Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hyundai Ix35 1.7 CRDI Premium 2WD

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hyundai Ix35 1.7 CRDI Premium 2WD

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Byline: Mike Torpey

THERE'S plenty of competition at the lower end of the SUV scene - models starting at around the PS18,000 mark.

Stuff like the Kia Sportage, latest Nissan Qashqai and new Suzuki SX4 S-Cross residing above that threshold and Renault Captur, Skoda Yeti and ultra-cheap Dacia Duster below it.

You can add to the latter list, at entry grade anyway, the Hyundai ix35.

Revamped last year and heralding lower prices than before - PS560 at the bottom end - the popular model now has a wealth of standard kit, something that's proved a standout feature of the Korean brand.

For instance there won't be many cars of this ilk and price bracket that have heated seats in the rear as well as up front.

What you get with the ix35 is a crossover model offering families the best of all worlds - a sort of devil's food cake but with green salad calories It's a smart, spacious and chunky looking vehicle with a simply laid out if rather plain interior, let down only by some cheap plastics and a flimsy central stowage box.

Otherwise you can cart five around in comfort, enjoy a premium quality sound system, plug in the iPod and shove plenty of gear in the boot.

Retained from the previous line-up are the existing 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine along with 1.7-litre and 2.0-litre CRDi diesels, plus five spec grades - entry-level S, mid-range SE and SE Nav and two flagship trims called Premium and Premium Panorama. …

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