The raised driving position gives the ix35 the feel of a 4x4 and good forward visibility; the rather small rear side windows mean that over-the-shoulder visibility could be better. There's a decent range of adjustment for the seat and steering wheel, and the dashboard is easy to find your way around. The sat-nav system fitted to higher-spec models can be hard to read in strong sunlight, however.
Hyundai ix35 space & practicality
The ix35 makes a good family car, with lots of head- and legroom throughout. The cabin is wide, too, and the almost-flat floor and large door openings make it child-friendly. There are no clever gimmicks to boost versatility; just a large, well-shaped boot and 60/40 split rear seats that fold down so you can carry bigger loads.
Hyundai ix35 equipment
All but the cheapest versions have plenty of equipment. Entry-level S trim includes air-con, alloy wheels, four electric windows and a USB connection, but we'd go for SE, which brings dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, and heated front and rear seats. Range-topping Premium models also get leather trim, keyless entry and chrome exterior trim, but they're a little expensive.