2014 Hyundai ix35 Highlander Diesel quick review

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Let me start by saying that I am not getting paid for my reviews, so sometimes I don’t actually get to do everything I had plan on doing with car i’ve had for the week this unfortunately is one of those times so unfortunately this turned into a quick review of the Hyundai ix35.

The small SUV market in Australia in hotly contested and the ix35 is one of the star performers in this class after spending week with it I can now understand why.

I love the look of the ix35 from the front to the back I think the Hyundai designers have come up with a rather design it does help that the ix35 looks specially good in this colour which called Atomic Orange, its best described as a sort of metallic burnt orange. It also helps that the black grille, lower front bar, side skirts and bottom the rear really sets the colour off nicely. It’s rides on rather attractive 18inch alloys.

Having driven a few Hyundai’s I got a sense of familiarity on the Inside, the leather front seats were comfortable enough but I would have like a touch more support on the side bolsters during cornering.

The instrument panel features a large tacho and speedo and is extremely easy to read in all light and back lit with soft blue lighting at night which is easy on the eye’s.

There is also an LCD screen which can display various vehicle settings including fuel economy and distance to empty. One thing I did miss was a digital speedo which a lot of it’s competitors have.

The centre stack features Hyundai multi media system which features Bluetooth phone & audio streaming, USB, Aux input connection for your iphone or mp3 player. The sound from the audio system is not bad thanks to the six speakers. All these functions can also be controlled by buttons on the steering wheel which means you don’t have to take your hands off the wheel.

The back seat offers plenty of leg room and the kids had no complaint during the week, the back offers apple amount of room which does increase when you fold the back back seats down.

Under the bonnet the Hyundai ix35 is powered by 2.0L turbo diesel packing 135 kW and 392 Nm of torque, backing this is Hyundai’s wonderful 6 speed auto which is well suited to the diesel the shifts were smooth and due to the decent amount of torque it didn’t need to hunt for gears.

The turbo diesel has plenty power and will easily keep up with traffic, on the highway the ix35 just idles along in 6th gear. While I didn’t get much of a chance to really test out the fuel economy properly the ix35 returned decent economy in bumper to bumper traffic and on the freeway.

On the road the ix35 has benefited from the suspension and steering changes Hyundai has done to set the car up for Australia unique conditions. Although I did find the ride a touch on the firm side in as far as you do feel some of bumps. The electric power steering provides decent enough feel and it responds well to steering input and the steering is light enough to make parking the ix35 an easy job.

Safety wise the ix35 has a 5 star ANCAP rating and features 6 airbags, ABS Brakes, electronic brake force distribution (EBD), ESC, traction control,hill decent and hill hold. It also has rear parking sensors and scores full marks from me for rear view camera as well.

While I didn’t get to spend as much time and do as many KM as I’d planned to do in the ix35 i did get a feel for the car and found it rather nice.

There were a couple of things I though could of been better like the front seats and I did miss having a digital speedo. Overall the ix35 is decent small SUV and I now understand why they selling well in country. They are packed for a safety and the diesel can produce decent economy which makes it a great prospect for families.

For more information on Hyundai’s range of vehicles head over to their website http://www.hyundai.com.au

 

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