When Hyundai launched the IX35 in 2010, little did we know just how popular it would be. Things were really looking up for the Korean brand and not long after that, you could spot the new little SUV all over our South African roads.
The new facelift model, available in 6 trims is an upgraded model, which is still based on the previous generation. The biggest change has been in the front where you have a completely new headlight and grill section, now featuring daylight running lamps. Our model tested here is the 2.0D NU Elite, which is available in both front wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Our model, the front wheel drive, was fitted with a 6 speed manual gearbox.
The 2.0 Diesel engine with its 130kw and 392nm is really an everyday drivers dream. There was not one time that I wanted more power; it was just rather effortless, smooth a refined, something that does not always go hand in hand with an oil burner. The overall consumption is pretty impressive too, with figures running around the 7.5l/100km at highway speeds. The torque comes in at a very low 1800RPM and, while we did not test the towing characteristics, I can imagine that it would do really well and still deliver good economy.
The NU Elite comes standard with black leather, dual zone climate control and one touch driver windows. The steering, which is also electronically adjustable from comfort to sporty, would be easy to tailor to the driver’s needs. It also houses the multifunction computer an audio controls. Our test unit also had a large panoramic class sunroof, coupled with a rear slide for the rear seat passengers. It also featured a rear view reverse camera.
While it’s not always practical to fit large rims to an SUV, due to them getting easily damaged on gravel, the IX35 runs on 18” alloys with 225/55 tires. On gravel, the McPherson struts did their job very well and the ride was smooth and composed, with the Vehicle Stability Control keeping things in check every now and then. There are also driver, passenger, curtain and side airbags, with a passenger bag disable function.
The IX35 has come a far way and it has really shown us why it is so popular with the nation. The lovely diesel motor is the pick of the bunch, due to its easy-to-drive nature and very good fuel economy. Don’t get me wrong, the 2.0 petrol is not bad, but I just love the diesel’s torque which really means it is a no brainer.
The 2.0NU Elite retails for R397 900 and comes standard with a 5 year 150 000km manufacturers warrantee and a 5 year 160 00km perforation warranty. Roadside assistance for 5 years 150 000km and a service plan of 5 years and 90 000km. Services on the diesel is every 15 000km
For more info, Hyundai.co.za