Hyundai IX35 2.0 CDRi - Korean on vacation

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The vast majority of Polish drivers value cars made by German and Japanese manufacturers above all else, considering the rest to be underdeveloped and problematic. For decades , Korean cars were considered the epitome of trash and lack of panache. Nevertheless, recently Hyundai and Kia are catching up very quickly for many years, a perfect example of which is the current offer of each brand. For us, the most interesting in the Hyundai model range is the compact SUV - the IX35 model .

The Korean competitor of the Toyota RAV4 has been taking global markets by storm since 2010, finding a huge number of customers. The sophisticated lines of the body are diversified by prominent xenon headlamps as well as daytime and taillights made in LED technology . Designers also tried to incorporate the embossments running along the entire length of the car - the whole drawn in this way, contrary to appearances, looks extremely European.

The interior is still lacking in quality

At first glance, the interior of the IX35 stands out thanks to the clear layout of the instruments , as well as the aesthetics. On closer contact, however, we will see that the plastics used differ in quality from the European or Japanese competition. They are hard and cheesy - they scratch very easily, and they crackle on potholed roads. In terms of functionality, the Hyundai interior has definitely more advantages. Front seats covered with ecological leather guarantee comfort, even after several hours of driving. The same is true for a couch, where two adults can easily be accommodated. On board the IX35 you will find, among other things, a dual-zone automatic air conditioning and an on-board computer . A real attraction for the youngest passengers will be a wide sunroof - optional , of course. The great advantage of the car, however, is the spacious trunk - 591 liters of holiday equipment can be accommodated in a few moments.

Behind the wheel

When considering the purchase of the IX35 for towing a caravan, it is worth considering the described configuration. Under the hood of the presented vehicle there is a two-liter CRDI diesel engine with 136 hp and 320 Nm . It was combined with a classic six-speed automatic transmission . During quiet driving, also with a load, the gearbox moves smoothly and changes individual gears - only a dynamic driving test ends with unpleasant jerks and definitely too long reductions . Considerable torque turns out to be very helpful when driving with a trailer (the maximum towing capacity of the IX35 is 2000 kg ). The power goes to the front wheels, but we can optionally order an attached rear axle drive . Then even the sandy terrain, as well as truly winter conditions, will not be terrible. On the road, diesel consumption fluctuates around 7 liters (9 with a trailer) , while in the city the result increases to 9-10 units .

Hyundai IX35 performs perfectly on perfectly smooth asphalt, and smooths slight unevenness . Only transverse obstacles or a few tears progressing one after another bring the suspension out of balance - then the metallic blows reach the cabin. IX35 powered by a two-liter diesel engine, equipped with four-wheel drive and automatic transmission, costs a minimum of PLN 119,000 .

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Maciej Mokwiński
Maciej Mokwiński

I follow the latest trends in the automotive industry, not only in caravanning

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