The new Hyundai ix35 crossover will cost from £16,995 when it goes on sale in the UK on 1 September 2013 – which makes the new car actually CHEAPER than the vehicle it replaces.
As part of our Friday Focus series, we’re zooming in on this amazing deal for an incredible vehicle, investigating how the new Hyundai ix35 crossover actually offers you more for less. There aren’t many car manufacturers out there that can say that.
The current generation Hyundai ix35 was first seen back in 2009 and offered buyers loads of style, practicality, performance, efficiency – and, importantly for Hyundai – value for money.
So why change the recipe? That’s exactly what the new Hyundai ix35 crossover will give owners, improving even further on these values and costing even less than before.
ENGINES – FRUGAL, PUNCHY AND POWERFUL
You’ll be able to choose from a range of powerful and frugal engines, including Hyundai’s 1.6-litre petrol unit and a brace of turbodiesels – a 1.7 (available with stop-start as an option for the first time) and a 2.0-litre unit. There’s also a six-speed automatic gearbox now available with the latter.
The new range-topping four-wheel drive model offers better fuel consumption and CO2 emissions performance than before, too, returning 41.5mpg combined with 179g/km CO2 compared to 39.3mpg combined with 189g/km previously.
That means you’ll pay £20 less per year in road tax – definitely a useful saving on top of the £560 you’ll net from the lower purchase price.
The range opens with the new Hyundai ix35 crossover in ‘S trim. This gets the 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to a manual six-speed transmission, two-wheel drive, 16-inch alloy wheels, remote central locking with alarm, USB iPod connectivity, air conditioning, refrigerated glove box, hill start assist and Downhill Brake Control.
A comprehensive range of equipment for a chunky, safe 4×4 that costs the same as a smaller, less well equipped 1.4-litre Honda Civic hatchback. Go figure.
TRIM LEVELS – COMPREHENSIVE EQUIPMENT, VALUE FOR MONEY ASSURED
Above the S models sits SE trim for the new Hyundai ix35 crossover. This gets the same engine and gearbox as the S variant, but adds 17-inch alloys, Bluetooth with voice recognition, cruise control, front fog lights, heated front and rear seats, LED taillights, rear parking sensors, auto dimming rear view mirror and a leather steering wheel and gear knob.
The price rises to what is still a very affordable level at £18,495 – with all that equipment on offer, it’s difficult to ignore the amazing value for money the new Hyundai ix35 crossover offers.
And for another £1,000 on top of the SE trim, buyers can choose the SE Nav variant, adding a full colour touchscreen infotainment system with sat nav (including traffic function), a reversing camera and an upgraded seven-speaker sound system.
Above that there are two further equipment specifications again: Premium and Premium Panorama.
Both feature 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights, keyless entry, leather upholstery and tinted windows, while the Premium Panorama model exclusively features an electric tilt and slide panoramic sunroof fitted as standard.
SAFETY – PEACE OF MIND FOR MUMS AND DADS
All across the range the new Hyundai ix35 crossover majors on safety. The car features a vast array of airbags, child seat ISOFIX points and plenty of electronic stability systems and driver aids to keep the car in check during more difficult driving conditions.
On top of that, buyers can choose a Safety and Comfort pack, priced from £795. Available on SE grades and above, this adds front parking sensors, Hyundai’s ‘supervision cluster’ (a comprehensive driver information read-out) and the Korean firm’s Flex Steer adjustable steering weight system.
Going one step further, the Safety and Comfort pack 2 adds to that an automatic parking function, helping remove the risk of those minor parking dings.
With all this optional safety equipment and the inherent security built into the new Hyundai ix35 crossover, expect the new car to match the outgoing ix35’s full five-star Euro NCAP crash test safety rating.
If you’re a parent putting your children into the back of your car, this takes a serious weight off your mind.
With the new Hyundai ix35 crossover going on sale in a little over a week, keep an eye out for more information on the new car.
We want to know what you think of Hyundai’s aggressive new pricing strategy for the upcoming ix35, as well as the amazing levels of equipment on offer, improved efficiency and even greater safety.