• Josh

    Been waiting for a review to pop up and reading this makes me wanna test drive it asap. Alborz what do you mean that the sat nav will be sorted out does it mean it will come as an option or standard equipment? Do you know when they’ll sort this out by?

  • The Oracle’s Teacher

    Hyundai can do no wrong at the moment. I want one now. I might have to sell my D40 Navara and get one of these with a tradesman’s trailer in tow.

    • The Oracle

      Clueless Aussie, stop being a childish imposter.

      • The Oracle’s Teacher

        A personal attack? You don’t deserve that name. Attacks of such nature would be beneath a true Oracle. You fraud. Oh and go take the time to read the rules regarding personal attacks.

        ..and I ain’t an Aussie so very presumptuous of you.

    • shren001

      My current VY commodore will be my last Holden. My third routine service bill was $2450.00 (brake pad, rotor $500 roughly i remembered, flush brake system, coolant charged $20 per litre and i remembered I “bought” 5 liters of them, etc)

      My next car will be ix35. Currently my trading value of my 2003 VY is $5000 – the most, according to car yard. So stop talking hyundai don’t hold value.

      I don’t know what ixx will be for the Sante Fe, if money enough would consider Sante Fe with 2.2 diesel, top model, that would be cool.

  • http://CarAdvice The Salesman

    A little hint of Peugeot in the headlights. And is that a Mazda style smiley face front bumper assembly?
    There is a lot to like about this car. I think Kia Sportage replacement looks better.
    Massive power out of the R diesel engines. Would this would put the Koreans on the number 1 spot for diesel technology????

    • Simon

      Would depend on how the power and torque is delivered. No point having massive output if it’s only available through a small part of the rev range.
      Turbo lag was also no mentioned in the article. I would assume it would struggle to get off the line in a hurry but once rolling would offer good in-gear acceleration.
      I would suggest BMW still hold pride of place for diesel technology. The all round performance of their oilers is very impressive. Particularly their Bi-Turbo 2.0L 4 Cylinder and 3.0L 6 Cylinder Turbo.

      • FTSII

        I think Jaguars 3L 6 Diesel stacks well against BMW’s.

      • mmmmm

        i agree BMW are still the diesel leaders.
        Their twin turbo 2lt puts out 150kw and 400nm, it is an awesome motor, some of the most fun I have ever had in a car. I’ve never liked a diesel before.

        However the hyundai figures are impressive, particularly when the ix35 highlander will be $23,000 cheaper than the X1 23d

        Another hyundai winner.

        • Simon

          I’d like to see Hyundai put the 2.2L R Diesel in a medium, light-ish sedan with their 6 speed auto.
          A brisk and relatively cheap car with brilliant mileage would really clean up in sales, particularly if it was big enough for the average family but weighed under 1500KGs. If anyone is positioned to be a success in this part of the market, it’s Hyundai. Let’s see what the YF has to offer. It’s already slated for this 2.0L oiler in a hybrid combo. The 2.2L would be a scream :)

          • mmmmm

            cross your fingers, it might turn up in the VF euro.
            but either could give the camry hybrid a fright.

            Maybe hyundai could lend Mazda a few auto trannys for their otherwise great diesels.

          • andy

            Sounds similar to the Turbo 4 Cylinder Kia Optima due for October in Aus. Not sure of the exact specs, but from memory 2L Turbo around 206kw. I think it would be about the 1500kg and may be a 6 speed auto too. I don’t kno what the specs are on the diesel version though, nor if that is being released in Oz.

        • Bernie

          Hasn’t anyone seen the new E class Benz with the latest tt 2.1 four potter?? It actually matches the 123D from BMW with 150kW, but the stand out is the 500Nm of torque. Put THAT engine in a Prado and not only will it pull like a train but probably go for 2,500 km on a county run!! 5.2 l/100km combined is very impressive also given that even in coupe form, the E250CDi is not a light car. Mind you bring $95,000 when you join the queue….

          • James Cortez

            Yes Merc diesel is good but in Australia Merc and BMW (and Audi + VW for that matter) cars are waaay overpriced. Check out how much they charge buyers in the states, Canada and England. Yet people still buy them, status symbol? or a bunch of badge snobs or airheards

    • D

      I totally agree. I don’t know why people find the design of this so appealing. The Kia on the other hand is one fine looking vehicle.

      • Reckless1

        Me too – this looks like an early Tiburon that’s been pumped up. Same bulges on front and rear bumpers as the early Tib. Not pretty.

      • mog

        Test drove high lander and a number of other suvs found the highlander left them for dead in value style economy and driving comfort,a lot of car for a reasonable price,in the end I bought one.

        • Ayjay

          Ok, you brought one…….when will it be delivered? I’ve just done the same”3 weeks” the dealer crowed! full of crap, now have to wait until June!!!!

          • mog

            Told delivery would be end of april early may a lot of people ordering them I suppose.
            I dont mind the wait, dealer letting me drive my trade in till new car arrives, hopefully it will also be the model up date of Ix35 with steering reach and updown ajustment.
            Hope you get yours soon.

          • JoeyAf

            We’ve been waiting 6 weeks AFTER the date we were told it would arrive which was 4 weeks after we bought it. Salesmen keep lying with different stories as to why there is a hold up. Clearly they were selling vehicles with no idea as to when they would really get them and would say anything to get the sale. We are down a car as we sold ours in preparation for new vehicle. STILL NO CAR!!! Poor poor effort, don’t buy from Keeema Hyundai in Brisbane.

          • Tom

            We had the same lying experience from Keema. In addition we had to replace pads and have discs machined at 25144 and in 12 months replace pads and discs because of poor servicing. Steer clear of Keema

  • The Oracle’s Teacher

    I just watched the video. 4.85 ltrs per 100 k’s om the highway from an auto. Amazing.

    • Lagoza

      I have been waiting for this day, must drive the diesel. What I would like to know is how to get the below 5L/100km do you drive at 80-90km/h or can I get this economy driving at 110km/h which is most of the time for me. Thanks CA, more please :)

    • themarvel

      Q: In the video they show sealing the tank, driving, unsealing the tank and putting in 70.2L. Yet the spec above says the car only holds 55L. Now they did fill it to the neck of the tank – but it wouldn’t hold an extra 15L… so how did they do it??
      I’m stumped – anyone got a suggestion?

      Clearly to get this sort of economy they were really cruising – prob at 80 or 90, as the official “extra-urban” rating for the diesel is 6L/100km.

      • The Oracle’s Teacher

        The video clip has a hole in it. They managed to get 1400 k’s for 70 ltrs. he said they would stop at Bendigo on the return trip. So they put more fuel in on the way home. 4.85 ltrs per 100k’s is astonishing with an auto.

        • Reckless1

          Not really astonishing at all, VW autos do this and have done for a while now. So do MMWs and Mercs.

          • The Oracle’s Teacher

            If you are referring to the Golf it is a much lighter car. What is an MMW? Also which Merc does it?

          • adriang Gofton

            I own a Merc Vito Van 115CDI
            1400km carrying approx 700kg payload 1400km and used 75 L of diesel, over windy and hilly roads in Tassie
            It is chipped to 150kw on the commonrail

  • Simonsez

    They actually look just fine in the metal but boy are they expensive when you add on road costs.
    The cheapest diesel was quoted to me at $39,000 + which seemed a little rich .Easy enough to understand why no diesel offered in 2wd but less understandable that you can’t have diesel in either a manual or in the most basic spec version.
    Interesting times ahead in the small SUV market.

    • The Oracle’s Teacher

      $39,000+ ? Do you mean plus on road costs? If so you have been misinformed! The prices are on this page.

      • Philthy

        35K plus on roads & rego.. so 39k with no discount

      • http://bent Millatime

        Prices quoted on this page do not include on road costs.

        • The Oracle’s Teacher

          That’s right and they don’t say $39,000 starting price for the diesel either.

          • Mel

            i was also quoted $38990 on road for the elite diesel so there is huge on road costs with this car… i was beginning to think my dealer got it wrong when he quoted me compared to the prices quoted on here

          • The Oracle’s Teacher

            4 grand is about right at that price point for on roads. Forgetting the rego and stamp duty the reality is that dealer delivery is a legal form of extorsion. It certainly isn’t unique to Hyundai.

            The question remains, did you buy one Mel?

      • Simonsez

        The dealer was just reading off his sheet and they were ridiculously expensive . The basic vehicle was more than $31,000 with ORC and the cheapest diesel was more than $39,000. I haven’t the faintest idea what the dealer delivery was as they were overpriced and didn’t have a diesel manual in basic trim so ie of no further interest to me. Qld does have very expensive rego and stamp duty btw.
        They actually look a lot like an oversized Mazda 2 which isn’t necessarily a good thing.
        Lets hope the Sportage has a cheaper manual diesel alternative.

        • Tinman

          If a Hyundai is overpriced, then you’re a used car head!

  • vid_ghost

    Great looking car but i’ll be waiting for the price to come down a little :) maybe end of year sales 2011 sales $29k for the base model in Auto is a big jump up from the $22k drive away price of the Tucson in Auto ( $7k for the replacement hmmm )

  • Naughtyius Maximus

    Why buy anything else…..Hyundai and Kia are creaming the opposition on real savvy mega style, unreal economy and great inclusions as standard! No wonder they are the fastest growing car company unmatched by others. This car will sell very well and so will the Sportage! Why would one look at others when not as hot looking as this car?

  • HyundaiSmoke

    An i20 with a next gen Accent Engine is what the Doctor ordered for the Australian small car market, or any other small car market for that much matter. I still hear you guys are getting Accent. I wonder if they will change the name or keep the Accent moniker, or Accent Sedan will be i20 sedan.

    Go to Accent Planet .org for everything and anything Accent.

    • nick

      Mate are you the CEO of Hyundai or something? Every one of your comments on any news article or review is about Hyundai and how all of their competitors are terrible. Hyundai have yet to make a car that is best-in-class. Well, maybe the ix35 will be but we’ll just have to wait and see…

      I have no problem with Hyundai and I think it’s fantastic that they’re making such great improvements. However I still think that most of Hyundai’s sales come from their superior value and warranty, not the fact that their cars are the better overall than the competition. So do you think that you could leave your biased, irrelevant opinions on sites like the one you mentioned, and not this one?

      • Tinman

        Nick, how do YOU determine best in class?

        • nick

          Well could you tell me one other Hyundai in Australia that you think is best in class and I’ll give you an example of a similar car that is better than it.

  • Baddass

    I love the look, and the rear is quite similar to the Veracruz.

    BTW, Is the first video a press video from Hyundai?

  • Frenchie

    I impressed! Looks better on video than the photos. But I have one concern about this story.

    The table says the 2.0 R-series turbo-Diesel AWD fuel tank holds 55 litres, yet we can see in the video that 70 litres is being put into the tank. Surely the neck of the tank would not hold 15 litres?

    • Robin Graves

      i30 diesel holds at least 7lt more than spec. Pretty sure the tank has a ‘swirl pot’ at the bottom to make sure the injection system doesnt starve of fuel around corners etc. Being an AWD – maybe they increased the swirl pot volume to make sure you dont starve of fuel up a steep incline or decline. To drive that far into the red you risk damage to the fuel system. If you run out you need to prime and bleed all the lines and filters etc, not easy for the average punter.

  • Kris

    All those photographs and not one shot of the boot space. Not a bad looking car but I’d like to know how the boot space compares to a VW Tiguan or a Subaru Forester. That diesel engine has winner written all over it.

    • Paul Asbury

      Good point. Is there a problem with the boot or is just poor PR?

  • spellbound

    Looks like a buck toothed fairy, front on , looks cheap almost great wallish , try again .

    • The Oracle’s Teacher

      Whilst it’s at the dentist getting its teeth fixed you need to go get your eyes checked. Great wallish? Another anti-Korean snob no doubt!! Post up a picture of a buck-toothed fairy so we can all see how your twisted perception works!

      Great looks, great interior, great engine choice. Great 6 speed auto. Great car, but no great wall.

      • Lloyd

        How do you know it’s got a “great 6 speed auto”? I don’t think the review passed any remark about the merits or otherwise of the auto gearbox. The car certainly is “betting the business” on the auto gearbox so it has to be good. If it’s great then this car will likely blow huge holes in the SUV market for Toyota, Honda etc.

        • The Oracle’s Teacher

          This is the same box as in the Sorento and has already recieved applause by the motoring media throughout the world.

          The car weighs considerably more than a ford fiesta econetic (it is on demand AWD to start with) and yet uses around a litre more per 100k’s on the highway. The Fiesta is Australia’s most economical car and it’s a manual. It is the brilliance of the auto that allows the vehicle to get that 4.85ltrs per 100k’s on the highway.

          You need to go read some other reviews rather than trust the opinion of just one to form your basis. Then you’d be better informed about the auto. The difference between this gearbox engine combo and others is that these two were developed together to optimise the performance and economy of the engine. Many manufacturers source their gearbox externally so it never quite matches the engine’s characteristics.

          This is a great auto. The only question that remains is the durability of it, however given Hyundai\’s dedication to trouble free motoring they must be pretty confident to use a “sealed for life” auto.

          • Lloyd

            According to Kia, the fuel consumption of the Sorento 2.2 litre 4WD is 6.7 or 7.4 litres/100 Km for the manual and automatic gearboxes respectively. The loss of about 10% is about what you might expect of a torque converter automatic. Alborz’s fuel consumption figures above for the 2.0 litre petrol ix35 are identical for the manual and auto models so I can’t believe the ix35 uses the same gearbox as the Sorento. Are you sure the ix35 uses the same auto box as the Sorento or are you assuming that it does?

          • The Oracle’s Teacher

            It’s the same box. It is merely tweaked to suit each engine application. Even the diesel engines it bolts to are the same in various states of tune. The transmission is a unique design that is much lighter and more compact than the 5 speed auto it replaces.

            They are also currently developing a new 8 speed auto.

          • The Oracle’s Teacher

            Go do a google search on the “hyundai 6 speed” auto. You’ll see they only developed one.

          • The Oracle’s Teacher

            Go and do a google search on the “hyundai 6 speed” auto. You’ll see they only developed one. It took 4 years.

  • Shak

    CA, you guys mentioned news of the new Sonata and i20. So where is it. What did Hyundai say? Please tell me they are coming this year.

    • The Oracle’s Teacher

      I can answer that for you. They are both coming this year as well as the i10. The i10 and i20 land in the third quarter and the i45 (Sonata) lands in June.

      • The Oracle’s Teacher

        Correction, they are still evaluating the i10.

  • The Oracle’s Teacher

    Below is the spec on the Nissan Xtrail for a comparison. It is dearer, much less powerful, less economical and has much less standard kit. The top of the range xtrail with the six speed auto and diesel combo retails nearer to 50k and cannot match this vehicle for equipment levels. Not to mention it looks outdated.

    Release Date: 2010 Body: 4WD Make: NISSAN Transmission: 6 speed automatic: X-TRAIL Engine: Variant: 2.0 TURBO DIESEL TS Fuel: Diesel Series: T31 Power & Torque: 110kw- 250 nm / – Vehicle Segment: SUV COMPACT Warranty: 3 year Less than 100,000 km RRP $39,990 plus on road costs.

    • demonaz

      The ix35 is a great car but so is the X-Trail. We got a TS diesel manual for a bit over 38k last year. It is a much larger car than the ix35 and the rear seats fold flat.

      • pirakavezok

        The ix35 is no doubt a good looking car with an impressive diesel engine and ‘box to boot. Price-wise, $39,000 is too much to pay for a mid size SUV from Hyundai. I think the Koreans are good in what they do but they are still the new kid on the block, technology-wise. While I applause their progress in design and diesel technology, I believe that Hyundai needs more time to refine their capabilities and earn some respect. While they do so, it might be good to keep prices down. In this case, the ix35 will do well if the elite diesel auto AWD is priced A$36,000 drive away. It’ll be comparable to Nissan X-Trail diesel, Subaru diesel and sits nicely behind Santa Fe.

        • Tinman

          At the end of the day, it just means you wont be driving one whilst other people will be.

          • mog

            Correct to buy one is cheaper than you think.

    • maximark

      The X-trail TS auto has 110kw & 320nm (not 250nm, dont know where you got this figure from) and the manual has 127kw& 360nm. The TS has everything you need for, foglights,alloy wheels (full size alloy spare one) and it has huge cargo space. I also have no doubt that its’ offroad capability is superior to the ix35.

      If you want to tow a trademan’s trailer, you should consider the TS manual (given that you could drive a manual :)or not too lazy shifting gears) because it has 2000kg towing capability compare to ix35′s 1600kg. The ix35 look good, and has a good combination of diesel engine & 6 spds aut trans but it’s too early to tell if it’s a good reliable unit, and I guess that’s why you need long 5 yrs warranty. If Hyundai only offers 3 yrs warranty I doubt that they will have high selling volume like they have now.

      • The Oracle’s Teacher

        It must have been a typo at the Nissan site that torque figure. I didn’t bother quoting the manual figures for torque in the Nissan as it isn’t apples for apples. I did notice they detuned it for the auto which makes you wonder about the quality of the box. The Hyundai has 392nm’s through its auto.

        I think the off road capability issue is largely irrelevent as these vehicles (including the xtrail) were never intended for true off road work. I believe soft roaders is the correct term. The hyundai would take me as far off road as I would ever want to go in this type of vehicle. The nissan may go a little further but they are both ultimately limited by their departure angles and lack of underbody protection.

        It’s interesting that you put fog lights up there first. they are about as useful as an ash tray on a motorbike in most parts of Australia and are so distracting that it is now an offence to have them on without fog in QLD.

        1600kg is ample towing cpacity for a tradesman’s trailer and once it is unhitched the ix35 simply murders the xtrail for economy.

        Where did it say they have only offered a 3 year warranty? Oh and I currently own a Nissan and will never own another one. I’ve had nothing but trouble with it and the countless hours I have spent in the Nissan service depot’s waiting room has revealed I am not alone.

  • THE ORACLES MENTOR

    yes very average looks, almost clown like the soul another style exercise that missed the mark , trying to look like a ford but also ssangyongo thingy at the same time , they tried to hard .

    • The Oracle’s Teacher

      You’re popular LOL. Are you related to Hyundai Smoke?

      • Robin Graves

        Hahaha – I wonder what HyundaiSmoke smokes? Kumhos? Weed? Camel? Pole?

        • The Oracle’s Teacher

          All that and more from what I have read.

    • Jinsei

      Here goes another anti-Korean snob!! Biased against EVERYTHING that the Koreans make. I suggest that you go out and read some newspapers NOT those crap tabloids gossipping about Angelina Jolie all year along.

      The Koreans are the largest ship-builder in the world having beaten the Japanese 10 years ago. They also have 2 of the world’s largest electronics companies; Samsung has finally overtaken HP and Sismens to be the world’s largest while LG has also been reporting record profits despite the global financial crisis unlike its Jap/US competitors on the verge of bankruptcy.

      So would you please leave your snobbery out? They are not what you knew they were in 80′s. They are now a very technologically advanced, developed country competing with Japan or Germany in high-tech products.

    • The Oracle

      You’re even less mature and original than Clueless Aussie.

      • Mitsu-Bitchy

        I have read down this page and you keep attacking people. What is your problem? Get a life.

        • Ambulance

          Just ignore people like that. They are lonely.

          • The Oracle’s Teacher

            Well said. The guy is a goose and has no life.

  • Kim

    yeah i don’t find the exterior aesthetics as revolutionary as the ‘review’ makes it out to be. Looks pretty average to me except the fog light surrounds, which let down the whole front end imo.

  • Hjalle

    What has happened to the world?? It has suddenly changed to everyone must love Hyundai and their design or you are wrong. Just becuase they have improved their quality and made better cars doesnt mean that everyone still needs to love their cars and think that their designs are drop dead gorgeous. And if someone posts that they dont like the design a hundredmillion people dont need to dislike the comment and tell the guy that he wrong. It is a personal opinion. Like me for example. I can accept that fact that Hyundai have improved the brand name, its just i still dont like their designs.

    • tnb4pmyt

      “What has happened to the world?? It has suddenly changed…”

      Now, 21 century.
      General Motors declares bankruptcy.
      Toyota fall in serious quality problem.
      Chrysler acquired by Fiat.

      Can you imagine this things at late 20 century?

    • GoHyundai

      “What has happened to the world?? It has suddenly changed…”

      Yes it has suddenly changed

      Look at MERC-BENZ’ new E class designs…yuk
      Look at BMW’s new 5 series designs…yuk

      then look at the new Sonata…yum

      MERC/BMW’s new designs are starting to look like hungry grasshoppers…

      • matt

        the sonata (i45) looks just as “melted” as it did in 2000. far to overstyled.

  • Andrew M

    Its a pity they couldnt get the grill to continue the flow of the car.

    The horizontal section carrying the Hyundai badge just looks awkardly placed.

    Otherwise looks good (and very Kuga-ish)

  • http://www.bobisco.com Bob

    I’ve seen the car in the metal (in KL) and looks like a SUV version of Elantra with familiar fat curvy sides. I’d hardly call it European looking. I owned and liked a Hyundai, but when it comes to design of Hyundais and Kias there are only a couple stylish cars IMO. Don’t understand all the rave about the Koreans being great looking.

    • Kim

      Neither do i understand the rage. To be honest, i dont think there is a rage, just this site and its readers but i dont hear anyone else raving about their revolutionary new designs that rocks this automotive world…

    • Jinsei

      Were you not a big fan of Audi for its ‘European looks’? That was because Peter Schryer was doing wonders on a range of Audi models only a couple of years ago.

      And then as soon as he switched to Kia as its chief design officer, did his design cease to be European? That doesn t make any sense, does it? Then why would you not call Kias ‘European looking’ if the cars are designed by the same guy that designed Audis?

      Your comment can only be explained by your badge prejudice and a misbelief that Koreans care can’t be ‘European looking’.

  • Lloyd

    Did Alborz really drive this car? All we are told about the auto is that it has 6 speeds and is included on all except the cheapest version. Is it a dual clutch unit? Does it offer any modes for Sport, Economy, overrides etc. How is it to drive? Is it smooth off the line? When virtually all of the models have no option of a manual box, the performance characteristics of the automatic are vitally important so I am amazed at the total lack of such information.

  • Scott

    It appears to be an impressive machine from Hyundai with the potential to shake up the marketplace for features and value but I have to disagree with the statement, made in the article, that the car is European looking.

    Actually its quite far from the styling trends of recent times set by VW, Audi, Euro Fords and Beemers. It is not an unattractive car – don’t get me wrong, but it still falls into the Asian school of styling – and that’s perfectly fine. But to contend that it’s ‘Euro’ only emphasises the insecurity of Hyundai and its potential owners.

    To me, the iX35 looks ‘forced’ in its attempts to be stylish and modern but then again the more ‘classic’ lines of say the VW Tiguan and Ford Kuga are pretty conservative. And the interior, from the couple of photos, looks to be more than acceptable for a $27K through $40K car but I don’t know – lacks something. But for the money – is excellent value!

    As for the diesel – the raw numbers sound very impressive 135kW and 392Nm but the weakest part of the equation may be the conventional 6 spd auto. And don’t forget the kerb weight of the ‘Compact SUV’ ix35 diesel is a hefty 1700kg, so the torque comparison to the Falcon is valid (on a kerb weight basis). A petrol Falcon or Territory would still cream it – but that’s not the point, especially when it comes to diesel and fuel economy. The 2.7 V6 diesel going into Territory produces 140kW and 440Nm (in a Discovery) so the relativities are there (for power/torque and fuel economy). The ix35 diesel certainly puts the gauntlet down for others to compete against (and match) in a Compact SUV though! The diesels in Tiguan and Kuga certainly don’t match those figures despite similar size and weight to ix35.

    It’s all good for competition and we consumers!

    • Lloyd

      I don’t believe it has a “conventional 6 spd auto”. The fuel consumption figures given for the Active variant are identical for manual and auto models, which suggests there is no torque converter used by the auto. Presumably then, the auto is a dual clutch unit. Why have they “released” this very exciting car with an information vacuum about the crucially important automatic gearbox?

      • Robin Graves

        With 6 gears to choose from the converter would only be operating for a fraction of the time while moving. They can also have an algorithm that puts the box into neutral when you are stopped for an extended period of time, and instantly selects D again when you take your foot off the brake. Not impossible to match a 5spd manual with a 6spd auto like this. The CO2 is a fraction higher in the auto, so the figures are probably very close but rounded off.

        • Lloyd

          Robin, you make some good points but the question remains. If, as asserted by some, the ix35 auto box is the same as the one in the Sorento 2.2 litre 4WD and the ix35 auto achieves parity with the manual box, why does the Sorento’s auto box lose 10% compared to the manual?

  • o

    this seems more of a first steer. Where are all the interior shots?

    • Lloyd

      Arlborz didn’t actually state that he drove the car. His involvement in the “driving program” could certainly be construed, or misconstrued that way but I suspect he was a passenger in the “driving program”.

  • Forza M

    lloyd you must be related to matthew lloyd. It is a convential 6 speed auto.

  • Lloyd

    I’ve never heard of Matthew Lloyd. It is certainly not “conventional” for an automatic gearbox to returns identical fuel consumption to a manual box. The ix35 2.0 petrol 2WD claims 8.5 litres/100 km (combined) and 11.4 litres/100 km (urban) for both the manual and the automatic gearbox. That is not conventional!

    • Bob

      No. its a conventional 6 speed Auto. If it were a twin clutch, it would not be called an AUTOMATIC. it would be called a twin clutch (or some other trademark title).

      • Lloyd

        Bob, perhaps you can name another “conventional auto” that is as fuel efficient as a manual gear box. If you cannot, then maybe you will acknowledge that the ix35 has a very unconventional “conventional 6 speed auto”.

        • vid_ghost

          The Mazda 3 SP25 has one such Automatic that returns the same fuel efficiency as the manual. 8.6L Manual / 8.6L Auto :) There you go!

        • bob

          I can understand why you seem confused when your view of the world is challenged like this, and certain assumptions on which you base your reality appear to be baseless.

          But i assure you, this IS a conventional Auto.

        • Lloyd

          The information vacuum has been filled by Hyundai’s News Media Release of 12th February titled “New Hyundai ix35 re-imagines the compact SUV”. Happily, the content of the release is of a higher standard than the title. It is made perfectly clear that the ix35 auto gearbox employs a transaxle with planetary gears and a torque converter. I presume that Bob’s term “conventional auto” is shorthand for such an arrangement. I personally find Bob’s term inappropriate for the ix35 auto box because it is too dismissive of the engineering excellence that must have been required to extract an extreme level of efficiency from such a traditional architecture. In my opinion Hyundai (and, for that matter Mazda) deserve the highest accolades for producing such a refined design. They deserve more than to have their outstanding designs dismissed as merely “conventional”. That said, I have no intention of engaging in any further semantic argument about what is or is not “conventional” since this depends entirely on your personal perspective and time setting.

          • Bob

            That is what I meant by conventional, yes. Its a fine piece of kit though.

          • matt

            lloyd mate plenty of autos use less then manuals these days. toyota camry, ford falcon, toyota prado, new commodores…. off the top of my head.

  • The Oracle’s Teacher

    I just saw the ad for it on tv. They didn’t waste anytime. “The incredible made possible”.

  • Save it for the track

    To fill in some missing info. From the Hyundai website;
    Torque 392Nm @ 1800-2500RPM, gearbox 6 speed automatic with electronic sequential manual mode, ground clearance 170mm (based on kerb weight), Approach/departure/ramp over angles 28.1/26.9/17.0, cargo volume seats down/up (VDA 213/214) 2885/728 (1436/591).
    .
    Oh and apples for apples, not only does the Nissan X-trail Automatic have less power and torque than it’s manual sibling (and comparable ix35 diesel auto)the automatic Nissan gearbox is only rated to tow 1350kg (with brakes), all from the Nissan website. Also from Nissan website approach/departure angles 25/22. vehicle length 4630mm, wheelbase 2630mm, width 1785mm, overall height 1685mm, track front/rear 1530/1535mm. Am I wrong in thinking that the higher the approach/departure number the better??
    IX35? length 4410mm, wheelbase 2640mm, width 1820mm, overall height (with roof rails) 1655(1585), track front/rear 1585/1586. It’s hard to find cargo volume for the X-trail (not on Nissan website) and from other websites and CA (which doesn’t mention which standard used {but I don’t think VDA}) 555-603L with seats up. Hardly seems that the X-trail is ‘bigger’ as alleged.
    Oh and considering that the Subaru Outback (which is larger than Forester and Outlander) has 490/1690L seats up/down (NOT VDA measurement) that sees IX35 728/2885L play Outback 490/1690L (forester 450/1660). Let alone Forester, Outlander. Basically to me the Ix35 seems to have been designed slighlty more toward on road with occasional light duty off road tracks in mind. Interior space, diesel engine and gearbox wise seems to have it all over Nissan X-Trail, Subaru (name one), with the Nissans and Subies having higher ground clearance, and some subies having low range, and NO comparable subies with diesel/auto combination.

    • The Oracle’s Teacher

      Nice post.

  • CrustyTheClown

    Waaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy over the odds price wise, the same Tucson is $22.9k driveaway

    Should be priced same as the GreatWall SUV

    FAIL

    • KM

      How could you compare this to the Greatwall SUV??

      • CrustyTheClown

        Easy, China/Korea = same, with China *just* ahead but now starting to get serious about the auto-industry #1 worlwide in 2009

        • HyundaiSmoke

          What’s your F—ing problem dude? Most people who know anything about cars, knows that Chinese cars are 30 years behind Korean cars. Just read some reviews online, and watch Chinese cars on Youtube.

          Korean cars are Modern Technological Masterpieces, and real car people know its true.

          accentplanet .org damm it!!!!

          • HyundaiSmoke

            Chinese cars cant even pass US safety and emissions tests yet. Koreans were in this same predicament, humm……. IN 1976!!!!!

            It took them 10 years to even have cars that were barely acceptable enough for US standards. China has a while to go before it proves it even has road worthy machines, much less the Class/Industry leading product Korea builds today.

            Our Government still might not allow them in here, on discriminatory practice even if their cars were worthy, Our Government still might find some excuse. Even if its a lame one.

            Good Luck China, becuase you’re damm sure going to need it.

            Chinese Cars in America. What are they crazy thiniong we wll allow their rattletraps here easily?

            NOT GOING TO HAPPEN FOR A LONG TIME

          • HyundaiSmoke

            Boo me all you want but you now that Im right, YOU KNOW THAT IM, RIGHT!!!! :D

        • The Oracle’s Teacher

          Comparing Korean cars to Chinese confirms it. You really are a clown.

        • Tinman

          Hey Crusty, you wouldn’t know a bus was up ya until the passengers started to get out!

    • THE ORACLES MENTOR

      Iam with you crusty , very great wall like appeal ,over done styling , will look very suburban at the school run , yawn .

      • TheFrugalOne

        Indeed, they are all going gaagaa over Korean, what are they going to be like when something decent is released?

