Hyundai ix35 Road Test

Hyundai ix35 (2011) Interior

Hyundai ix35 Review

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They feel that it offers the ‘best of all worlds’ with Coupe looks, SUV style, MPV practicality combined with hatchback costs

Comfort and Refinement

The Hyundai ix35 is a comfortable place to be the seats are supportive and Premium models have leather and cloth seat trim, heated front and rear seats (outer rear seat bases only) and dual zone climate control. Keyless entry with engine start/stop button is standard on the Premium model which means no more fumbling for your car keys with your hands full of shopping.

The leather wrapped steering wheel is height and reach adjustable and the dashboard controls are intuitive to operate.

Further standard equipment on the Premium model includes: cruise control, bluetooth connectivity, automatic headlights (with follow-me-home function), automatic windscreen wipers, hill start assist, Satellite Navigation, trip computer, electric folding door mirrors, electric front and rear windows, electric heated door mirrors with integral indicators, 12v power outlets, front fog lights, privacy glass (rear side and tailgate), front centre armrest with storage compartment and rear centre armrest.

Safety and Security

The Hyundai ix35 Premium 1.7 CRDi 2WD is equipped with the following safety and security equipment:

Six airbags  two front, two front side and two full length curtain airbags. The front seats have Active head restraints as standard, and all on-board safety systems, such as the airbags and seatbelt pretensioners, work in conjunction with advanced rollover protection sensors within the ESP system to determine which safety aids need to be deployed in an emergency situation. Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Stop Signal, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).

The Hyundai ix35 hasn’t yet been tested by Euro NCAP but a good performance is expected. In fact Hyundai’s safety expertise was demonstrated when the ix35’s sibling, the i20 scored higher in Euro NCAP tests than an SUV from a well-known Swedish manufacturer!


The Hyundai ix35 Premium 1.7 CRDi 2WD is equipped with a stereo RDS Radio/CD Player with MP3/WMA Compatibility, USB and Aux Connections, 6 speakers and Bluetooth(R) Connectivity with Voice Recognition.

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What We Liked
  • 5-Year warranty
  • Fuel consumption
  • Performance
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Exterior & interior styling
  • 6-speed gearbox
  • Full-size spare wheel
What We Disliked
  • Noisy engine
  • Satellite Navigation – not full postcode
What We Would Like To See
  • Better sound deadening
  • Full post code Satellite Navigation

Hyundai hope to attract new buyers to the brand with the introduction of the ix35. They feel that it offers the ‘best of all worlds’ with Coupe looks, SUV style, MPV practicality combined with hatchback costs.

Whilst it might lack the finesse of the class leaders the Hyundai ix35 is a stylish looking, family friendly compact SUV that offers a good level of standard equipment at an affordable price combined with Hyundai’s excellent five year, unlimited mileage warranty and we feel that it is well worth a test drive.

15 August 2011 Melanie Carter
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Hyundai ix35 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedHyundai ix35 Premium 1.7 CRDi 2WD
Body TypeSUV
ColourSirius Silver
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph12.4 seconds
Top Speed 108 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban44.8 mpg
Extra Urban58.9 mpg
Combined48.7 mpg
Insurance Group14
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty5 years / unlimiited mileage
Price (when tested on the 15/08/11)£20,445

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