Hyundai ix35 (2009 – 2015) Review

Hyundai ix35 (2009 – 2015) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Hyundai ix35 was a hugely important car for the brand when it was launched, and even today it’s a solid family SUV choice for used buyers.

+Good value for money. Low emissions and decent economy. Generous equipment levels.

-Steering could do with more weight and feel. Cabin feels a bit drab next to some rivals.

Insurance Groups are between 14–22
On average it achieves 82% of the official MPG figure

When the Hyundai ix35 was launched, it shifted the dial on how the company and its cars were regarded. Yes, it came with the usual lengthy warranty and low running costs, but it was good to drive and a serious threat to the Nissan Qashqai in the booming SUV sector. It also gave the likes of the Ford Kuga and stablemate the Kia Sportage a lot to think about. Read on for our full Hyundai ix35 review.

The Hyundai ix35 was effectively the replacement for the dated Hyundai Tucson, but it was a very different car in every department.

It’s a huge improvement in design, quality and comfort, but it also retained the South Korean brand’s typical strengths of generous equipment and value for money.

Although it looks like an off-roader, most versions are are two-wheel drive. However, even if you opt for a 4WD model, CO2 emissions and fuel consumption are both lower than with most rivals of the time, helping to keep running costs down.

Sit behind the wheel and you could be forgiven for thinking that you’re in a Volkswagen of the same era, 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. Some of the colour choices are a bit drab, but we can overlook that.

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 Hyundai ix35 stands out against more expensive competition as a strong used buy. 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 SUVs on the road for the money.

Fancy a second opinion? Read heycar’s Hyundai ix35 review here.

Ask Honest John

Can I make my Euro5 vehicle Euro6 compliant to avoid ULEZ charges?

"I have Hyundai IX35 2.0 CDI which I use for towing my streetfood kitchen (converted horsebox and trailer bbq) but it is not Euro6 compliant. What is required to make it compliant and is this expensive? I would then need TFL to agree the car is now compliant to avoid ULEZ charges."
In short, I don't think it can be done. I'm unaware of any retrofit solutions (for cars or vans) that will convert the engine from Euro5 to Euro6. That said, some Euro5 diesels do qualify for exemption from the ULEZ charge. This is because the standards are based on the tailpipe emissions and not the engine Euro rating. It could be that your car is already exempt from the charge. You can check it here:
Answered by Dan Powell

Will my car fail its MoT because a door mirror indicator doesn't work?

"My 2010 Hyundai ix35 has indicators in the door mirrors. One has failed. Does this mean that the car will fail its next MoT?"
As well as an indicator, all cars built after 1 April 1986 must have a side repeater (indicator lamp) on each side. For many modern cars, this is built into the door mirror. The only exception to this rule is indicators (at the front) that are visible from the front and side.
Answered by Dan Powell

What's the best used SUV for £10,000?

"I'm looking for advice on the best used SUV for under £10k. I currently have a Nissan Juke but require something bigger as I'm trying to get the kids outdoors more at weekends."
I'd look for a Kia Sportage. Your budget will get you one of the last of the last-generation (2010-16) models with the remainder of its Kia warranty remaining (provided it's been serviced correctly). Also look at the very similar Hyundai ix35. Alternatively, a Honda CR-V would be an excellent choice.
Answered by Andrew Brady

Could you recommend a good SUV that doesn't cost too much?

"We moved to the North East of England from the South and would like to replace my wife’s 2016 Ford Fiesta (6500 miles, Titanium Ecoboost) with a small 4x4 SUV. She likes the look of a used BMW X1, Kia Sportage or Hyundai Tucson but is open to suggestions. The budget is the Ford Fiesta plus £6000. The annual mileage will be about 10,000 -15,000. Any suggestions would be much appreciated."
Our system says you're looking at about £7300 p/x for the Fiesta, so - plus your £6000 - you're looking at £11,300. This is an old model X1 4x4 or previous model Sportage 4x4 or ix35 4x4 (not a Tucson). The newest for your money will be a Dacia Duster 1.5 DCI 4x4. Qashqai have not been particularly reliable but, of course, are made in the NE so are well catered for there. If this is a bit depressing, the other way to go is to fit a set of Michelin Cross Climates or Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons to the Fiesta that will then be as capable in the snow as a 4x4 that isn't on winter tyres.
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