Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Compact Looking Good; Buyers Are Queueing Up to Get a Piece of the Action of This Newish Korean SUV

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Compact Looking Good; Buyers Are Queueing Up to Get a Piece of the Action of This Newish Korean SUV

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WITH its stylish European looks, modern appeal and thoughtful comforts, it is little wonder that the ix35 is proving such a hit around the world. In fact, such is its popularity that waiting lists exceeding three months are common.

It's especially interesting and testament to Hyundai's growing popularity that in a class brimming with possibilities people are happy to wait.

The ix35 was the first of Hyundai's new new afluidic designa philosophy and the swooping design, hexagonal grille, sweeping light and sporty rear has made it one of the best looking compact SUVs around.

Comfort

The design of the ix35 ensures maximum headroom and is spacious enough to accommodate tall adults in the back seat. But the sloping roofline intrudes on the vertical boot space and the rising beltline makes it difficult for the littlies to see out.

Seating in the Elite is a mixture of cloth and leather and a comfortable, supportive offering.

The steering wheel, a good looking four-spoke design, is now adjustable for both reach and rake and combines with a six-way power adjustment on the driver's seat to provide that optimum position of comfort.

The interior is well laid out and functional with funky blue lighting to add interest. Storage is more than decent but plastics tend to be a bit on the hard side.

On the road

Our test car was powered by a 2.4-litre petrol six-speed automatic which was lively with a tendency to fall away if not checked. The steering is a bit light and it leads with its nose through corners but the overall ride is solid and pleasurable.

The Elite boasts an automatically activated all-wheel drive system which under normal circumstances distributes power to the front wheels reducing fuel consumption. But if those wheels start to lose grip, power is then sent to the rear to balance the ride. There is also a driver selectable AWD lock that allows for a 50-50 torque split in slippery or off-road conditions. The ix35 is rather noisy when pushed but is happy to deliver.

What do you get?

Hyundai say that value for money is always at the forefront during the design process and the ix35 is a pretty good reflection of this. …

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