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Hyundai’s curvy SUV BY ERIC BLAIR yundai ix35 replaced the popular but conservatively-styled Tucson compact SUV. The newcomer is a more distinctive looking vehicle, more curvaceous with swooping lines, without being over the top in a manner that could frighten off potential buyers. The ix35 also launched the Hyundai family-look hexagonal grille that is being progressively used in all new Hyundai vehicles. It’s not only the body that looks ultra-modern, the interior design of the Hyundai ix35 is up to date. Style is what the new Hyundai ix35 is all about. But behind that futuristic face is a competent SUV that will suit many a family’s needs and

aspirations. The Hyundai ix35 has three trim levels: Active, Elite and Highlander, with a choice of three engines, two petrol and a turbo-diesel. Hyundai led the way when it created the Tucson City model with all the advantages of an SUV body styling, such as practicality and high driving position, but with the cost-saving of front-wheel drive. On the entertainment front the Hyundai ix35 has a quality audio system with auxiliary and USB ports and iPod compatibility. There are steering wheel mounted audio controls as well as buttons for the cruise control. With the seats up ix35 has a generous luggage capacity of 591 litres which increases to 1436 litres when the rear seat

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Well rounded: Ultra modern, curvaceous styling is a big selling feature of the Hyundai ix35.

backrests are folded down. The turbo-diesel in our Highlander delivers effortless performance. The level of noise, vibration, harshness is acceptable although when pushed hard you certainly know there’s a diesel engine up there. Handling is pretty good for a relatively tall SUV. There’s a bit of body roll in corners if you push it moderately hard, but that’s acceptable in Asian SUVs. If you have a lot more to spend, we suggest trying the European competitors, though. As with the entire Hyundai range the ix35 comes with a fiveyear/unlimited distance warranty. This provides buyers with the option of selling their cars every three years with the attraction of a two-year warranty.

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