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Hyundai IX35 Active FWD (2014)
Series II of Hyundai’s popular ix35 features changes inside and out and importantly a number of mechanical upgrades. This includes new, direct-injection petrol engines.
The entry-level Active’s 2.0-litre engine delivers the same maximum power as its multi-point predecessor, but there’s an extra 8Nm of torque on offer. It’s an honest toiler, delivering sufficient performance, never really feeling underdone nor over-achieving.
The optional six-speed auto (a new six-speed manual is standard) feels smooth enough too. Suspension revisions to better suit Australian conditions deliver a more comfortable, less jarring and more stable ride quality than we recall in the superseded model. Road-holding is also better, though it falls a little short of the dynamic skills of class leaders such as Mazda CX-5. The electric power steering has a slightly odd, artificial quality to it, lacking real road-feel.
Rear occupants will be pleased, as there’s good head room, while feet and legs are quite well catered for too. A flat folding 60/40 split rear seat helps expand the cargo area for carrying larger items.
The Series II has bluetooth telephone and audio streaming. Pairing a smartphone with the system is quite simple, though there are no phone switches on the steering wheel. Steering wheel audio and cruise control switches are fitted, however.
Long warranty, capped price servicing, improved ride and other mechanical upgrades, full-size spare wheel
Steering feel, chassis not as dynamic as Mazda CX-5
Airconditioning, remote central locking, cruise control, anti-theft alarm, 5” touch-screen radio, CD with auxiliary inputs/MP3 compatibility, bluetooth, 60/40 split-fold rear seat, heated/powered mirrors, tilt/reach steering adjustment
Dual front/front side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability/traction control, hill-start assist, down-hill brake control
||IX35 Active FWD
||SUV Under $40,000
|Price when new
||$29,190 (auto) MLP
|Current price range
$ - $
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||2.0-litre, direct-injection petrol, 4-cyl
||122kW @ 6200rpm
||205Nm @ 4000rpm
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