The 2014 Hyundai ix35 Series II is a further indication that the Australian arm of the Korean supplier is continuouslying quickly enhance the means its cars handle neighborhood roadways.Popularity is already on the side of the Hyundai ix35, however in driveability terms it has been stomped on by newer rivals.
Since its launch the Korean SUV has normally had much more need compared to supply so it’s no surprise that up until now this year the Hyundai ix35 is the second best marketing SUV in the country. This is thanks in large to the European-built SE version that has helped ease supply problems suffered by the Korean-made models.
2014 hyundai ix35 firstdrive 12 Differences are minor inside, however a lot of will immediately observe the larger seven-inch LCD screen in the upper-spec Elite and Highlander variants.
Keener eyes will certainly get the soft-touch plastic panel on the guest side dash panel and the dark silver-painted trim around the air vents, as well as the soft vinyl surface areas on the front and back door cards.
There’s likewise improved front cupholders and a two-position reclining back rest for the 2nd row bench seat.
These changes apart, it’s largely the same ix35 interior and that indicates the same drawbacks carry over also – like inadequate outside exposure for kids in the rear, no rear air-outlets, no shopping bag hooks in the boot.We know it’s priced at the lesser end of the market, however compared with other Hyundai item (such as the i30), the ix35 senses of triviality inside.
The most substantial enhancements are under the skin.The previous ix35 was inexcusably rigid, and even on smooth roadways it agitated and threw over small bumps.That’s all been banished by Hyundai’s regional engineering team.
The rear subframe now has shock-absorbing rubber bushings in between it and the body to much better protect the log cabin from suspension violence, and basically every element of the suspension has come in for changes.
The spring season rates, damper song and swaybars are entirely various, and though the sways and spring seasons are drawned from Hyundai’s global parts bin, the damper-valving is completely unique to the Australian market. The end result is a ride that’s a lot better fit to the poor road top quality encountered both outdoors and within Australian urban areas. Body control is better as well, and even though the flight is considerably softer it’s not excessively ‘floaty’.
The Engine and features
The ix35’s engines have actually additionally come in for some work.The base engine is now a direct-injected 2.0 litre fuel four, boasting 8Nm more torque (but the same quantity of power) compared to the previous-generation 122kW/197Nm port-injected 2.0.
Joined either a six-speed guide or a six-speed auto, its on-road performance is best referred to as “adequate”. With two passengers aboard it has a hard time up high hillsides, and acceleration isn’t gleaming.
Next up is the 136kW/240Nm 2.4 litre direct-injected Theta II engine, which likewise replaces a port-injected electric motor. As compared to the aged 2.4 it’s 6kW more highly effective and 13Nm torquier, and it feels a large amount brisker compared to the 2.0. The 2.4 is only offered with a six-speed car, but just like the 2.0’s car this is a great gearbox that hardly ever places a foot incorrect. So much so that we never actually located much have to use the wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
It’s also only offered with an AWD drivetrain, which provides a more sure-footed feeling on loosened surface areas like gravel.
While hold in the FWD ix35 was normally excellent on crushed rock, the AWD-equipped models acted better under power, with better directional security and footing.
But the best powertrain by far is the R-Series diesel. Making 135kW and 392Nm from its 2.0 litres ability, the R-Series turbo diesel deals with steep hillsides, much heavier payloads and unexpected needs for velocity with considerably higher ease than the gasoline engines.
There’s a preliminary minute of lag, however torque is especially strong from 1900rpm. Having so much low-end torque also implies the car gearbox does not need to move as considerably, enhancing the diesel’s easy and loosened up nature.
While energy and torque results stay the same, performance improvements indicate it now eats much less fuel. Officially, Hyundai claims it beverages 7.2 l/100km (0.3 l/100km less than prior to). Our on-test outcome of 8.2 l/100km is substantially close, however a much more exact real-world test figure will certainly need to wait for a longer loan.
Drawbacks? Well, the diesel is the most pricey powertrain within each specification, and in the $35,990 ix35 SE trim (the least expensive diesel available) it’s $9000 more costly compared to the base design ix35 Active 2.0 petroleum. If you could spring the additional dough, it’s well worth it.
An additional negative is the steering. The weighting is excellent (heavy, yet not also massive) and the faster rack-ratio ways there’s less turns from lock-to-lock, however the guiding feel is still not terrific, especially on-centre.
It seems like you need to overcome a mild detent to turn the tire either side of the twelve o’clock position, which really feels unnatural if you’re used to the smoothness of a hydraulic device.
2014 Hyundai ix35 Price
Prices begin at simply over £ 17k for the base two-wheel-drive gas design and stretch to previous £ 25k for the top-spec 2.0 CRDi 4WD design examined here, so there’s no refuting that the ix35 is valued competitively. But with the sophisticated and extremely well-liked Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 3008 as competition, it requires greater than market value on its side to win customers over.