Turning ‘sexy’ upside down in the iX35
TURN upside down “iX35” and you will see this 1.7 CRDi hatch from Hyundai has a rather cute name.
After taking my lady for a ride, she noticed the iX35 logo on the door sill reads “Sexi” when seen upside-down.
Or “sex!”, as I pointed out with my more accurate journalistic eye.
Whether this is just ironic or an intentional visual Easter-egg — the iX35 definitely lives up to this reputation on its interior and exterior.
While offering a smooth and comfortable ride, the iX35 gives the driver the option to have a little more space from a clingy partner, while striking the space-factor-balance well enough to ‘clutch’ their hand on a long drive.
An infotainment system complete with Bluetooth, USB and Auxiliary inputs composed into a luminous ambient setting on dash are obvious reminiscent of the Tron movie.
Bluetooth connectivity pairs with almost any device in under a minute and connects automatically when entering the vehicle complete with hands-free options.
On the outside, the vehicle greets the driver entering with a wink of its xenon eyebrows and fog lights.
Chrome accents on the front need not beg for attention but futher accentuate its exterior appeal.
The styling of the rear of the vehicle is very similar to previous models with slight modifications to the brakelights, which helps maintain the prices of the used models.
The question begs whether to purchase the diesel or petrol variant — from a performance and fuel economic point of views, there is an obvious and distinct difference. The iX35 CRDi has enough torque to carry the vehicle up a semi-steep incline in fifth gear and matches that power on the freeway — with the ability to bully other vehicles off the fast lane.
All-in-all, the package of the iX35 CRDi is a comprehensive one, with its intricate exterior appeal, performance that matches and surprisingly less trips to the petrol station. • [email protected]ness.co.za