
Average consumption (l/100 km): 6,0
Price: 26 499 €
Standard equipment Premium:
ESP stability control, 6 x airbags, active
head restraints, front fog lights, tire pressure monitoring,
hill-holder, descent control, biaxial wheel control, heated
front and rear leather seats, keyless entry and starting,
reversing camera, reversing sensors, dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control,
multifunction steering wheel, multifunction touch screen navigation, elect.
windows and heated mirrors, CD audio with USB + Aux.
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