Hyundai ix35 Overview
The Series II ix35 see Hyundai continue with a four model line-up, Active, Elite and Highlander are all sourced from Korea while the SE variant is built from their Czech Republic plant.
Major changes to the exterior include new projection headlights with LED positioning lights, aerodynamic roof rails and alloy wheel designs. While inside sees new seat upholstery on entry level Active variants, door trims on Elite and top-spec Highlander variants, two-way adjustable split rear bench seat.
The major changes are under the bonnet with the ix35 now getting the all-new direct injection Nu 2.0L GDI and Theta II 2.4L GDI engines. The ix35 Active now has a six-speed manual transmission, while the rest of the range comes with standard six-speed automatic.
Hyundai ix35 Engine
With a choice of two petrol and one diesel engine buyers are able to find a Hyundai ix35 that suits their individual needs.
Entry in to the range is via the Nu 2.0L GDI which comes fitted to Active, SE and Elite 2WD models. Producing 122kW and thanks to direct-injection, it now delivers an extra 8Nm at 205Nm of torque. The manual transmission is now a six-speed (previously five-speed), the automatic transmission remains a six-speed. Combined fuel consumption is 8.2-litres (manual) and 8.4-litres (automatic) per 100km.
The direct-injected Theta 2.4-litre GDI engine can be found in the ix35 Series II Elite and Highlander models. Power is increased to 136kW (up 6kW) and torque increases 13Nm to 240Nm. Available exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission, it uses 9.8-litres per 100km.
Hyundai have carried the 2.0L CRDi direct-injection diesel engine across from the first series. Matched with a six-speed automatic transmission, it’s available in the Elite, SE and Highlander models. Producing 135kW and 392Nm, however fuel economy has been improved to 7.2L/100km.
Hyundai ix35 Interior
Most of the changes for the Hyundai ix35 series II are under the bonnet, so the subtle changes to the interior may go unnoticed.
Active models get updated upholstery and Elite and Highlander models get new soft-touch front and rear upper door trims in an effort to appear more high end.