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Hyundai's mid-life ix35 upgrade improves the driving experience
31 Mar 2014
By BARRY PARK
HYUNDAI Australia has enjoyed great success with its Korean- and European- sourced ix35 in recent times.
So great, in fact, that it was this country’s second-highest selling SUV of any stripe in 2013, behind only Mazda’s rampaging CX-5.
Furthermore, in the first two months of this year it has almost doubled the sales of its nearest competitor I the VFACTS Small SUV segment, Subaru’s sharp-looking XV.
In the past, Hyundai’s ix35 has wooed buyers with its snappy value, with the trade-off being a somewhat anaemic and uninspired experience behind the wheel.
Late last year, the company launched the visually similar but dynamically-sharper “Series II” ix35, with more Australian-specific tuning said to offer a more inspiring time behind the wheel.
You pay a bit more for all the new variants bar the base model, but hey, given the gains, it seems worth it – even for the range-topping Highlander tested here.
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Model release date: 1 October 2014 to 1 August 2015
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