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Hyundai ix35 now even more classy


THE HYUNDAI ix35 has been a popular seller, but four years into its lifecycle, the Korean manufacturer decided it was time to freshen it up.

Admittedly the changes aren’t noticeable at first glance, with a couple of styling enhancements and a new petrol engine along with a new six-speed manual gearbox being the majority of the changes.

The new exterior enhancements can be found in the headlamps, with LED accents as well as LED tail lights and newly designed 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels. A panoramic sunroof is included on the higher-spec models.

Inside the changes are minimal too, but they make for a higher level of comfort. Both the Executive and Elite derivatives offer standard steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and cruise control buttons as well as a 4.3-inch TFT colour LCD touch-screen audio system with Bluetooth and rear-view camera display. The Elite also gets Smart key with push-button start.

The 2.0-litre Theta II petrol engine has been replaced with the Nu 2.0-litre Multi-Port Injection engine delivering 116kW and 192Nm. Power might be slightly down, but it does boast improved fuel consumption figures.

The pick of the bunch is still the 2.0-litre CRDi turbo-diesel though, which is available with either a six-speed manual or automatic, as well as in either front- or all-wheel-drive, the latter being the range-topper.

The ix35 will no doubt continue to deliver impressive sales volumes, despite only small changes made.
All Hyundai ix35 models come standard with a 5-year/150 000km warranty and 5-year/90 000km service plan.


2.0 Premium FWD Manual R319 900
2.0 Premium FWD Auto R334 900
2.0 Executive FWD Manual R349 900
2.0 Elite FWD Auto R369 900
2.0 CRDi FWD Elite Manual R389 900
2.0 CRDi AWD Elite Auto R449 900



Article written by Stuart Moir
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