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Used car of the week: Hyundai ix35

Looking for a used Hyundai ix35? Here's everything you need to know about the small SUV

Words ByMatthew Burrow

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Hyundai is replacing the ix35 with a new small SUV called the Tucson. It'll go on sale in September.

If you're after a used small SUV, the ix35 is well worth a look. Here's everything you need to know before handing over your hard-earned cash.

Ideal model 1.7 CRDi Style
Prices from Β£8995

Why should I buy a used Hyundai ix35?

The ix35 is a stylish, practical SUV with a generous specification. All new ix35s came with Hyundai's five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty which is transferable to subsequent owners, meaning added peace of mind for used buyers.

Running costs are also pretty low, especially on front-wheel-drive models, and there's plenty of good examples on the used market.

Which model should I choose?

Our pick of the range is the 1.7 CRDi Style. The 1.7-litre diesel engine is capable enough and Style comes with a lot of standard equipment including alloy wheels, air conditioning, rear parking sensors and heated front and rear seats.

If you need four-wheel drive or an automatic gearbox, you need to go for the more powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine, but the 1.7-litre unit will suit most buyers.

How much should I pay?

High-mileage, early models start at about Β£9000. For a '12/62 with 20,000 miles on the clock expect to pay about Β£12,300.

What problems should I look out for?

Electrical problems are the big thing to look out for. Owners report issues with the rear parking sensors, digital trip computer, infotainment system and Bluetooth. These issues were much more common on early cars. When you're looking at buying a used Hyundai ix35 check that all the electrical equipment works as it should before signing on the dotted line.

Owners also have reported leaks appearing near the dashboard. These are caused by faulty seals which are replaced under warranty. Look for water damage around windows, doors and in the passenger footwells.

Failing door locks have caused headaches for some ix35 owners. Check that all the doors open and close as they should and watch for any that stick.

There has been one recall for the ix35, to fix an issue with the seatbelt pre-tensioner on the driver's seat - the necessary repair work should have been carried out. Check here to see if your car is one of the affected models.

You can find a number of Hyundai ix35s for sale in the What Car? Approved used scheme.