    • Jinsei

      Your post stinks!
      It is because of your serious ignorance that you could say it.

      Comparing this vehicle to the Great Wall SUV only makes you look like somebody that needs immediate psychiatric attention.

      I’d hope that you were joking.

      • The Other Brad

        Jeez, settle down people.

        There’s people trolling for replies – just don’t fall for it.

        Sometimes I wish CA would have a proper registration system rather than this anonymous system.

  • Andronicus

    I dont like this ‘review’ at all. Hardly even qualifies as one. Plus what the hell is the deal with the Hyundai PR video banging on about how fluidic design is only usually found in higher priced premium cars, what a load of BS.

    Im a big fan Car Advice but this was not one of your finest moments. They must put on a pretty nice spread down at Hyundai.

    • CrustyTheClown

      Both Hyundai/Kia Group and VW Group are major $pon$ers of C/A, get over it, its business…..

      LONG LIVE JULIAN EDGAR, banned from all car tests due to speaking the truth…

    • Robin Graves

      Its business, wheels have been buttered up by Holden for years, but the fanboys lap that up. If people cant see past it then they aren’t too bright, and probably get scammed from their hard-earned regularly. I agree with Crusty that Julian Edgar does good reviews, but his site is starting to get very boring now that he has nothing to test, which sux a bit.

      • The Oracle’s Teacher

        Wheels have been buttered up by Ford Australia too. Infact they even changed the Car of the Year rules to make sure it accomodated the Territory when it arrived the following year as suv’s were inelligable until then. Don’t tell half a story.

        • Tinman

          Anyone in the game,
          with half a brain,
          knows Wheels and Holden,
          are the same!

          • The Oracle’s Teacher

            For your rhym

            You may have scored

            If you had said

            Wheels and Ford.

            But the truth is wheels

            Push anything local

            It sells their mags

            Holden, Ford equally vocal.

          • The Oracle’s Teacher

            Every cover is Falcodore

            I don’t buy it any more

            They slam everything out of Korea

            That mag is verbal Diarrhea

            If I want honesty I’ll come here

            Where most posters do not veer

            From what is obvious for most to see

            The Falcodores no longer lead

            Large cars are largely out of favour

            Our diet is now a different flavour

            We’re moving from meat pies and beer

            To Hyundais and a side of KIA.

  • Bob

    okay. So $34,990 + on road costs of $1,493 + $400 CPT (according to the calculator on the RTA website). = $36,983

    So the $38,990 quoted by dealerships means the dealers are taking ~ $2,100. I’d imagine that in a few months once the initial novelty is worn off, this would be quite negotiable.

    • motorhead

      and we used to crinch at the $1,000 car wash! Until I test drive one, my price point for the Elite would be about $37,000. I’ll keep my money until the first dealer gives me one for under that. Then again, ex-demos will be on from about Apr/May for probably a bit less….I agree with Robin, the way these things drive is where it’s at. I love the sound and handling of my E46 330i but when I get in my wife’s 307 HDi, I’m reminded just how well a good diesel does practically everything – particularly going up hills (effortless).

  • http://wheresthefoxhat Adrian Surplice

    Yeah whatever, I’ve heard it all before hand but lets face it we are talking about small cars and we all know that if all the windows are up and you fart, you blow all the seams.

    Not interested in economy, the safety of my family is paramount and after being in the road accident rescue game for the past 20 years, I will stick with the proven big names and at $40ks I would be looking at a second hand Merc, Beemer or Volvo and in my case the S80.

    • mmmmm

      I agree safety for the the family is paramount, but check out the top 5 EuroNCAP achievers of 2009. The little hyundai i20 out scored the volvo XC60.

      If you believe the myth that older bigger cars are safer then new small 5 star cars, look on you tube at the 5th gear crash test, a large volvo 940 head on with a little Renault Modus.
      The little renault went through the Volvo like a hot knife through butter, the test dummy in the Volvo came out in pieces, a driver in the Renault could have walked away from it.
      Stick with the merc or bmw if you want to go used car. Or save thousands and get a new hyundai.
      Hyundai has proven it can build safe 5 star cars, it would be a surprise if the ix35 doesn’t get a high 5 star score.

      • GoHyundai

        1949: “Volvo had the first safety belts in 1949.”

        2010: “The little hyundai i20 out scored the volvo XC60.”

        :-)

  • t

    Wanna make this look even nicer?

    look at the upcoming nissan JUKE

    look at ANY new subaru.

    • ss

      nissan JUKE, subaru <- Ugly, inferior quality and safety than hyundai

    • Robin Graves

      I think your vision is impaired, maybe the old wives tale is true….

  • TheFrugalOne

    Bring on the multi vehicle comparison!

  • david

    Nearlly there Hyundai, but ill wait for the Kia Sportage… Sportaage way better looking, not so mummy and more agressive yet classic.

    Kia still doing better looking cars im sorry by a long shot

  • http://wheresthefoxhat Adrian Surplice

    I think I would like to be in a 2010 Toyota Landcruiser with a big mf bull bar when I T Bone or head on the I35X. Sorry guys but that is a fact of life and that is why you see those wankers driving around in their 4×4 because they do not give a rats about you or me in our little buz boxes.

  • http://wheresthefoxhat Adrian Surplice

    Just for everyones Info NACP ratings are determined by the following:

    Front Impact Tests

    * At 40 mph, a car crashes into a collapsible barrier.

    Side Impact Tests

    * At 30mph, a trolley with a collapsible front is ploughed into the driver’s side of the car to recreate a side-on collision.

    Pedestrian Impact

    * A collection of tests are conducted to imitate 40 mph collisions featuring pedestrians.
    * Simulated body parts are used to imitate the crash situation.
    * The sites of impact are then graded as weak, satisfactory or good.

    Pole Tests

    * Around 25% of serious or fatal road accidents involve side-on incidents – usually one vehicle hitting another side-on.
    * Pole tests are designed to persuade car manufacturers to install head protection equipment. They involve fitting such equipment before performing the test.
    * Side impact head airbags create padding for the head area and reduce the chances of travelling through the car window.
    * A car is thrust forward at 18 mph into a fairly narrow pole, causing plenty of damage to the side of the car.
    * Without the side impact head airbags, a fatal head injury is a distinct possibility.

    Sorry everyone, I think I will stick with my bigger, heavier 5 star rated NACP car thankyou

    • ss

      check out the top 5 EuroNCAP achievers of 2009. The little hyundai i20 out scored the volvo XC60.

    • Robin Graves

      This has all been debated before, I’ll stick with modern 5 star NCAP cars over the older tanks. Darwin will see who’s right in the long run.

    • The Oracle’s Teacher

      Bigger doesn’t mean stronger. Don’t you watch the news. 8 kids dead in 2 XR6′s in a week.

      • Millatime

        Bigger does mean stronger, and thats all there is to it. ANY car, regardless of size, that hits an immovable object such as a tree or power pole at high speed, as happened in the 2 examples you cite, will result in fatalities. Unfortunately it’s simple physics.

        Adrian Surplice is absolutely right. Might is right. You crash your little 5 star i20 head on into my Landcruiser 200 and see who comes off best. Just make sure your life insurance is paid up first though.

      • The Oracle

        What are you saying Clueless Aussie, that they would have survived if they were in a little car? That’s just plain dumb. Millatime is correct, it is simple basic physics of mass and velocity. If you ever finished high school, you would have learnt that.

        • The Oracle’s Teacher

          Go back to school and study the effects of mass at speed. The heavy the vehicle ,the harder it is to stop . Very basic physics and you both fail.

          A barrage of personal attacks .. Go read the rules of the website and grow up. You’re supposed to be some middle aged man with a family but are behaving like an infant.

          • Maz8

            Ignore him Oracle teacher. He’s a troll and an abused child.

          • http://bent Millatime

            You just contradicted yourself, and proved my point, nice one…

          • Maz8

            All I proved is you know nothing about physics. If all things are equal and the cars have the same safety systems, same speed at impact and same tensile steel in the front of the passanger compartment every extra kilogram is a negative there after as it is tranfered into amplified mass at speed and therefore more nergy is needed to slow it down. If the object they are hitting is solid and will not give the heavier veicle will come out worse. That is basic energy transfer physics.

            All I contradicted was you.

          • Hybrid Camry

            I agree with these other guys and I did physics in uni. The heavier car has the disadvantage when they meet a solid object. It’s extra mass is harder to slow down, so the result is more damage as it will try to travel further through the object it hits.

            I don’t need my degree to know that. It’s basic. If the large and small car were hitting eachother it would be a different outcome. But both those XR6′s hit trees that wouldn’t give. So yes oddly enough a smaller car would slow down quicker on impact if all else was equal.

  • Robin Graves

    All the naysayers on here who still have a stigma about Hyundais, stick to your conformadores, craptivas, Subarus, Volvos, Nissans and whatever other under-engineered POS that is riding on ’90s reputation – you will never know what you are missing out on, all the better for people who have a brain. All those car makers went broke for a reason, now they are hobbled up half-breeds that are built to a price not a standard.

    • The Oracle’s Teacher

      For the very first time I actually agree with you on something.

    • Tinman

      Robin, wait until the full effect of the GFC hits the showrooms in 5-10 years from now.
      Those manufacturers that had no choice but to dramatically cut back on research and development will in effect be selling new used cars.

      Hyundai and VW are two that I know of, that are full steam ahead.

      There will still be people who wont buy them.

    • Steven

      We just bought a Subaru Forester but we were in the market for one of these but they took too damn long to announce a release date.

      Plus we want to do some adventuring and I don’t know much about the durability of the ix35.

      I don’t turn my nose up at Korean cars though as I know several people that have had trouble free motoring for many years.

      I’m dead jealous of the diesel/auto option though! Subaru will be there soon enough I reckon.

    • liz

      Yes I agree, once you drive a hyundai, you wont go back.
      My current car hyundai santa fe 2003, trading it in now on the Highlander mark 2 in phantom black, will have to wait 2-3 months. Had a bmw before my current hyundai, never again, too many electrical probs. Did love the fact that the BMW felt more solid than my santa fe,so very excited about the highlander, as feels just as solid, but then again its nearly twice as heavy as santa, and even though long wait, I am happy to wait for the new and improved highlander.

    • Rabbit

      Let me know when your precious Hyundai produce something that is “under-engineered” as good as a GTR or RX7/RX8 or Supra, EVO etc. Just because these companies take pride in their achievements and built a name doesn’t mean they are the bad guy. They just don’t spend all their time building cars designed to appeal to families and men with vaginas (who wouldn’t know how to drive a real 4wd if a Dakar rally driver game them lessons) and people who would rather buy the cheaper option and wonder why your car is worth 30% of its original value 5 years later! You wanna buy Korean…thats your choice, but until they show that they can actually engineer a ‘performance’ car or a 4wd that can be driven ‘off-road’, I would rather go for a solid brand, with a good reputation and pay the extra $. Go have another latte wanker!

  • Al Juraj

    I saw one today and I have to say it seems to make a lot of sense. It looks nice inside and out, very untypical for a Hyundai. They really mean serious business and would be at par with the Japanese just about now, if not very soon.

    There’s just one thing I’m unsure of. The diesel combined consumption is only 1 liter/100 km better than the 2.0 petrol. The higher cost of diesel fuel, as well as buying and maintaining a diesel car, would very well offset the marginal economy benefit. Funny enough, the bigger Sorento diesel is listed at 6.7 litres/100 km, .8 better than the Hyundai.

    • bob

      Its also interesting to note that the official fuel consumption of the Auto Diesel ix35 is exactly the same as the Santa Fe Auto Diesel (7.5l/100km), despite being a smaller, lighter vehicle with a smaller version of the same engine.

      • app_master

        Yes, it’s either an ineffeicient design (or the Santa fe is more efficient, could read either way?)
        Or ADR testing is inconsistant.
        I’ll go with the later :)

        • The Oracle’s Teacher

          …or a cut and paste as it hasn’t been tested yet. I can’t see it being that high when they are getting 4.85ltrs on the highway in independent tests.

    • Devil’s Advocate

      Not everyone buys a diesel for economy Al Juraj, especially with the latest generation diesels. The Petrol version may burn only a little more fuel than the diesel version, but it wouldn’t be able to see which way the diesel went, especially along a mountain road with a couple of passengers/luggage etc.
      I remember an article in a magazine a few years ago where they had a review of a BMW 3 series diesel (E46 model, or previous shape) in Europe on a nice ‘coastal mountain road’. They also had a same capacity petrol version with the convoy as well for comparison. Needless to say, the petrol version was slaughtered by the diesel and couldn’t keep up no matter how hard they tried. 0-100 times isn’t always a true indicator of “real world” performance! :-)

      • The Oracle’s Teacher

        Nice post and clearly someone who has knowledge about what all that torque means. In the real world when a car is laden with the family, the “official figure” for petrol cars becomes redundant very quickly. The diesel will only increase consumption marginally by comparison.

        It is also far more tractible with less need to hunt gears and obviously you will spend less of your life at the bouser. That is what needs to be weighed up when considering the car. The towing limit of this car will be determined by the auto and not the engine. It isn’t much different to my Navara in output.

        Speaking of which, I wonder how long it will take Hyundai to realise there is a whole new market for it in One Tonne utes? They have the engines now.

        • Whitbomb07

          Actually I still think it will be the tow bar that will be the limiting factor, not the tranny.

          You’ve hit the nail on the head DA!

          Regards

          Whitbomb07

  • JC

    Hyundai has the best diesel in the market. What else are you going to buy for the same money and same spec at the moment? Kia? only if you want to settle for a poorer quality workmanship. Just all go and buy one then try and tell me you are dissapointed.

    • OIL BURNER

      Nothing beats a VW diesel however this shows that Hyundai is the most advanced Asian car company in the world. Bring it on………….oh what a feeling !

  • vid_ghost

    Im very tempted to skip the “high cost” of the diesel version… here’s hoping i can tack on a sunroof and some leather onto a 2.0L ix35

    • Robin Graves

      Drive them both, and you may find the diesel option well worth the extra money. 400Nm is hard to look past for the extra coin. Its not all about the fuel economy.

  • MK

    It looks likes a girl’s car.

    • The Oracle’s Teacher

      You look like an idiot.

    • THE ORACLES MENTOR

      Your right MK i saw the ad tonight its a girly suburban foo fighter , just another towny 4WD .

  • Taranaki Dave

    I inspected the Active base model at the weekend. Even the base model was very well appointed. I’m going to get the Highlander version. Even though it was a little smaller than I imagined; it ticked all the boxes for me. I’m waiting on fleet pricing; however I’m hoping to drive one of these away for about $38k.

    • liz

      Hi, looking to buy the highlander also, it will be a three month wait though, but I think it will be worth it as it’s the updated version, different suspension system, much better ride and there are a few are items they have improved on, but this is only for the highlander. the new model will only cost $500 more than the previous.
      Test drove the elite. Love the triptronic as I drive a manual now, love having the option of switching. What bothers me,I am a little bit of a perfectionist, is the saggy leather. My husband has an ss, and I am going to be contstantly comparing the leatherwork. Hopefully the new and improved model will have ironed out those leather wrinkles. Seems to me that Hyundai have read the reviews, the no blue tooth, bad ride, saggy leather and have taken that on board with the new and improved model. Yay, glad I waited. Now are they going to agree to the $10,000 trade in on my old santa fe and let me walk away only paying $30,000 for the new and improved Highlander.
      Now, problem, what colour, too many nice colours to choose from.

  • Davo

    It’s on my shopping list, along with the Captive 5, and when it arrives the Sportage. I’m looking forward to reading that the firs review to compare these three.

    And the pricing is pretty good in Aussie – lets hope its along the same lines here in NZ.

  • motorhead

    …when will they give up on this + $320 or whatever for metallic paint?

    • Tinman

      When everyone else stops charging $500 plus.

      • Devil’s Advocate

        Mazda doesn’t charge extra at all for pearl/metallic paint. They haven’t for quite a few years now.

  • motorhead

    Can’t reconcile a couple of aspects at the moment. If Jato are to be believed, the cargo capacity with seats up is 730L. That seems unlikely. The combined fuel economy being no better than the Santa Fe, which is a couple hundred kg heavier and sports the 2.2 R eng. – mmm, one of them must be inaccurate. Mr Tholstrup acheiving 4.85 l/100km is commendable, but in real world driving, even non-stop, should be somewhere 5.5-6.0 I suspect – good but not outstanding. The weight control dept haven’t exactly aced it either. At 1706 kg, it is a whopping 220 kg heavier than the class-leading Subaru Forester at less than 1500 (no diesel yet though which is often a 50-75kg penalty). Still the heart is where the decisions are often made (and it looks like a very solid package), so if the test drive causes a grin then maybe the ix35 will be a contender for my next buy.

    • vid_ghost

      Indeed, i’ll be asking the dealer about this fuel economy discrepancy when i go in and check out the car at the dealership this weekend :) I want one with a sunroof and Leather so if i must buy the hylander then so be it… mind you i’ll probably wait until the end of 2010 befor i do.. allot better discounting on runout model sales.

      • Bernie

        The H dealership really can’t see past the max pricing sched for the ix35 at the moment. The best I have been quoted for the Elite is 36,630 with Corp discount and a small discretionary discount thrown in. The lack of Bluetooth particularly on the high spec models is a surprise though. I’ve also had a look at the LX Captiva. Very well specified these days with GPS and Reversing camera etc and 7 seats too. But they are even heavier and the engine output is outpointed by the ix35. Warranty stops at 3yrs though and the quality could not be at the same std as H these days. I’ve had two H Getzs and the quality just keeps getting better. The i45 due later this year will get the diesel also and could really shake up the med car market I suspect..

  • James Cortez

    Engine: Bravo. More Kw or Horsepower and torque per liter than the Shameful turbocharged petrol Volvo T5, Ford Focus XR5, and more torque than the turbocharged petrol: Falcon XR6, FPV typhoon 6, Golf GTI, Scirocco, BMW335i, Audi RS4 supercharged, Mitsu EVO X and Ralliart, Subie WRX and STi, Mazda 3 MPS etc etc.

    Look: Subjective but I say ot looks ugly, can’t match most if not all German cars exterior and interior.

    Price: RIDICULOUS. If they were 5 grand cheaper I would buy the diesel CASH straightaway. It puts me off and my families and close friends. They are charging too much.

  • Steven

    Again, no reach adjustable steering. FAIL.

    • Whitbomb07

      My i30 does. Strange that this wouldn’t…….

      Regards

      Whitbomb07

  • vid_ghost

    wow … no telascopic steeing adjustment feature, thats poor for a $38k car
    I will be putting that on my list of things to check at the dealer!

  • Taranaki Dave

    My wife and I test drove the Highlander today. It is a a VERY impressive vehicle. it climbs hills like a V8; the torque is incredible. The interior is very good – we couldn’t fault this car. These things are going to sell like hot cakes. I was considering buying the Outlander XLS Luxury; however the ix35 highlander is almost 10 grand cheaper and poops all over the XLS performance wise. In fact, it’s better than the VR six cylinder we test drove. We’ll be buying one.

    • http://opel vid_ghost

      Nice comment on your test drive! :) cant wait to hop into one my self… I just sold my 09 new gen mazda 3 to upgrade to one of these ix35′s

      • The Oracle’s Teacher

        Congrats on your purchase Taranaki. May it give you years of enjoyment.

        For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention, Hyundai doubled its sales last year over 2008 worldwide. The planet is starting to wake up. The Koreans are coming.

        KIA sponsored the Australian open (big mistake Ford) and Hyundai the winter olympics. These two will be on most people’s lips over the coming years. Toyota will slowly fall from favour ,especially with all the recalls of late.

      • HyundaiSmoke

        Yeah it is an upgrade, becuase Hyundai unlike Mazda isnt scared to at least try to become a luxury company. You could be a Japanese Alfa Romeo, but seem not to want to try Mazda.

        • Devil’s Advocate

          What rock have you been hiding under, or maybe more accurately to fit with your name, what have you been smoking? Mazda tried the “luxury brand” thing in the early 90s, even though it was a failure due to Mazda being a small company trying to do too much and spreading themselves so thin with so little money. They had the Eunos brand as well as the Amati luxury brand that was scrapped just before release when they had just about run out of money. The models destined for the Amati label were re-badged either Eunos or Mazda. Then there was the Mazda 929. That could be classed as a luxury car attempt way back in the 70s with it’s “flash for the time” velour trim/power window option etc etc. Even the 626 of the mid 80s had technology/luxury features that most cars in it’s class didn’t have like electronic adjustable suspension, power steering, 4WS etc etc.

          I am not saying one brand is better or worse than the other, I just wanted to clarify your blanket, but untrue statement. To say a brand like Mazda have never “tried” to be a luxury brand demonstrates to me that you need to do a bit more research about other manufacturers and get your facts straight before you start bagging them out with unfounded nonsense! Don’t get me wrong, I like what hyundai have been doing lately and would seriously consider them if I was after a new car, however I do not let things like that cloud my judgement. :-)

    • JC

      dave u r awesome. i am from taranaki

  • HyundaiSmoke

    Many makes have a signature grille. BMW, Benz, Those Ram Trucks, Alfa, etc…

    Hyundai has finally found their signature Grille here!!!

    They can of course refine it over the years, but its not broken. Every place on the planet these things are sellng at is doing record breaking sales. US Tucson/ix Sales= up 120% over month to month.

    Hyundai will ride the Grille to the bank and automotive history books, and should never deviate from the Hexagonal form. Whether its 2010 or 2040, Id always like to see this Grille on all Hyundai Future Products.

    • vid_ghost

      2040 lol looking a little into the future there.. im not sure a grill would even still exist in 2040 transportation.

      • Shak

        In a way he is right, when a company establishes its new design direction with a grille that suits many people, this is sign that they are on a massive rise, and Hyundai and KIA are both onto this.

    • hundi stroker

      Yes the buck toothed fairy grill tis a thing of beauty ,ha this will change very soon when the next phase of the moon appears , are you joking thats an abomination .

      Attention all euro makers beware the tooth fairy is a coming to steel your mojo .

      Damn yanks drinkin toooooo much moonshine again

      • vid_ghost

        It is a little when you point it out but its not obvious “overall” i think they did a good job with the design.

  • mybrains

    I waited for this one because it looked great, however I too just had a heart attack at the price. The outgoing base was $22,900 including onroads, and the new model was quoted by a dealer today to me =30K! So a $7,000 premium just to introduce a new model? wtf?

    It gets worse. I see deals on new Japanese Vitaras for less than the ix35. I know from experience what will hold resale value – just check how quickly the outgoing Tuscon has dropped in price.

    Hyundai, if your listening, get the price back into reality.

    PS I hear that a boatload are due to arrive end feb, so maybe dealers will ease off with the silly RRP pricing + massive 2K dealer on road costs margin.

    Once reality sets in, I would be happy to buy one….

    • Gerry Mc N

      I have been watching this car for a few weeks and waiting on it being brought to Scotland. It will be interesting to see how much it will be as price is bing quoted £15000 – £19000 top range. If they start going of their head with cost.. Will look at Nissan.

      • Willz

        I drove a Highlander today which was the only one the dealer had. Must admit it was a very good car, but it’s still a Hyundai and I fear resale value will not be that great compared to say a Tiguan (which I also drove today).
        Drive away price for the Highlander was 42K which is only a touch under the Tiguan.

        A HUGE jump compared to the Tucson. But that car really doesn’t compare at all in terms of power and features.

        Thinking I might wait a while to see what happens….

    • Jinsei

      What is the ‘reality’ you re talking about?

      Is there any rules that Hundai vehicles should never match the Japanese regardless of its performance and quality improvement? Let’s be straight here. the ix35 diesel far outperforms the suzuki vitara in engine performance, fuel economy and cabin spaciousness.

      The price increase on ix35 is simple to understand in economic sense; it just reflects the commensurate enhancement in quality, performance and therefore ‘the value’ of the vehicle.

      • mybrains

        The reality is that Hyundai have got their big increase in sales in OZ last year using price as a weapon. No Japanese could compete on value/price.

        Now that they have Japanese prices on the ix35, their prime selling weapon has been removed. Dumb move as they now need to fight for every sale head on against the Japanese. This means we will not only compare looks, economy, safety but the big ones that hurt us like resale value and marque prestige. Even though I am a very serious ix35 buyer (I have held off buying 3 months until its release) I hope Hyundai wake up and start offerings some sales.

        The only other major disappointment was that the CDi lacks a manual (unlike competitors). For those that have never owned a turbo car (I have for 7 years) the lag isn’t just a minor inconvenience, but its a real safety risk. I timed the ix35 from off pedal to flat to the floor and it took 3 seconds for power to arrive fully. I found that 3 seconds is an eternity when jumping out into a traffic gap (I almost hit the oncoming traffic in my test drive). Now If you have a manual, you can rev it up till the turbo boost arrives and simply let the clutch out to jump into traffic. 100% safer.

        • Robin Graves

          Use the brake and stall up the converter.

          • mybrains

            not a good idea as it will make the auto have a haemorrhage. Also remember the computer in these cars logs your driving style and this may be used against you in a wty claim when something breaks in said auto box.

          • Robin Graves

            What a load of rubbish, it will just be a second or two and it will warm up the transmission fluid a little – big deal. Maybe if you held it for 30 seconds under full boost it might make the tranny get a bit warm under the collar, i’m saying just for a second or two to get the turbo up. Some ECU’s wont allow throttle while the brake switch is closed thats the only problem.

    • Maz8

      $22,900 was actually a clearance price. the RRP was $24,990 plus on roads. The price was dropped late in the model life. Most manufacturers do this.

    • SadPuppy

      I registered my interest as soom as I heard the ix35 was coming. I saw their new pricing and nearly choked, talk about ripped off. I haven’t even bothered opening the email they sent me. I suspect the Dualis may be the way to go. I may as well buy Japanese if I’m paying these prices.

      Also, what’s the deal with no Bluetooth? Why not add DAB+ radio and stand out of the crown.

      Such a shame Hyundai. You missed the target on this one. Too late for me.

    • KEN

      This what is expected from a dealer for a new Model. Consider this, if hyundai is not doing very well, will the dealer offer such prices in the first place?

      Tried the previous version, would have bought the manual version on the first instance if not for my wife (she wanted a auto). So instead got a Lancer, which i don’t really like other then their 10 years warranty which i personally think it’s a marketing/PR hype.

      A personal note to all prospective buyer, wait for some time a year or so for Hyundai to iron out all their bugs before buying. Also at that time you will also be have greater bargaining power

  • Lesley Carlson

    This car company’s draw card for us was always the price tag. They are now just to pricey for us and as stated before, it isn’t worth it when you consider the resale values on Hyundies. Our 2004 Terrican is worth jack-all :( Another faithful customer gone Hyundai

    • CrustyTheClown

      AMEN!!

      WELL SAID my boy!!

      Reality at long last has hit mome…

      Dont you now just wish you purchased a Japper?

      i30 owners will burn BIG time they will regreat they never purchased a superior Lancer, now very little difference in the price, GENERATION ahead in quality and resale

      Well worth the extra…..

      Hynkia sell only thanks to the price advantage. thats just about all gone.

      • Jinsei

        Hyundai-Kia sold over 4.5 million vehicles last year globally. That many customers wouldn’ t buy a car just because it s cheap. Would you?

        Cheap price alone does not generate customer loyalty and only leaves negative perceptions in their mind. A good example would be the crap excel.

        Hyundai learnt a lesson from it and has been improving its quality dramatically and that explains their constant sales increase ok?

        So it s utterly misleading to suggest that hyundai’s almost 5 millions sales are only due to their low prices.

      • Whitbomb07

        Just wait until that CVT craps itself Crusty then we’ll see how good it is.

        Your an absolute joke.

        I’ve had my i30 for 15months, 54,000km on the clock and not a single regret about what it is and what it does, never wished I had any of it’s competitors. It’s a great car, it’s a pity you are so ignorant, but there always has to be at least 1 idiot in the village.

        I would love to take you for a race along a nice windy hill climb and show you just how much your Lancer dies in the a$$.

        Regards

        Whitbomb07

        • Dan09

          Drove both the new VRX Lancer and top of the range i30 when looking for a new car. I’m sorry, the i30 disappointed me. It looks great, but the 2.0L wasn’t punchy at all, the drive and road feel was uninspiring & flat. Gearbox felt cheap and notchy. The interior look wasn’t quite there, although Hyundai have come a long way.
          The VRX lancer drove far more aggressively, very notable difference in power with the 2.4L manual, steering gave me more feedback, overall an very extremely fun. Gearbox is short and fun. Lancer is great in the corners with extremely little roll and great grip. Obviously I bought lancer, 10k and 12 months later, love it. I hate to say it Whitbomb07, but the VRX lancer would eat the i30 for breakfast in a windy hill climb. You only have to drive both cars to see the huge difference. I went in with a open mind when test driving both (price tags were very close).

          • CrustyTheClown

            AMEN!!!

            How dare you even compare that i30 to a VASTLY superior Lancer! :-)

            The Lancer is at least 1 to 2 GENERATIONS [not years, GENERATIONS] in front of what the Koreans are doing.

            They ONLY sell due to the massive low prices, $13k Getz, get it???

          • Whitbomb07

            Mate even with the 2.4 petrol the Lancer would still lose a windy hill climb to a i30 Diesel. Not just race wise, but fuel usage aswell.

            I admit the i30 petrol is for A to B day runner people, the diesel is for driving. If I had to chose between a petrol i30 and a Lancer, I’d probably still go with the i30, but throw the i30 diesel in and there’s no doubt which of the 3 I’d take.

            I feel for you that you didn’t give the diesel a shot, you’ve really missed out.

            Regards

            Whitbomb07

          • Hybrid Camry

            I have to agree with Whitbomb. The diesel is the pick and would creme the lancer not just in drivability but absolutely smash it on economy. I’d have the i30. Mitsu are still having issues with their transmissions and resale is no longer and advantage.

        • CrustyTheClown

          The Lancer unlike this korean job has THE best powertrain warranty of 10years [ie DOUBLE Hyd.] and 160,000km warranty.

          They give this warranty as they dont have issues with them

          GAME OVER

          Lancer by MILESSSSS

          • Whitbomb07

            All great and well that they provide 10 years for PART of the vehicle, but your argument has 1 fatal flaw:

            It’s 160,000km warranty, Hyundai is unlimited kms. For the annual amount I drive I’d pass 160,000 in less than 4 years. What happens then? I’ll take the Hyundai thanks!

            Keep dreaming Crusty.

            Regards

            Whitbomb07

          • Andrew M

            Sorry Whitbomb,
            I totally agree with dans comments.

            I like Dan went into the small car shopping search with a very open mind. The i30 was the biggest disappointment. Well maybe it disappointed as much as the Impreza, so lets call it equally biggest disappointment.

            I would take the lancer any day over the i30, even in non VRX form.
            Value for money in the Lancer equals i30 no probs, and style and resale leaves i30 for dead.

