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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 20th 2010
4--- Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 20, 2010 Stylish ride into new territory New-fangled features. Wireless this and that. With all the new features being crammed into our vehicles, it is becoming harder to distinguish how far is too far? Kevin Hepworth reports BREAKING THE MOULD: The new Hyundai iX35 SUV wagon, which replaces the Tucson, offers a range of safety features and generous equipment levels. IN an increasingly homogenous world, the ability to have an individual look yet not threaten or offend is the tightrope that leads to commercial success. In car design there is a constant quest to be the big, new ''thing'' in styling. Chris Bangle stepped out of the shadows with his ''flame surface'' styling and in some eyes threatened the future of BMW. Time has proven that many of the styling cues Bangle so challenged the establishment with are now staples of design from a cornucopia of marques. Hyundai is one company that has benefited from those styling cues. Its breakthrough i30 mirrors many of the refinements of Bangle's vision that BMW now uses for its sedans, notably in the 1 Series. An extension of Hyundai's break away from the boxy mainstream of ''affordable'' small cars and a declar- ation of its independence is the com- pany's ''fluidic sculpture'' design language. The creases, folds and character lines of the styling are what give the company's ix35, the replace- ment for the Tucson, its standout looks. Having swapped out of the com- pany's revised Santa Fe with the punchy 2.2-litre diesel, it was some- thing of a shock taking off in the petrol ix35. The petrol car is certainly quieter than its larger oil-burning cousin and, in its own small way, quite refined. However, in the manner of Hyundai's small petrol engines, the four-cylinder, 2.4-litre Theta II coupled to the six- speed automatic feels a little dozy. On paper there is no reason why it should. There is 130kW of power --- quite adequate for highway cruising --- and a reasonable 227Nm of torque. The problem appears to be in the rather high revs needed to get enough torque to get the ix35 up and moving. The lockable AWD system still gives the option of getting a little down and dirty at weekends, though it won't do anything for your fuel economy. As a 2WD around town, the ix35 has been getting close to its claimed economy of 12.4l/100km. However, an experiment running it with AWD locked on saw that figure a distant memory, with a week's worth of running averaging out at closer to 14.5l/100km. The ride in the ix35 is comfortable without being plush, and the steering has a more lively and responsive edge to it than is the case with some other models wearing the badge. The AWD is a touch lower than the previous Tucson model, and while that may disappoint some who fancy their off-road chances, it has done no harm to the car's city manners. The only real disappointment is that the development budget didn't stretch to adding reach to the adjustments on the steering wheel, but with the good range of seating adjustment it can be compensated for. Like the exterior, the cabin has a fresh feel to it and Hyundai continues to use a better quality of material than many of its competitors. Softer-touch plastics and metal highlights give the ix35 a richer feel than the outgoing Tucson, and equipment levels are generous. There is six-way power adjustment for the driver, good space in the high cabin, and even in the rear seats the passengers are not cheated for leg or head room. The Elite has, as standard, an iPod- compatible sound system operated from buttons on the steering wheel, cruise control, proximity key and push-button start (meaning the keys need never leave your pocket) and 17-inch alloys with a full-size spare. 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