Our cars: Hyundai ix35 - April

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  • Hyundai ix35 long-term test
  • Year-long review
  • Tested by Stephen Hopkins
Hyundai ix35
1.7 CRDi Premium

Mileage 4800

If ever you find yourself in the happy position of having more money than you know what to do with, try moving house. I’ve just done it and it’s a great way of burning through cash quickly.

That’s why it was somewhat annoyed when my old car decided to give up the ghost in the same month as I changed address.

Given the house-motivated haemorrhage of my bank account, I was desperate to find an economical replacement car.

My daily commute covers 100 miles, and involves dropping off my teenage son and his friends at school, so my new car also needed to be comfortable, practical and economical. I’m hoping that the Hyundai ix35 that I’ve just picked up from sales executive Rob Everest at TW White and Sons in Weybridge, Surrey (01932 858866), will be the answer to my prayers.

The Hyundai looks good in terms of value. It comes with a generous list of standard kit, including alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate and cruise controls and keyless entry and starting. In addition I ordered metallic paint and the Individual Pack, which brings black leather trim and an automatically dimming rear-view mirror with compass.

I also specced a media pack that includes sat-nav, extra speakers, and a handy rear-view camera, which has proved very useful when I’ve been parking in my very small car port. All these extras have nudged up the list price to £21,325.

Buyers like me with an eye for value will also be attracted to Hyundai’s comprehensive five-year warranty. Many rivals offer only three years, so the extra two years that Hyundai gives are a big selling point.

What about those all-important fuel bills, though? Powering the ix35 is a 1.7-litre turbodiesel engine that Hyundai reckons returns 48.7mpg. It’s early days yet, but so far my car is averaging low 40s. That figure should improve as the engine beds in – let’s hope it does for the sake of my recently purged bank balance.

Stephen.Hopkins@haymarket.com

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