            Ended up getting the Mazda though (SP23), as overall interior, features and quality is better than the rest. Best gearbox in class, also felt the punchiest by far (sames goes for non SP23 models).
            And resale…….Mazda leaves them for dead no questions asked.

            If it was my main drive though, I would prob look again at the VRX because it has a little more of a masculine touch to it, and its a little bigger

          • Robin Graves

            Only good if Mitsubishi are still around in 10 years. Have you seen the amount of debt Japan is in? I know Mitsubishi is not the Japanese government but the sh!t is starting to slide off the shovel over there.

          • Dan09

            Whitbomb07, Unless the i30 diesel has fundamentally different suspension, steering, braking and gearbox to the petrol, I am struggling to see how much of actually how different it would be and how I missed out. I remember walking out of the i30 after taking it for a burn and just feeling bored. After that, took the RS Impreza for a drive, which was better but it seemed heavy and sluggish (although the AWD was very good – flogging it around a sharp corner in the wet and it didn’t fault). The Impreza also lacked in styling (bucket like dash board and don’t particularly like the front end) and was underpowered. I also drove the Mazda SP23 – Andrew I agree a very solid drive and it was a very close second for me to the lancer. Very quick off the mark and responsive, fun drive.

            To me, after test driving and really putting a car through its paces, I need to walk out with a huge grin on my face – otherwise why bother changing from your current car. Two did this for me, the Lancer and SP23 for a few reasons – they are responsive, good looking, good quality, aggressive, sufficient power, give you plenty of driving feedback and are comfortable. I know this isn’t the same criteria for everyone, but I like fast good looking cars. The lancer, whilst not perfect, ticked the right boxes.

            I have driven a few Diesels and they still struggle to match petrol with consistent torque throughout the rev ranges, particularly in city driving when short sharp bursts of power are required. I would agree that diesel efficiency would not touch the lancer petrol, but that’s not comparing apples with apples now is it.

            I just took the lancer to QLD – Sydney, my trip computer gave me an average of 7.5L/100km and I have a very heavy foot (ac on the entire time) and as we all know about the pacific highway, lots of power is needed a lot for high speed overtaking. The lancer’s Fuel efficiency is fine for my purposes, I would never make back the increase in cost for a diesel v fuel savings when driving ~10k p.a..

            So its not for everyone out there, but the Lancer/SP23 definitely suited my personality. Its a drivers car, as opposed to an A-B runaround which the i30 suits well. If Hyundai can keep working on the quality and make huge improvements in the driving experience they will get there – but they haven’t hit the mark yet. Others’ thoughts?

          • Carr

            why isn’t it unlimited KM?
            forget the 10years. how about an average of 20k a year and u run out of warenty after 8years.

            Or what about the people who rack up 30km+ a year? only 6 year warrenty.

            Doesn’t seem to great this 10year warrenty with limited KM

  • CrustyTheClown

    Frankly i dont know why everybody is going gaagaa over this Korean, just another mid field runner, nothing more.

    Its NOT super value for money either, and the resale is still VERY VERY poor on Korean made vehicles

    Tucson was $22,900 driveaway, this has gone up like 25%

    fail

    • Robin Graves

      All the same clowns keep touting Hyundai’s bad resale, its a fairy tale. The worst resale of any car is the Comformadore Omega. Check out redbook and you’ll find the previous gen Tucson lose less money than its competitors, but that wont make the clowns stop sprouting the same old rubbish.

      • mybrains

        Wanting to be fair I checked this. I looked up on redbook a 2005 top of the line Tucson and the equiv top RAV4 cruiser. Both had devalued about 16K on private sale price by today. However being that the Tucson had a lower cost price (32K vs 36K) then the Hyundai has actually devalued more.

        I can say that while Hyundai do devalue a bit more in general, This may not always be the case. Sometimes certain models, due to their popularity, command unusually higher resale. The old Tucson was not an ideal car and I would expect the ix35 to better it on resale without a doubt. This may actually end up better than Japanese car resale. We shall see in a few years time….

        • Robin Graves

          What about Outlander, XTRail – last time i checked Tucson was the best of them all.

          • Crossy

            Better check your redbook again, tucson resale is pretty ordinary. It’d be one of the worst in it’s class. I reckon Hyundai resale will end up as good as the japs but it’ll take a few more years yet.

          • Robin Graves

            Like I said, last time I checked around a year ago, Tucson was better than XTrail and Outlander, and the same as RAV4 and Kluger, hardly worst or very, very poor.

      • Tinman

        Last time I checked, Getz had one of the best resale values around.
        Don’t forget that most makes are out of factory warranty at 3 years, whilst Hyundai warranty still has 2 years to run.
        Like it or not, this affects resale value.

  • Jinsei

    What a misleading statement yours is! Mitsubishi lancer ‘generation’ ahead of the i30? in what?

    Is it the plasticly panels used all over the interior or un-spacious cabin that made you think so?

    the i30 has been receiving awards and positive responses from mororing press not only here Down Under but in the US, Germany, UK and everywhere.

    The Lancer is an excellent car, but only if you could buy one of thoee EVOs, forget about the standard lancer. It s not even close to the i30 in anything from fit&finish, interior to price

    • Jinsei

      And by the way, do you know that the Lancer’s 2.0 petrol engine is basically a revised version of Hyundai’s in-house designed Theta engine?

      Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Chrysler had a joint venture project where Hyundai primarily developed the Theta engine and the other 2 companies bought a licence to use it in their vehicles.

      So if you are saying that the Lancer is ‘generation’ ahead, one reason for that would be the punchy Theta engine.

      • Robin Graves

        The 4G11 in the EVO is also based on the GEMA engine.

  • vid_ghost

    Awsome car shocking price! .. no change in hell would i pay $30k for the base model when i could haggle a Tucson drive away at 21k

    • Jinsei

      The old tucson was cheap because it was not up to the standard of its competitors such as the cr-v.

      Now the new ix35 is a completly different model with all technical updates and arguably the greatest fuel economy in its class. We certainly can’t expect the same low price on this new model can we?

      • mybrains

        In all fairness we should expect a price increase, but I suggest we are all shocked by *how much* of a price increase. Its a big pill to swallow after seeing the outgoing model at 23k onroad to jump to 30k onroad for this one. If it was 25-28K onroad they would probably get massive sales instead of us bickering ;)

      • jansjetta

        I will argue with you Junsei …. The now “old” diesel VW Tiguan in this class claims 7.5l/100 as well. Case lost. But what happened to the chassis for goodness sake? The IX35 cant pull the skin off a rice pudding. With 135kw/392NM it can only pull a garden trailer up to 1600kg braked. The 103/320 Tiguan can pull up to 2500kg braked. Tiguan for me.

        • Whitbomb07

          ix35 has the same fuel consumption but better performing engine and your saying that makes the Tiguan a winner?

          I very much doubt the engine has anything to do with the towing capacity, it has been mentioned that it may be the auto tranny, but I’d put my money on the actual tow bar itself.

          Apply some simply logic and physics and it will tell you that the Hyundai engine itself would be able to pull more, the limitation is somewhere else…….

          Regards

          Whitbomb07

          • Hybrid Camry

            It definately is not the engine. It produces more power and only slightly less torque than my D40 navara and my vehicle tows 3 tonne. it is a ladder chassis though. However in the case of the Hyundai I personally believe that as the auto is maintenance free and sealed for life that they may be playing it safe.

        • wxthree

          Can and should are two different things, there is much debate on whether it really is safe to let a vehicle tow something that weighs so much more than itself.
          Poor Tiguan, 2500kg do you, would you really tow that much ??? Good Luck with that.

    • CRAIG

      the rrp of theix35 is only $1500 more than the tucson. the manufacture reduced the price to run them out. if you expect it to be around the same price then you are STUPID!!! much better car inside and out.

  • Lumpar

    Am in the market and had a look at the Captiva LX. Must admit Hyundai is going through major change and will be a future car manufacturer to be reckon with! However, I am going to wait for the new KIA Sportage SUV to be launched 2011. This looks like a very beautiful design. Talk about Audi Q5 styling.

    • Jinsei

      If you re not interested in diesel models, the Capitva ia an excellent choice too. It s reasonably priced and has decent performance. The only downside would be the fuel bills though.

      • Robin Graves

        Check around for owner reviews on Craptivas. They aren’t called CRAPtiva for nothing. Lemon on wheels.

        • noj

          They can`t possibly be Robin, they are a Holden and are the best car in the world. LOL

          • GoHyundai

            holden or daewoo? lol

  • Whitbomb07

    I’m starting to get annoyed by all the comments about the Tucson and it’s price difference.

    Has anybody thought about the fact that they are selling them at cost price or below?

    They want to get rid of the things to make way for the ix35! They have to be sold so cheap because they are old and outdated in comparison.

    Of course the price difference was going to be considerable, everyones gotten used to these low prices for the Tucson and forgotten that they are just being cleared out, a year or 2 ago they were quite alot more than the current price.

    Think about it, stop and actually compare the 2 vehicles to each other, the ix35 is in a completely different (and much better) league. What the hell do you expect?

    Regards

    Whitbomb07

    • mybrains

      I also was wondering how the oz ix35 prices stack up. Is it fair? So I jumped on the USA site.
      http://www.hyundaiusa.com/tucson/

      The base manual petrol ix35 sells for 19KUSD. At today’s conversion rate this equates to about 24.5KAUD. Locally we are $26,990. That would indicate we are paying a 2.5K premium over the US customers. I believe both are supplied from the same Korean factories at present. The US base model has the bigger and more expensive 2.4L motor to boot.

      • shak

        and who pays for that extra tax and adr

    • Hybrid Camry

      I made a similar comment somewhere else Whitbomb. The $22,990 is a reduction price that all manufacturers do towards the latter part of a models life. The RRP on the Tuscon was $24,990 plus on roads for the city model. it was reduced for clearance. Manufacturers know that if they can do a late run saturation there is often flow on to the replacement vehicle.

      Plenty of Tuscon owners will take the ix35 for a test drive. You can count on it. I am alread yreading some amazing comments regarding the new one, particulalry where performance of the diesel is concerned. No wonder they dropped the V6. It is redundant.

  • GoHyundai

    hugs

  • okies

    Figures,looks surpassed Japanese.
    So thats why they asking Japanese price.
    Any Q ?

  • davo

    I test drove both the elite and highlander
    Great build quiality on both and the diesel engine really goes once the turbo kicks in the lag is minimal but noticible.

    Highlander is a great car this car will sell like hotcakes, what other car offers full leather, heated seats, reversing camera, Massive sunroof , ipod intergration & 5 year warranty as standard

    Make no mistake its a fantastic car, Badge snobs will never be convinced so why try

  • Paul Asbury

    I have a problem with the RACV test in the video above: – they sealed the tank and only filled it up when they got back to Melbourne. It said they used 70.23 litres of Diesel but the specs say the car tank is only 55 litres, so where did the extra 15 litres come from…..?

    • CrustyTheClown

      From the iload support vehicle

      It FAILED the test, the claim was Melb to Adel. and back on a single tank of DIEsel, never got anywhere near doing that and that was with using angle-gear, slip-streaming and having the master of mileage driving it

      FAIL FAIL FAIL

      • Whitbomb07

        Mate your Lancer would barely make it one way, even that would be pushing it.

        Regards

        Whitbomb07

        • Crusty’s Castrator

          There is a hole in the video. They said they didn’t think it would make the return trip and they would fill up in Bendigo. If you listened properly you would have heard that it did 1100k’s on the first tank and all up did 1400k’s on 70 ltrs. Still damned impressive.

          Crusty you should just F off. You have nothing of any value at all.

          • Hung Low

            Still does not explain the extra 15L or so?

          • Whitbomb07

            At the start you see him using a jerry to top off the tank, perhaps this jerry was again used when they ran out of fuel (they expected around Bendigo) on the return trip to add the 15 lts to the tank, they get to Melb, fill up the jerry then fill the tank to the brim = how much they used total for the round trip.

            Crusty how far do you reckon you would get with the Lancer?

            Regards

            Whitbomb07

  • vid_ghost

    Ohh well the CX7 is also a nice car but price fuel is a killer… we want a cheap car that looks good and sips fuel they got 2 of the 3 right… here’s hoping prices will come down later in this cars sales lifespan.

    • CrustyTheClown

      NOT correct, the CX7 [V A S T L Y] superior to this, is avail. in a N/A ULP and DIEsel powerplants.

      ONLY the hi-po turbo is a guzzler of ULP

      • Whitbomb07

        Can you actually give a few reasons why it is ‘Vastly Superior’ instead of just throwing a few words up to further reinforce how much of a badge snob you are?

        Regards

        Whitbomb07

        • vid_ghost

          The mazda is a better car ( only in build QTY and feel ) but costs almost 50k and its just too darn uneconomical my friends mum\’s CX7 uses 17L/100k thats just shocking!!! an ix35 has a much better engine in both the petrol and diesel verions. You would be silly to go a CX7 over an ix35 for the cost of ownership alone

          • CrustyTheClown

            New model CX7 kicks off at low $30k’s

            Much more frugal on fuel too, ie non-turbo, you can also buy a urea DIEsel too

  • CrustyTheClown

    210 comments on a Korean vehicle???

    You poor fools…..

    WTF??

    • Whitbomb07

      Mainly dedicated to showing how much of a fool YOU are!

      Go play with your Lancer, maybe learn to drive, get over your badge snobbery, actually know what you are talking about and then maybe think about passing judgements!

      Regards

      Whitbomb07

      • Him

        I think the main reason he (Crusty Clown) is so negative is either:

        1. He really believes what he is saying (which is fine as long as it is his subjective opinion but berating other people isn’t cool)

        2. He is a brand/badge snob and a troll as pointed out by others.

        3. He has actually purchased Mitsubishi Lancer (at higher prices almost similar to what he could have purchased entry level ix35 or higher spec’d i30 SLX or SR) and now he is being eaten from inside due to the fact he realises he made a mistake (Not that Lancer is a bad car … it is actually quite good)

    • nick

      Mate I challenge you to find ONE of your comments on this site which has positive votes. Sure Korean cars weren’t worth talking about 10 years ago but a lot has changed since then. Stop living in the past mate. No one here respects badge-snobbery.

    • okies

      You ARE CLOWN.
      Nothing More Nothing LESS.
      HAHA. :)

    • Robin Graves

      Suck it up Princess, not everyone in the world learn as slowly as you. This car has interest for a reason, and not the ones you keep harping on about.

  • Peter H

    The the nice people down the road just traded their Falcon & Hyundai Exel in and bought a 5sp Tucson (on run out) and for them it does the job, probably not up to the standard of its competitors such as the Forrester, VW, RAV & CRV etc.

    Now the new ix35 enters the market. Wow, go Hyundai; a completely different model with all high tech stuff and arguably the greatest fuel economy in its class. You won’t be getting these on run at $21000 drive away! 224 comments for a Korean car , “Go better Go Hyundai”.

  • okies

    ix35 – 135kW
    CX7 – 127kw

    ix35 – 392Nm
    CX7 – 400Nm

    ix35 HighlanderAWD 2.0-litre R-series turbo-Diesel six-speed automatic – $37,990†
    CX-7 Diesel Sports Diesel + Manual – $47,821 ( Price in NSW )

    END of Story.

    • mmmmm

      being a mazda fan, I’ll point out that the mazda diesel gets 136kw and 400nm in the 6,
      however even as a mazda fan if I was looking at a small awd I’d be looking at the Hyundai first, its too good to ignore.
      I did look at an i30 sporstwagon before I decided to step up to the 6, despite being a dearer car I got a better deal on the Mazda

      • okies

        I’ll point out that mazda diesel you mentioned is 2.2 liter.

        ix35 – 2 liter
        CX7 or mazda 6 – 2.2 liter

        END of story

  • Erwinator

    You all talk a lot of crap, I drove the ix35 Highlander and Elite diesel models, Just great, then went next door to Mitsubishi land, there was nothing that even compared to the great looking and performing ix35. Over the years I had Holden’s, Subaru VW, Mercedes, BMW and Toyota. Then Mitsubishi’s and weren’t they fuel guzzlers like the Sigma’s and Magna’s, yuck no wonder the Adelaide factory closed. I am on my 5th Hyundai and they never cost me anything as the warranty is one of the super advantages. Must admit the Accent was a bucket of s..t, the Sonata V6 a bit thirsty but I loved the Elantra. We live in a throw away world so update 12 month before the warranty runs out and sell privately, you won’t get the same on a trade-in. Go ix35.
    Erwinator

    • Hung Low

      Funny thing is that Hyundai started up by using Mitsubishi engines and technology!

      • okies

        Source ???
        AS far as I know Mitsubishi imports engine from Hyundai.

        Anybody can clarify???

        • Robin Graves

          Yes its true, Hyundai used to use Mitsubishi engine designs in the ’80s and ’90s. Check Wikipedia. They also used to make Cortinas under license in the ’70s

          • okies

            Thanks. Yes 80′s, 90′s you are correct.
            But now… 2010.
            As far as know Mitsubish use hyundai engines now. I mean year 2010.
            Am I wrong ? Anybody ???

        • Mad Max

          Mitsubish, Hyundai, Kia and Chrysler all use a common 2.0 and 2.4 petrol engine design. They all put in development money into the project and so you are right in one respect. However the engines are not made in the same plant, rather each manufacturer builds it themselves. I think that you will see more of this in the future due to the high cost of developing these clean efficient engines nowdays. It makes economic sense. There are rumours of the Hyundai R series diesel engines being under evaluation by other manufactuers.
          One question I have with the IX35 is that a derivative is used in the Sante Fe. It is slightly larger capacity, power and torque and is used in a car that is around 300kg heavier. Why then is the stated fuel economy almost identical for both cars. The IX35 uses slightly shorter gearing (gear box and final drive) but I would have thought the economy in the IX35 (smaller car and lighter) would have been better than the Sante Fe.
          Just an observation.

          • Robin Graves

            They all use their own cylinder heads, manifolds, valvetrains etc as well. Hyundai were the main principal design influence in the GEMA project.

            Okies, I think there were still a few Mitsubishi engines hanging around in Hyundai vehicles in the early naughties, but I dont think there is any left now, maybe in some leftover commericial vehicles or such not sold here.

    • Someone

      Nice post. Yep, my father has had a few and says the same thing. So do so many others. Posts like your’s are common and should be sending shockwaves through the other manufacturers. Hyundai/Kia are learning at rapid speed.

    • RIco

      have to Agree with Erwinator. Owned a few Hyundais including a Tucson. Always well cared for n the warranty. Enough demand in the second hand market for them.

      Drove the Elite and will be buying the petrol. Mitsubishi wanted me to sign the deal before seeing or driving the outlander- still havent driven it.

      Guys i would like to think that the price will drop on hte ix soon, but sadly, i think that initially sales will be because its a new car and then the old tucson drivers will be updating. Dont think they will dorp the price too soon. may get some accessories thrown in on plate clearance next year.

      The RRP of the Tucsons was not near the 22k clearing price.

      FOr the 4,5k difference, there is lots of value in the elite.

  • Bob

    I went to the dealership yesterday to check one out. To be honest, in the flesh, the claims that its gone all european are a bit of a marketing stretch. Its still very much an Asian car in the way it feels and looks in reality. But yeah, the build quality seems okay but certainly still not Honda levels of finish.

    Also, the ix35′s only been out a week and the dealer near where I live has already reduced the price of the Elite Diesel from $38,990 (the price I was quoted a week ago on the phone) to $38,600 (yesterday arvo at the dealership).

    There are places offering it for $38,000. Give it 6 months, and I reckon $33,000 would be closer to the mark for a car like this.

    • Taranaki Dave

      I have to disagree with your statement that the ix35 is “Asian” in the way it looks and feels. Have a look at the Outlander, X-Trail, RAV, and CRV – they’re pretty “boxy” in my opinion. The Captiva has had a go at being a little less boxy, but they’re a piece of crap, and the CX-7 is a great looking car. The ix35 is the most aesthetic looking of all these. I had a Honda Accord Euro luxury and the finish of the ix35 Highlander is every bit as good as the Honda. In terms of performance and fuel efficiency, nothing comes near the ix35.

      • Hung Low

        Nissan intended to keep the X-Trail boxy, it design is still faithful to a degree of the Patrol. Apparently a worldwide survey to T30 X-Trail owners dictated that they would prefer the boxy (more macho) design in the new model and Nissan delivered. In its class the X-Trail has the most room almost every where and is the most practical probably due to its design. The IX35 has gone the design path of the original Murano that had introduced bold curves and design elements not seen in soft roaders!

      • Bob

        What has boxy got to do with being European or Asian? Are you saying the Tiguan isn’t at least as “boxy” as a CRV ?

        To explain. When I took my stroll from the VW dealer, past the Subaru & Mazda dealer, the Audi dealer, the Landrover/Skoda dealer and the Peugeot dealer, and finally to the Hyundai dealer. The one thing I noticed was that Hyundai is definitely in the same school as the other Asians in the wheel to wheelarch proportions, the ratio of the waistline to roof, the size and angle of the glasshouse etc. Sure it has some funky lines down its body. But I’d say that’s more akin to a Mazda 3 than a Golf. Wouldn’t you? The actual Euro brands aren’t doing that stuff. Even BMW is going back to less fussy lines.

        And as for the feel. Jumping straight from a Tiguan/Q5 into an X-Trail/Captiva/ix35 There are definitely two camps on how a car should feel. And i’m afraid the ix35 is NOT in the European camp. I even thought the leather was vinyl at first.

        Which is sad, because I had high hopes for the ix35

  • vid_ghost

    I like the ix35 i just dont like the price.. :) will be waiting 12 months + befor i buy one or maybe never if the price is still high! They have left a gap to fill at the $24k small SUV price range

    • Taranaki Dave

      Hey vid_ghost,

      I wouldn’t hold my breath in terms of something to fill the gap. The ix35 will raise the bar in all aspects of the mid-size SUV market. It poops all over the CX-7, the X-Trail, RAV, Outlander, and Craptiva. The diesel motor is absolutely phenomenal. I hope to have finalised my purchase by the end of the week – Highlander in “Sleek Silver”.

      • vid_ghost

        Ummm your reply still doesnt answer my question of the gap hyundai have left for a $24k compact SUV??

        THEY DONT HAVE ONE anymore! now that the Tucson has been fazed out!
        The only option for people with 24k (drive away) will be the 2009/10 Kia Sportage.

        Thats what i’m saying!

  • vid_ghost

    ix35 Driveaway Prices from a dealer in the north shore Sydney NSW

    Petrol Engines
    Active 2wd 2.0L 5 Speed Manual = $30,409
    Active 2wd 2.0L 6 Speed Automatic = $32,469

    Elite 2.4L AWD 6 Speed Automatic = $35,559

    Diesel Engines
    Elite 2.0L R Series Turbo Diesel 6 Speed Automatic = $38,649

    Highlander 2.0L R Series Turbo Diesel 6 Speed Automatic = $41,739

    I just got back from the dealer… love this car its just awesome inside out. but the prices i was quoted are just a joke! Plus the overpowering cheap glue smell of this thing when you sit inside is just ridiculous ( it made me feel ill ) unlike the CX7 or Rav4 that just have a clean leather couch smell this ix35 has a cheap plasticy nauseating one. Here’s hoping its just because its fresh off the boat and over time the price and the smell will both come down! :)

    • Chillidog

      Yes they may be to advertised drive away prices, but did you haggle?

      I did and managed to get one for over $1k less that the prices you have quoted with about $2k of options etc included.

      Anyway, I’m sure if you are serious and have a plan from the start which is better than, oh…is that the RRP plus ORC…I’m not paying that and leaving you will be able to get value.

      To be honest, yes I did buy one today, don’t really love the car, but it will serve a purpose well and I think provides reasonable value for what I need.

      • vid_ghost

        Yeah the guy at the dealer wouldnt budge on the price and all they could give me was free matts! lol .. no thank’s to me thats a bad deal and complete ripp off!

        congratulations on your deal though, what out of the 3 did you go for? and was it in NSW? I’m going to wait until EOFY sales and try my luck again…. im a buyer who will walk away every time i dont get the price i want! and i do know how to haggle! :) the key is to make them invest allot of time in you then haggle the earth out of them.. then walk away telling them your going to another dealer to try your luck there! ( i love to car shop )

      • scatman

        Yes you must haggle, i also brought one today i chucked some of Kim Jong’s favorites movies on VHS and some leftover Minuteman misiles

        • Whitbomb07

          Obviousy you have no freaking idea Scatman.

          Kim Jong Il is the leader of North Korea, nothing to do with Hyundai.

          Hyundai is a South Korean company, there’s a very big difference.

          Obviously your lack of knowing this simple fact shows how foolish you are and shows you to be another silly badge Snob.

          It’s like me saying I won’t buy something from Mitsubishi because I still worry Admiral Yamamoto is going to sail some carriers down here and attack/take over Australia.

          You tell me to go and talk a walk, clean my house, how about you read a book and learn some facts, then maybe come back and make a post.

          Regards

          Whitbomb07

          • vid_ghost

            I think he was just making a joke :) inaccurate as it is. at the end of the day thats one pricy South Korean car…. They should slap on a Samsung logo on that sucker so the price is more realistic. lol

      • Big B

        Yeah…try to haggle with 4-6 months delivery time.
        The dealer can pick which car he sells to which customer.

        Obviously to the one who is paying the closest-to-retail price.

  • okies

    Emblem of Hyundai not too bad with this ix35.
    Actually it goes well with it.
    mmm…

  • vid_ghost

    Would anyone here be more willing to pay the high asking price if the ix35 was made by Samsung rather then Hyundai :) strangly enough i know i would.

    • Taranaki Dave

      vid_ghost,
      I can see why you say strangely enough you would buy the ix35 if it was made by Samsung. What logic are you using here? Because they make a good flat panel TV you think they might make a good car????

      • vid_ghost

        Dave, not sure if you know this or not but in korea Samsung make cars, along with a wide range of other products that for some reason dont make it outside of korea. :) Seeing there products are superior to japanese (according to reviews) i would feel better paying more for a Samsung ix35 knowing its coming from them! “if its at the same QTY as there other products”

        • Taranaki Dave

          That makes much more sense now vid_ghost.

          • vid_ghost

            Indeedy ! :) … i just googled some of there cars .. they dont look too bad hehe i wonder how they drive! do they use full lcd led instrument panel omg my CAR has a dead pixel right on 60Kmph lol eheh

        • idlebrain

          Nope, Samsung doesn’t build the car. They used to assemble nissan’s car in korea but it was taken by Renult. In fact, their official name is Renult Samsung.

          • ss

            Renault Samsung motors is actually NOTHING relation with samsung.

            Renault borrow samsung name from samsung.

            They just pay name royalty fee to samsung.

            The samsung does NOT interfere anything of Renault’s korea technology and management, everything.

            Renault Samsung motors is a Renault.
            they just borrow name of samsung in korea market.

          • MattP

            I used to work for Samsung around 1997 and at that time Samsung started building their own cars which were basically a Nissan Maxima but with some extra tech features and minor styling tweaks.

            I even remember Samsung ran a world wide competition among staff to name the new car. Of course since then the economy in Korea crashed and the relationship between Nissan/Renault and Samsung may have changed to the one described above . . .

            My point being that once they did build a Samsung car.

  • mybrains

    Has anybody seen actual crash test results yet. The car is not listed on ancap, euro-ncap or the US crash site…..

  • vid_ghost

    The ix35 is a very nice car and The diesel engine alone makes it a good but the fit and finish especially interior is just poor! .. go sit inside a CX7 then an ix35… The CX7 is like buying a $10,000 lounge from a high priced furniture store and the ix35 is like going for a $900 Fantastic Furniture one lol

    32k for the Base model ix32 with a 2.0L petrol engine is a joke
    Cant wait for Hyundai to come back down to earth with pricing to reflect the cheap build of the car. Well i guess they gotta pay for all those TV and web adds somehow!!

    • Jay

      Vid Ghost,

      I have sat inside and test driven the Highlander model at my local and I must say, from someone who has driven cars better put together than a CX7, the ix35 wasn’t bad at all. Fit and finish were good, everything was tactile and overall impressions were of decent quality.
      The CX7 is well built but don’t think it’s necessary to put it on a pedestal of Audi-like fit and finish.

      • vid_ghost

        Yeah your right but i did “tap on the dash of the ix35 and a new gen mazda 3 neo at least had soft touch plastic rather then hard tacky stuff! Thats all i’m saying… overall its a very nice car! :)

  • Go RAV4

    Ordered a Toyota RAV4 after seeing the new prices for the ix35. You’re kidding Hyundai, poor resale values make the RAV4 a better option.

    No Bluetooth, huh!

    Should have a 2WD vesion in the Elite series also.

    • Trith

      Yeap, hyundai are on drugs if they think they can charge Japper prices for inferior

      • Simon from Newcastle

        Get back in your little world of ignorance. You should know that this is 2010 not 1990. Hyundai are now the 5th largest car manufacturer in the world and have out sold ALL JAP BRANDS this year beside Toyota ( who lost 8% market share last year). I would also suggest you research a little better as some Hyundai modles are now re selling better tan Toyota & Honda.

    • sj

      Comparing with new Tucson (ix35) and current generaion RAV4 is downright silly.

      This Price is Right Price.
      Cleass leading engine, fuel economy, design, warranty. it deserved price.

      Only inferior products sell lower price. But, this product is technically superior than RAV4.

      and, RAV4 is a already outdated model. current generation RAV4 released since 2005.

  • John

    I saw one earlier this week. Have Hyundai done a revamp of the original Tiburon. Frankly I think someone hit it with the ‘ugly’ stick. I would have thought the design would have owed more to the i30 shape than what looks to me like a cross between the original Tiburon and the current Elantra.

    Then again it is only my humble opinion and I have no doubt everyone else will disagree with me.

  • vid_ghost

    I had a dealer call me today and try and justify the price hike of $10,000 over a base model 2WD Tucson vs a base model 2WD ix35 lol what a joke! its just a ripp off!

    The Tucson gave you almost the same thing for $10k less.

    • Taranaki Dave

      Vid_ghost,
      You’ve got to get over the price. This car IS NOT a Tucson. It is miles better than the Tucson. If I were you I’d wait around for a 2nd hand ix35 to come onto the market. Don’t hold your breath though.

      • HyundaiSmoke

        Umm… this is a Tucson here in America, mate. North American,Chinese, and Korean Hyundais get names, most of the world gets alpha numeric nomenclature.

        Hyundai is more accepted in North Ameica, China, and Korea, while it seems the rest of the world accepts KIAs more than many Americans, Chinese, or Koreans do.

        • Bob

          Actually. We don’t accept KIA any more than Hyundai. There was an article about the KIA Rio which made me chuckle.. entitled “Her name is Rio, and she’s crap”

  • HyundaiSmoke

    Hence the decision in many countries to Alpha numerically name Hyundais.

    • HyundaiSmoke

      and Change the names of American, Chinese, and Korean KIAs. Hence the fact that Spectra was changed to Forte, or that new K5, K6, K7, etc…. naming schema.

