Sensible SUV choice
The Hyundai ix35 is so smart it sells itself, writes Craig Duff
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.
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.