Hyundai iX35 Review & Ratings
- 10 May 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Hyundai Ix35 was originally marketed as the Hyundai Tucson, but the name changed when it came to European markets. This vehicle is also known as the Hyundai JM in Japan. The Ix35 is a compact SUV produced by the South Korean automaker Hyundai and was originally named after the city of Tucson, Arizona. The first generation of this vehicle was initially introduced to international markets in 2004 and it shares a platform with the 2005 Kia Sportage. This vehicle is also in the same class as the Ford Escape as well as the Toyota RAV4.
The Tucson or iX35 is offered in a number of trim levels, including the base GLS, mid-line SE, and the higher-end Limited for 2007. Both the 2005 and 2006 models were only available as the GL, GLS, and Limited. Some of the standard features that come with this vehicle include six different airbags throughout the vehicle, cruise control, a CD player, alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, and premium cloth seats. The SE model of this vehicle features a 6-disc in dash CD changer, automatic climate control, heated seats, and body-colored cladding. The Limited version of the Tucson offers heated seats, a 6-disc in dash CD changer, leather seats, automatic climate control, and body-colored cladding.
When it comes to safety, this vehicle comes with dual-stage frontal impact airbags as well as torso-side impact airbags which are built into the front seats along with curtain airbags for side impact protection. This vehicle scored extremely high with the 2009 model, earning a rating of five stars for both the frontal driver and passenger as well as the side driver and passenger tests. The changes to this vehicle in 2006 were fairly minimal and insignificant, although the LX model turned into the Limited and received automatic climate control as well as color-coded cladding and a higher performance sound system.
Changes to the Tucson in 2007 were minimal as well. Both the GL and GLS trims were renamed to the GLS and SE so they matched the standard for all of these new vehicles. In 2009 this vehicle received some minor restyling and trim changes, but nothing groundbreaking. The Tucson FCEV or Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle is a test fuel cell vehicle for Hyundai’s second generation hydrogen fuel cell and was created in 2005. This vehicle uses an 80 kW electric motor by Enova Systems of Torrance, California and UTC Fuel Cells which come from South Windsor, Connecticut.
There is a version of the 2.0 CRDI 6-speed manual 4-wheel drive that was released for the UK market in 2007 called the CRTD Xenith. Some of the different features that the Xenith came with include rear privacy glass, leather allow sports gear knob, 19” multi spoke alloy wheels with polished rims, birds eye black maple wood effect trim across the dashboard, color, and door pulls, and luxury stainless steel embossed door entry guards.
The second and current generation of this vehicle has styling that was reported to be influenced by Hyundai’s ix-onic concept. Design work on the new ix35 was done by BMW designer Thomas Buerkle at Hyundai’s Russelsheim design studio which is located in Germany. The new ix35 is available in two different engines, including the new 2 liter diesel R engine, one of two Theta-II gasoline engine variants (either 2.0 liter or 2.4 liter), a 1.7 liter UII diesel and a 1.6 liter Gamma GDI gasoline engine. These vehicles use a six-speed automatic transmission, though manual transmissions are available throughout Europe as a 6-speed for the 1.7 liter and 2.0 liter diesels and a 5-speed for the 2.0 Theta.