      I do think KIA North America did a pi-s poor job though in letting people know that Forte was the Spectra replacement. Since Forte came out, sales for KIA C-Segs dropped by half, and Spectra was KIAs top selling car in America, and when people think KIA they automatically think Spectra here.

      • vid_ghost

        I never knew kia wasnt popular overseas!.. its not that crash hot here either but just like Hyundai there cars have improved allot over the years!

  • wxthree

    Add bluetooth and GPS, things readily available in other markets and add adjustable reach to the steering wheel and I reckon I’m in.
    My dear sweet sainted mother is on to her second Hyundai since they first came out with nary an issue to complain about. If you could see how she drives, you would know just how tough those little Korean cars are. Reliability is not an issue.
    A bit expensive you say, perhaps, but there are no real expensive options to speak of. Now go and try that at most other manufacturers( yes Volkswagon I’m looking at you).

    • vid_ghost

      $32k drive away for the a base model auto 2WD 2.0L petrol ix35 Active is not expensive! its just overpriced! when a more equipped Nissan Dualis 2.0L Auto is $26k drive away. And the old Tucson was $22k drive away.

      Overseas pricing show the real cost of this car and this is just Hyundai Australia trying to ripp of the Australian market and make a bit more cash… but i guess all those TV and Web adds for the ix35 need to be paid for somehow!

      • wxthree

        Everything’s overpriced, it’s up to you to get a good deal or just say no, I don’t think the Dualis comes all that close on spec, but that’s just me. The Tucson price you and others keep quoting was the model run out price. The ix35 a bit on the exy side of things, sure I’ll go along with that, but in terms of what you get Hyundai have definatley moved the game along somewhat. Still at the end of the day each to his or her own and remember never ever pay full price, four grand lower on road should be the least you ask for on the last day of the month, drive away right now( if your serious ).

  • AJ

    The ix35 looks good.

    But will Hyundai hurry up and bring the Genesis Coupe to Australia. Please….

    • vid_ghost

      Its not comming .. they only make family cars! :) only a small amount of people ever buy MPS3′s and WRX’s and EVO’s .. so on! sports cars just dont make enough money for a car companies botum line to bother .. its sad news for people waiting for the Genesis.. oh well for some reason we have a Kia coupe lol strange isnt it!

  • Byron

    I have purchased a Highlander in silver with several acc, can’t wait for car, however no delivery date has been confimed as yet by dealer. I tokk a test drive and just knew it was the car for me, it goes like the wind. Dealer had sold 10 the same week I bought mine, the IX35 is going to be a winner for the Koreans.

  • Byron

    I have purchased a Highlander in silver with several acc, can’t wait for car, however no delivery date has been confimed as yet by dealer. I took a test drive and just knew it was the car for me, it goes like the wind. Dealer had sold 10 the same week I bought mine, the IX35 is going to be a winner for the Koreans.

  • vid_ghost

    Congrats on the buy.. how much did you pay :)?

    • Byron

      Mine was bought for business, as I am a rep on the road, I rotate cars every two years, my current vehicle was paid out in full, I paid low 40′s, as car is paid for by company with car allowance, I was very happy with the deal.

  • Byron

    Gent’s I say to you all, as with all these blogs, if your not interested in buying an IX35 why comment, in terms of depreciation, everyone knows that no matter what car brand you buy, it will be half the price after 2yrs. I have bought many cars and have always got back roughly half after two years, its the way of the market. I always pay them back quickly to allow this to happen, be very careful with finance, cause that is where you get caught out.

  • Shak

    One question. Is this a competitor for the Captiva, because im not too well versed on this weird SUV world?

    • wxthree

      I would say yes, It’s a bit smaller granted but not by much. The ix35 has a better drivetrain and compared to the five seat Captiva it would be my choice. The seven seat Captiva would be up against the Santa Fe and again I’d take the Hyundai. Mechanically speaking the Hyundai’s are a generation or two ahead in my book.
      Hope I’ve helped, everyone has different views, but as I see it the only thing that comes close is the Tiguan and thats nearly ten grand more before you option it up to get it up to the same spec as the ix35 and even then you’ll be Forty kw and eighty Nm short in the trouser department.
      Good Luck.

  • wxthree

    So I joined the que at my local dealership Klosters of Newcastle to drive the Elite diesel ix35 (yes there really are that many people interested) I told them I was interested but still a little way out from actually purchasing, this wasn’t a problem for them and of I went for a good forty five minute drive no hassles. And what a drive it was right from the get go the car felt good, the accelerator only needed tickling to get me going and the brakes felt positive and strong. The steering felt direct and accurate for this type of vehicle (if you want a WRX buy one) The ride was good too and the ingress of road and engine noise was really low, I was surprised just how well put together this thing felt. I got to cruise at a 110 kmh for a short stint and the revs sat just below 2000rpm pretty good in my book. The auto was responsive in manual mode and a gem when left in D. I planted my foot at the lights and had to laugh out loud at the way it just picked up and took off, it’s no slouch.
    Dislikes, well I would have liked reach adjustment on the wheel but managed to get comfortable none the less, and yes bluetooth should be standard and GPS an option, maybe later. None of these are deal breakers in my book just things that I was surprised were overlooked, considering what a complete package the rest of the vehicle is. My main dislike was driving away from the yard without one. Oh well next time. It really was that good.

  • Byron

    Hi Shak,
    The Cativa is a bigger vehicle I had a seven seater and never used the last row, I feel the IX35 is a great size, strong engine, enough room and good fuel economy, just take into account what you need to use vehicle for.

    • Shak

      Thanks for the advice.

    • http://maserati vid_ghost

      The 2.0L is not what i would call stong :) has anyone test drove the 2.0L Active in Auto. it felt like driving a brick. Still the best value out of the 4 options though at $32k

      • Robin Graves

        Why anyone would not pick the diesel is beyond me. The 2.0 petrol is a bit of a joke in my opinion.

      • wxthree

        We’re talking 2.0L diesel here, not the petrol which “is” weak.

  • Byron

    Absolutley the Diesel is the go, I am picking up my HIGHLANDER this Friday cant wait, I will give everyone regular updates both city and country driving, as I do a lot of km’s.
    Cheers

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      The IX35 is a great car. Beautiful to look at and just as beautiful to drive (diesel). Picking mine up in a couple months.
      I wasnt happy with the box shape of other vehicles, nor was the economy there in other similar vehicles. I think Holden and Toyota have been sitting on their hands for a bit and need to look at redesign, particularly on the inside.
      I love the fact this car has a sporty look and its a combination of a four wheel drive and sedan without the huge bulk. I wasnt a hyundai person. But they happen to have the right car at the right time for me. There just wasnt another choice for a smaller, economical SUV with the same power at this point in time. Thats my thoughts anyway :)

      • Byron

        Hi Lisa,

        Picked up my IX35 HIGHLANDER today, really happy, not a lot around at the moment havent seen any. I love the vehicle you will to, turning plenty of heads so far.

        Cheers

  • http://Caradvice Lisa

    Hey Byron. Im jealous. How did you get your car so fast? Pictures, I want pictures…haha. What colour did you get? (Im a woman, of course that matters :). Hows it driving with that new car smell?

    Happy Driving :)

    • Byron

      Lisa I went with the silver, I am a big fan as it is easy to keep clean, I believe I got one that was earmarked for my dealers showroom so turned out to be lucky for me. I also think as they bought my old vehicle and I do a lot of KM’S they wanted it back ASAP to get me into a new car. Smell is great, Leather fantastic drives as well as i expected really happy, only problem accessories are noyt available at the moment, I speced mine with bonnet protector, floor mats and cargo liner all good to have for me.

      Cheers

    • Byron

      Lisa, Pictures not required, same as at the top of this review in silver.
      Love It.

      • stinka

        i think she wants a picture of you buddy

  • Will

    Do not care how good any present diesel is, they all still sound like tractors, they could do 1000 kilometres to the litre and I still wouldn’t even consider. Auto-gas is the way to go for my money. Petrol and diesel must cost more as supplies dwindle. Hyundai are you listening.

    • BernieN

      The sound is just a perception thing really. Yes, most diesels are a little clattery at idle, but this fades once you’re off. By comparison, one could say that cars on gas sound wheezy when floored. The diesel is off course the better choice for drivability even if gas is a bit cheaper. The biggest issue for gas is still the packaging. The big tanks required for most cars push them out of contention. Pity the 55L tank on the ix35 isn’t a bit bigger – 65 L would have been a better fit. It will still probably do about 1,000km on the open road for most (once run in).

  • HYUNDAIspy

    i have seen someone driving a bright green ix35 on freeway last week. Just curious what is the sales figure of ix35 since it went on sale a month ago?

    $30000 for a base model automatic is too much for me.. The interior looks brilliant, I never thought a hyundai can have such great looking interior. I like the back and the side of this car too but not a fan of the front design..

    • BernieN

      I agree on your points re styling. The first full month sales figures should be pleasing for Hyundai I’d imagine given what I’ve seen on this blog and the generally bouyant level of acceptance, but will probably stil be limted by supply. We’ll probably have to wait until about 5/6 Apr before sales are published. I’ve been very impressed overall with the Elite CRD I drove and I will sample the Highlander tomorrow.

  • angryofmayfair

    Ordered a Highlander yesterday – it ticks all the boxes for me and the price is OK after finally beating them down to a $35k changeover for my 9yr old 4×4

  • http://Caradvice Lisa

    Dont understand Wil, I can sit in the IX35 and its as quiet as a mouse. Very minimal road noise if any.

  • angryofmayfair

    He’s talking about engine noise, there *is* some diesel engine noise but it’s only there during idle – once you are off and running it *is* as quiet as a mouse – I’m very impressed…

  • Taranaki Dave

    Byron,
    I’m also very jealous; I have put my deposit on the highlander version in sleek silver and the dealership have indicated there’s a 2 to 3 month wait on delivery. I’m a little browned off by having to wait so long; however at the price I’ve negotiated, it’s worth the wait.

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Ahhhhhh, how long must I wait? My highlander is the red (of course). You would think that they might get their a@@ into gear knowing the demand that awaits them.
      I wish someone who just got their IX35 “Byron” would come back and fill us in on the new ventures. Bet he is just out there driving and wont come back and talk to us. As for a little engine noise when Idle…hehe, im not adverse to a car with some grunt…haha

      • stinka

        i think you have the hots for byron am i right

    • Byron

      Hi Taranaki Dave,
      It will be well worth the wait believe me, I have a feb 10 built car I believe I got the one that was allocated to my dealers showroom, I have done 340klms already filled up just once, all metro driving and fuel reading is dropping and is currently saying 8.1 ltrs per 100 which is just fantastic, I believe it will continue to fall. This is with Air on and Sunroof blind open, letting in some heat as well. The car is so tight the ride brilliant, I just cant believe how good a car Hyundai have made. People who make fun of Korean manufactured products do so at your own peril, as with the electronics industry Samsung is number 1 worldwide not Panasonic not Sony, the same will eventually happen within the car industry, the Koreans will get to the top here as well.

      • Sumodog

        Easy there.. where is korean 2JZ or GTR , or WRX, they are just building economy boxes…

    • http://maserati vid_ghost

      What price was that?

      • Taranaki Dave

        Hey Vid,

        with fleet discount $36k drive away.

        cheers,
        Dave

        • http://maserati vid_ghost

          very very nice indeed :) i was quoted that price at my dealership for an active (auto)! believe it or not and no way in hell would they give me a highlander for $36k drive away and i even have an ABN to try and haggle with :)

        • mybrains

          Dave, what dealer gave that price?

          I am about to get one and it wouldn’t hurt to have some leverage.
          PS dose anybody know a good leasing co that can get Hyundai fleet discounts?

          Pete, NSW

          • jbkim1078

            Try Leaseplan. Alternatively, privatefleet.com.au, for a private purchase that gets a fleet discount, which you could source for any lease arrangement you make with a third party such as SMB.

  • BernieN

    I drove one for the second time yesterday and can attest to the fact that even in Highlander guise the ix35 is a little noisier under load than the Skoda Octavia Scout which I drove just minutes earlier. Not obtrusive levels of engine noise perhaps, but noticable. Performance is bloody good though when you ask the question. My local dealership alone reports 50 sold this month already – all the blinkered nay sayers are comprehensively out-voted methinks. Trouble is , now 3 mths wait :-(

  • Byron

    Ads of exterior look good but not liking them much in these pictures. Interior, is very good indeed. I’ll have to see one in the flesh to make my judgement. Go HYUNDAI!

  • Vidcel

    Can any one tell me what the average speed was that the video test was done at as the time of 22hr in the car with the km’s traveled works out to an average speed of approx 65km/hr if this is the case the 4.85 l/100km is not going to happen ever.
    angryofmayfair what did they give for your tradin?

  • sam

    I was wondering wondering whether the 2.o litre (active model) is adequate for city driving + highway?
    Thanks

  • http://Caradvice Lisa

    Hey Sam

    I have done a lot of reading on the IX35 and one reason I went for the diesel engine was because of the extra power it has. Unfortunately all the hundreds of reviews or test drives said the petrol engine lagged a little when u needed that extra boost (up hills/overtaking mostly).

  • Byron

    Hi All,

    Well have done around 800ks on my highlander diesel so far, I am on my second tank of juice, car is going really well around town I am getting 8.7 ltrs, for all you people waiting on your IX35 hang in there its worth the wait. I would advise all to go for the diesel if your budget can stretch that far its the only choice.
    I have bought a lot of cars and suggest the following,
    1.Of course squeeze for the best price and trade in changeover.
    2.Put all your money into the vehicle, do not take any options from the aftermarket sales person. WHY
    ALARM not required with immobilsers etc in vehicles these days.
    UPOLSTERY/LEATHER protection can do this your self.
    PAINT PROTECTION this is also a do it yourself option, I refer you to colourshieldInternational website, I have apllied this to three vehicles I have owned as have all my friends.
    REMEMBER MOST INSURANCE POLICES REPLACE YOUR VEHICLE IN FULL WITHIN THE FIRST 2 YRS OF OWNERSHIP SO ALL THE AFTERMARKET CRAP THEY TRY TO SELL YOU IS A TAKE.

    One other thing, be very carefull not to get sucked into extended warranty plans, most state that you have to come back to that dealer for them to continue on. As you know your HYUNDAI already comes with a 5yr unlimited klm warranty, so unless you are planning on keeping your vehicle past 5yrs,you can go to any HYUNDAI dealer you like for servicing. I am always of the opinion that if you have squeezed a dealer hard on your price they take it back through their service centre so by all means go to a local Hyundai dealer close to you.

    Cheers and HAPPY DRIVING.

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Thanks for that update Byron, glad your enjoying the new car. Your updates, help me with the waiting…. :)

      Very much looking forward to picking up the car…I still think about 2 months…

      • Byron

        Lisa,

        I don’t think you will have to wait that long, I believe there are ships arriving April, so fingers crossed you maybe away in April.

        Good Luck

    • Alison

      im sorry byron, you seem like a no it all. i rate the aftermarket stuff highly… my daughter spilt stuff on my leather seat and they replaced it. That paint gloss is fantastic, my paint work is as stunning as i first bought it, slippery and smooth and very shiny.. nothing sticks to it and i very rarely have to wash it.. Some people are happy to buy this stuff, like myself and i dont appreciate you telling me i have wasted my money. Alarms are good, they bring attention to your car if someone is touching it, sends me messages if someone hits my car in the car park.. so maybe you should lay off bagging this kind of stuff out, just because your not going to buy it, for whatever reason you may have,ie: no money, bad experience, just shut your trap and allow other people to enjoy there buying experience. this forum is to help people know more about the car, get a life

  • Gary

    If I trade my Tucson in on a ix35 it will be my 4th Hyundai so Im qite a fan of the big H.Is it just me or is the ix35 overpriced and by a lot???.The base model active is what I want.All I want in a car is 6 Airbags,AC,ESP,ABS/TC and auto.The active at my local dealer is $30757 on the road that is expensive at the end of the day it is only a 2lt front wheel drive car and there a plenty of 2lt front wheel drive cars with those features for $5000/$6000 cheaper.Am I missing something here????

    • vid_ghost

      Gary i’m in the same boat as you in the feature list and i’ve haggled a 2010 Mazda 3 hatch(safetypack), 6 Airbags,AC,ESP,ABS/TC tinting mats, cruise control in auto for $23,500 drive away! its also better on fuel then the ix35 drives a hell of allot better and is 400KG’s and costs $7257 less then the price your dealer is selling it for. Pitty the ix35 isnt a little cheaper.

      • vid_ghost

        Thats 400kgs less lol hehe.. but yeah would still like an ix35 over a Mazda 3 but just so darn costly.. I’m waiting for a price drop

  • Gary

    I think I will wait to see what happens with pricing I know if I don’t buy a ix35 I will regret it and driving around in a 3,Focus,Cruse,i30 I will always be thinking wish I had a ix35.

    • vid_ghost

      Same here :) i asked to test drive the active in auto and even though it wasnt the most fun car to drive and had next to no power i did really like the ride and feel of the car… could see myself being very happy with it over a long time where i would get over having a 3 after a year or so.

  • http://Caradvice Lisa

    In all seriousness you cant really compare the two cars. One is a SUV. Compare the IX35 with other SUVs. Not a small hatchback??? Your either in the market for a SUV or you arent.
    I was in the market for a SUV, and found the IX35 was the best one for me. Luv the diesel engine……

  • Gary

    Lisa you are very wrong a ix35 is a front wheel drive 2lt car it is not a SUV in any form it does have a bit of extra height but i repeat IT IS NOT A SUV IN ANY WAY dont get me wrong i love the ix35 and will probably buy one very soon and you can compare the ix35 to other front wheel drive 4cy cars.

    • mog

      You can say what you like but it is an suv.

  • Gary

    One thing the AWD model yes can be classed as a SUV not the base Active model

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Yes do your homework Gary, Im talking the AWD of course. The IX35 highlander is being branded a SUV. Not a four wheel drive. But a SUV. Slightly different. The fact it is smaller is what appealed to me. Didnt like those big box looking cars
      Look at the first like of this review…IX35 “compact SUV”.

      • http://Caradvice Lisa

        Sorry, meant first line of this review…and many others have labelled this car a compact SUV and its no mistake that they compare this too the Dualis, captiva, honda CRV etc… Its not in my imagination Im sure

  • Chillidog

    Picked mine up today, looking forward to driving it over the weekend.

    Funny, it is 6 years to the day that I bought my other car…Subaru Liberty GT Wagon Permium. I hope the ix 35 gives me somewhere near the service the Liberty has….still love driving that car!!!

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Hey Chilli
      Just wondering what your waiting time was?…Please fill me in on what won you over about the IX35 and how the new car is running. It helps those that are waiting pass the time a little easier knowing its worth it :)

      Have to ask why the switch if you love the liberty so much?

      • Chillidog

        Hey Lisa,

        I ordered mine the first weekend they were out so that makes it 6 weeks.

        Mainly liked to new R engine and the practicality of it all. It has been purchased to serve a purpose rather than be a car I’ve fallen in love with (I’ve got another couple of them – Liberty GT and a 1972 Charger).

        It is not replacing the Liberty (that is staying) but a Alfa 147.

        The Alfa was a car that was purchased with the heart not the head and the ongoing costs of maintenance has driven me nuts.

        So this time, a purchase with the head not the heart, looked at the Tiguan but went the IX 35 based on no need to tick the options boxes, 2 years free servicing and the 5 year warranty. Even after the 2 years, the costs of services I was quoted was very reasonable and for the whole 5 years would be less than half what I paid on the Alfa in the past 12 months!!

        How it drives etc, who knows, it’s currently sitting in the driveway with 26KM on the clock, I’m off to visit relo’s over easter so will have a better idea after that.

        • http://Caradvice Lisa

          Thanks Chillidog. Have a great weekend. Enjoy the drive :)

        • Ian

          Hi Chilli,

          I would like to know is the 2 years free servicing standard for all ix35 or you negotiated with the dealer? The 5 years warranty was advertised so I guess it is standard for all, just curious about where the 2 yrs free servicing came. Thanks.

  • Byron

    Hi Guys,

    I have brought my IX35 HIGHLANDER into service today for its 1000k free look, I hope they don’t scratch it as this large Sydney city service ctr often does. The car is running great, everyone who has had a ride in it is very impressed, compared to my old diesel captiva it is a lot quieter and a more involving drive. I would suggest the following accessories Cargo liner, Floor Mats look great and bonnet protector if doing country driving like I do. Oh and don’t forget the tinted windows.
    Guy’s hang in there, I am still in that new car mode of looking forward to going out to get in my car.

    Cheers

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Just curious Byron, for all the city driving….how far does that 55L tank get you? How many times have you filled up for that 1000k?

      • Byron

        Only twice and are still on the second tank, I have done a little over 1000k around 1100.

        Cheers

  • Chillidog

    Just got back from a 260km round trip and very happy with the IX35.

    Was a mix of city driving and 80, 100 and 110 kph zones.

    We stuck exactly to the speed limits the whole time and had an average speed of 83kph with ecomony of 6.8ltrs per hundred.

    While that sounds great, not 100% certain how accurate it is however. Started off with the fuel which was provided by the dealer (about a third of a tank). When half way, the fuel gauge got down to the final bar (I hate these digital gauges) so i stopped to refuel. Problem is, it only took 38 ltrs (not sure where to put the other 17ltrs).

    Even when full, with the economy showing around 6-7 ltrs per hundred, the range was showing around 500km. Hopefully this was a calibration issue which has been resolved now the tank has been fully filled.

    On the return trip (130km), the fuel guage only dropped by one bar, but at the end of the trip, the range had reduced to 400km (thought it should have been up around 800km??). As mentioned, hopefully putting the full tank in will resolve this.

    All in all, very happy with the vehicle, plenty of power and comfort for me, ipod conectivity works great. Not a deathly quiet ride, but noise levels we acceptable IMO. Most noise actually cam from the road not the engine.

    To date, I must say, my experiance of owning a Hyundai is so much better than my purchasing experiance which I must say was one of the worst I have ever experianced and I still wonder why I actually purchased the car.

    If you are waiting (Lisa), it is worth the wait.

    • Byron

      Hey Chillidog,

      I must say the same, the buying experience was ordinary to say the least, did you buy metro or Sydney. I picked my vehicle up on a Friday, the very next next day advertised in the paper was $100O GIFT VOUCHER FOR your TRADE IN, I had just traded in my previous vehicle bought from the same dealer, also free servicing was offered up to 45000k I wrote an email to Sales mgr to enquire about either offer, and did not get any satisfaction or reply. I love the vehicle, however they have lost me to their dealership, as I will be taking my vehicle to my local Hyundai dealer for all future servicing.

      Cheers

  • Byron

    Oh and another thing, I have still not recieved my questionaire from Dealership, I am eagerly awaiting this document. As I am going to let rip on a number of fronts, all not to do with the Car which is just sensational.

  • Byron

    One thing I have noticed, it is very hard to keep alloys clean, as I believe they are using those soft pads ie. eurpoean cars where wheels are covered in black brake dust.

  • ljcap

    Looking to purchase the Highlander model once they bring out the media pack (or similar). My preferred choice of colour is grey titanium.

    I currently own Hondas (2008 CRV and 2003 Jazz) and will be using the Jazz as a trade-in. No plans to get rid of the CRV as it is a great car. However, the Honda’s are expensive when it comes to insurance. (Example: Comprehensive Insurance for my age and location: CRV $487, Jazz $497, IX35 Highlander $290, BMW X1 sDrive20D $415). Ok, I’m in my forties and you might be saying high $400′s is not expensive, but why is Honda more expensive than BMW?

    I’m also considering the BMW X1, however, the difference in price from IX35 Highlander (top of range) to BMW X1 sDrive18i (bottom of range) is around $8000 when you consider on road costs. Also, 5yr warranty v 3yr warranty. If I use my head and not my heart, it’s an easy choice.

    I’m not in a rush to purchase and can wait for Hyundai to release the media pack. A little disappointing that at least bluetooth didn’t come standard. To me that’s a glaring omission. So, if any Brisbane (south) dealers are reading, you have a prospective buyer coming your way soon.

  • Byron

    Hi Allison
    My comments were in relation to some people saying they were struggling to pay for the diesel engine. All I am saying it helps to cut down on aftermarkets to afford car.

  • Ghengis

    Apart from the headlights coming from the Ford S-Max .(Picture at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_S-Max). The ix35, as well as most current-model Hyundais sound pretty good. Hell, I learned how to drive in a Getz and an i30 (2 different driving schools).

    PS: Older Hyundais aren’t as bad as you think. My friend’s Excel, while somewhat cheaply built, is just as good as any other light car.

  • Byron

    Hi Everyone,

    I thouht I would give everyone an update on my Highlander, have just made a round trip from Syd to Canberra via Moss Vale and Home on one tank of fuel. Driving a mixture of Air con on and Off, roughly 700klms round trip. I will need to fill up tomorrow, I am totally happy with performance car never found wanting at any stage, extremley happy with car.

    Cheers

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Thanks for that Byron. How does it feel in the drivers seat? Ive heard some of the criticisms are the seat is uncomfortable re the head rests and no reach. The steering too light…and suspension a little bumpy? Now that you have had some driving, please tell us how good or bad it is to drive.

      Im still waiting…maybe three weeks :)

      • Byron

        Hi Lisa,

        Head rests have not noticed, really no issue, they are only adjustable up and down and do lean forward for me no issue. The ride is firm, however I feel that adds to the drive, it is after all a mini SUV, thats why we like them. Steering fine, I have driven 2500klms and can not complain about anything, love the IPOD connectivity. Lisa you can read review after review, I tend to not take much notice, as most of the reviewers are on a different wavelength and have a bias towards a particular vehicle. The average person will be very happy with this car it is fantastic, most of us cannot afford a ferrari or ever drive one or know the real difference, so enjoy your Hyundai it will be worth the wait. The only dissapointment I have had is with the dealer and its complete lack of after sales issues that are just dragging on. Nothing to do with the car, but other issues with regard to rego and acc etc never followed up.

      • Chillidog

        Hey Lisa,

        I’ve just clocked up 1,000km in my Highlander as well, still on the second tank, this tank is getting around 10ltrs per 100kmin pure city driving.

        Still happy with the vehicle although a couple of little things that can get frustrating.

        1. The headrests. Yep, they go up and down and you can move them back and forward, but for me, they just don’t go far enough back.
        2. The keyless entry. It’s a little slow when you walk up and push the button on the handle, you just have to wait a second or so while the doors unlock.
        3. The dealer sucks. No service, no returning of calls and so far, Hyundai have not sent me a survey. I hope beyond hope they do!! Funny thing is, I am going to buy 2 or 3 more cars this year (private and for a business), but this dealer will not be getting a cent!
        4. The fuel guage. It shows I’m running low even when I have about 1/5th of a tank. Still got good distance off the tank, but will get frustrating filling up 3/4 of a tank all the time.

        Sure, the steering wheel does not have reach adjustment, don’t notice it at all. For all the things I’ve listed, you do have to remember it is a $35k vehicle so there will be something that is not 100%.

        St work we have a new Disco 4 HSE, I could list just as many things I don’t like about that car (including more rear seat room in the IX35) as well and that cost $105k.

        the end of the day, if you are realistic every car will have some little things you don’t like, you just have to work out if you can live with them…for now I can.

  • Byron

    Hey Chillidog,

    I have had my survey from Hyundai, and boy did I give the dealer a serve, I would be very interested as to where you bought your vehicle from, as my after sales service has been woeful.
    I have had not one call to ask how vehicle is going, I had to chase up my own accessories through spare parts that were not available on delivery. It is a shame for Hyundai because if the dealers are poor it sets them back, through no fault of their own. In the end these dealers pay, as I have had so many enquires on my vehicle, I tell everyone its fantastic, although I tell them not to buy from the dealer I went to. So in the end how many dollars have they missed through bad service, I myself will not be servicing my vehicle at this dealer either.

    Finance – Just a side story, I traded my vehicle in, the dealer got a pay out figure from the finance company, however obviously did’nt pay it on time, so a month later even though my previous vehicle was sold, I got a reminder from previous finance company, that I owed them $150, which should have been paid by the dealer, I did not even ask this to be done, seen as they are so useless, I paid the money myself just to end the whole sorry sags with this large Sydney Dealer.

    Cheers

  • David

    For those of you who have bought one, a couple of questions.

    First, what is the best driveaway price for a Highlander anyone has achieved? Low 40′s seems a bit steep.

    Secondly, are you happy with the quality of the trim, fittings, tactile feel of the controls etc ?

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Hey Chilli and Byron

      THanks for both of your updates. Byron I would be interested to know if your complaints are similar to Chillies. Is the keyless entry delayed and the petrol tank playing up a little, cause yes if it lights up at 3/4 full that would be annoying.

      Chilli…I was expecting a little better from a tank of diesel for city driving. Were you guys? Or are you just a bad driver…heheh (just kidding).

      Can you update me on the beauties of this car and how the driving is. Im upgrading from a 4 cylinder astra, so Im sure I will be happy

      I have to say however that the dealer that sold me my highlander comes highly recommended. He made me feel important. Was available for all my questions, however silly. Gave me the car to test drive for as long as I needed. And I cant fault the service at all. If anyone in Adelaide is looking for a hyundai dealer let me know, will give you my contact. he included many of the extras at no cost..and some for half cost.

      David…I got mine for under 38 drive away…but came up to just under 39, with the many extras…including, tinting and tow bar. Theres a grand there almost.

    • Big B

      Hi David,
      quality isn’t too bad (a bit plasticy though…but no noises at all)
      If you are not overly tall the steering wheel and the headrests shouldn’t be a problem for you.
      Price: The cars are so short of supply and the demand is so high that the dealer can actually say no to a deal because somebody will always be willing to pay more. It’s at the moment not really about the price, rather than about delivery time.

      If you can get one before September you should be happier than getting a few grand off ;o)

  • Byron

    Hey Lisa,

    Thats a great price you paid, I paid low low 40′s, however my work pays for my vehicle so I am not overly worried about cost. However if you are in Adelaide I am sure your Rego costs etc are lower than the eastern states, IE. NSW. I also take out business rego which is more.
    Lisa I have not had an issue with my fuel tank, by the time the fuel warning light comes on it has around 5 ltrs left so I can say mine is working fine, I am achieveing 7.9ltrs around town at present which is great.

    David,

    I am really happy with the car, all controls are easy to use, it is hard to get use to the keyless entry and engine start button, I still get my keys out when not needed. There are some hard plastics etc, but no worse than any other cars out on the market at the moment. I strongly suggest the cargo liner as an accessorie, as it does protect your back area. The keyless entry is a little slow in openning, however you get use to it so is not an issue.

