What is it?
The 2014 version of Hyundai's ix35 soft-roader. Visually the ix35 looks more stylish than ever, with its high front end and prominent Hyundai badging alluding to the brand's continued move upmarket.
The version we tested was a near top-spec Premium model, which came with 18-inch alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, keyless entry and go, cruise control, rear parking sensors and heated seats. It costs £27,205 as standard, with the metallic paint on our car taking the total price to £27,725, still below the price of similar 4WD rivals like the Nissan Qashqai.
Inside the ix35 looks and feels premium in most respects. The materials used are of a good quality and it feels well put together. The centre console is a little low for our liking, as it's hard to reach, but most controls are otherwise easily accessed. The seats are comfortable but could do with being more supportive, especially if you're off-roading.
There's plenty of space on offer, with the standard 591-litre boot extending to 1436 litres with the rear seats down. That's more than the seats-down capacity of the previous model, and also more than rivals including the Nissan Qashqai and the Kia Sportage.