Hyundai has established itself as a maker of very capable vehicles, so it is no longer a surprise when it turns out a good car like the ix35. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the ix35 is that, despite an absence of premium-feel surfacing inside, its interior seldom feels like it is built down to the price that it obviously has been.

Its powertrain and dynamics are slightly less convincing. An occasional lack of engine refinement with some versions, and a ride that could, and should, be better at town speeds, are the biggest indications that Hyundai still operates towards the value end of the market. That’s a bigger problem when you’re in a sector like this one, where customers have ‘wants’ rather than ‘needs’.

The ix35 is competent, sharply designed and excellent value

Nonetheless, the ix35 is competent, attractive to look at and, above all, excellent value for people who want an affordable route into soft-roader ownership.

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