Body: Estate Year: 12/62
Fuel Type: Diesel
Quote Reference Number: 0SN-507299
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- Insurance Group19E
- Performance (BHP)134
- Number of Seats5
- CO2 (g/km)154
- Road Tax£190
|Electric front+rear windows|
|Intermittent front wipe with adjustable delay|
|Front windscreen de-icer|
|Automatic rain sensing wipers|
|One touch open on drivers window|
|ESP + traction control|
|Hill start assist control (HAC)|
|Bluetooth connectivity with voice control|
|Rear parking sensor|
|Engine start/stop button|
|Body colour door mirrors|
|Electric folding mirrors|
|Electric heated door mirrors|
|Chrome interior trim|
|Steering wheel audio controls|
|RDS Radio/CD, MP3 compatible with USB and aux input|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Body colour bumpers|
|Chrome door handles|
|Electric tilt/slide panoramic sunroof|
|Front fog lights|
|Follow me home headlights|
|Dual zone climate control|
|Rear centre armrest|
|Front and rear door pockets|
|Front centre armrest with storage compartment|
|Height/reach adjustable steering column|
|Lockable cooled glovebox|
|Leather steering wheel and gear knob|
|Front and rear cupholders|
|12V power outlets|
|Retractable load cover|
|Front and rear map reading lights|
|Driver and passenger airbags|
|Height adjustable front seatbelts|
|Three 3 point rear seatbelts|
|'Childproof' rear door locks|
|Passenger airbag deactivate switch|
|Active front headrests|
|Front side airbags + full size curtain airbags|
|Heated front and rear seats|
|Height adjustable driver's seat|
|Front seatback pockets|
|Driver seat lumbar adjustment|
|Isofix rear child seat preparation|
|60/40 split folding flat to floor rear seats|
|Adjustable front and rear head restraints|
|Locking wheel nuts|
|Alarm and remote central locking|
|Automatic door locking|
|Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors|
|Wheels - Alloy|
|18" alloy wheels|
|Wheels - Spare|
|Full size alloy spare wheel|
The specification listed for this vehicle was standard when purchased new. The actual specification may vary, for confirmation, please contact our sales department.
"THIS CAR IS GREAT VALUE LOADS OF ROOM FOR THE FAMILY GOOD STANDARD OF SPECIFICATION WELL WORTH LOOKING AT THIS CAR"
- Air Conditioning
- Metallic Paint
- Alloy Wheels
Ten Second Review
It's never been easier for families wanting a change for the usual Focus or Astra-sized hatchback to buy into something different without any real downsides. Take this Hyundai ix35 in entry-level 2.0-litre petrol form. SUV style, Crossover trendiness and family hatchback efficiency all wrapped up in one nicely built, affordable package. Too good to be true? Let's find out.
Should the increasing numbers of us who covet SUV ownership feel a twinge of guilt? The green lobby would have it so, but their argument that a conventional estate car or an MPV would be a more eco-friendly choice isn't usually born out by the figures. Not at least, if you're looking at a compact, soft-roading SUV like this one: Hyundai's ix35, here tested in entry-level 2.0-litre Style 2WD petrol form. Did I say 'SUV'? Perhaps I shouldn't have. Hyundai certainly doesn't call it that. This apparently, is yet another of those 'Crossover' models - family hatches with 4x4 styling cues offering the tough looks people like without the weight and running costs they don't. In truth, this model could and should steal sales from both categories: Toyota RAV-like small SUVs and Nissan Qashqai-style 4x4-ish family hatch Crossovers. This wasn't a claim its predecessor, Hyundai's Tucson, could ever make, not butch enough to be a proper 4x4, not car-like enough to be a Crossover. With the ix35, the South Korean maker has tried a bit harder, producing a higher quality product with apparently no downsides over a conventional family hatchback. Such a claim is usually accompanied by a significant price premium over said family hatchback but no, you don't really even get that either. Sounds appealing doesn't it? Let's check it out.
