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Can’t quite match a Qashqai or a Kuga for dynamics, but good value

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The Hyundai ix35 is a style-conscious soft-roader with lots of kit, but what about ability?

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2 December 2009

Wow! That front is a mess. It looks as though it is wearing a plastic moustache.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

2 December 2009

So who is the 182bhp diesel for if not us then?

As you say it doesn't excel in any area, a high performance (in this price range) version would be an obvious USP!

Doh!

2 December 2009

just when things started to look good for hyundai they got back to their old form what a mess

2 December 2009

Not overly impressive really. The i10, i20 and i30 are pretty well resolved designs, even if they are a bit bland (remind me of late 90s Japanese cars, good shape, age well, but not very stylish). This is a complete mess. Are Hyundai really that unsure on the engine range? They come across as being quite indesicive, or is that just the wording on the article?

6 December 2009

I disagree with all of you. I think this is the perfect design to move Hyundai from blandness. Get used to it, becuase the i10, i20, and i30 will get this Face when they get refreshed.

Please, Please Car God allow Hyundai/KIA to bring Diesel Trucks here to the US

6 December 2009

[quote HyundaiSmoke]I disagree with all of you[/quote]

There's a surprise... This car is a mess and the front end is poor, especially given that it is pretty similar to the new Chevrolet front end, of which I am also not a fan (looks better on the spark than on the aveo/malibu etc)

6 December 2009

It's well Executed John McIlroy, and that's what matters, right?

Think about this for a second, sure the plastics have a hard yet durable feeling to them, but in markets like the US "Aspirational" near luxury competitors like: MINI, Mercury, Buick, Chrysler have the same plastics. US CEO calls Hyundai an "Aspriational" brand now. You may think this is funny, but Hyundai's new products puts the Japanese to shame, trumps the Americans in trying to get better, and makes the Germans look overpriced at least in this US market.

The US version will get rain sensing wipers too, and nobody has that here in this Light Truck/CUV segment except: Benz, Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Infiniti. You may not like the hard-durable plastics, but Hyundai had to cut costs somewhere to provide features such as rain sensing wipers and still provide the value Hyundai is known for.

6 December 2009

"There's a surprise... This car is a mess and the front end is poor, especially given that it is pretty similar to the new Chevrolet front end, of which I am also not a fan (looks better on the spark than on the aveo/malibu etc)"

theonlydt, Actually it was Chevrolet who copied off of us. We had the design studies before they even had those cars with that face out. Or, have you forgotten about 2006 concept called the QarmaQ, or the Veloster Concept with its upside down Hexagon.

Also, Hyundai uses a Hexagonal shape. Chevy uses a streched quadrilateral shape. It looks very different to Chevy, and Ford for you people who think we stole the grille off a Ford Kuga.

I think this Grille Is Stunning and Hyundai should use it for now on as the company signature grille on CUV/Hatch products.

6 December 2009

[quote HyundaiSmoke]Think about this for a second, sure the plastics have a hard yet durable feeling to them, but in markets like the US "Aspirational" near luxury competitors like: MINI, Mercury, Buick, Chrysler have the same plastics[/quote]

You just don't get it do you? This is a reviewing website for cars due into the UK market. Therefore they are judged against other cars available within that market. At that price range the interior plastics usually are "soft touch" and of a much higher quality than in the US market - therefore this car gets assessed against those rivals.

Could you please, please stop your pro-Hyundai ranting? We honestly don't give a **** what the US CEO of Hyundai says (press-speak) about Hyundai cars. What people want to know on this site is how this car compares to the competition available in the UK. If you don't like that - go to a US based review site.

6 December 2009

[quote HyundaiSmoke]Also, Hyundai uses a Hexagonal shape. Chevy uses a streched quadrilateral shape[/quote]

It's not the shape - it's the placement of a prominent bar of body colour across the nose of the car. Anyone looking at the chevy range and comparing it to this car will see a similarity. The chevy equinox front end for example.

Did I state that Hyundai copied this design? I just said it's similar to the Chevy design that I don't like - hence I also don't like this front end. The rest of the car seems poorly resolved - though in the metal it may be a "grower" as a couple of cars have been recently.

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