    Cheers

  • Can’t Wait

    Have test driven the ix35 and in one word “Impressed” can’t wait for the ten weeks++ that i’ve been quoted until delivery….that’s the only frustrating part

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Ive waited two months…anytime now, anytime.. :)

      • http://Caradvice Lisa

        Its here Its here…one more day to go…

  • byron

    Hi aLL,

    I have travelled over 4500 klms in my highlander, the longest I have travelled one tank is 680klms, too give you an idea of what happens when fuel is low, first the low fuel lamp will come on orange, the last bar on the fuel gage will start to blink, if all trip computers have been reset this will happen with around 60klms left till empty. On each occasion I have refilled there appears to be 5 ltrs roughly left in tank.

    Car going really well.

    Cheers

    • Highlanderfan

      thanks for that information, i was wondering on what was going to happen when the tank was getting empty. I am averaging 8.5 per 100, got 7.5 Mel to NSW border and back the day after i got it, expected a bit better but i did go through the hills. Great car to drive, heated seats are great. I was lucky, only waited just over a week for delivery. Thanks Cranbourne Hyundai on a pleasant buying experience.

  • (FORD)Found Oracle’s Real Dad.. Jabba the Hut

    Nearly 400 posts in this thread. Haven’t even seen the Ford fan club get that many.

    Good to hear you’re happy with your purchase Byron.

    • LessQQ

      thats because half the posts are about how bad it is

  • Clive Worth

    I hired one of these for 3 days, it was a holiday in itself with me and my 3 kids. Central locking, auto windows, doors, aircon, smooth, quiet, beautiful! My kids wanted to keep the car and the unit we stayed in! Cost about $44 Au to do 500klm at I think about $1.20 a litre. sorry haven’t done the sums. But I WANT ONE. (This was the i30 petrol auto wagon.) Nice family car. Quite impressed.

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Excellent car. been driving mine around for a week now. Even happier now than when I did the test drive.

      • byron

        Hi Lisa,’

        Great to nhear you finally got your car, I hope all is well and obviously you are enjoying it, how hard is it to get use to the keyless entry. I still get my keys out.

        Cheers

        • http://Caradvice Lisa

          Still dont know where to put my keys..I need them to lock the house so its not a matter of just putting them im my pocket and forgetting them. Its so weird. But love driving the car :)

  • Taranaki Dave

    After two and a half months the dealer has informed me that my car has arrived. I should have it by the 21st May. I’m getting a tow bar installed; mainly for the kids’ bikes. I’ve only seen 2 out on the road and both really caught my eye (one in black the other was silver). Really looking forward to taking delivery.

  • http://notapplicable D & D

    I have owned now 3 Hyundais. They had a bad rap at one stage. They are now exceptional cars. I have never had anything go wrong. It’s also a personal choice. But for value for money in purchase, maintenance and the most fuel efficient every days cars on the road, I have never regreted anything.

    I worked for Toyota and love Toyotas. My Ix-35 is more solid than a RAV. I am not being biased, I am just telling you my story the way it is.

    I get what I pay for.

  • TGK

    Picked up my Highlander last Friday after a 10 week wait. Car is fantastic as was the dealer (Mantello Hyundai in Roxburgh Park Vic). They stayed in touch throughout the delivery timeframe so l was not left wondering at all. I have travelled 500k’s so far and love the car. Had the 2006 Tuscon prior to this and the ix35 is so much better in every way.

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Good to hear all the new owners (including myself) of this car are more than happy on the purchase of the IX35. It really has been and continues to be a joy to drive.
      By the way. My dealer told me I dont have to hold the on button when starting the car. A simple quick press will suffice. And while it starts, you can use your hands to belt up.

  • mog

    To all the people giving updates on how there car is going thanks.
    I will be picking up my car in about a weeks time,looking forward to it.
    Still go to the dealership to look at the show room model, while Iam waiting.

  • Steve

    I purchased the ix35 Highlander in Black, with tinted windows, dealer mats and iPod cord for $39k Drive Away in Victoria. It arrives in around 3 weeks – cannot wait!

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Good luck Steve…Im sure you will enjoy the ride. I saw a black one yesterday with tinted windows…very very cool! Beautiful to look at thats for sure

  • Byron

    Hi all have done 7k so far and car is going great, fuel economy is getting better all the time as engine frees up. I am running around town mix metro/open driving working at around 7.9 per 100 just fantastic. Highlander is such a great car.

    Cheers all fellow owners

  • http://Caradvice Lisa

    I have a question for all the new drivers. I love the car, and driving is great. Got to love that quick take off.

    How many Kms are you all getting per tank for city driving? Or will it improve as the car gets a little older.

    The reason I ask is that I have done 700+ km now (used a loan car a fair bit since I bought it because little things needed fixing) and I rekon Im getting around 500 km per tank. Maybe a bit over. Does this sound right?

    Just wondering what other people’s tanks have done..I expected a little better..or will it get better? And no Im not a lead foot :)

  • Byron

    Hi Lisa,

    I am a rep, and drive all day everyday, I have done 7000klms, you can expect around 640klms per tank, it all depends on driving conditions, freeway driving you can get over 700klms. Diesel engines do free up after a while, so hang in there.

    Cheers

  • Chillidog

    Hey Lisa,

    You are having the same problem as me, the fuel gauge really is not that accurate. I spoke to the dealer when I took mine in for the first service and they advised the light comes on when there is about 15ltrs left, which to me is crazy, would still have a couple hundred km to travel!!

    Anyway, I took mine to adelaide and back over the past couple of days, averaged 6.7ltrs/100 km sat at or just a touch over the speed limit the whole way. one thing i did notice it the economy drops away quickly once you start traveling over 110kph.

    Around town I’m getting high 9′s for economy, but that is heavy traffic.

    Still reasonably happy with it, don’t love it, but it does do the job.

  • AJ

    I test drove the ix35 elite diesel and was impressed but with dealer deliver etc was looking at 40k plus with just a couple of basic accessories. Like the car so thinking of just going the tonk and ordering the Higlander with just towbar and IPOD connect – what ball park price can I expect to haggle (especially near EOFY) and does anyone think prices will soften later in the year? I’m in sydney and not used to buying new cars and dealing with dealers…ready to buy now though. Any advice from new owners? thx AJ

  • Byron

    Hi AJ,

    You will be able to get a Highlander with several accessories, mats, cargo liner, ipod cord, tinted windows for 42k drive away no more to pay. I garantee if you stick to this price or a little less you will get the car.

    Cheers

    • AJ

      Many thanks Byron, I’ll take your advice and see how I go. Bit of a dodgy review in the Drive section of the Herald yesterday though, should I be worried or is it badge snobbery by the journo….AJ

      • http://Caradvice Lisa

        Hey AJ

        Just trust your instincts with this car. How did you feel when you saw it, test drove it and sat in it for the first time???
        Perhaps the poor review was for the petrol engines, as they do lack some gusto. But the deisel engine is great. No problem there. The design??? Well beauty is in the eye of the beholder….accessories, well they missed a couple I would have liked but its got everything. Go for the highlander…you should be able to get it under 40, even in Sydney. Extras though will take it over. There were some not so good reviews and some great reviews. I actually listened to the people in the forums and everyone that got the care were pretty happy. So perhaps there is a bit of badge issues happening. Id love to read the review if you could post the link here.

        What sold me? I wanted an SUV. Nothing else compared for around 40000. Holden, Honda etc. Still had petrol engines and they all lacked when needed.

        No regrets here…and with the cold weather we are having here in Adelaide..I didnt think I would need seat warmers but its been very very nice :)

        Hyundai are no longer the up and comer..they are one of the biggest sellers. Cant go wrong with a 5 year warranty either.
        Good luck

        • Taranaki Dave

          I agree with everything Lisa has said. I think we must think alike as I too looked to the feedback of those who actually owned an ix35. My wife and I test drove all the cars in the SMH review as well as the Outlander and none of them came close to the ix35 Highlander.

          The guy writing the article harped on about a harsh ride; I haven’t any complaints regarding the ride or suspension. I picked up my Highlander in “sleek silver” last Wednesday. I couldn’t be happier with this vehicle. The torque is amazing; went up Mount Ousley (Wollongong) with such ease. The diesel is just phenomenal.

          I got paint protection from a local guy who runs a business called Rembrandt’s Auto Polish. He did a fantastic job. I highly recommend his services. For anyone who is waiting for their ix35 Highlander, it’s well worth the wait!

          • http://Caradvice Lisa

            Im glad you agree Dave

            I have just seen the article that AJ was talking about. Harsh ride??? You have got to be kidding. Who wrote this article and what was he drinking at the time???? Its one of the smoothest rides I have had. I think what it comes down to is to respect the opinions of the IX35 drivers…and how you felt on the first test drive. They are the opinions that count. I wouldnt have a problem betting that the guy that wrote that review is an anti hyundai…holden commodore be all and end all driver!!!

            Glad to hear you got your car Dave and its all good. Let us know how its all going. I would be interested to know how the petrol tank is treating you as mine seems to be sucking the diesel so far???

          • Jabba the Hut

            One of the people envious of this car company’s recent success no doubt wrote it. This is why I will sample the i45 for myself rather than take the word of a biased media group. Afterall they would have caned it like it will never be driven by its owners.

  • TGK

    2 weeks in, 1200km’s on the clock and loving the Highlander. Averaging about 8.5 lt’s per 100k with a mix of city and hwy driving. Solved the lack of bluetooth witha Blueant ST3 for $140. Forget the reviews, good or bad, go and see for yourself. This is my 4th Hyundai over the past 13 years and they keep getting better and better.

  • AJ

    Hey Lisa,

    Thanks for your advice, always good to get the feedback of people who actually paid for the car and drive it in the real world. Ok, I’ll steel myself and make a play for one of these things on weekend…I’ll keep you posted. Byron, thanks – I’m going to drop your name when negotiations get tense. AJ

  • Steelo

    I’ve has my Highlander about 6 weeks. Finally let my wife have a drive. I’m happy with the fuel economy, comfort and for those cool Ballarat mornings seat warmers are a welcome addition. Reverse camera makes it so easy to parallel park. I agree with the other posters. Do your all research you want. Test drive for as long as you can, not just a 5 minute drive around the block. If they want the sale they will let you take it for a couple of hours and when you make a decision if you’re happy who care what other think.

  • http://Caradvice Lisa

    Hey guys, sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Just took my car in for its 1000k service. There is a recall out on the vehicle. Something to do with an oil cap that needs to be secured. Apparently the recall came out Saturday morning and its going to require a 2 hour plus service to undo the bottom carriage to get to this oil cap (thats how it was explained to me). So ring your hyundai service centre and get them to explain it to you.
    Lisa

  • Byron

    Hi Lisa, Dave and all IX35 OWNERS,

    I have done 7500klms so far, I drive my vehicle everyday all day as I am a rep, and use it on the weekends for family. I achieve high 7′s to low 8′s per ltr consistently around town. The car is a joy and lives up to all my expectations, I am really happy with it. I read the review in the Hearld as well, one thing to remember with these reviewers, is that they also drive vehicles well out of the reach of the common person, so their judgement can become really clouded when comparing everyday vehicles. I agree that if you are buying a IX35 the diesel engine needs to be the first choice engine option, as the petrols do suffer under the weight of car. I frequently travel to Canberra and out Western NSW I chose the Hyundai as I know I can rely on it, I know many fellow rep’s who have bought far more expensive vehicles than the IX35 and they have let them down, and sitting out Wagga or Griffith with a faulty car is not fun. One thing I am interested in, for all owners who have had there first free 1000k service diesel, on your new service sticker when did they ask for your car back 7500 klms or 15000 klms mine says 7500klms, I am sure service intervals are every 15000klms, so I put it down to my crappy dealer just trying to get some extra money off me.
    Cheers

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Sounds great Byron. I agree with what you said, although my lovely seat warmers arent found in a lot of luxury cars so to those people.:P
      Never thought I would use them but gee my butt gets nice and toasty
      As far as the service was concerned. They didnt really say anything. But the little sticker on the corner of my car window says 15000km OR 6 months…hahaha.I think thats a hint to get it in sooner rather than later

      • Byron

        Hi Lisa,
        Thanks for the feedback, I will easily do 15000 klms in 6mths, so I will work on that senario, I have also used the heated seats great.

        Cheers

      • Jabba the Hut

        So you have a hot backside Lisa? Nice to hear your feedback on these cars guys and gals. I suspect there is still a lot of badge snob amongst the testers. I have read some owner comments on the new i45 and they love their cars and have no gripes at all about the handling. When several sites give the ix35 and i45 3.0-3.5 stars out of 5 and one site gives them both 2.5 it is obvious its writer is opposed to the brand.

        Pretty sad that given people read the reviews they might base their purchase on that guy’s report when he is talking through his hat.

  • jaykay

    Hey Byron

    I don’t have the ix35 but have a 2007 Santa Fe Diesel as a company car. The log book has scheduled servicing every 15,000kms, but also has interim servicing every 7,500kms (in between the scheduled servicing). The service dept recommended servicing every 7,500kms (of course they would), but our fleet manager won’t permit the interim servicing (saying they are unnecessary) and will only permit every 15,000kms. Our diesel Santa Fe has done over 60,000kms and has only been serviced every 15,000kms, and there have been no issues at all. So, it would appear every 15,000kms for servicing for my car is adequate, and most probably for the other Hyundai diesels as well.

    I hope this helps.

  • Happy Buyer

    Closed the deal yesterday for an elite petrol at 34,300 driveaway with rear park assist, mats and black metallic paint in that price too. Read your comment byron but had to stick with budget. :P Didn’t bother with bluetooth as Id just buy a blue ant handsfree. I also prefer the rear park assist over the camera and boy are they charging much for the tint. I know someone whos offering tint at 1/3 the price of theirs. Dealer said I’d probably wait for 6-12 weeks but would be very happy if I can get it in 6 or less. What about you guys? Did you really have to wait that long?

    I’m interested in reading the herald review. Does it have an online version?

    • Jabba the Hut

      I bought my partners car from Trinity Hyundai /Kia and they offered me tint for %550.00. I laughed and said I could get it done for $250.00 so they matched it immediately.

  • Paulas

    Byron,
    Given the kilometres you have driven in the ix35, have you found there to be a visibilty problem when looking to your left rear when merging lanes? Those small and high rear passenger windows worry me.

    • Byron

      Hi Paulas,

      No, I have not found a vision problem as such, although a few reviewers have commented on the issue. I use my mirrors a lot, and I find the blind spot isn’t as bad as stated. You do get use to any car you drive after a while, I had a Captiva before this car and found it was worse than this one.

      Cheers

  • Paulas

    Byron, Good to hear. Thanks.

  • chicken george

    Can anyone tell me what the 2.4 petrol is like to drive .How good is the fuel economy around town .Does it struggle with 4 adults in it .

    • http://n/a Alistair

      Hi there everyone,

      I have had my 2.4l petrol ix35 in sleek silver now for around 6 weeks. I must say that I am in love with my car!!

      Such a smooth ride & for the life of me I cannot understand what these “reviewers” are thinking when they say it’s a harsh ride?? Were they in a different car?

      As an FYI to all pontential buyers, we got the roof mounted DVD player put in, an 8 year warranty, paint/rust & leather protection, the first three years servicing free, free window tinting, free lifetime car wash, & last but not least free car storage (we just used it when we went up to the reef for a week, saving $160 in long term car parking at the airport). All up we paid $36K – Not a bad deal at all.

      We recently took the car down to the southern highlands for a weekend & averaged fule economy of 7.9L per 100k’s – Around the city/urban areas I am getting about 12l per 100K’s which isnt bad for a petrol engine.

      Regards,

      Al

  • http://Caradvice Lisa

    Hi everyone. Hows the driving going? I just got up to 2000km on the clock.
    Still wondering how everyone is going with the petrol tank. I went for a trip about 230km up and back down the freeway this week and I was hoping to get some big numbers up on the tank. But I still only just got back on the one tank and had to fill up when reaching the city.. I notice some people are getting up to 680km and I was hoping that long distance driving would get me more than 550km. Seem to be filling up more than I thought I would be…averaging about 8.5L for city driving. This particular trip was 7.9L. Guess thats not bad. But yeah thought my country trip would be a bit better. I stuck to 110km/hr speed limit too

    • Sumodog

      People who trust their fuel gauge make me laugh, Lisa fill up and then drive until red light comes on , then fill up again. Divide litres filled with km over a 100 and there is your fuel consumption per hundred km.
      You can bet it will be not as good as your fuel economy gauge says…

    • stinka

      you didnt answer jabbas question have you got a hot bum ha ha

  • Ray

    I have done 2500 km in my Highlander and got the following economy. 6.7 lt per 100 k at 100 kph and 7.0 lt per 100k at 110kph in the city 9.8 km per 100k is the norm. As the car is still new I expect the engine to loosen up a touch and the economy should improve. Pleasure to drive on the long trip Vic to SA

  • Byron

    I have done 8500klms now, arond town city driving I am getting 7.8 to 8.2, Guy’s this is great fuel economy don’t forget if you had petrol car of same weight and size, you would be doing a lot worse. Enjoy your IX35.
    CHEERS

  • Land of Giants

    Bought the diesel Elite. Picked up today. Read all the reviews and found some comments bewildering. Choosing a car is a struggle for our family. Husband is 201 cm; daughter 180 cm ; 12 yr old son 180cm and me at 160 cm. Tried all the suv and sedans on the market and decided on the IX35 as found it had the best front and rear seat room and we really put vehicles to the test! Can’t understand why some reviewers say IX35 has limited rear leg room. I also have elderly parents who found transferring in and out of the IX35 really easy. For the tall drivers, husband believes the ix35 has the best vision of any car he has driven. I find the pillars and mirrors difficult to see around but I am sure it will get better with time. I initially found the head rests really difficult but have sorted that out now. For safety reasons we elected to have a reversing camera installed. This seems to have really darkened the mirror but with experimentation I am hoping we sort this out. We dealt with Metro Hyundai in Brisbane. Can’t speak highly enough of the guys. We were loaned both the Highlander and the Elite Petrol to trial for size and allowed to have the vehicle for 24 hours each time. We have never had a diesel car before so will be interesting to see the fuel economy.

  • Hung Low

    Well after weeks of shopping for my dear Mum, it came down between the Dualis Ti FWD and the 2.4 petrol Elite!
    The IX35 won out on space and having AWD but the Dualis had a better quality interior, more standard features and easier to my eyes.
    With both final negotiations ending up at a very similar price, she decided the IX35 at a on road price of $31k.
    Is that a good deal for those out there who have been there and done that?

    PS: Had a good look at the new I45 – Very impressive for the $$!

  • Happy Buyer

    @Hung Low
    31K is not the driveaway price. It’s at least 34K to be exact cause of the delivery fee and all that. Plus, there’s an additional price for the colour you want like black etc..

    • Jabba the Hut

      His post is full of contradictions. Like “the dualis was easier to my eye”. But the car is for his mum. The driveaway price is $34,000 no matter how hard you lean on the salesman as I too have enquired.

      One is AWD and the other is FWD so there is no comparison to be made. Based on that alone they are not a similar price. The Dualis is overpriced.

      Try and keep some honesty in your posts Hung Low.

      Cheers.

      • Hung Low

        Jabba the twat- I stated my opinion of the 2 cars. My folks obviously thought otherwise and had a preference for the IX35 as it was larger and had AWD!

        Guess what sour puss, the deal has been done for $31k (fleet ) in metallic on road, up to a 8 week wait!
        Perhaps you should spend more time honing your negotiation skills!

        Put your money where your mouth is Hyundai fanboy!

        • Hung Low

          Might add the RRP on road was $36760!

          • Jabba the Hut

            Hung Low makes a habit of it so he got what he deserved. Changing his story every 5 minutes. My first reply was pretty tame.

        • Jabba the Hut

          Hung Slowly…
          So it’s your folks now and not just your mum? Your story changes each post. Next it will be your Bocci team.

          …and now it is a “fleet” price so it is an ABN deal! The truth emerges at last.You left that detail out in your last post. How convenient for you.

          Your parents made the right choice. Thank heavens they didn’t listen to “hung the halfwit”. AWD, better build quality and 5 year warranty. It will take the bocci team with ease and still be able to climb a slight incline unlike the Dualis.

          Congrats to Mr and Mrs Genitalia (or lack thereof) on their more sensible purchase. Or is that Mr and Mr? Hyundai fanboys perhaps? They’re a growing breed. And why not when Hyundai consistantly beat Nissan in the JD powers quality surveys by a country mile! Ignorance isn’t really bliss halfwit.

          • Genesis

            @ Jabba The Hut:…. Unless Hung Low has hit a personal nerve of yours, that post was un-called for.

            The bloke had shared his experience with fellow Hyundai owners and soon to be owners, and you pick his story apart and personally attack his parents over choosing a Hyundai at the price they paid? WTF???

            I do not think Hyundai need a rude and arrogant supporter as yourself in its ranks. Do us all a favour and do not buy or discuss Hyundai, move on to a bogan brand like a Holden Commodore instead. It suits your style of opinion, language and mentality.

            Please crawl back under the rock you came out from vermin.

          • Pizza the Hut

            My, my, you really have got your knickers in a twist. Can’t handle contradiction or produce a coherent argument can you.

            I detect major self esteem issues here.

          • Pizza the Hut

            Just in case it wasn’t clear, I was referring to Jabba, not Genesis or Hung Low.

        • Jabba the Hut

          ,,,and I’m sure he can speak for himself. Clown.

          • Hung Low

            Jabba the moron aka the Oracles master aka Callous Aussie aka dimwit…it must be the time of month for you?

            Genesis, cheers I agree totally, Jabba the maggot is the by-product and result of when cousins f#**!

            To clear the air which has been polluted by Jabba the smut, and if his inbred brain can keep up, it goes like this…..
            I have been helping my folks ( mother & father, thats right, unlike you I know who my father is) to purchase a small/medium soft roader which is to be my mothers car as he cannot drive any more.
            The choices were restricted to a budget that included the Dualis Ti fwd, The IX35 (active initially) and the Rav 4. These were the cars of her interest! I talked her out of the Rav 4 because it basically sucked!
            At this stage we had negotiated the Dualis Ti down to $31 420 on road chocked full of standard gear with one glaring omission which was AWD in comparison to the IX35.

            At no time I have ever discredited the IX35 on these blogs, I know that the interior plastics are pretty lame, especially compared to the Dualis, but is that really enough to tarnish the whole package in comparison to the Dualis when you are getting a roomier, more powerful car with AWD? Perceived build quality looked on par, the Nissan was better finished inside. Based on those criteria my folks made their decision as the positives of the Hyundai out weighed the Nissan and I 100% support and agree with that decision. Notice we did not rely on some crud none really indicative US JD survey (which you are a moron for basing your decisions on as lot of brands have US built and sourced models for the survey, unlike Asian built ones we get here)!

            My initial post on the price was made to get feedback from other buyers on here, not some half-wit troll that could not negotiate a free cuppa at a driver reviver!

            As for the fleet discount, how much do you think its worth on a single car genius? $3000, 5000?…… it actually varies from only $800 to $1500 for Hyundai depending on the model and expenditure! In any case the deal was sealed at $31k net which is around $2k better than what you could achieve even if you had a fleet discount. Having a scrotum for a chin is not helping your case, as the sales bloke cannot take you seriously!

            So get this one eyed Hyundai fanboy that is “gunna” buy a Hyundai IX35. If you so deeply believe that the best price on the Elite is the $34K you got quoted, and I am full of it-contradictions and all. Put your money where your tough mouth is and seal the deal! Stop being one of those …gunna…gunna ..gunna’s and step up loser!

            Apologies to all for the derogaratory manner, I took his attack on my personal experience as an offence, especially when it this feral started offending my folks. Must be one of those Facebook/MySpace keyboard warriors!

          • Jabba the Hut

            Haha classic. I have an ABN you goose. I’ll get it cheaper than Mr and Mr Genitalia. I’m also pretty sure you’re the one with the scrotum for a chin “Hung Low”.

            …and Hung Low is the product of when bro and sis have their way with eachother. You know what they say about people who brag about their genitals!!

            I wasn’t the only one to pick up on your BS up above. I think it’s wonderful that you found the time to try and decode my alias’. Clearly you have no life. No-one else would bother.

            Cheer up “nothing hanging”. It’s a forum and people will pull you down when you post tripe like you did above.

          • Lisa

            Jabba, you are a MORON. Absolutely no doubting that now. And this post proves once and for all that you have no opinion worthy of anything.
            If you were to recommend a car to me, that would be the last one that I would consider. That gets rid of the Cruze then, so one little bit less confusion.

          • http://www.facebook.com/sammo.8191 Sam Moss

            Jabba – you’re a fat, slimy, hideous slug of a creature that can’t be taken seriously anymore. You make sweeping generalisations about everything but don’t back up your statements with facts.

            Your comments make me sick!! How old are you?? You seem to have the maturity of a 12-year-old. Your comments regularly offend me and others, grow up you fool! Limit your comments to the CARS and don’t try and offend people in future.

  • Jabba the Hut

    Cool ,I influenced some downy’s opinion in cyber space. If you want to pay to much for a lesser product you go right ahead love. Scratch that one down to the ford fan clubbers washing your brain for you.

    P.S This is the ix35 thread. No wonder you’re confused ;)

    • Observer

      True to your abusive form there Jabba.
      And why, when she sees right throug you and says that the Cruze is of her list does it mean that any Ford fan influenced her?? This is all about you and youy mindnumbingly stupid feral beahviour, nothing else. LOSER!

  • CRUZE is good

    You guys are all a joke. Hung Low you have abused plenty in here so are getting your just desserts. Jabba you need to calm down. If they don’t like the car that’s their loss not yours. Lisa if you are stupid enough to rule out a car because of Jabba you deserve to buy a lemon.

    Observer it is obvious to anyone on the fence that the people rubbishing the cruze are ford fans. Everyone else knows it is a good car for the money. It’s the same group of prepubescents each time.

    Even this site gave it 3.5 out of 5.0 which is above the average for the segment. If she doesn’t want it that’s good but to me it is obvious Jabba put up an honest case for the car. He even said somewhere that he is buying a Hyundai because of the holden salesman’s poor sales spill. So why the f88k would he still try to sell her the cruze?

    Jabba you’re a rude individual but I kind of get why.

    • Observer

      Actually it’s been more the Hyundai/Kia boys, but anyway mostly just anyone who’s anti extremist Jabbamouth type comments(everyone?).
      Personally I have expressed an opionion on the Cruze (on the Cruze story) and I’m a Holden & Subaru driver. Maybe the Cruze is just crap and people express their honest feelings – Go figure.

  • Gilly

    “Scrotum for a chin” – ROFL nice one Hung!
    Jabba if you need different aliases, that sets of the warning bells or should I say the Moron Alarm!
    You obviously have plenty to hide or a shady history on here! It has been all relevant here for over 400 post until you opened your big fat gob!

    • CRUZE is good

      Moron alarm …ROFL. It woke you up and you still won’t get what you just said. Priceless.

  • Sumodog

    CarAdvice looks at Hyundai’s with rosy glasses, not much criticism (not any in fact) . If you read other reviews you will find that all of new Hyundai vehicle are great improvement on their previous efforts (which were utter crap so it was not hard to improve on) but are far from class leading .
    They base their sales on people who prefer gadgets to driving experience. These are majority of buyers today. I35 is thirsty i45 handles poorly but you won’t find that info here.

    • CRUZE is good

      Oh please ! Even Lisa who purchased an ix35 has said she can’t find the handling issues that most reporters found in her ix35 and she should know ,she bought one. There are numerous posts remarking about how good the cars are and indeed some websites too. Check out carverdict for one. They gave the ix35 4 stars and they haven’t showed any affiliation to the brand whatsoever.

      The honest motoring writers said they pushed the hell out of the i45 to get it unsettled and that the press release was done on substandard roads in wet conditions. Many of the writers on that very same test forgot to mention those facts. Relity is that there are still numerous writers and indeed fans of our local industry that resent the sudden rise of hyundai.

      People aren’t as stupid as some of you clowns claim. The hyundai products are excellent for the price and whilst I agree the plastics aren’t the top of the range the same can be said even for the c-class mercedes now. That’s how they are built to the price they are.

      I challenge any one of you to go and look at the dashboard of the new Subaru outback at considerably more money and tell me the plastics are better than the hyundai. Or for that matter the fit and finish. I acknowledge that the styling is a divided line however for my eyes it looks very modern and I like it.

      However it is blatantly obvious that there are many people in here that are bagging the car because of its badge and indeed simply because others are praising it. I wonder what their perception would be if it had a ford badge on it? The Focus is certainly not the pinnacle of small cars despite that crap getting served every time a Korean car is mentioned. The Mazda 3 and Golf keep getting those accolades wtih the focus typically being called outdated from a styling point of view. Ford aren’t the only brand on the planet but you’d think they were in here.

      Toyota are world’s wealthiest car maker and its largest. They only see one brand as a serious threat to their business and it is hyundai. I am not entirely anti-ford and would happily own the Ranger right now. I am no holden fan but would own the cruze or colorado. So my posts are indeed unbiased. Unlike many in here. I couldn’t give a rat’s behind what Lisa buys but steering her away from a car because of your own personal dislike for a badge is pretty damned dishonest. However if she is stupid enough to buy into it then she can go and buy watch she likes and a part of me hopes it all goes pear shaped. The cruze is a good car and if I was buying in that class I’d be signing up. Albeit at a different dealer.

    • CRUZE is good

      …and your claims about the economy have been dismissed by several owners too. As the engines free up they are getting what they expected. Read this thread properly.

  • Hung Low

    Nice work Jabba, changing your name to CRUZE! You are a coward and look so desperate trying to claw back some credential!
    Who is the contradictory one now????

  • Jabba the Hut

    Get off the grass clown.

  • Sumodog

    I don’t really care what anyone buys (i buy high hp manual vehicles and diesel manual utes so am definately in minority as everyone wants automatics).
    Hyundai is ok if you like that kind of thing but it is far from class leading in driving stakes. I would rather a Forester thanks very much.
    Hyundai should release something with a bit of performance if wants to earn respect of enthusiasts.
    Subaru , Toyota ,Mazda ,Honda all have had their star performance car improve their image.
    Hyundai is still selling economy boxes only.

  • Curious one

    really? an elite diesel could be bought for 31k and with metallic paint? thot their lowest price is 34k? is that because of the fleet discount? what’s a fleet discount? sorry, im new to all this so not familiar with the all the jargon being used here.

  • Byron

    The past twenty or so posts have all been utter crap, can we plaese get back to prospective owners and owners of the IX35, I have now driven 9000klms, not one rattle, fault etc, I know plenty of other car brand owners, that can not say that. The IX35 is a fantastic car, I have driven long distance country/freeway driving as well as everyday metro driving, the car performs under all circumstances without any problems. I find the car a dream to drive and could not be happier, so lets stick to the positives, and everyone else who is only here to stir, please visit a holden or ford website.
    Cheers

    • Jabba the Hut

      Nice post Byron and extremely brave complimenting Hyundai in here. I have advertised my Navara for sale and hope to be sitting in an ix35 elite diesel in coming weeks. I had a look at a petrol version on Saturday and was surprised they don’t actually badge it as an elite. Yet highlander has a Highlander badge attached.