Lots of cars are claiming to be 'Crossovers' these days but some of them are more 4x4-ish than others. There's a faint whiff of 'pretend' in this respect with a Nissan Qashqai or a Peugeot 3008, but you don't feel it here. Like a Ford Kuga or a Skoda Yeti, the ix35 simply feels like a small SUV with all the clumsy, clunky bits filtered out. So you sit on a proper SUV-like perch at the wheel, higher than you would in a Qashqai, and there's a 4WD system that seems to have been integrally engineered into the design, rather than added on as an afterthought. 2WD variants like the 2.0-litre petrol version we're looking at here are of course for those buyers who'd rather do without all-wheel drive - and you can understand their point of view. The iX35, does after all, even in its 4WD guises, spend most of its time being front driven. Whatever your choice, the day-to-day usability of the car is good. If you're jumping into one of these from a Focus or an Astra, you might notice a slightly firmer ride and a smidge more bodyroll around corners, but it's nothing you couldn't live with day-to-day. The two-phase dampers that adjust automatically for soft or firm settings depending on the road surface can manage even this - though they can't do much about the boxier shape's extra wind noise or the slightly vague electric power steering.
Design and Build
Wanting not to scare off school run mums, Hyundai points out that this car, based on their Focus-sized i30 model, is no longer than a Vauxhall Astra family hatch, but that still makes it nearly 4.5 metres long, 10cm longer than a Nissan Qashqai. It certainly feels bigger than an Astra, both on the road and on your driveway, mainly because of its height. Though admittedly shorter than the Tucson it replaced, this ix35's perceived loftiness gives it a bulk and a presence that Crossover buyers will probably rather like. While the coupe-style tapering side windows and roofline will appeal to Focus-segment families looking for something a bit different. So far, so good. At the wheel, you do pay a little for those dramatic exterior lines, the large front and rear corner pillars and the narrow rear windscreen restricting vision a little - which is perhaps why Hyundai thoughtfully includes rear reversing sensors as standard equipment. You quickly adjust to it though, and the large door mirrors help. Everything falls to hand easily and with plenty of adjustment available via both seat and steering wheel, it's straightforward to find your ideal driving position. Fit and finish, despite the general absence of soft-touch plastics, is well judged - this satin-finish mock aluminium looks nice - and it's certainly good enough to match any potential rival this side of £25,000, which is saying a lot for a Hyundai. As for back seat passengers, well once they've adjusted to smaller side windows that come courtesy of the high, rising waistline, they'll be very comfortable as long as they're not overly tall. Large door openings are welcome too, making it easy to lump child seats in and out: this would be a fun family car. No fold-out boot seats of course - it isn't that big - but there is a lot of space back here - 591-litres (bigger than many mini-MPVs can offer), which makes the size of a pricier rival Ford Kuga's hold (at just 360-litres) look pretty embarrassing.
Market and Model
At under £17,000, this 2WD 2.0-litre petrol Style variant will save you around £1,500 over a comparable diesel iX35 and £2,500 over a 4WD diesel variant. Which means that, in an age when a bog-standard 1.6-litre Ford Focus Estate is price-listed at close to £20,000, it's not difficult to see this Hyundai's appeal. Crossover rivals like a comparable Nissan Qashqai or Skoda Yeti would offer marginally more performance but would cost you £500-£900 more. Base equipment trim is pretty generous, running to 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, air conditioning, a decent quality 6-speaker CD stereo with iPod connectivity, leather trim for the steering wheel and gear knob, a trip computer, Bluetooth connection incorporating voice recognition for your 'phone and something you really don't expect to find on this class of car - heated front and rear seats. Safety-wise, there's ESP stability control, active anti-whiplash front head restraints and six airbags.
Cost of Ownership
For some reason, Hyundai doesn't feel able to match its partner Kia's 7 year warranty but its unlimited mileage five year policy is still better than all other rivals, also coming as it does with five years of breakdown cover and five years of annual health checks. Running costs should certainly be well contained, Hyundai reckoning that three years of service and repair will cost you less than a sales rep's Ford Focus. Inevitably, the 2.0-litre petrol isn't quite as good at the pumps as its diesel counterpart - expect 37.7mpg on the combined cycle as opposed to the 51.4mpg you'd get from the diesel. CO2 is 177g/km.
Electric front+rear windows, ABS/EBD, Bluetooth connectivity with voice control, Cruise control, Engine start/stop button, Trip computer, Body colour door mirrors, Chrome interior trim, Steering wheel audio controls...
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||11.3|
|Engine Power - BHP||134|
|Engine Power - KW||100|
|Engine Power - PS|
|Engine Power - RPM||4000|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT||236|
|Engine Torque - MKG||33|
|Engine Torque - NM||320|
|Engine Torque - RPM||1800|
|CO2 (g/km)||154 (g/km)|
|Noise Level dB(A)||73|
|Standard Euro Emissions||EURO 5|
|EC Combined (mpg)||47.9|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg)||54.3|
|EC Urban (mpg)||40.4|
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