Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The ix35 is a huge leap forward from previous Hyundai models in many areas - not least the interior. It uses good quality materials with a high grade finish while the layout is stylish yet still user-friendly.

The steering wheel with its metal inserts catches the attention first and is great to hold while the neat blue instrument dials feature digital displays in the centre which appear to float.

All the switches and buttons have a quality feel to them and the plastics on the doors and dash top are soft to the touch. The only slight criticism is the steering column stalks which are somewhat dated - a fact made more evident by the modern feel of the rest of the cabin.

The driving position is excellent though - high enough to give a good view out, but low enough to make it feel like you're driving a normal hatchback. It's aided by plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering column.

There's generous passenger space, especially in the back where there's room for three - although the central seat is a little narrow and quite firm. Add in the fact that floor space isn't hindered by a large tunnel, there is a high roof and supportive seats so safe to say Hyundai ix35 comfort is impressive especially on longer journeys.

It's also quiet on the move, aside from a hint of road noise and there's no vibration in the cabin from the diesel engine.

Unusually, heated seats are standard in both the front and back - a feature which few cars apart from the Rolls-Royce Phantom can boast. Air conditioning is standard and Premium models get climate control with a humidity sensor and air ioniser.