Offering superb value for money, the ix35 is an impressive compact SUV from Hyundai. It replaced the Tucson in 2009 and was facelifted in 2013. All new Hyundais come with a five-year warranty as standard, and there are plenty of ix35s on the used car market with 1 or 2 years left of their warranty. It’s more than just a bargain though, as this car has genuine quality.
The ix35 has the classic SUV looks that have become so popular in recent years, with a raised body and imposing front. The slanted headlights, angular grille, and sharp lines add style, while the tapering side windows and roofline create a sporty appearance. Despite its big presence, it’s a nice compact size and is shorter in length than some family hatchbacks
It’s the quality of the interior that makes the ix35 really stand out. The cabin is constructed with real attention to detail and with high-quality, soft to touch materials. The dashboard is clear and easy-to-use, and the driving position is good, affording a good view whilst retaining a hatchback-like feel. The interior of the ix35 is a pleasant place to be.
For a car of its size, the ix35 handles impressively. It uses an advanced suspension system that keeps it composed through corners, and in spite of this, it still manages to soak up road imperfections well and deliver a comfortable ride. It’s agile too, with a tight turning circle that makes manoeuvring in tight spaces easier. Electronic stability control is standard and there’s also a four-wheel-drive option, giving the ix35 solid off-road ability.
As well as being stylish, the interior is roomy with plenty of space for rear passengers – ideal if you’ve got a few kids. There’s an impressive amount of boot space, more than most of the ix35’s rivals in fact, and this can be expanded by folding down the rear seats. Various other compartments throughout the interior, including a useful cooled glovebox, add to the ix35’s practicality further.
The most popular engine is the 2.0-litre CRDi diesel. This gives you plenty of low-down pulling power and a refined drive. The other options are a 1.7-litre CRDi turbodiesel and a 1.6-litre GDI petrol.
The ix35 remains a stylish SUV option and is a very shrewd used car purchase. With its high-quality, roomy interior and plentiful boot space, it’s perfect for families who get through a lot of miles. It’s a versatile choice too, with the ability to tackle off-road surfaces and poor weather conditions, the driving feel of a hatchback, and the agility to get around city centres. You’re getting a lot for your money with the Hyundai ix35.
Most of the models on the used car market are from 2013 onwards, meaning you get all the advantages of the facelift. Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, remote central locking and air-con. Go higher up the trim ladder and you can add features such as Bluetooth with voice recognition, cruise control and parking sensors. The SE Nav trim adds sat nav while the range-topping Premium Panorama gives you an electronic glass roof.Search Hyundai ix35