One Smooth Ride Fit for Babes; Grant Edwards Finds a Rare Occasion Where the Sequel Is Better Than the First

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One Smooth Ride Fit for Babes; Grant Edwards Finds a Rare Occasion Where the Sequel Is Better Than the First


VITAL STATISTICS

Model: Hyundai ix35 Series II.

Details: Two- and four-wheel drive compact sports utility vehicle.

Engines: 2.0-litre four-cylinder GDI generating maximum power of 122kW @ 6200rpm and peak torque of 205Nm @ 4000rpm; 2.4-litre four-cylinder GDI 136kW @ 6000rpm and 240Nm @4000rpm; 2.0-litre turbo diesel CRDi 135kW 4000rpm and 392Nm 1800-2500rpm.

Transmissions: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

Consumption: 2.0L GDI - 8.2 litres/100km (combined average, manual), 8.4L/100km (a); 2.4L GDI - 9.8L/100km; 2.0L CRDi 7.2L/100km.

C02: 2.0L 197g/km (m), 200 (a); 2.4L 233g/km; 2.0L diesel 189g/km.

ONE had the head skyward with his mouth ajar. The other was slumped within his chair.

Both cherubs asleep and they even remained comatose on some challenging twisty gravel roads.

That is mission accomplished for Hyundai.

The Korean brand has embarked on an update of its popular ix35 compact sports utility vehicle, in what's more a case of hear no evil, see no evil. You can't really see the improvements, although you can hear them.

There is less cabin noise and it does a better job of soaking up our poor surfaces. All the big changes have occurred under the skin and this is the latest offering to benefit from an Australian tuning program. A team here provides steering and suspension changes, which are then implemented at the factory.

We have seen the program's benefits previously with a sporty version of the i30, as well as with sister company Kia, and we can expect all models to ultimately have an Aussie twang to meet our market.

Comfort

This new ix35 line-up is called the Series II, and comes in four trims. There are three offerings from South Korea, including Active, Elite and Highlander. The fourth comes from the Czech Republic and is called the SE. Hyundai managed to bolster is ix35 supplies by getting access to the SE, although we didn't get a chance to sample them at the latest launch.

Plastics are the weapon of choice for the ix35 interior yet they don't look downtrodden or cheap. Top spec Highlander models gain more soft-touch surfaces on the upper part of the doors as well as an extra 1.2cm on the colour display - taking it to 17.7cm.

Some new silver finishes around the air vents and dash have always been added, but the greatest cabin advancement is less noise. Hyundai says they have dropped the volume of engine and road rumble by about 3.5% and it is noticeable. Cruise along between 80-100kmh and all variants deliver a refined experience.

On the road

Take your pick from a trio of four-cylinder engines. There are two petrols, a 2.0-litre and a 2.4-litre, as well as a 2.0-litre turbo diesel.

Our selection would be the oil-burner for its meaty power delivery, although it has a discernible diesel clatter at low speeds.

The petrol engines do the job willingly, and those who want to tow or like to put the power down for overtaking would be better served by the 2.4-litre unit. Yet both will rev up to the 6500rpm redline but most drivers would never get close.

All the changes have occurred in the suspension and steering.

Tweaks have been made to the coil springs as well as the front and rear stabiliser bars. …

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