Hyundai ix35 Series II is improved all-round package

The new Hyundai ix35 Series II.
The new Hyundai ix35 Series II.

THE Hyundai ix35 just got better, strengthening the position of Australia's second most popular sports utility vehicle behind the Mazda CX-5.

This new ix35 line-up is called the Series II and comes in four trims. There are three offerings from Korea, including Active, Elite and Highlander.

The fourth comes from the Czech Republic and is called the Special Edition (SE). Hyundai managed to bolster is ix35 supplies by getting access to the SE, although we didn't get a chance to sample them at this week's official launch.
From the outside the latest ix35 is difficult to spot, with all the changes occurring under the skin.

Hyundai's Australian arm has undertaken suspension and steering changes to better suit our roads, and we can expect all Hyundais here to ultimately have tuning specific to our market.

Tweaks have been made to the coil springs as well as the front and rear stabiliser bars. Engine mounts have also been changed to deliver less vibration. 

The end result is a smoother, quieter ride and improved body control. Hyundai says this also translates to better towing.
Active models have steel wheels, CD stereo with 12.7cm touch-screen, Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming, six-speaker audio including tweeters, steering wheel audio controls and cruise control, USB auto input with iPod compatibility, auxiliary audio input jack, five-star safety with stability control and six airbags.

Elite provides a worthwhile step up, gaining alloys, sat nav, cloth/leather trim, keyless entry with push button start and DVD capability on the larger 17.7cm screen.

The top-of-the-range Highlander has full leather trim, larger 18-inch alloys and panoramic sunroof.

Take your pick from a trio of four-cylinder engines. There are two petrols, a 2.0-litre and a 2.4-litre, as well as a 2.0-litre turbo diesel.

All Hyundais have a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty with seven years roadside assist if you maintain servicing by a Hyundai dealer. Servicing is annual or every 15,000km, prices are capped for three years at $259 (2WD petrol), $289 (4WD petrol) and $399 (diesel).

Hyundai ix35 Series II.
Details: Two- and four-wheel drive compact sports utility vehicle.
Engines: 2.0-litre four-cylinder GDI generating maximum power of 122kW @ 6200rpm and peak torque of 205Nm @ 4000rpm; 2.4-litre four-cylinder GDI 136kW @ 6000rpm and 240Nm @4000rpm; 2.0-litre turbo diesel CRDi  135kW 4000rpm and 392Nm 1800-2500rpm. 
Transmissions: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
Consumption: 2.0L GDI - 8.2 litres/100km (combined average, manual), 8.4L/100km (a); 2.4L GDI - 9.8L/100km; 2.0L CRDi 7.2L/100km.
C02: 2.0L 197g/km (m), 200 (a); 2.4L 233g/km; 2.0L diesel  189g/km.
Bottom line: 2.0-litre GDI - 2WD Active $26,990 (m), 2WD Active $29,190 (a), 2WD Elite (a); 2.4-litre GDI - 4WD Elite $35,490 (a), 4WD Highlander $38,090 (a); 2.0-litre CRDi  - 4WD Elite $38,090 (a), 4WD Highlander $40,490.

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