Turn­ing ‘sexy’ up­side down in the iX35

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - KYLE VENKTESS

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. • kyle.venktess@wit­ness.co.za

PHOTO: KYLE VENKTESS

iX35 CRDi

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