Our Fleet Test Drive: Hyundai ix35 - 2nd report
21 February 2011
Author: Hugh Hunston
Before our highly specified, 1.7-litre diesel Hyundai ix35 crossover arrived, we had a 1100-mile dress rehearsal with the less opulently equipped Style petrol counterpart.
After just 384 miles in the silver diesel, parting with the petrol has not been such sweet sorrow as the newcomer is a markedly superior, although admittedly dearer prospect by around £4500.
The 1.6-litre direct injection petrol car (both are front-wheel drive faux SUVs) was not the smoothest or tractable driving experience. It had an annoying flat spot at low revs, which made reversing on gradients, and low-speed traffic, a shunting, snatching and sometimes stalling experience.
It also refused to be coaxed beyond 40mpg despite six gears and the optional £200 stop/start system, while the more flexible diesel so far registers close to 50mpg. And that has been on predominantly motorway runs without use of a soft-shoe right-foot technique.
Whereas the petrol was woefully low geared, too, registering 3000rpm at 70mph, the diesel trundles along at the motorway limit with just 2250rpm on the tachometer. It is also 10mpg more frugal and 10g/km of CO2 less polluting, giving it a lower benefit-in-kind threshold.
|Hyundai ix35 1.7 CRDi 2WD Prem.|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average |
|Actual CPM ||52.3p|
|Positive||Well-specced new |
|Negative||Brand elevation |
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