The Hyundai ix35 is cheaper and better equipped than many rivals. It's also practical and pretty cheap to run.
It falls short of its key rivals in terms of ride comfort, refinement and interior quality.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The 1.6-litre petrol is punchy for a comparatively small engine, so acceleration is perfectly acceptable. By contrast, the 1.7-litre diesel is a bit flat at low revs, although it’s better than the petrol when overtaking on the motorway. Performance is strong from the 2.0-litre diesel model.
Ride & Handling
Despite being designed for comfort above thrills, the ix35's ride isn’t as supple as it could be: there’s some jiggle over city streets and a bit too much bounce on bumpy roads. The light steering makes low-speed manoeuvres easy, but it is too vague to inspire much confidence on twisty roads. Body control could be tighter as well.
This is the ix35’s weakest area. The diesel engines are noisier than many rivals’ and are boomy when revved hard. Even when you’re cruising in sixth gear, there’s a steady drone. The petrol engine is quieter, if not exactly hushed at medium revs. Road and wind noise are also present at speed, so you may find yourself turning up the stereo uncomfortably loud to compensate.