      My local dealer has one arriving with the 6 speed auto in Platinum Grey so I need to sell in the coming couple of weeks to get a deal. Otherwise it is an 8 week wait.

      • Jabba the fat hideous slug

        Did you say something??????????
        Does anybody care??????????
        You have no more legs to stand on
        How about trading your Navara for a wheelchair??????

        • Jabba the Hut

          All those question marks say alot about your personality. Me ,me ,me. Byron the thread can’t stay on track due to the prepubescents that got past their mum’s password. Case in point above.

          I went back to my dealer this morning and had another go at leaning on them for a cheap diesel elite. The response was “if you buy the 2.4 petrol we can discount but not the diesel”. Apparently The petrol version isn’t doing too well as it is underpowered and was only ever intended to offset the weight of the 4wd in the middle model. It doesn’t go any better than the active.

          They are readily available whereas the Elite Diesel is hard to obtain with a backlog until August. There are plenty of Highlanders available as they foresaw it as being a big seller.

          • Jabba the Hut

            So based on that I may now get the Highlander.

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      here here…well said and totally agree. I love driving the highlander. Have to remind myself though to look up occasionally and enjoy the sun roof :)

      • Jabba the Hut

        I can get a Highlander sub 40k as a demo. The only issue is that I will have to buy it in Brisbane to do so. However even with the need to spend one night and two days on the road back to Cairns it still makes economic sense. The sunroof will get used at night up here. The nights are warm and stunning most of the year. The sun is too hot except in winter.

        The other part that appeals is the rear parking sensors. I’m a little surprised they can’t be had as standard on the elite. Heated seats will probably never be used but then If I am up on the tablelands at night in winter it gets cold so who knows.

        Oh and that rear view camera is very clever.

  • Hung Low

    Jabba the Hut says: went back to my dealer this morning and had another go at leaning on them for a cheap diesel elite. The response was “if you buy the 2.4 petrol we can discount but not the diesel”. Apparently The petrol version isn’t doing too well as it is underpowered and was only ever intended to offset the weight of the 4wd in the middle model. It doesn’t go any better than the active

    I hope that is not a blanket statement as I can only see that happening in regional centres where the viability and advantages of a diesel is more suited.
    For the major cities the 2.4 is fine and up to the job! This is evident by the sales of its petrol competition, even the X-trail sells 3:1 petrol vs diesel.
    As for the diesel Elite, I think its false economy, better off spending the bit more for the Highlander.

    • Jabba the Hut

      I can only go on what my dealer said. Whether it is honest or not who knows? I do know that after reading numerous reviews that the 2.4 ltr is the thirstiest of the 3 engines and perhaps that has something to do with it? Hyundai too claim the 2.4 is the thirstiest in their brochure I was given.

      I have a couple of weeks to ponder and search the various dealerships throughout Qld for the best deal on a highlander whilst waiting for the bank. Cairns may be the worst dealer with the biggest overheads for all I know? The dealer has an elite diesel arriving within days. It is currently in “pre-car” but is relluctant to discount at all and claims they have lost several sales due to not having the diesel/auto on the lot for demonstration. The arguement sounds valid. However they have made it clear they will not discount it. I have an ABN however if I purchase elsewhere for less it is obviously a win for me.

      I am also still in the process of offloading my Navara so still need to secure a sale though have had bites. I am prepared to travel to Brisbane to purchase and in doing so it would appear that I will get a Highlander for the same money as this mob will sell me an elite. They did indicate that the elite is hard to come by in a diesel and ruled out the ability to source outside of Cairns. So maybe it is a blanket statement.

      At the end of the day, if I end up with an elite I will still be happy but I do not want a petrol with the lack of performance and increased fuel use. For me there is no option but the diesel. I think your comments on the xtrail are reasonable however a factor in that is the lack of understanding of diesel’s advancement in the past several years. many people still believe they are gutless and smokey so won’t even comsider testing them.

      The public is slowly coming around though. Europe has been driving them as a mjaority for decades.

  • Jabba the Hut

    I have just this moment gotten off the phone from Pickering’s Hyundai in Townsville and he validated trintiy hyundai’s story that the elite diesel in hos words “Are as rare as Rocking horse poop”. He also stated that they expected the petrol elite to sell more than the diesel but it hasn’t happened that way. hence the availability of stock. I mentioned that Lisa (hope you don’t mind) secured a highlander for sub 38k and he nearly dropped the phone. It seems you got a good deal Lisa. Who was your dealer? Was it a demo?

    Anyway he is talking to his boss about the best deal with the standard attachments. Mats, dash matt, headlight and bonnet protectors. I’ll work my way down the coast to Brisbane for the best deal.

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Hi Jabba

      Dont forget I paid 38+K but had to pay for the extra stuff..ie tow bar, tinting etc and that brought it to over 39. Plus Im in Adelaide..so a little cheaper here.

      Also just a little hint for all hyundai buyers. If you become a Carlton supporter for about 100$. Carlton via Hyundai will give you 1000$ back. All part of the sponsorship deal. It all helps I say. Ask your dealer about it or check the Carlton/Hyundai website.

      Lastly in regards to the IX35 petrol engines. These never got a good review. Okay for day to day, but doesnt have the oomph when needed, ie up hills, overtaking on the highway etc. Even worse with more people in the car. So if your okay with this???? Then go for it. But again, everyone has commented on the lack lustre petrol engine when needed the most. Thats why I opted for the diesel. Man when I put my foot down, talk about oomph!!!

  • Jabba the Hut

    Interesting about the deal with Carlton. I will find out in the morning what the Metro Brisbane dealer has to offer.

  • Byron

    Hi Jabba,

    Have you tried to trade your Navara in on a Highlander, you could get rid of it in one clean changeover sale. I love my HIGHLANDER and hope that you can get one soon, it is interesting to know how popular the Diesel motor is, I have so many people asking me what I think about my car. This is my 3rd Korean car and I find them fantastic, as you all know KIA/HYUNDAI are partners in crime. I went to the kia.com website selected international, take a look at the SPORTAGE 2011 model which is off the same platform as the IX35 and same diesel engine. The fact that you know that it is coming to Australia, you could use that as a push on a Highlander, telling a dealer you may wait to see that, this could help with your arm twisting.

    Either way, it is just great to see what fantastic Cars are rolling out of Korea at the moment.

    Cheers

  • Jabba the Hut

    I’m fairly confident I will sell it in the next couple of weeks. I live in Cairns and 4×4′s are in demand up here. Particularly diesels as the nearest city is 300 k’s away. It is also the gateway to Cape York. I put it in the paper for the next 3 editions but they stuffed up today’s ad by not putting it in the 4×4 section.

    Yeah I like the look of the new Sportage too. I was pretty happy with the dealer in Brisbane today. They seem keen to do a deal. I have a budget and if I have to settle for the Elite I will still be a happy chappy.

    For me it is mostly about that diesel/auto combo but it would be nice to have the rear parking sensors and other little luxuries. I bet you guys and gals down south are loving those seat warmers in your cold snap.

    • Jabba the Hut

      The trade in is still an option. My local dealer offered me 20k but has no stock to sell me and wants a premium price on the elite.

  • george

    Hi all, the best price i have been quoted so far here in sydney for a highlander is $39,750 tinted windows and mats but i have to wait until August plus they will throw in another 3 years on top of the 5 years warranty and free vacuum for the the life time of the warranty. i wanted to get a highlander before july 1 but wz quoted $42,500 , now i hear that the highlanders in september comes with adjustable steering wheel and blue tooth not sure if its true ? if i get a price of $38000 in late july or mid August ? look out jack im right behind you!

  • Jabba the Hut

    I am aware also the steering wheel reach is on its way but don’t really want to wait for it. I’ve had numerous vehicles over the years with tilt only and it’s never been an issue for me to be honest.

  • Jabba the Hut

    Just got the return call from Metro Hyundai in Brisbane. He is going to get his boss to ring me to sound me out a bit more but seems confident they can do me a Hylander with towbar, tint (manditory in FNQ) dash mat, floor mats, bonnett and headlight protectors in white (my preferred color) for under 40k drive away.

    I’ll know soon I guess.

  • george

    Best of luck Jabba ! i spotted a white highlander with that black trim and tinted windows,with the white it really showed off the sun roof, it was in the dealers show room , it looked great and its the only colour i want now , i wanted to pay 40k as my max but they wouldnt part with it.

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Thats Crap George, we all got ours for under 40K. Shop around mate, that dealer is being a hard ass.My highlander came in at 38K and its only becuse of my extras that it went over 39K. Now you may not have legs like mine to bring the price down (just kidding!!!)but you can get your highlander and have change in your pocket. Keepy trying but go somewhere else.

  • Jabba the Hut

    George where are you from? If your’re in Brisbane they have one in a yard there for $39,990 drive out. It has done 3,000 k’s and is the dealer’s demo.

    I am pretty sure however you will get a brand new one for sub 40k if you shop around and play them against eachother. The Townsville dealer rang me back 10 minutes ago and said he is keen to beat the Metro dealer in Brisbane. Remember that they also want these out there so bargain hard.

    I actually used Lisa’s purchase above for leverage and it is paying off. I don’t think they will do an ABN price for me but if I can pick up a new Highlander under 40k I will be a happy chappy.

    • Jabba the Hut

      …and yeah I must agree on how good that roof looks on the white one.

  • westy

    Hi all, watching these comments for last few months, and driven the diesel 2.0l i would like to say that for the $$$$$$ there is nothing quite like it on the market! I am talking about the $ value obviously, euro is more refined but the ix35 highlander (i have just purchashed) is something special. There is a lot of ‘talk’ about korea but it simply doesnt exist when looking over the car. It far exceeds what we are used to with the HYUNDIA brand! For under 40k drive away, i cant see what is better on the market, at this time!

  • Jabba the Hut

    Excellent westy. I may have a deal done as early as tomorrow. I’m looking just under 40k with the tint but not the mats, headlight and bonnet protectors etc. Not yet anyway. I am playing a dealer in North Qld against another in Brisbane.

    Lisa you did really well for your car. The towbar is worth nearly $900 as a genuine item.

  • Byron

    Guys,

    Dont forget to try and get a cargo liner tray, I have one and boy does it protect the back carpet from getting all dirty.

    Cheers

  • westy

    Byron, how much was the genuine cargo liner? Has anyone been able to genuine roof racks yet? I am having trouble in sydney getting genuine parts, any info would be great! Got my delivery date of 20th July, (Phantom Black HIGLANDER) cant wait!!!!!!

    • Rach

      Hi Westy,

      I read in another post that you got your ix35 from the Central Coast. We are looking at purchasing one around Xmas and I was wondering which dealership gave you the best deal?

      Thanks

  • Jabba the Hut

    I paid a deposit on mine today. I got a white highlander with headlight and bonnet protectors and window tinting for under just over 39k. I will get the towbar fitted down the track when I am ready to get a camper trailer.

    I should have it in two weeks.

  • http://Caradvice Lisa

    Well done guys. Good purchase Jabba. Glad I could help. I think everyone should be getting the highlander around mid 39 now with extras included.
    I love reading about peoples experiences and their joy in the new IX35. I didnt think I would use the seat warmers, but being in Adelaide…its been great. Dont forget guys, that these dealers, do have extras that they “throw” in. I got mats, and cargo liner thrown in. Keep at them to throw in some extras and they will to seal the deal. My dealer here in Adelaide was the best I have to say. He still rings to see if im okay. I love the black, I love the white…but Im happy with my red. No regrets…Cant wait for the Summer so I can leave the roof oopen

  • Jabba the Hut

    It’s a shame you can’t post piccies in here. The dealer sent me through the photos of the car yesterday. The only thing missing is the tint which gets done when I pay :)

  • Byron

    Hi Guys,

    Cargo liner was thrown in with mine, as part of deal which I may say was 42k drive away, however as my work pays for my car and I got one of the very first Highlanders, I am not that bothered.
    It is great to hear that everyone is getting a good deal, I am sorry to say that I never get called from my dealer, and let me say I really would’nt wont to hear from them anyway. Guys, steer clear of the large Sydney dealership, stay suburban and enjoy.
    Cheers

  • westy

    I agree with BYRON, i went up to central coast and they did me an excellent deal, far better than any sydney dealer could! The best things i’ve learnt over the years when buying new cars, the more interest you show the harder the price is to get it reduced! Show little interest in the car for as long as you can making the dealer think you’re not really that interested,(it can work in your favour) and remember theres always another dealer!

    • Jabba the Hut

      They are all independant of eachother and one thing I learnt when buying my Navara is to play them against eachother. Some dealers lease their showroom, some are paying it off and others own it. Overheads factor into their bargaining power.

      In the end I was able to get a Highlander sub 40k for mthe two dealers I went at the hardest. The only difference was the options. The fact that I got them to such a similar price is a good indicator that I pushed the right buttons.

      It’s good to show them you’re interested ,otherwise they may view you as a tyre kicker and not try hard enough to secure a deal. The other thing is DO NOT tell them which other dealer you are bargaining with. They may own it or know the manager and therefore may know the margin they work on.

  • AJ

    I got a Highlander and was lucky enough to walk in and buy it off the lot on the Sunday before 30 June, not sure why it was there but there you go – if i wanted my choice of colour I would have had to wait approx 2-3 months so I just went for the sleek silver in the lot which isn’t bad. Thanks Lisa & Byron for your advice and yes Byron, your price guide was correct with tinting, mats, tow bar, leather treatment etc thrown in – was happy with the deal. My dealer has called twice actually post sale – I’ve had no problems there…can’t wait to take it out of the city for a run. Kids love it (espectially IPOD) which is important, I’m happy with the choice.

    Q? I didn’t get paint protection – mistake?

    AJ

    • Jabba the Hut

      AJ if you use a good wax (Turtle is one of the best) and wax your car once a year the paint will look after itself.

  • Jabba the Hut

    I’m curious for an update from you guys and gals who have done a few thousand kays on how the vehicles are running. Any squeaks ,rattles etc? Are you noticing the engines freeing up? Economy improving etc?

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      Would be good if we could post pics on here wouldnt it? I have done 3000km on the car now. Ive done country and city driving. Im averaging about 8.4km/L for city driving about 7.9KM/L. Ive had two services already. One was for the normal 1000k check, then I had to bring it back for the recall.

      Im still hoping the engine does a bit better for me. I only seem to get just over 500km per tank of petrol. The light starts flashing and according to the car I should still have about 50km left. But when I fill up, I fill up about 40..45L. So one only knows where that 10 or 15 L is.
      Anyone else have this happening?

  • Jabba the Hut

    Must be in reserve? Don’t these modern engines have a primer on them in the diesels incase you run out of fuel? In the old days you had to get a mechanic to bleed them or something like that. If so it might be worth carrying a few extra ltrs and letting it run dry to see what your range is after the light flashes?

    I’ll see how mine goes when I get it and let you know.

    So you don’t have any rattles or squeaks anywhere?

    • http://Caradvice Lisa

      no rattles and squeaks Jabba. Running very smooth. Only thing that rattles are my bones!! :)

      • Jabba the Hut

        Clearly there is an imersonator in here. I’ll let the admins know. Get ready for a holiday clown.

        The reason I asked about the rattles was someone claimed to be selling one in another forum due to rattles at 2,000 km’s . The post seemd like someone bad mouthing the brand for the hell of it though. Hyundai have a reputation for tight build quality so I doubt it is affecting these cars as he claimed.

        • Jabba the Hut

          The offending post has now been removed. Thanks admin and no thanks Hung Low . I suspect there is another one of yours above and should report it too.

          Now can we stick to the topic?

          I am now counting down the days until I get my car and getting very excited. I might still lean on the dealer a bit for that cargo liner you guys mention.

          • Robin Graves

            People like you drive V8 boganmobiles to make up for other inadequacies where it matters, both in the brain and in the pants.

          • Jabba the Hut

            I doubt he is old enough to drive. Asuming it is a he of course.

          • Hung Low

            No thanks for what?? Did I miss something or are you Jabba having another turretts episode?

          • Genesis

            Unbelievable that people on here are still giving this slime bag the much needed attention!
            I ask all to scroll up and look at who you are dealing with.
            Lisa – he had referenced you as “some downy in cyberspace” (under another name) which is totally degrading not only to you but the innocent suffers out there! I cannot fathom on why you even bother to give him the light of day!

            Jabba, you are a two faced snake in the grass with no shame! What a pity a pretentious low life like yourself owns a Hyundai and uses that as an escape ticket to converse on here!
            I cannot take anything you say seriously after the reveal of your true colours earlier on the discussion. I hope others do the same and the moderators ban you from these blogs.

  • westy

    Hi lisa, can you advise me what schedueled services are required for the diesel? I was under the impression that the services were 1000,7500 + 15000 etc. (thats from the salesman) yet you say you have taken it back for the second service?
    I havent picked my HIGHLANDER up yet, but am interested on any info relating to services and prices.
    Was the recall for tightening of a particular part under the engine?
    Thanks in advance,

    • Lisa

      I took the car back shortly after its first service due to a recall on the vehicle. Apparently they had to seal an oil cap under the car more securely as some leaks had been reported. Took about 3 to 4 hours. Its not due for another service until 15000km. They do suggest one at about 7500km…but this is more if you think you need it. So not a neccessity. However, Im the kind of person that will bring the car in once a year. No matter what kms are.

  • Byron

    Hi All,

    In relation to services, if you read the manual it is every 15000klms there are additional services at every 7500klms, however they are only for really heavy use vehicles towing dusty roads etc. Guys in a much earlier post I recommend products from colourshield international go to their website and order paint protection, it is best to put it on when your car is reasonably new. This is my fourth car that I have treated and I swear by it, it is the same stuff the car yards charge you around 600 to 1000 dollars for, do it yourself its fun and satisfying, and if you have a highlander you dont have to do the roof.

    Cheers

  • Byron

    Guys,
    No Rattles from my highlander either, I feel a dud email as rattles normally can be fixed by a dealer.

    Cheers

    • Jabba the Hut

      Thanks Byron. How many k’s have you done?

  • Byron

    Hey Jabba,

    9500klms no rattles fuel econoy excellent, 7.4 around town, overall I am getting around 610KLMS per tank.

    Guys, with regard to servicing, it is up to each owner as to how many services you take, I tend to think the 7500klm services are just revenue. I sell my car every 2 yrs, so I am happy to do mine every 15000, I will sell my car with around 86000 on the clock, so as to buy another.
    Cheers

    • Jabba the Hut

      So you’d buy another ix35 Byron? You are obviously pretty happy with it.

  • Lisa

    Wow Byron, your getting excellent fuel economy. Id love to be getting near there. Especially 600km per tank. When did you start achieving these numbers, I know people talk about diesel engines “freeing” up but how long are we talking here?

    • Jabba the Hut

      Lisa that motor won’t be truly free until around 50,000k’s .Diesels take a long time to “run in” .My Navara is only now seeing the really good economy with 53,000 k’s. Just in time to get rid of it. I intend on keeping my ix35 for a decade so I should get the full benefit out of its engine freeing up.

  • Byron

    Hey Lisa/Jabba,

    I have had my car since FEB, it does feel really good now, one down side is diesel engines do also get noisier over time. I don\’t mind, as I like the diesel clatter it is very reassuring. Jabba, I am sold on Korean cars full stop, I would certainly buy another IX35, I would also Consider the KIA Sportage when it is released later in the year. Guy\’s, I feel we are pioneers here, eventually more and more Toyota and Mazda buyers will come across to the brand, People tend to have an unfair attitude to Hyundai and all Korean brands, however most owners swear by them, look at the success of the I30 say no more. My wife owns a new KIA RIO SEDAN, this is a fantastic second car, we also love it.

    Cheers

    • Jabba the Hut

      My partner has a RIO Hatch and she is more than happy with it. It revs a little high on the highway but is still comfortable and I am 183cm’s tall . 30,000k’s now and super reliable. Best of all it still has 3 years warranty on it.

  • Jabba the Hut

    I spoke to the dealer again today. Leant on him as hard as I could to throw in the cargo liner. I had to buy it as an extra. I’m still very happy with the deal so it’s all good.

    • slammin sam

      how much did you end up paying for your new car and where did you buy it from?

      • Jabba the Hut

        I got it from a regional dealer in Queensland. All up with tint, headlight and bonnet protectors and cargo liner it will cost me $39,500.

  • Roger Ramjet

    Does the Diesel model use a particulate filter on the IX35?

  • Roger Ramjet

    Is the Diesel IX35 fitted with a DPF ( particulate filter)?

    • Jabba the Hut

      Yeah it is.

      • Hung Low

        Remember all, Diesel engines need to be worked, especially ones fitted with a DPF.
        DPF’s have been the bane of the modern diesel engines and have caused serious problems in all brands including prestige Euro makes when they clog up.

        Repeated short stints, driving easy (economically) over time will not let the ecu fulfil its DPF burn off cycle causing the car to run poorly and in some instances oil dilation (diesel fuel mixes into the engine oil) which causes premature wear to the engine.

        To avoid this, take your car on the occasional highway run for over 30mins and work the engine a bit in normal everyday trips. Use the power and torque available do not be stingy :)

  • Zubs

    Hi guys
    I bought a highlander in Sydney in early May – and picked it up just last week. So far i’ve done 500km.

    I negotiated down to just under 40k – for a titanium grey highlander with tint, mats, weathersheilds (Stylevisors they call them), parrot bluetooth, front sensors, rear sensors and the iPod cable.. oh and the European number plates ($400 once off fee rather than $80 in NSW).

    I then also purchased the “paint/interior/leather/rust protection” pack.. i normally say no to this stuff but they reduced from 3k to 1.7k, AND included the first 3 services for free – which is worth about 1.4k. So i ended up paying $300 for the protection stuff.

    Think i got a pretty good deal, considering i’m in Sydney. And it was very clear i couldn’t get any better out of them (i had 2 dealers playing against each other).

    Oh i also got 5 years of free car wash + vacuum, an extra 3 year dealer warranty (probably not worth that much, but still better than not having it).

    I love the car. So much fun to drive. Only things that annoy me:

    1) Diesel is a bit loud and rattly but i guess this is normal
    2) So far my fuel efficiency (lots of city driving) is just over 10. I hope it reduces over time??
    3) The front seat head-rests annoy me – they are too far forward and cause a gap between my upper back and the top of the seat.. which causes back/neck pain
    4) I wish it had integrated bluetooth (and yes, i’ve been told vehicles built after June will have this, and electrnic power steering, and steering wheel telescopic adjustment)

    Great car…

    • Jabba the Hut

      You did really well. Just over a week ’til I pick mine up. Can’t wait.

    • D

      The specs say 10.1L/100km in the city, so it sounds like it’s doing just fine to me.

    • Lisa

      Hi Zubs
      You did extremely well. I wouldnt mind 5 years of free car washes and vacuums…sheesh.
      Just wondering if you knew you can push the head rests back. By pushing them forward, they will reset to be further back.

      Also, I wouldnt call the diesel engine a rattle…Its not overly noisy. It does make a bit of noise when accelerating but I like to call it a grunt..haha. Runs nicely on cruise.

      Now that I have run it in a little Im averaging 8.0L/km and that is for city driving…so it should get better

      Cheers

      • Jabba the Hut

        You just taught me something about the headrests Lisa. I reckon my dad will go and try for a better deal after talking to him on the phone tonight. I advised him he can save a few extra thousand on a Highlander if he goes into the big smoke.

        They are down at Gippsland in Vic and after talking to a dealer up here he pointed out how the smaller dealers have a limited number of vehicles assigned to them so are relluctant to discount. A good leason for all about to buy a new car.

        As for the diesel noise they actually tend to get a bit quieter over time as they bed in. At least my navara did. I actually don’t mind the sound of a diesel engine but then I have had a few of them. Anyone who has always owned petrol engines might find the sound less satisfying.

        On the fuel consumption figure ,people need to realise that the factory figure is achieved on a set of rollers in a controlled environment so should only be seen as a guide. If you live in a hilly suburb or have more than your fair share of traffic lights it will alter the numbers.

        • Jabba the Hut

          Lisa ,8.0 ltrs per 100k’s around town is very good milage for a car with so much power. It will as you say get even better with time.

  • Do Do

    Hi Guys

    Thanks for the helpful comments. I am going for test-drive at Metro Hyundai this Saturday. Hopefully I can get a good price sub $40k.

    • Jabba the Hut

      If this is in Brisbane I know you can go sub-40k. They have a a demo there with 3500 k’s on it. Don’t buy it. Negotiate on a new one and you’ll get it for the same price. I got them down to $39,500 but a dealer closer to home did me the same deal and in the color I wanted.

  • Jabba the Hut

    Robin the post you were replying to has been removed and the poster banned just incase you were wondering.

  • Steven

    Just got back from mildura where I got my highlander paid 39500 with tint tow pack and mats included. Got amazing finance at 8.9%. very happy with the deal. Not so happy with the fuel economy on the trip home though lol.

    • Lisa

      Give it some time..it does get better :)

      • Jabba the Hut

        Lisa is ok to ask if you had finance on the vehicle?

        • Jabba the Hut

          By this I mean at the dealer.

          • Lisa

            No Jabba, I didnt need finance on the vehicle :)
            Cheers

          • Jabba the Hut

            Cheers. The reason I asked was that when financed at the dealer they obviously get a kick back from Esanda or who ever they use and that can factor into their ability to offer more. The fact that you didn’t finance makes your deal evem more impressive.

  • Babylonbouy

    Does anyone know if the commentby Zubs re integrated bluetooth vehicles built after June will have this, and electronic power steering, and steering wheel telescopic adjustment is fact I ordered the Elite on May 15 & will not get it until ship arrives end of August

    • Jabba the Hut

      Yours should have the telescopic steering adjust. Not sure about the other things he mentioned.

      • Lisa

        Most Hyundai dealers have places near them that do the extras..ie tinting, tow bar etc. Although My car didnt have blue tooth, they were able to tell me where they were fitted and as such I had one done. Its cheaper to go out and by your own and have it fitted separately. Yeah would have been nice had it been in the car originally, but probably would have cost me over 40000k for it.

        • Jabba the Hut

          MY11 will have bluetooth and telescopic steering column. That is cars built from June 30th.

  • Jabba the Hut

    It looks like I’ll have my car by Saturday. The week will drag no doubt. I’m glad I went for the diesel. I was talking to the owner of a 2.4 elite on Saturday and he reckons it lacks grunt on the hills. Other than that he is stoked with his car, but he travels up the Kuranda range (a steep climb) every weekend and and the engine is working hard to do it.

    • Lisa

      yeah that was the only issue with the petrol engines. They lack that oomph when you need it. So thats why I went diesel. Also the main reason I went with hyundai aside from the other major brands as they didnt have diesel options and had the same reviews, ie lacking on hills and overtaking with their petrol engines.

      It will be the longest week of your life Jabba…but your lucky the days seem to be going really quick!!!

  • The Family Guy

    Hi everyone,

    Firstly thanks for all the advice and tips being posted. I purchased an ix35 a couple of weeks ago and it was great to use the advice on this site to help seal the deal. Just had a new baby arrive and unfortunately the XR6 ute just wasn’t gonna cut it anymore.

    Can’t wait for the car to arrive. Unfortunately they are saying 2-3 month wait (dealer in Canberra) but it is good to know the car is popular I suppose. Will have to drive the better half’s Corolla to get the baby around town until then. We settled on a silver Highlander. We took the CRV, CX7, Captiva, Tourag and Outlander all out for test drives but nothing (in my opinion) matched the value for money offered by the ix35. Love the exterior/interior design, powerful diesel engine, 5 year warranty and standard inclusions which were extras on the other vehicles.

    Everyone is always keen to find out the cost so….we’ve traded in and it is a little hard to really say the exact price we paid, but I’d suggest we got it for between $38-$39k before the trade in. Tint, mats, iphone cable and towbar included.

    We did talk to one dealer (2 test drives and heaps of phone calls) who would not budge on a price of $42,500. I think he thought we were desparate (which we weren’t). Given the wait I think he also figured we’d back out given the baby being close anyway. End of the day he missed out.

    Interested to hear that blue tooth might be included in the current builds (someone mentioned that above). Fingers crossed that is true.

    • Jabba the Hut

      You can get it fitted after market anyway can’t you? Glad to hear from yet another happy ix35 buyer. If this forum is anything to go by hyundai have another winner on their hands.

      • Lisa

        Good luck Family guy with bubs and the new car. I dont think you will regret the decision. Nice to see your views in comparisons with other cars in the same category. Thats the reason I bought my highlander IX35 :)

  • Jabba the Hut

    Still counting down the days. The dealer is getting my tint done today and the Headlight/ bonnet protectors fitted.

    I have found a website that delivers dash mats all over Australia and even the dealer reckons they are of high quality so I will order one online. $46 plus $12 dollars postage.

  • Do Do

    Hi Guys

    I drove the Highlander on Sat and was very impressed.

    However I noticed a couple of things:-

    Ride was fairly bumpy, the roads around Metro Hyundai in Brisbane were fairly ordinary. Not sure if you guys have noticed if your rides are bumpy on less than perfect roads.

    Also front right body panel is not flush with bonnet and is about 5mm lower than bonnet and also rear right wheel arch pannel do not line up. I checked every car in the yard and seems to be consistent issue.

    I can definitely get a prices around $39k but still waiting on dealership to contact me regarding next shipment of cars with telescopic steeing wheel, bluetooth and also rummors regarding the re-tuning of suspension and hopefully will fix body panel alignment issues.

  • Jabba the Hut

    I have photos of my car DoDo and can’t see any alignment issues. Maybe that dealer had a weird delivery?

    • Do Do

      Hi Jabba

      Hmmm maybe they did get a weird batch. I will check it out again.

      Unfortunately the dealer never got back to me. Has anyone out there bought a elite model and what price did you get for the elite model?

      The dealer said that usually there is a $3k difference. So I guess the best they can do is $35.5 – $36k?

      • Babylonbouy

        Do Do, I got the Elite for $36999 on road no trade incl Platinum paint package, Tint, Ipod Cable, Premium reverse sensors, Mats & Premium plates.

  • Emmy

    i went to my car dealer today and i saw the new ix.35 hyundai product very magnificent. i am in love with the car and need to know how efficient is the fuel. what is the mileage per liter of fuel (petrol)

    thank you

  • Taranaki Dave

    Hi all,
    I’ve racked up around 3,000km since I picked up my Highlander in mid-May. I love this car; my wife loves this car and my 2 boys love it. I am averaging around 7.5l per 100km; so very happy with the fuel consumption.

    The diesel can be a bit noisy when it’s cold, but after a while you don’t notice it; especially on the freeway. I don’t think the ride is as harsh as some make out. What are these journos basing their comparison on? In relation to the lack of Bluetooth, I bought a Blueant ST3 for $125 and it does a perfect job.

    Someone asked about paint protection earlier. I did a bit of research and ended up going with Platinum Paint Protection. The guys here are excellent. You never have to polish the car; just wash and chamois. Lastly, I paid 36,500 driveaway with tint, mats and towbar. This was with fleet discount.

