Hyundai ix35: South Korean crossover arrives

New ix35 joins the fleet

My flirtation with soft-roader/crossover-type cars is set to continue with the Hyundai ix35, the latest addition to the Parkers long-term fleet. Having spent six months with the excellent all-rounder that was the Skoda Yeti, the ix35 has its work cut out to keep up with the Czech wonder.

With the 2.0-litre CRDi models thin on the ground, we went for the 1.7-litre diesel option instead. This engine produces 114bhp meaning you'll hit 62mph in 12.4 seconds. This may seem sluggish, but understandable for a smaller engine in such a large car. What this does give you though is a claimed average 48mpg and emissions of just 139g/km resulting in an annual tax bill of just £110.

The most noticeable thing about the ix35 is just how much standard kit comes on the car. South Korean manufacturers are well known for their generosity when it comes to equipment and the soft-roader doesn't disappoint.

Our Premium model - top spec in the range - gets 17-inch alloys, auto headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, heated front and rear seats, Panoramic sunroof, rain sensing wipers, electric heated and folding door mirrors, hill-start assist and downhill brake control.

We've also got the added Individual pack which comes with automatic dimming rear view mirror with compass, leather seat trim and something called 'Supervision Cluster' - essentially some nice coloured dials. This will set you back £715 and the extras aren't really needed. We also opted for the Media pack. This adds a touchscreen sat nav, rear parking camera and seven speakers with amp and subwoofer for £820. All in, our car comes to a competitive £20,880.

The Hyundai is something of a newcomer compared to the Nissan Qashqai or Skoda Yeti, so it will be interesting to see how it compares to these for both performance and quality. The next six months will see just how well it fares as we put it through it spaces.

Current mileage: 118

Average mpg: N/A