Sen­si­ble SUV choice

The Hyundai ix35 is so smart it sells it­self, writes Craig Duff

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

SEN­SI­BLE SUV-ing sums up Hyundai’s mid­dle-of-the-road ix35. It ticks most of the boxes for most of the peo­ple most of the time and is an in­tel­li­gent ad­di­tion to the South Korean com­pany’s line-up.

The Hyundai sold 7202 ix35s last year to be sev­enth in a con­gested com­pact SUV mar­ket of 23 mod­els.

It doesn’t have the looks of its sportier-styled SUV sib­ling the Kia Sportage, but the clas­sic styling has won more fans and ex­plains why it out-sold the Kia two to one in the pre­vi­ous month and year.

Value

THE ix35 pow­ers up at $32,490 plus on-roads for the all-wheel-drive petrol model, while the top-end High­lander tur­bod­iesel starts from $38,490.

The base money buys a five-star rat­ing ANCAP ve­hi­cle with six airbags and a 2.4-litre four-cylin­der with 130kW/227Nm.

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