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Hyundai ix35 (2009–2015)

Last updated 11 May 2017

Good value for money. Comfortable and refined interior. Available with two or four-wheel drive. Low CO2 emissions. Five-year warranty. Generous equipment. Full size spare wheel.
Steering could do with a little more weight and feel.
Updated 6 May 2017

Hyundai dealer discovered cracked piston rings in the engine of an ix35 taken in for service. No strange noises noticed by the owner beforehand Resultes in a complete engine reubuild under Hyundai warranty....

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Introduction

The Hyundai ix35 is effectively the replacement for the dated Tucson, but it's an altogether different car in every department. It's a huge improvement in design, quality and comfort, but retains the typical Hyundai strengths of generous equipment levels and value for money.

It may look like an off-roader but most people choose two-wheel drive versions of the ix35. However, even if you opt for the 4x4, CO2 emissions and fuel consumption are both low, helping to keep running costs down. It's a genuinely good alternative to 'crossovers' such as the Nissan Qashqai or Ford Kuga and does a great job on the road too.

Sit behind the wheel and you could be forgiven for thinking that you're in a Volkswagen, with upmarket, well-finished materials and a smart design. It's incredibly well equipped with air conditioning, Bluetooth and heated seats in the front and back. And if that wasn't enough, it even comes with a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty.

Add in a great range of engines, including a refined and punchy 2.0-litre CRDi diesel that returns a claimed 51.4mpg and the ix35 begins to stand out against more expensive competition. In fact, there's very little to criticise. Good looking, easy to drive and cheap to run, the Hyundai ix35 is one of the best family cars on the road.

Hyundai ix35 2010 Road Test and Video

Hyundai ix35 2013 facelift Road Test

Long Term Test Hyundai ix35 1.7 CRDi

Owners' reviews

4
Great family car - practical and reliable
3
Good value car lacking some finesse/quality in certain areas
3
Disappointing mpg and too many garage trips
4
Frustrating!
3
Good car to drive but higher fuel cost.
3
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