    To those contemplating the ix35 diesel, go and drive the competition – Rav, Forester, Dualis, Outlander, X-Trail and then come back and drive the ix35. None of these come near it.

  • Byron

    Hi Guys,

    Ijust ticked over 10500klms has anyone done a 15k service, any idea of price.

    Cheers

  • Jabba the Hut

    We went and picked up our car today and put 320 k’s on it on the way home over some of the worst highway roads on the east coast between Townsville and Cairns. The ride is a bit choppy at times but that’s the trade of for excellent handling. I got a chance to crank the stereo up with a CD and am impressed. I’m about to go and top up the tank to work out my economy, baring in mind I have less than 500 k’s on it so it has a long way to go to free up. I’ll let you guys know what it did.

    I also went through a speed check and it is actually slightly high despite feeling like I am doing less than indicated. No doubt in part due to the fact the motor isn’t working at all at 100kph. 1750 rpm at 100 km/h is a big part of why these cars are so economical. The car is great and overtaking up the Cardwell range ( a very steep climb) was effortless. My partner and step daughter are particularly impressed.

    The one thing I need to get sorted asap as the dash mate. It gets hot up there. Overall a very happy customer.

    • Jabba the Hut

      I just went and topped up. This time right up the neck so I actually put more in than I used. 20.96 ltrs for 314kms. Pretty impressive considering I went up the Cardwell Range and had the cruise set to 110 km/h. I also made sure I checked the overtaking ability a few times ;)

      So that works out around 6.75 ltrs per 100 k’s with some heavy acceleration thrown in on a brand new motor. Very happy indeed. No wonder this motor got special mention by many reviewers.

      • Babylonbouy

        Hi,
        Did you get the telescopic wheel & bluetooth as I saw the dealer in Syd where I am getting elite & he knew nothing about the new add ons.

        • Jabba the Hut

          No mine is MY10. MY11 which start landing in Septemeber will have those features. Your dealer knows about it but won’t discuss it as he has current stock to sell. They have all been briefed on it. It was the dealers that requested it. The car has been available overseas from the outset with telescopic steering.

      • Lisa

        Hey, you finally got it. Sounds like all is going well. I must admit it certainly does have a good stereo system which is definately worth the mention. Anyone in SA got one yet??? I feel like im the only one around.

      • westy

        Hey Jabba,
        Keep us informed on all the things ‘us waiting for ours’ can look forward to!

        • Jabba the Hut

          Yeah I will do. The acceleration of this car is pretty amazing for a diesel. Overtaking is a breeze. We went up to Port Douglas today and got to check the winding road ability
          around the coast. The slightly firm ride is more than made up for with excellent roadholding.

          • westy

            You’re certainly gettin around Jabba!

  • byron

    ALL NEW BUYERS

    PLEASE CONSIDER THE COST OF PAINT PROTECTION, YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF WITH WHAT THE DEALERS USE. web coloursheild international look it up it is well worth the elbow grease and $90 as opposed to 500 etc.

    Cheers

    • Jabba the Hut

      I ordered mine today online.

    • Hung Low

      Byron, I know many in the detailing trade that do not recommend any form of paint protection.
      This colourshield (5starr) as a few other new brands claim to use P.F.T.E which is another name for the registered Teflon brand by Dupont.
      The thing is Teflon needs to baked onto a surface at high heat for proper adhesion i.e cookware. This paint protection will not bind as they market it to and will dull over time. The same goes for that Glass plexin stuff, do not touch it!

      I recommend spending your money on a quality wax like ZAINO, SWISSOL or AUTOGLYM high Definition wax. Do not use paint protection, long term they are no good for your paint! You are better off waxing every 4-6 months with a high quality wax and polish!

      • Jabba the Hut

        One of the panel shops here in Cairns swears by it and uses it on his show cars. That’s good enough for me. The dealers don’t apply it with heat either.

        • Hung Low

          Jabba consider this, how many show cars with a bare metal $10k-$20k paint jobs use paint protection?…….None!
          I implied that the only way a PFTE(teflon) coating can be applied is through heat. The ‘dealers’ just polish the stuff on.

          Here are some interesting quotes to consider:
          “Nothing will stick to PTFE, so its virtually impossible to get it to stick to the paint finish. UNLESS you physically (mechanically) bond it to the paint the same way they “bond” it to a frying pan. IE: They “scratch” the metal with 1000′s of micro-fine scratches, and then force the pure “PTFE” into the scratches under intense heat and pressure.”

          “We have put a considerable amount of time into researching this and found that PTFE cannot be applied on painted surfaces without being cured at high heat. (IE: baking cycle) Many products offer a sealant that contains PTFE. Instructions are: Put it on and let dry…. Unfortunately, this won’t work without the required curing process as set out in Du-Pont’s US Patent #4284668, filed on the 27th August 1979. View the Patent Document here> US PATENT 4284668 – Paint Sealant with Teflon T.F.E.”

          Conclusion: The Colourshield and other paint protection systems are a marketing ploy. No good detailer worth their salt will recommend or use those products!

        • Byron

          I have used 5 star on my previous 4 vehicle, I can assure everyone that it does not harm your vehicle. One car that I applied it to, came with free dealer car washes, I even went through this wash many times in the 2 year ownership and the car was as new when I sold it. Indeed on every occasion when trading in previous vehicles all with roughly 2 years use, the trading dealer always remarked on how well the paintwork looked, this is why I support 5star as it has helped me with all my trades.
          Guys be aware that when you are doing something yourself and not supporting the dealer or a detailer, of course they are going to bag out a product. My father was a new car dealer and indeed he told me the guys applied a similar product pre delivery as paint protection charging 100s of dollars.

          Cheers

    • Lisa

      I spent three hours using the paint protection today. Man that was hard work. The car looks great though, if it works, even better.

      I also think my engine just clicked over..starting to get near 600km per tank and thats with city driving. Woohoo!

      • Byron

        Hi Lisa,

        It is all worth it in the end, wait till you get tar etc, on your car, the polish is like a shield it just falls off, your car will get greater shine over time as well.

        Cheers

  • byron

    Guys,
    As previously stated Iam almost up to 11000klms car is going fantastic, no rattles or squeaks tight as a drum, economy fantastic it looks like I will be one of the first to have a 15OOOKLM service so will let you know the cost.

    Thanks Cheers

    • westy

      Thanks byron, im sure this will be of interest to all!

  • Mythfrances

    569 reviews!!!???

    That has got to be some record!

  • jebdra

    Firstly – thanks to everybody posting such useful info in this thread. It’s been a great help to us in choosing to buy an IX35. It seems to have become an unofficial IX35 forum.

    We’ve just ordered a Highlander (2 weeks ago), and have been told to expect delivery in about 12 weeks (late Sept or Oct).

    I’d very much like to know where the news is coming from about the newer (post June) IX35 having telescopic steering and bluetooth. Is there an official source for this or does anyone know where I can confirm it? I can find nothing official, and the dealer disclaims all knowledge.

    If it’s true, I want to make absolutely certain the dealer can’t fob us off with an earlier model as the telescopic wheel would be a huge plus for us. We’re both pretty tall and the fixed steering wheel was nearly a deal-breaker for us. In the end we signed up, because the rest of the car was too good to pass up, but it was not easy for us to get comfortable on the test drives, and reach-adjustable steering would be the cream on the pavlova.

    It’s really good to hear all the stories from happy owners. Keep them coming.

    • The Oracle’s Headache.

      Jebdra, I was advised by a dealer that the MY11 spec will indeed have the bluetooth and telescopic steer as it is already available on offshore models and has been since release. It is worth noting though that often dealers are left in the dark and sometimes find out about upgrades at the same time or after the public do. We tend to have our eyes on these forums and get the info as it breaks.

      Whether your dealer sources a post June build remains to be seen. I am 183cms and found that by lifting the seat base at the rear I was able to find a reasonably comfortable position.

      I couldn’t agree more on the rest of the package. Right down to the full sized alloy spare wheel when others are using dodgy space savers. The more I look at the car the more I admire the fit and finish. The comments made by some regarding driving dynamics are clearly form a biased viewpoint and a distaste for Hyundai’s success. This is even more obvious when you read the posts from owners and how their family loves the car.

      Whilst I personally would like a slightly less firm ride I don’t like the trade off in body roll that the others in this class suffer. Most notible in the Honda CR-V and the RAV4 and to a lesser extent the Nissan X-trail. On an equipment v’s price point they miss by a country mile. One of this vehicle’s most desirable features won’t be appreciated until you drive it at night. The cockpit is simply superb lit up.

      Those 12 weeks will seem like an eternity. Congats on your purchase.

    • Babylonbouy

      I spoke to a dealer in NSW today & he confirmed new models landing end of Sept will have as standard reach adjustable steering, Bluetooth & reverse sensors for extra $500 on the driveaway price, I ordered mine on 15th May will not get it until mid Sept but was advised on signing contract deliery would be 10th Aug I am thinking of cxxling this order & getting the Elite on the next shipment arriving end of sept.

  • jebdra

    Thanks for the quick reply Oracle’s Headache – that’s good to know. I’ll go back to the dealer and make sure that he knows that I’ll only take an MY11 model. If I’ve got to wait that long – I’d like the extra features.

    I’ve also heard that Hyundai are re-tuning the suspension as part of the “upgrade” It’ll be interesting to see how that turns out. We could only drive the active, not the highlander and I thought it’s ride was fine – however I would expect the larger alloys on the Highlander with less rubber to provide a firmer ride.

    For us, we wanted a diesel for towing and an automatic for our laziness and a top-hinged rear door – so the only options were the Tiguan or IX35. The X-trail and the Koleos with their de-rated engine and towing limit were not a starter and nobody else offers the combination. The Tiguan had some good points, but the space-saver spare, the long nose and the passenger wheel intrusion into the foot-well were deciding factors. We did the experiment of specing up the Tiguan to match the equipment level of the IX35 we brought and it came to over $55,000.

    Just no contest.

    I’m so looking forward to getting it – you’re right it’s going to be an eternity.

    • The Oracle’s Headache.

      Yeah the ride on the Highlander is on the firm side but only really noticable on the worst of surfaces. Though it translates to sharp cornering for this class of vehicle. I haven’t heard anything about a suspension tune to be honest. If I wanted to I could drop each tyre one or two psi to soften the ride a little but it simply doesn’r bother me enough to warrant it.

      It will be interesting to read how the new Kia Sportage drives as it has apparently been tuned by lotus.

      You’ll be too busy enjoying the numerous features and that truly superb diesel to worry about minor issues. What amazes me is that there is no lag at all from the turbo. Just effortless power delivery.

      ….and yes, when you option up the Tiguan it is definately no comparison. It has yet to prove its reliability too with VW’s having a poor track record.

      • Jabba the Hut

        As a follow up to my comments on the slightly firm ride, mine seems to have settled now there is over a 1000k’s on the clock. I wonder if the side walls on the tyres have soften down abit?

  • Ray

    To all interested I was quoted $290 for a service including oil change (normal interval service) at 7500 Km when I question the Service Manager why at 7500 Km he said it was the preferred. Just a grab for money I think. I am guessing the 15000 Km service should be the same price. One of the main considerations for purchasing the IX35 was the reasonable cost of servicing and the 15000Km interval, so I hope it is not more than the $290 quoted

    • Hung Low

      Service it yourself at 7500km! It is only an oil and filter change that would cost $60 at most in consumables. Use the genuine filter or worse case get a local mechanic to do it for you at around the $120 mark!

    • Paulas

      Does the warranty require the 7,500km service? Is the oil change really required by the manufacturer at 7,500km or is it just the dealers ripping off naive vehicle owners?

      • Hung Low

        Probably not unless used under severe conditions!
        But an interment oil change is cheap insurance (especially on turbo charged engines) and a better long term proposition!

        • Hung Low

          I might add that my last post is mainly directed to mineral oils, good quality fully synthetic oils should be fine for 15000k! Check what type of oil is used by the dealers at the service!

          • Jabba the Hut

            Finally we agree on something .Hung Low is spot on. The 7,500 k service is cheap insurance but no you don’t have to get it. Your choice. If you are lead foot and are enjoying all that power then it makes sense to do it if you can mangage it. Afterall, ALL engines shave small quantities of metal over their lifetime. That’s what ultimately does them in.

            Having said that, with modern manufacturing tollerances they are far better balanced than they were two decades ago so tend to wear better. So too engine oils have come a long way. For the record Ray, my ix35 has two service stickers on the top right of the windscreen. One for the 1000k service and then another for 15,000 k,s.

            It will be the 45,000 k service that hurts. It will be the first major one and cost somewhere around the $600- $700 mark. You might save a couple of hundred at a mechanic but I wouldn’t recommend doing it. They tend to skip things like filters in aircons or rather give them a clean instead than replace them.

          • Jabba the Hut

            Ray I found this ………

            (cut and paste)

            After the first 1000km/four weeks of ownership, Hyundai offers a free check-up service. Thereafter, compulsory servicing intervals are scheduled at every 15,000kms (or 12 months), with recommended service intervals of 7500km.

            The 15,000km service costs approximately $160, while the 30,000km service is roughly $230. The 45,000km service is around $350 while the 60,000km costs roughly $290. The 90,000km service involves a gearbox oil and spark plug change, and comes in between $550 and $610.

            Better than I expected and a damned sight cheaper than my navara to service.

  • Do Do

    Hi All

    I went down to Sydney dealership today (Ryde) to see if they had any 2011 vehicles.

    The sales manager told me that next shipment is due in October and that they were upgrading the following:

    Re-tuning suspension
    telescopic steering wheel
    Speed assiste/adjusted steering
    additional rear sensor
    bluetooth

    He only had a black highlander demo

    Hopefully i will get to test-drive in back in Brisse when I head back.

    Also keen to compare with Kia. I heard the Kia Sorento was due as early as next month.

    Rumor has it that Kia suspension is tuned by lotus???

    • Jabba the Hut

      Yeah apparently so DoDo. That’s certainly the case with the British cars so I am guessing it will be here too.

      The ix35′s steering is fine at all speeds (or me anyway) so I am not sure what they are redoing?

  • Babylonbouy

    Got word today mine arrives Aug 20, I hope the compliance/custom stuff doesnt take 2 wks like they said

    • Jabba the Hut

      It probably will. They get thousands of cars going through pre-delivery at Fowles each month so it takes a couple of weeks to process them.

  • Rick

    Jabba im glad you enjoy your new IX35 and would like once again thank you for your business, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask , and your cargo liner will be with you soon.

    Rick

    • Jabba the Hut

      Cheers Rick. There are several very happy owners in here as you will read. Infact it was ultimately a couple of posters in here that made my mind up on what to buy.

  • Rick

    Jabba you will always find people who dont own or who have never driven the car they are rubbishing. If people actually drove the cars before they open thier mouth you would find different words coming out. Some people just cant help themselves and i would recommend they actually sit in and drive the cars they are talking about before making comments or statements about whatever car it might be. Im very happy you are pleased with your car and wish you all the best.

    • Jabba the Hut

      Cheers Rick. We will probably tie in one of the services with a trip to the ‘Ville and a stay over so I will pop in and say hi. Also, I got an invite today for the official launch of your i45 and i20 on my phone today. I’m not sure I will get there but thanks for the invite.

      If you guys maintain the level of service you have shown me then that business will thrive.

      You should have received the keys to the canopy on the navara too. We posted them last Friday. Any word on my cargo liner yet?

      Cheers.

  • one eyed pirate

    hi , i just wanted to be the 600th post.

  • george

    Hi guys i couldnt wait for the ix35 upgrade so i have put in an order for a kia stortage 2011 platinum same diesel engine , the dealer told me it’s going to be cheaper then ix35 highlanderthen 39.5k tint and mats i wz quoted.The sportage just has more extra’s but less boot space + looks better. dealer said that they will have the standard stock sportage first week in Aug and if i dont like it they will give me back my deposit for platinum ETA early Sep.

    • Jabba the Hut

      Congrats on your purchase. I love the front of the new Sportage, but then I love the look of the ix35. Otherwise I wouldn’t bought it. I am not fussed on the rear of the Sportage though. To me the tail lights look out of place with the rest of the car. But again that’s just me. As for spec they are pretty much identical bar the different drive system of the sportage.

      You should however have bluetooth and telescopic steer which my ix35 doesn’t though the MY11 will. A quick scan of the interior shot of the KIA confirms they are similar right down to the placement of the seat heater switches and duel zone aircon layout.

      The C pillar on the Sportage is also no doubt going to get some criticism but being that it is similar in size to the ix35 you will soon discover that it isn’t an issue in the real world. Make sure if you go for the cheaper variant you option the reverse camera though. it is far more than a gimmack.

      Happy motoring George and I look fwd to your report as a client in the Sportage thread. Yet another buyer wise enough to buy a Korean car. You’ll love it as much as we love ours. Our other car, a kia rio has been fantastic so far.

      P.S For anyone interested ,Hyundai has just become the world’s 3rd largest car company behind toyota and ford.

      • Jabba the Hut

        Here’s one reason to consider the Hyundai product. This is a cut and paste. I can’t quote the source as it will breach this website’s rules.

        “Hyundai’s quiet climb up the Australian sales charts has received a boost this week. Research firm Canstar Blue, the group behind Money Magazine’s ‘Bank of the Year’ awards, has announced that Hyundai has taken top spot in its Customer Satisfaction Awards.

        Surveying 2500 people on a range of services and products including airlines, mobile phone carriers and carmakers, the Canstar Blue awards saw Hyundai beat all-comers in the value for money category, along with point of sale service, after sale service and reliability.

      • burger

        I too have had a long hard look at both the ix35 Highlander and now also the Sportage Platinum over the last couple of months, i drove the Kia in Syd last week. I came very very close to ordering the Hyundai, but then i went and had a look at the new Kia when it arrived. It was a tough decision but for me the Kia has come up trumps. A far nicer looking car IMO, but basically all the same spec as the Hyundai, and priced accordingly. So i have been told a new shipment with limited Platinums is arriving for delivery 1st week of Sept, all MY 11, and one of them has my name on it.
        Jabba for your and everyone elses info, the MY11 Sportage Platinum does not have bluetooth or telescopic adjustable steering, which surprised me, but same as the ix35, it will be included in later MY11 releases.
        Anyways, happy motoring to all in your new Korean Cars… a great choice of car and I am sure the list of satisfied happy buyers will continue to grow rapidly.!

  • Lisa

    George you need to go to the Kia forum if you can find one. We dont agree the sportage looks better thats why we bought the IX35. Its sleek and sporty looking, the Kia is more like the Kluger and the other boxy looking SUVs/4WD. Yes I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder…
    In the end you paid pretty much what I did for the highlander and I got a lot of extras too.
    In your own words…you couldnt wait so you went for the second option???
    Lets keep this forum on topic..we dont need other people coming in here to say they didnt buy this car…hahaha.

    • Jabba the Hut

      You sound like a passionate Hyundai owner Lisa ;)

      If as Goerge has stated the Kia doesn’t have as much storage space it wouldn’t suit us anyway as we needed the space our ix35 has behind the seats.

      • The Family Guy

        Hey all,

        Got off the phone with my dealer today. Although I placed the order for a Highlander about 6 weeks back it is still a couple of months away. It is frustrating, but, dealer did confirm it was a MY11 with blue tooth, rear sensor, adjustable steering wheel and dampners(?) to smooth out the ride a little more. Dealer also mentioned the premium audio system was being replaced with a standard system due to the subwoofer making it very difficult wire up custom fitted audio systems post-purchase. Not sure if anyone else has heard this? Doesn’t bother me too much as I was keen to make sure I got the MY11 with blue tooth, adjustable steering etc.

        The wait is killing me! It is like the night before xmas day but for a couple of months lol

        • Lisa

          Hey family guy. Your all the better off with the wait kowing your going to get the updated version. Not that the current version is any less fun to drive. The wait will go quickly. We are about to enter August….anyone see July????

      • Lisa

        Not passionate Jabba…Its just that we all get so much out of talking about our experiences in buying and driving the IX35 and Id like to keep it that way :) They will close the forum if we go off topic too much. Besides dont want Hung too low to the ground because I was born without legs to start talking about the daewoo he drives.

        PS I knew it wouldnt take long before Hyundai moved up the charts as popular car brand. I think they deserve it, finally offering cars to match other brands.

    • westy

      Well said Lisa!

  • westy

    It always amazes me why consumers ‘push’ what they think is the best! At the end of the day, its only your opinion, not the opinion of everyone reading it!
    I refer to the comments made by those buying other vehicles than the ix35.
    This forum is for IX35 owners, prospective buyers, and those who wish to leave comments on their experience with the IX35.
    Stop writing crap about other manufacturers. There are forums for this and its not here!

    • Lisa

      …heheh :)
      What are you up to Westy…still waiting? In the end what did you buy?

      The forum is so out of sequence couldnt find where you may have told us

      • westy

        Lisa, i have purchased the ix35 highlander! My comments are in reference to the Kia comments. I am supposed to collect mine sometime later next week. Nothing sinister here! Just wish those who are purchasing other vehicles to stick to the forums for that vehicle.

  • Boney Maroney

    Keep the posts coming guys – i am enjoying the stories of your happiness with your cars. I am aiming to get rid of my bucket of bolts VW for something more reliable (and with a bit more space), so the two Koreans (ix35 and new sportage) are at the top of my list. Thanks for your willingness to post your experiences…..keep on posting

  • george

    sorry lisa your so right, i shouldnt write about buying other cars in this forum my apologies to everyone. i have never driven a diesel SUV and my first experience driving the elite diesel at the time i found it a bit on the noisy side to my liking both from engine and wind or am i going to find the same problems with other SUV’s ?. but then after driving it around for a while i got use to it. i need to test drive a few more SUV to compare for myself.maybe now dealers might have a highlander i could test drive?

    • Jabba the Hut

      My Highlander is a lot quieter than my Navara was George. at highway cruising speeds you won’t hear the engine at all and it’s pretty quiet around town once it warns up. It’s only when I get the urge to feel that amazing low end grunt that it gets a little louder.

      • Lisa

        Dont Kia and Hyundai use the same diesel engine?

  • westy

    Jabba,
    on one of your posts recently, you advised of the dashmat (i have found the site)Just wondering if you have recieved it and how it fits!

    • westy

      Thanks Jabba, will order one today!

      • Lisa

        Its good stuff the paint protection. I put it on the car last week and it shines up well. Darn I didnt do my alloys though. We had quite a bit of rain after I polished the car (as always happens) and the car got dirty again. BUT just a little wipe over with a soft cloth and whammo…nice and shiny again:)

        • Byron

          Guys, I am glad you all are happy with paint protection, I have done 11500klms so far in my highlander and still love it everytime I get into it. I feel that this car is going to give great service. Anyone considering an IX35 GO FOR IT, they are just great. All the korean doubters are really missing out on a great vehicle. Jabba,Lisa,Westy we are pioneers here, in the future we will have people say those koreans were and are great cars.

          Cheers

        • Babylonbouy

          Lisa
          what & where do you buy the paint protection is this suitable for the dash as well

  • http://Jensen george

    yes lisa same diesel engine thats what i have been told by dealer , but its how well the cars are able to dampen or shut out the noise from the engine and wind

  • Babylonbouy

    Anyone considering buying from Parramatta Hyundai you should reconsider, their customer service is the worst I have ever experienced from any car dealer

  • http://Jensen george

    Hi Babylonbouy try this sales manager Mohamed Zreika at hyundai barrysmiths Pennant Hills he wz going to get me the 2011 make for 39.5k in 8wks with all the extra’s mentioned above! its a starting price for you? good luck

    • Lisa

      I tell you what guys. As a proud hyundai owner, I take interest in what other people are driving and am proud to say there are plenty on the road. Especially the i30 Ix35, Tuscon, the Iload vans and now the Sante Fe.

      In fact if your reading this and you do think the IX35 is a little small for your needs..and towing capacity is below what you would like. May I suggest the Santa Fe? My dad wanted to buy the IX35 also but found it wouldnt tow the boat. So we looked into the Sante Fe. Lovely car for a 4wd esque type vehicle. Stronger diesel engine, and a lovely shape. For around 40000 bux…you get so much. Why spend that much on a second hand Prado which is pretty much outdated..??

      Just something for those wanting the IX35 but feel its a little small :)

  • http://Jensen george

    seen the latest sportage at the dealers today wee bit disappointing, to me the ix35 does look better and not so box looking, also i felt that the ix35 is roomier. enjoy the ix35 guys dont bother with the sportage.

    my wife has me by the #### so i have to get it.

    • Lisa

      Thats funny George…ah well, just hope your wife isnt grabbing too hard!!!.. heheh

      Hey by the way, anyone notice how similar the sportage is to the Ford thats out? Very very similar. Cant tell the difference.

      • Byron

        Hi Lisa,
        Out of curiosity I went to check out Sportage today, I did not really blike it, It looks fine from ooutside, however I still feel the dash layout and controls are superior in the Highlander. The top of the line sportage is not available yet PLATINUM, direct comparison of HyLANDER.

        CHEERS

    • one eyed pirate

      you dont have to if you dont really want to you just need to grow some real nuts and tell ya missus to get back in the kitchen and do what she was employed to do.
      ha ha i bet you dont have the nuts to say that but if you had of done it from the start it would be all sweet now and you would probably have all the toys you really want. good luck George.

  • Chicken George

    Does anyone know what the MY 11 updates are for the Elite .I have not been able to find anything and my local dealer doesn’t know .Are they definetly due late September ?

    • CalamariForThought

      Was told by my dealer that MY11 will be built in Aug/Sept and delivery is around Oct earliest. Not sure if there will be any price changes too..

  • The Guy

    Finally get to pick up my Highlander this Friday – ordered way back in May.
    I had my doubts with Hyundai – being a Japanese motor fan: Mitsu, Nissan, etc. – but after test driving the IX35 back in May, and reading the reviews from ‘real’ owners, changed my attitude. Here’s hoping the positive vibes with this vehicle continue beyond Friday.

  • westy

    A new boatload has arrived in Australia last week! most are MY10, some MY11. I get mine on thursday finally, after waiting since mid may as well.
    After reading these forums for months now, im sure it will be worth the wait!

    • Lisa

      Keep us informed guys

  • CalamariForThought

    Anyone got scuff/kick plates for their ix35 ? My dealer said this option is not available yet. hmm… darn…

    • Byron

      HI CALAMARI,

      Take a look at scuff plates IX35 on ebay they are available for around $70 a set.

      Cheers

      • CalamariForThought

        Hi Byron, I wanted the scuff plates that are illuminated.. Looks cool …

        • The Guy

          fyi I’ve seen the illuminated scuff plates on ebay for $115 plus postage

  • ashley

    hi we just recived our new ix35 highlander silver color what a great car i brought the scuff plates off ebay the just stick on top of the ones that are there all ready

  • westy

    Hi all,

    Well after spending ‘the weekend’ in my Phantom Black highlander, i can report that all the positive comments from the real owners of these cars are all justified.
    Just clicked up 600kms in 2 days to give it a real test out! (in all conditions)
    As recently reported here, there were no ‘alignment issues’ with the body and i agree with recent comments that the sound system has ‘flown under the radar’ as it definately has not been spoken about enough.
    The only thing i have found frustrating is ending up with the smart key and house keys in my hand searching for the ignition after getting in, but im sure that will pass in a week or two!
    Overall a 10/10 experience, cannot fault anything in the vehicle! It was comments from owners here that got me interested in having a look, as i will admit in the past i certainly would have overlooked this brand. Aussies will change their views in coming years!

  • Lisa

    Here Here Westy and Ashley. Glad to hear your experiences are as positive as ours. It is a great car!!!!
    I read with interest some reviews of recent times in the news paper that have been completely wrong about some aspects of the car…things that if you actually drove it for a while, you would know. Its a shame that it still goes on, but this is the best place to get the real story. Happy Driving…

  • Babylonbouy

    Cant wait to get behind the wheel still 4 days till it arrives in the country

  • steven

    It’s great to read so many positive reviews on the Hyundai. After test driving several similar cars we have settled on the ix35 elite (2.4L petrol). Now need to look around for the best deal. I am interested to know if anyone has purchased the same model and the price they got from their dealer?
    Cheers.

    • Genesis

      I see that my post about the serial pest -Jabba the hut- has been deleted and he has disappeared!
      Hopefully got what was owned to him and got banned!

      As for the rest, enjoy your cars, the critics will catch on eventually. I have been very happy with my i30 crdi wagon!

      • Genesis

        Apologies Steven, did not mean to reply to your post! But as an indicator, it has been reported earlier on this blog that an on road price of $31k is achievable with an abn discount.

    • Babylonbouy

      I got the Elite Petrol for $36,990 on road with Mats, style Visors, Window Tint, Ipod cable & slim line plates

    • Lisa

      Steve you dont happen to be in SA by any chance? I can certainly recommend a dealer who I went through, gave me the best price on the highlander, threw heaps of stuff in and comes with much honesty and integrity.

    • http://n/a Alistair

      have had my 2.4l petrol ix35 in sleek silver now for around 6 weeks. I must say that I am in love with my car!!

      Such a smooth ride & for the life of me I cannot understand what these “reviewers” are thinking when they say it’s a harsh ride?? Were they in a different car?

      As an FYI to all pontential buyers, we got the roof mounted DVD player put in, an 8 year warranty, paint/rust & leather protection, the first three years servicing free, free window tinting, free lifetime car wash, & last but not least free car storage (we just used it when we went up to the reef for a week, saving $160 in long term car parking at the airport). All up we paid $36K – Not a bad deal at all.

      We recently took the car down to the southern highlands for a weekend & averaged fule economy of 7.9L per 100k’s – Around the city/urban areas I am getting about 12l per 100K’s which isnt bad for a petrol engine

      • Babylonbouy

        Looks like I got ripped off on my deal then, another reason to give Parramatta Hyundai a wide berth Customer Service 0/10 & Wendy switchboardgirl 0/10 for rudeness.

        • CalamariForThought

          Well, just as long as you enjoy your ride.. put that behind you.. :)

          • Babylonbouy

            Will no doubt enjoy the ride, when I finally get to take delivery ordered it May 15

      • http://caradvice.com.au Wayne

        Was your ix35 auto with metallic paint? It was a very good price.
        How has it been going since August. I am thinking of buying one this month.

  • westy

    Hi steven,
    that was my first choice (2.4 petrol) until i drove the diesel. However, i had done myself a deal for 35,700 with mats and tint. I reckon if you pushed it you could maybe do it for 35,500 with some cash (deposit) in your hand when you ask to do the deal! It always works!
    Go to a few dealers though and you will be able to play one off the other.
    One other consideration is that if you order it now it will be the my11 so that may bump the price up a touch as there is bluetooth and steering reach, suspension adjustments also.

  • MattP

    Thank you everyone for sharing your exeperience with the ix35. I have an iMax and while waiting to pick it up at the dealer after getting it serviced last Saturday I got speaking to a guy who was there for his ix35. He loves it too and raved on about how fantastic it was. His view matched the enthusiasm shown in these comments. Well done Hyundai you are winning lots of new fans.

