The Hyundai ix35 small SUV has been given a mid-life refresh that includes updated petrol engines, revised suspension tuning and small price increases for most models.
A $26,990 starting price continues for the base model ix35 Active 2WD, though mid-spec Elite and range-topping Highlander models increase by $300-$400.
Petrol four-cylinders in 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre sizes continue but this time they feature direct fuel injection.
The ‘Nu’ 2.0-litre, already found in the mid-size i40, produces the same 122kW as the previous 2.0L but increases torque output from 197Nm to 205Nm, with fuel consumption improving from 8.5 litres per 100km to 8.2L/100km for the manual gearbox or 8.4L/100km for the six-speed auto.
The ‘Theta’ 2.4-litre increases both power and torque – by 6kW to 136kW and by 13Nm to 240Nm. Efficiency drops, however, from 9.2L/100km to 9.8L/100km.
A 2.0-litre turbo diesel carries over, with the 135kW/392Nm four-cylinder again offered in the Elite and Highlander trim grades.
Hyundai Australia is continuing to offer the European-built Special Edition, priced from $30,990 for a 2WD auto or from $35,990 for an AWD auto.
Other small changes for the Hyundai ix35 include revised headlight treatment, new 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel designs, standard faux-metal roof rails, soft-touch door trim for Elite and Highlander models, and a rear seat with recline function.
Hyundai Australia says it has also spent more time working on the ix35’s suspension and steering, trying to address areas of criticism for the vehicle.
The Hyundai ix35 Series II is on sale now.