Hyundai Updates Its ix35 Crossover

Hyundai's ix35 is one of the better loved crossovers in the carwow database, largely attracting universal praise - particularly amongst the diesel-engined versions.

At three years old now, Hyundai has opted to give the model a midlife refresh, bringing a selection of enhancements to improve it yet further. So what has Hyundai done to make one of the best in its class even better?


The refreshed ix35 retains all the engine options of the outgoing one, with one major exception. The top spec 2.0 CRDi 4WD model was specified with either 136PS for the manual or 181PS for the automatic, but now both gearbox choices use the 136PS version.

This leads to a drop in emissions by 10g/km and a concomitant boost in fuel economy from 39.3mpg to 41.5mpg. As a result, this model now drops a VED band from 260pa to 220.

Other than this, the same range of 1.6 petrol or 1.7 and 2.0 diesels remains, with 4WD and automatic transmission only available on the 2.0 diesel.


The ix35 is on the receiving end of the mildest external facelift in the history of motoring, but that's no bad thing - there was nothing fundamentally wrong with the outside to begin with. A set of in-vogue LED daytime running lights, fitted as standard to the range, are just about all that will separate the two cars at first glance.

A number of subtle changes to the suspension and chasses - including dual load dampers - are intended to improve ride and comfort, addressing concerns about the existing model's firm ride.


New standard equipment is on the cards for ix35 buyers.

The range now starts at a lower price point of 16,995 for the 1.6 petrol car in S trim. This includes standard equipment of 16-inch alloy wheels, remote central locking with alarm, USB and AUX connections, air conditioning, glove compartment with cooling function, Hillstart Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control and tyre pressure monitoring system.

An additional 1,500 gets you the entry level 1.7 diesel in the same trim, or an upgrade to the 1.6 petrol into SE trim. This gives you additional standard kit including 17-inch alloy wheels , Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, cruise control, front foglights, heated front and rear seats, LED taillights, rear parking sensors, auto dimming rearview mirror and leather steering wheel and gearknob.

Another 1,000 premium on any SE model moves you up to SE Nav, which includes - as the name suggests - integrated satellite navigation, but also upgrades the electronics to include a rearview parking camera and an upgraded seven-speaker sound system. All models from SE Nav and above have a natty sharkfin antenna near the rear of the roof.

It's a 1,600 step into the Premium model, which adds 18-inch alloys, bi-Xenon headlights with self-levelling system and headlamp washers, keyless entry, leather seats and privacy glass. Another 800 shuffle gets you the tilt slide panoramic sunroof in the Premium Panorama model.

Priced from: 16,995
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There's little fundamentally wrong with the ix35 as it is and Hyundai has wisely sought to keep itself from going wild with its updates.

The 5 year warranty and good looks have been retained and the additional standard kit enhances the value for money - which was in no way a weak point to start with.

A raft of minor changes, while improving the ride and dropping the poorly-rated 2.0 petrol model could see the update nipping at the heels of the the sector leaders.

For more, head over to our full guide to the Hyundai ix35 where you'll find reviews, photos, videos and stats on Hyundai's crossover.

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