Hyundai’s ix35 is a stylish new crossover that has just been launched here. The launch price for the 2.0 litre diesel model is €26,995 (ex-works ).
Because the new 1.7 litre will not arrive until next January, the 2.0 litre deluxe model is being touted as being subsidised by the importer down to the level of the price of the yet to arrive smaller powered engine.
A combination of the reasonable purchase price, economical running costs and promised good residuals combine to lead Hyundai to claim that the ix35 is likely to cost less to run than mainstream family cars and MPVs with comparable engines.
Despite the price, the ix35 range has good kit levels. Standard equipment on the new ix35 includes such features as 17-inch alloy wheels, manual air conditioning with glove box cooling, built-in voice activated Bluetooth phone connectivity (plus USB and iPod connectivity ), electric heated and folding door mirrors, steering wheel remote audio control, cruise control, roof rack, and a spoiler with integrated brake light.
Standard safety features include ESP, six airbags, up and down hill brake assist, and anti-rollover protection.
The ix35 2.0 litre diesel has CO2 emissions of 147 g/km, which puts it in road tax Band C - that's €302 per annum.
What’s more, all ix35s are backed up by Hyundai’s new five-year unlimited mileage warranty and a 10-year anti-perforation corrosion warranty, so Hyundai says it will remain just as appealing for years to come.
In addition to unlimited mileage, their five year triple care plan also includes five years AA membership and a five year free health check.
I drove a couple of versions of the new ix35 a few weeks back on European roads. The crossover replacement for the Tucson performed very well with car-like drivability.
Designed in Europe and to be built in Europe, the ix35 is the first production vehicle expressing Hyundai's new fluidic sculpture design language. Its new 2.0 diesel is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.