Hyundai IX35 Crossover Review - Hyundai Reviews South Africa
The appeal of the ix35 is pretty obvious – a smart-looking Crossover, with the option of four-wheel drive – for a lot less money than most rivals.
On the outside, the ix35 looks like a cross between a Ford Kuga or Nissan Qashqai, but, like for like, it's a lot cheaper than either.
You get a lot for your money, too, because all versions are expected to come with alloy wheels, Bluetooth and rear parking sensors.
The 2.0-litre diesel engine is particularly strong, and most buyers are expected to choose that over the 2.0-litre petrol version. A 1.6 petrol and 1.7 diesel models – both with an engine stop-start system – will join the range.
Both front- and four-wheel drive versions of the 2.0-litre models are available. Lower running costs make the front-wheel drive models a better bet for most buyers and Hyundai expects them to account for at least 80% of sales.
Pro's and Con's
Pro: The ix35 is cheaper and better equipped than many rivals. It's also practical and has a powerful diesel engine.
Con: The ix35 falls short of its key rivals in terms of ride comfort, refinement and interior quality.