Well there you go, the title of this post says it all! Cooks Hyundai in Peterborough recently offered me the opportunity of reviewing a brand new Hyundai IX35 2.0 CRDi 5dr 4WD for a day trip to London. This is a car I have coveted since it was released but I promise you I will give it a fair, unbiased review! I LOVED IT!!!
Hyundai market the IX35 as follows:-
When choosing a new car, which do you listen to – your heart or your mind? The new Hyundai IX35. Beauty and efficiency. Together.
Whoever came up with that tag line was a genius as I do believe that they have hit the nail on the head with this one.
I have always been an avid lover of all cars German, I worked for two German Manufacturers from 2001 until I went on maternity leave in 2008 but my interest in cars has not waned in the slightest. I was always a fan of the small sporty coupes until I became a mother and realised that baby’s, despite being small come with a lot of not-so-small baggage. Oh no, imagine my dismay at feeling the MPV’s calling me. But no, you can still be sporty AND practical with a car like this.
If I was married to a footballer, then I would probably go for a Land Rover Sport HSE but I’m not (sorry honey, you’re still golden balls to me!). This is where the Hyundai IX35 ticks another box – as I stated I drove the top of the range model with all the toys and gadgets included (see below) and the on the road price for this little beauty? Only £20,745!! That is just ludicrous (in a good way) for a vehicle of this size and quality. To add to this terrific value, as with all Hyundai’s it is covered by 5 Year Triple Care which includes 5 year warranty, 5 year RAC Roadside Assistance and 5 years of Annual Vehicle Health Checks.
When I went to collect the car, I had Little Bean in tow – I explained to her that we were going to get a different car. When we walked around the corner to see a lovely shiny metallic red car staring back at us, I was pleasantly surprised as I was expecting the usual black, silver or grey which many dealers opt for to be “safe” but this car was a sight to behold. Even Little Bean said, “ooh red one”. I secured her seat into the car and strapped her in. She sat quietly for a few moments surveying her surroundings before declaring “new car, red one, like it . . . . keep it”. In the words of the shrimp from Shark Tale “TRUE STORY”. A girlie after my own heart!!
So here’s my overview of the Hyundai IX35 from a mother’s point of view!
From the outside, it has great body styling, really smooth lines, very sporty and sleek, quite a “space-age” look about it.
When you step inside the IX35, the first thing you will notice is the space. The cabin is light and airy with plenty of room for comfort.
The model which I borrowed also had a double panoramic sun-roof which was lovely – especially on the sunny day which we had. The steering wheel was covered in a lovely soft leather and sported the “X” design centre console. The dashboard has individually cowled instrument dials which were backlit with a soothing blue light, very gentle on the eyes. It has a trip computer to give you all the important information about your vehicle/journey. And what car these days wouldn’t be complete without cruise control. This made the journey very comfortable and easy.
The new “technology” for me, was the “keyless entry/drive”. I’ve heard of it before, I’ve seen it before but I’ve never actually experienced it. The salesman who gave me a guided tour of the car was a little worried that I might forget the key and leave it somewhere. Here’s how it works:-
- Providing the key is with you, as you approach the car there are little black buttons on the front door handles, you press either of these buttons and the car is unlocked.
- Get into the car, keeping the key in your pocket or handbag OR you can place it in key charger which is housed in the centre arm rest. On the dashboard there is an Engine Start/Stop button. Simply depress the clutch and press the button – hey presto the engine will start. This is where the salesman got a little worried, he’d had a customer get out of the car with the engine running, gone back into the house and left the key behind. Gone on his journey and then realised at the other end when he turned the engine off that he had no means of re-starting the engine or locking the car. This is something to bear in mind but for me it wasn’t a problem as I never took the key out of my handbag, and it goes everywhere with me.
- To stop the engine, simply press the stop button.
- Get out of the car and press the small black button on the door handle again to lock the car.
- Other plusses for the car were the front and rear heated seats, a super efficient air conditioning system which could be dual or individual, front and rear window demisters, central locking button within the car to keep the monsters in!
Technology-wise, Hyundai have thought of everything. Not only was there an auxiliary port to plug in the Ipod, there was also an mini-SD card slot and a USB port – great for charging your laptop, Ipod or phone. On our journey we used it to charge up the Mi-Fi which we had been loaned from ThreeMobileBuzz to keep us in touch with the world (my passenger not me).
Then we moved around to the boot which comfortably housed not one, but two pushchairs – a Petite Star Zia and a Stokke Xplory. This still left plenty of room for changing bags and *cough cough* a spot of shopping!
Fuel-wise I think for a car of its size we did really well. I put £35 fuel into an empty tank, drove approximately 244miles and still had fuel left over.
I did find one, rather large, downside to this car though – when I asked if I could keep it they said I would need to ask my husband. I asked him and he said “only if you get a job” – bearing in mind that i am a stay at home Mum with a baby due in 2 months’ time, I don’t think this is a possibility!
The In-Depth Stuff
Below is the specification of the car which I trialled:-
- 18” Alloy Wheels
- Active Front Head Restraints
- Air Con
- Automatic Headlights
- Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution
etooth Connectivity with Voice Recognition
- Chrome Door Handles
- Chrome Effect Fascia Inserts
- Cruise Control
- Downhill Brake Control
- Dual Zone Climate Control with Humidity Sensor and Ioniser
- Eco Drive Indicator
- Electric Front and Rear Windows
- Electric Folding Door Mirrors with heating and integral indicators
- Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
- Front Fog Lights
- Front, Front Side and Full Length Curtain Airbags
- Front Windscreen Wiper De-Icer
- Glove Compartment with Cooling Function
- Heated Front and Rear Seats (outer rear seat bases only)
- Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
- Keyless Entry with Engine Start/Stop Button
- Leather Steering Wheel and Gear Knob
- Leather and Cloth Seat Trim (seat facings only)
- Panoramic Sunroof (electric tilt and slide front/fixed rear)
- Privacy Glass (rear side and tailgate)
- Rain Sensing Front Windscreen Wipers
- Rear ISOfix Child Seat Anchorage Points (outer seats only)
- Rear Spoiler with Integral Brake Light
- Remote Central Locking with Alarm
- Reversing Sensors
- Roof Rails
- Steering Wheel Audio Controls
- Stereo RDS Radio/CD Player with MP3/WMA Compatibility
- Torque on Demand 4WD System
- Trip Computer
- USB and Aux Connections
- 10 Years’ Anti-perforation Warranty
- I think you will agree, that is a lot of car for your money!
For more information nationally about Hyundai and their range please click here.
However, if you live in the Cambridgeshire/Lincolnshire area then please pay Cooks Hyundai a visit in Peterborough. They’re a really friendly bunch offering great customer service and a great Service/Parts Centre. They also have an extensive range of new and used cars. For more information visit their website.
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