  • steven

    Thanks you for all your comments. We signed on the dotted line for a new elite petrol model. It’s a MY10 series (in stock) without the soon to be updated additional extras such as Bluetooth & reach adjust steering wheel as I keep hearing about. However with the electric seat adjustments I had no problems with a comfortable driving position. Not too concerned about the missing Bluetooth option at the moment as it’s fantastic to now have an excuse not to take work calls while driving to or from work, thanks Hyundai!

    Glad to hear you’re happy with the diesel Westy, we also took the elite diesel for an extensive test drive last week and I was very impressed with the performance of the 2.0L turbo diesel engine and the very low engine noise levels inside the cabin. I can see how it will be the volume seller of the line up. However the petrol engine was sufficient for our needs.

    Very happy with our purchase and glad to hear so many positive reviews. Sounds like Hyundai might be onto a winner here.Happy motoring.

  • Byron

    Hi Guys,

    have almost done 15000k’s in my highlander diesel, car is going better than ever after freeing up fuel consumption sensational. around town low 8′s freeway down to 6′s just great. Car still tight as a drum no issues, will take in for 15k hyundai service ctr service will report back cost soon and any issues if any.
    Cheers

    • westy

      Byron, took mine in for 1000k service yesterday, my local dealer advised me 15,000 service would be $315 (did take him some time to work it out as they have not done one yet!)
      Would be interesting to see if that is the fixed price or it changes from dealer to dealer.
      Also purchased the colour shield paint protection. Have read all instaructions and it doesnt mention if you need to avoid certain parts, chrome exterior, or metal, badges etc. can you advise?

      • Byron

        Hi Westy,

        I applied polish to all painted surfaces as well as the alloy wheels, just not the black plastic. The car will come up amazing, a few owners have applied colour shield check Lisa\’s post earlier in feed.

        Cheers

        • westy

          many thanks Byron!

  • aussiem

    I’ve had a Highlander diesel for about a month now. Great to drive. Trying to keep an eye on fuel economy but trip feature which shows average economy seems to reset itself every time I fill up. Is this right.

    • Lisa

      I automatically reset my trip computer by switching over to each setting and holding the trip button down for a few seconds.

      I too have a highlander diesel..and have just clocked up 5000km. Very happy to say my engine has given a little over the last 1000km and where I was averaging 8.8 around town and couldnt get more than 500km a tank..its now down to 8.1 for city driving and getting around 600L per tank. Very happy with this, but for all the new highlander owners..give it time, it will get better.

  • westy

    aussiem, i have had mine for about 2 weeks and filled twice. This seems to be the norm.

  • ric b

    Jabba nice to see your back…
    Your comparisons are interesting, however as a new owner of an iX35 they are maybe not all that impartial.
    I have yet to buy either, but I will be buying one of these cars soon, still not decided but I have a fair idea which one.
    I have extensively driven both the Hyundai Highlander and the Kia Platinum, both very capable cars, and both sharing the same Diesel Engine, however totally different AWD Systems with the Kia’s being far more dynamic and the latest generation. Hyundai is left well and truly behind in this regard. In the currently available Aus spec, the Kia gets more options as standard but it is a very close race, the Kia has the ventilated front seats and the reversing sensors over the Hyundai, but both currently dont have the bluetooth or the reach adjustable steering, which to me is not such an issue.
    For the record, if you look hard enough the steering wheel controls for Audio and Cruise Control are actually identical in both cars, as is a lot of the hardware out of the same bin in the factory.
    For me personally this will come down to the asthetics and the look of the cars, both inside and out, and this is where the great divide in the forums between the iX35 and the Platinum will be.!
    One thing for sure is Hyundai/Kia has certainly stamped a new authority on the Aussie SUV sector..
    Now i just wish they would get thier s#!t together and get some decent numbers of these cars to Aus so we can buy them.
    Happy days and motoring to all. :)

    • ric b

      …and ps, i came very very very very very close to buying the Hyundai iX35 Highlander 3 months ago until someone told me to wait and look at the Kia Sportage…. I’m glad i did..! :)

  • Byron

    Hey Ric B,
    Where are you driving this Platinum Kia Sportage as I have a mate who is after one and the dealers say that they wont have any for a few months.

    Cheers

  • ric b

    Hey Byron i drove the Kia Sportage Platinum in Sydney (fresh off a boat) and the Hyundai iX35 in Cairns. I have been told by 2 seperate dealers in Qld that the Platinum Sportage will be very limited until Xmas due to Europe getting the bulk of the Aus/Euro Spec vehicles, and we can expect about only 15/month in Aus till then..
    First in best dressed i guess.!
    And btw my post above was in reply to a post from a regular on here (who i’m sure everyone knows) who appears to have had his post removed now for some reason, just in case ppl are reading mine and thinking wtf..?!?! :)

    • Jabba the Hutt

      Yeah it was my post and I apologise for the technical issue.

      I had my first service today (free one) and they made a couple of adjustments behind the door trims to stop a couple of minor rattles. Other than that all has been great. I’m starting to notice a few ix35′s here in Cairns now. Two different Highlanders and a few Elites. I’m yet to see any base models on the road which is a little odd.

  • SSeven

    We have just put 5k on the clock of our diesel Elite and are very happy with the vehicle so far – except one thing – the RIDE.

    As a driver it is fine, most likely due to hanging onto something or concentrating on other things. If you are considering this car take someone with you on the test drive (other than the dealer) who is impartial. As a passenger I find it quite uncomfortable and does take a bit of the pleasure away from owning the new car. I find uneven road surfaces quite bone jarring as a passenger in the car.

    Overall, our build quality is great and are enjoying the extra bit of ride height we are normally used to. The service from the dealer was top notch and we are very happy with the deal. Push hard for a price and get thrown in whatever you can. Our view was that Hyundai are on a roll, want to see as many of their cars on the road as able – so go for broke. Tell them you will goto Toyota if they don’t do you a good deal :)

    If you do a bit of highway driving, then I think this is when this car/the diesel really comes into its own. I never really new what the big deal about torque was until owning this car, but overtaking is joy. Accelerating from 80km/hr and up brings a smile to the face, and I feel very safe when overtaking semi’s – the car is quite effortless.

    I am pleased with the buy and are happy as a Hyundai convert (coming from Falcodore land).

  • Babylonbouy

    Finally get to pick up my Remington Red Elite this Saturday 9am – ordered way back in May then taking it for a run to the Central Coast.

    • The Family Guy

      Great news Babylonbouy – We are still waiting for our Highlander to arrive :o(

      Rang dealer who said he still cant confirm delivery date but he is hoping late September. Orginally ordered back in June.

      MY11 which means all the new extras but he has quoted an additional cost of $500. Seems a bit cheeky given the wait but can’t complain given what is included.

      Everytime we see one on the road just can’t get over how good they look.

      • Babylonbouy

        Had I known that the MY11 would have a few extras I may have waited but I think the dealers were keeping it quiet anyway I dont think telescopic steer is a must, never had it on the old car and I spent $140 on a Blueant S4 totally handsfree now roll on saturday.

        • Jabba the Hutt

          I have managed to find a comfortable position without reach adjustment and yes bluetooth can be had for next to nothing aftermarket.

          Sseven, my highlander has definately settle in its ride since I bought it and I have only done 2,600 k’s. No complaints from my passengers either. There’s one section of road here in Cairns where when I bought the car it was a bit jarring and noisy. I drove over that same stretch this evening and it is evident the ride is settling. it’s not perfect but then no car I have owned has ever been perfect. This one is just a lot closer to it than my previous vehicles .

          • Hung Low

            I think yours might be a case of “Placebo effect”, my oldies IX35 ride is quite stiff and choppy and I agree with the all road testers that it is a major flaw, do the blokes who set up the suspension at Hyundai even drive? The front seats being that hard and smallish do not help either in cushioning the ride.
            On the plus side, the 2.4 engine/gearbox combo gets along very well and is a fairly torquey unit in comparison to its petrol rivals, I do not see why anything more is needed for urban driving!…Well done Hyundai in this department I was impressed, although the current average fuel consumption atm of 12.3l/100km on a very new car is not very good all but can only improve!

            As a whole package for a negotiated $31k, it is not a bad deal, but the new 2.4 Sportage SLi in choice of colour (excellent colour pallete) at the local dealership was pretty impressive with its stickered on road price of $33800 which I know is very competitive against the IX35 petrol Elite which are around $34-$35k!
            I think the rivalry between the 2 will come down to styling preference and dealer discounting. Some will prefer the sleeker profile of the IX35, some will prefer the edgy look of the Kia.

          • Jabba the Hutt

            I tested the 2.4 and it was absolutely gutless compared to the diesel. I couldn’t live with it around town. Going by your fuel figures it is far less economical also.

            I would like a little more support from the seat towards the knees but other than that mine are comfortable and the ride has definately settled in.

            Our other car is a KIA and they have a tendency to offer massive discounts on their vehicles after a year or so which kills resale for those who bought early. Cerato and RIO are two examples of this. Hopefully they won’t do it with the Sportage but I suspect they will.

          • Hung Low

            Yes I bet it would feel gutless compared to the diesel with all that torque, but so would all the other petrol competition! As for outright acceleration therw would not be much between the 2, as for drive ability, ease of overtaking etc the diesel will cream it!
            For what it is and does, it is sufficient to those upgrading from an older CRV or Rav4. I hope the fuel consumption goes down as our past X trail from 2004 had a bit more power and used less fuel than this.

          • Jabba the Hutt

            Despite the 2.4′s shortcomings it was still a better performer than the Dualis. That thing is truly underpowered to the point of being dangerous. As a city runner your parents made a reasonable choice but the diesel is so effortless it amazing. Some of the critics were less than happy with the ix35′s ride but none of them criticised the diesel/ 6 speed combo.

          • Jabba the Hutt

            … if you test drive the diesel you’ll notice it murders the 2.4 petrol through the gears. The 2.4 is only there to offset the weight of the AWD setup. I couldn’t notice any difference in performance between it and the 2.0 ltr in the base model. Perhaps a little quieter .

            I’d like to see a 0-100 km/h test of the two. It feels like 2-3 seconds difference. Infact when I test drove the base model sportage with the 2.0 ltr it felt slower than it did in the ix35 and also a lot more asthmetic. I’m not sure why as the sportage is lighter from what I have read.

          • Hung Low

            The local dealers did not have a diesel to test drive I missed out, but I got to drive a diesel I Load a few months ago which was impressive for a van!
            The Sportage review on this site has a 0-100km/h difference of 0.2 sec between the diesel and 2.4, so pretty close up to almost the legal limit if true. The great difference would be after 100km/h and bracket acceleration with the extra torque instantly available!
            The problem with the IX35 is the suspension’s rebound rates are too high, you will probably note that it rides better with more passengers on board!

  • Lisa
  • Lisa

    Its very obvious in here after some time now who likes the IX35 and who doesnt. No matter what is said, you cant change opinions and in the end its your own that matters anyway. I drove the Rav, the captiva, CRV, mazda..suspension wasnt an issue for any of these cars including the IX35. Still isnt. Some asses must be bonier that others…haha.

    • Aussie bender

      Does that mean yours has additional padding?

  • Babylonbouy

    Picked up the car on Saturday, took it for a drive up to the Central Coast very happy with it. Does anyone know about the door locking system when you go over 15k’s the doors do not lock at any speed is there somthing I need to do or is it a fault that I need to have looked at?

    • Lisa

      Hi babylonbouy

      Hows the car going? Still enjoying that new car smell?
      I know that with the highlander the doors automatically lock when you go over 15km/hr. I would say the other models have this too. I think its a fault in the car, or something may have happened to switch this off. Have a quick read in your manual, there may be a reset switch on this that may have accidently been switched off? Cheers

      • Jabba the Hutt

        I agree it must be a fault because mine do. Ring your dealer.

        It’s actually a great thing to have working. I know of two people that have pulled up at lights to have someone jump in their car demanding a lift.

    • CalamariForThought

      Hey Babylonbouy, I had the same fault when I picked up mine, gotta bring it back to the dealer to get that fixed. Check it when you get the car back though, cos they somehow turned off my \”auto-headlight\” after I got it back, didn\’t realize until that evening. Got THAT fixed when I brought it in for service. I guess it is something they had to program into it.

      • Babylonbouy

        Had a look in the book could’nt see any mention of it so I called the dealer at first he said the HALO system is not included in the ix35 when I told him it was in the specs for the car he back peddled and said it had to be activated & cannot be done until I bring it in for the 1000k service, called Hyundai head office got told to read the book. It seems a bit strange that somthing designed to work on a car has to be programmed to work but it can only get done at a service interval.

        • Lisa

          That doesnt sound right at all…Its an automatic default. I think you deserve better from hyundai. However not too long until you get the 1000km service so wont be a long wait. I didnt like the auto lock initially, was worried if I had an accident no one could get in and out. But driving on the road late at night it is a good safety feature.

          • Babylonbouy

            Had the HALO system done today apparantly it’s in a Pre delivery check that this part gets activated still enjoying the new car smell they should sell it in a can Haha

  • AJ

    Hi there, does anyone know where to get Dash Mats for the Higlander, I spotted a website but not sure if its ridgy didge? Can anyone advise? AJ

    • Jabba the Hutt

      I got mine from accessoriesonline * com * au and it is fine .Someone else in here ordered one after I did. Go for the charcoal one. It’s the best match to the interior.

      P.S I had to do the above address as is for it to post.

      They are made to order so it takes around 2 weeks.

  • CalamariForThought

    any tested whether the “alarm” in the brochure actually worked ? Salesman for my previous car demonstrated it by locking the vehicle with one of the windows opened. Reached in and opened the door from inside and the alarm activated.

    I tried that, I tried locking (via button on door handle, not the lock button on the remote key) , put my key far away, and opened the door but there was no alarm..

    Just wondering is it just mine, or it is like that…

  • Byron

    Hi Guys,
    Just had my car serviced at Hyundai Ryde, 15000 klms, great service no issues and they returned car early to me as I need it for work everyday. Service cost $340 as my work pays it seems very reasonable. I did not do the 7500 service chosing to do mine every 15000. Car is still performing well, I love the ride, sure it is a little choppy and gittery, however I like that feeling my family and wife have never complained.

    Cheers

    • westy

      Thanks for that Byron!

    • Hung Low

      Do they use Synthetic oil during service and factory fill?
      15k for its first oil change on a turbocharged engine on mineral oil is crazy!!

  • Lisa

    Wow

    • Lisa

      700 Comments. Well done guys. :)
      By the way, Im going to check out the alarm thing this weekend. Will tell you how it goes…good question though

  • Jabba the Hutt

    We went to Cooktown for the weekend and the car keeps on surprising. The inland route is a 4 hour drive from Cairns . I dialed 120 km/h (110 zone) into the cruise control and including the up and down of the great dividing range I managed 7.5 ltrs per 100k’s.

    On the way back I went via the Bloomfield track which is largely consisting of 4×4 road with regular corrugations, potholes and as you get to Wujai Wujai aboriginal reserve it requires crossings the Bloomfield River avross a floodedcauseway and then finally into the Daintree and across flowing creeks with river rock beds.

    Despite the claimed firm ride the car excelled and in comfort. For some reason the corrugations don’t transmit into the cabin like they did in my D40 and the ride was comfortable and we arrived at the Daintree River (for lunch) without any complaints and a consumption of 7.9 ltrs despite needing to engage the diff lock on the northern approach to Cape Tribulation due to steep climbs in unsealed, slippery surfaces.

    This car just keeps getting better and better with time. I should mention that the climate control was on 21 degs throughout (it’s 30 degs most days up here now) and apparently means 10% extra fuel usage so the figures are even more impressive.

    The ride has definately settled in from when I bought the car. Tomorrow it will be going to a car wash cafe for a well earned clean inside and out. I asked my mother in law for her verdict in the back seat and she was full of praise. This trip was a good test for all aspects of the vehicle. I am about 30 km/s short of 4000k’s on the clock.

  • Nemo

    I’ve had the Highlander now for a month and lovin every minute in it. So much so that I don’t mind being stuck on Sydney’s motorway carparks.

    Just wondering what diesel people use? – ie. Shell, BP, Caltex, etc.

    • Jabba the Hutt

      I don’t think there is much if any difference with diesel. It probably all comes from Mobil anyway.

    • Byron

      Hi Nemo,

      I use diesel from all service stations, I am fairly sure it all comes from the one source, I do go to independents in my area as it is often around 1.17, 1.22 a litre. I will never use BIO-DIESEL as I have herd really bad things about this fuel.

      Cheers

  • SSeven

    Took the car for its 7500km service on the weekend.

    Cost: $295, inc a bit of a wash and tyre rotation.

    Happy with that. Done at Stillwells in Adelaide.

    Cheers

  • HC

    I bought IX35 CRDi on end of June and drove just under 3000km. Since i picked up the car, i’m having a problem with noise from brake when the car just before stop and just before take off. I visited dealer service centre couple of times but they keep saying that it’s normal range of noise. Is it normal range of noise with brand new car , if a person who was sleeping in the car woke up because this noise? Does anyone have same problem like me?

  • Jabba the Hutt

    Your dealer is right. You are talking about the “groaning” noise just as you come to a final stop or when easing the brake off from standstill? Most automatic cars do it. Certainly the falcon I hired last year did also as do most vehicles with power enough to fight the brakes which is what it is doing. Mine does it too. The car is still wanting to surge forwards. Put the car in neutral when coasting up to the lights and see if it does it then.

    • The Family Guy

      Hey all.

      Just got word from my dealer. The Highlander we ordered mid June arriving at customs 13 October. Fingers crossed it doesn’t take long to get down here to Canberra. Does anyone have their hands on a MY11 yet? Any feedback or comments??

  • Babylonbouy

    I am taking mine in for its 1000K service on Saturday can anyone tell me if they have any sideway play in the brake pedal?

    • Lisa

      Havent noticed anything with the brakes?

  • Hirdy

    Hey “The Family Guy” which dealer in Canberra did you order from ?

    I ordered mine in Mid July and have had no word on an ETA as yet. I cancelled my order and ended up e-mailing nearly every dealer in NSW. I finally picked up a Highlander from Parramatta due at the end of October. I got Darkest Legal Tint, Tow Pack, Floor Mats and dual in seat DVD entertainment system and as I can get a Gov Fleet Discount all I paid was $39 899 on road. Stoked with that deal particularly with nearly 3k worth of extra’s.

    • The Family Guy

      G’day Hirdy,

      Sorry about late reply. It was Melrose. They said they have about 20 or so IX35 orders waiting to arrive. Sounds like you got a great deal. We\’ll be looking to get a twin DVD installed at some point.

      Enjoy!

  • HC

    Thanks Jabba the Hutt. Yes, i tried already put in N before car stop. The noise was reduced and shorter than normal but still couldn’t ignore noise and vibration.
    If that’s only solution, how can i put in N every time the car needs to stop?
    But putting in N, it’s never worked especially wet weather and downhill. The noise is worse and more closed to metal sound and every body looking at my car and me becasue of the noise.

    • Jabba the Hutt

      Yours may be a different issue then. Go to an independent (and reliable) mechanic and ask someone to check it for you. The groan I refer to is hardly annoying and typical of auto cars so it sounds like yours is something else.

      You may need to pay the mechanic $20 bucks for their time but it will be unbiased.

      Good luck!

    • CalamariForThought

      you may want to do some quick inspection to see if anything is misaligned..

      Also, it is sometimes possible that a small stone got lodged between the pad and the disc… not sure if a strong jet of water would help..

    • Lisa

      that doesnt sound right at all. If others are noticing the noise like that..I certainly dont have issues so Id suggest taking it back to the dealer (or service centre) and getting them to take it for a drive.

    • Hung Low

      Hey HC, if the brakes are not the issue, it might be the torque convertor on the auto transmission. Now that is the worse case scenario but these things can and do happen. Like advised get an independent opinion outside the dealer network.

      On another note does anyone find the brake pedal very touchy/sensitive on initial application instead of being progressive in feel?

      • Jabba the Hutt

        I did but it has settled as I have gotten used to the car.

  • Pan

    Had a look on MY11 today, it got Bluetooth and reverse sensors.

    Thanks

    Pan

  • Qball

    Hi Guys,
    I am considering buying an IX35 Elite Diesel but want to be able to confirm that the MY11 model will come with reverse parking sensors, does anyone have an official word on what the difference will be between the MY10 and MY 11 models?

    Also if anyone has any feedback on Hyundai dealers in Perth (good or bad) I would like to hear them…

    Thanks

  • pule

    For the Elite Diesel:

    Suspension Dampners added and tuned
    Electric Gizmo added to stearing
    Blue tooth
    Rear Sensors (all models as standard now)

  • Paulas

    I am still stalling on committing myself to the purchase of a Highlander, but I will get around to it!

    As this would be our first diesel fueled vehicle,I am mindful of the possibility of accidentally filling it with unleaded petrol. (Most unleaded petrol nozzles are smaller than diesel nozzles and will fit in to the filler neck of a diesel vehicle.)

    Can anyone please tell me if the ix35 diesel models have safety features on their fuel tank filler neck to prevent using the wrong fuel?

    • westy

      Paulas, apart from Diesel written on the fuel cap there is no safety feature.
      As it is my first diesel also, i have found that the economy for diesel is in front of you constantly (ltrs per 100k) on the dash, you are constantly thinking about it which makes it difficult to forget! After a few fillups you will automatically locate the service stations that carry diesel and pull up at the diesel outlet!!

      • Jabba the Hutt

        The fact you are paranoid about it is a fair indication you will never put unleaded in it Paulas. You tend to look for the diesel pump as you enter the station.

  • Ricky

    727 comments on a small SUV released back in Feb? What’s wrong with you people get a life.

    • Ex-X5

      Yes, you wouldn’t think it was worth the attention, would you. I bet the fanboys all get a semi when the talk about it.

  • Pan

    Hi everybody

    Can somebody tell me how is the road holding while driving on the freeway at 120km/hr. As I am switching from commodore and that is the only issue i am concerned about.

    thanks

    Pan

    • westy

      Hi pan, very good in the diesel. The car handles great in all conditions for me so far. It really does feel as if the car is ‘looking for the bitumen’ at any variance.
      Effortless overtaking as well!
      Take a diesel for a run, you wont be disappointed!

  • AJ

    Hi there,

    Anyone had a problem with 5 beeps coming when you open the drivers door, I think 5 beeps means somethings wrong, but I can’t see anything wrong? Is it something to do with the smartkeys or the steering wheel lock which seems OK…has anyone had this problem? Help, just hoping not major problem…my diesel car is going well got it down to 6.8 litres on a recent trip which is pretty cool…AJ

    • westy

      Aj, i occasionally get the same beeps, from taking my belt off before stopping, steering lock not on, handbrake being on slightly, smartkey getting a low battery or the sunroof being open (highlander)
      The smartkey i have been advised needs to be charged for 30 mins at least every 400-500k. It is charged in the armrest between the driver/passenger seats.

  • AJ

    Westy, thaks for all that, very helpful for future reference, especially the smart key needing charging in the armrest section. And I have been beeped for leaving the handbrake on (don’t know why I do that, something to do with it being an auto and I am a manual guy)However, i must admit that it was the sunroof that was slightly open, left that way by my partner, so there you go….

    Thanks for the advice, this is a good forum for owners of the terrific IX 35 Highlanders which i reckon is pretty damn good! AJ

    • Jabba the Hutt

      Yeah it is. My car impresses more and more as I go. Nearly 5,000 k’s on the clock now. I’d still like the ride to be a little more compliant but other than that it is great. We are having a very wet Spring up here in Cairns and the car is rock solid on wet roads.

    • Smithy

      What do you mean being ‘beeped’ for leaving the handbrake on?
      The law REQUIRES

    • CalamariForThought

      If it is the sunroof, the beeps come from the roof section, which is different from the seatbelt/light-reminders that come from the steering section.

      Also, if you walked away with the key in your pocket and the engine is still on after closing the drivers door, there will be warning beeps coming from OUTSIDE the car.. sounded like it came from the engine compartment

  • Smithy

    What do you mean being ‘beeped’ for leaving the handbrake on?
    The law REQUIRES that you leave it on when you get out of the car.

    • westy

      Hi smithy, i was referring to the in car beeps with the ix35. AJ wanted to know what they came on for. The handbrake beeps come on if the car handbrake is on when the car is driving ( sometimes the driver may not release the handbrake all the way off )
      After reading it again i realise it does sound like the car being stationary!

  • Ken

    A quick comment on the smart key needing charging for 30 minutes every 400 to 500 kms from Westy – I have a KIA Sorento Platinum with a smart key and I have never charged it since purchasing the car in May/June this year. My car has 10,500kms on it so far and the smart key has never failed on me yet. I’d probably recommend charging it every 6 months or so at the most. I don’t use the buttons on the remote so that might save a bit of battery power but charging that often seems excessive.
    I have also been advised that batteries should be charged when they are low. Continually topping up batteries when not required actually shortens their life.

    • Lisa

      Yeah have to say I dont charge my smart key either. And I do use the keys on the remote. Hmmm. I havent had any problems as yet and I have done nearly 8000km. Key hasnt failed me either, dont forget there is the option to flip out the actual key aspect of the smart key and open the car manually if it does fail :)

  • Paulas

    Yesterday I had another test drive of a Highlander diesel. I certainly noticed the difference in the steering between the MY10 and MY11 versions.
    So I bought one. Now I just have to wait.

    • Lisa

      Welcome to the club Paulas

      • Qball

        Hi Paula,
        How long were you told to expect to wait?

        • Paulas

          Just a couple of weeks (Brisbane). Another shipment had just arrived.

  • Fan Boy

    Hi guys,
    I’m new to this site and I’ve thinking of getting one of these iX35s for a while now and I had a really good look again at the Sydney motor show. They are mighty impressive looking both inside and out. I’m glad there is an update coming and I’ll go back to dealer and try to book an extended test drive with one.

    I’ve been reading some of the owner forums both here and overseas and I’ve got a few concerns that I would like some feedback about.

    Firstly is the fuel consumption. The brochure says the diesel’s ADR combined is supposed to be 7.5L/100km, urban 10.1 and highway 6.0. A lot of the drivers I read about say they can’t get anywhere near these numbers. Many report urban fule consumption of 12-14L/100km and highway of 8-9L. This is very dissapointing figures for a 2L turbo diesel. It’s not too far off what you could expect large 6cyl petrol! There are certainly many competitors that can beat that. The performance of the engine is very good, I’m wondering if they have tuned them so highly that the fuel consumption suffers as a result.
    I have also read reports of high oil consumption and many carrying spare oil in the car. Several have said that they have used up to a litre per 1000k’s. This seems to be constant over the use of the car and not just running in. The dealers apparently just say that it is normal and they all do that. (Sounds like they used to work for Holden or Ford!!) Anyone else have this issue? Again is it because of stress from the high engine tune?

    Last is towing capacity. It is rated at 1600kg which should be just OK for me. But how do they tow with the max load and what would the fuel and oil consumption be then? Also I can’t get any answer for the maximum towball load. Does anyone know?

    I’m thinking between this and a Tiguan and I would like some more information from iX35 owners.
    Thanks guys, I hope you can help me.

    • Jabba the Hutt

      Fanboy my only gripe with my car is the ride is a bit firm but then only on really bad roads. Sadly in Cairns that seems to be more and more roads each week. Even the lack of steering reach hasn’t been an issue for me and the motor /auto combo in the diesel is brilliant.

      The Tiguan with similar options will set you back an extra 15k and rear storage is meagre to say the least. I actually like VW product but I couldn’t get it to stack up against the ix35. As you will (may) be buying the MY11 you will have the new suspension tune, bluetooth and telescopic steering you will have a great all round package. I understand it will also be getting rear parking sensors which to me personally are pretty pointless with the rear camera. They’d have done better to put them up front on the highlander.

      The other thing people may not be aware of is that for those who don’t like diesels the highlander will now be available in petrol also to match its cousin the Sportage.

      I’d buy another one of these at the drop of a hat. The worst consumption I get is driving to work and back which is a 5 minute stop start run io the engine doesn’t get time to warm up and it is 10.5 ltrs per 100k’s. As soon as I get into more typical city flow on a warm motor it drops to 9.5 ltrs and I run aircon (Cairns) 24/7 which is said to use 10% of your fuel. On the highway at 120km/h on the way to Cooktown I used 7.0ltrs per 100k’s. At 100km/h expect to use around 6-6.5 ltrs per 100k’s. Given the performance ability of this car it is very impressive. Remeber my figures are with aircon running.

      As a point of interest I had the opportunity to test my performance against a Tiguan recently and he wasn’t amused ;) . I didn’t pull away by much but still did so with two extra passengers and was given the bird at the next roundabout.

      I hope all this helps.

      • Jabba the Hutt

        ….and I don’t tow but mine doesn’t use oil.

    • CalamariForThought

      I have just gone on a road trip with 5 adults and 4 full luggage from Sydney to Wollongong, Canberra and Blue Mountains within 4 days.

      2 Tanks of fuel for the total trip, lasted me back to Sydney.

      I got an average, of 7.5L/100K for the trip from Sydney to Wollongong (stopping at tourist spots and around the city a little) AND to Canberra and going around the city sight-seeing and food.

      Average Consumption from Canberra to Blue Mountains over 1 night, and back to Sydney, was about 8.5L/100K.

      Fuel Consumption was calculated manually.

      So far, having driven it for 5000km, my average was 8.7L/100K. And that is 70% peak hour Sydney traffic.

      I have also done a 1 person trip from Sydney to Central Coast and back, average of 6.9L/100K.

      I have been going on the speed limit as much as possible, 90, 100 and 110km/h.

      Every time I wash my car (fortnightly) I check all fluids and have no problems with engine oil levels. Had the vehicle for 3 months already.

    • westy

      Fanboy, done nearly 8,000k now and ALL fluid levels just perfect.
      This claim would have popped up on this forum im sure, if there was the slightest issue!
      Can you post the link or reference to the actual claims? Im sure the regulars here would love to read and digest them.

  • Paulas

    Fanboy, you raise some awful questions about fuel and oil use. I hope someone with real ix35 experience can dispel those suggested answers as myths.

    From the accessory page from the ix35 web site, the following details are given about the tow ball:

    Down Ball Weight = 120kg (active), 140kg (Elite and Highlander)

  • Byron

    Guys Guys Guys

    I have just completed 20000k on my Highlander, I would say that I have the highest klms of most on this sight. I love the cars as much as the day I bought it. Fuel economy is fantastic down to 6.7 on hway 8.7 always around town. It is of course determined by how heavy your right foot is. I had a bad windscreen moment in Nowra, and have had a replacement already, however all went well. Guys have had no faults with the car and it feels as solid as the day it was bought.
    Feel free to ask me about ownership, I have had mine since Feb.
    Cheers

  • Paulas

    Byron, that is good to hear you being so positive after 20,000 km and eight months driving.

    I have a question – how effective are the headlights at night and do you get any stoplight reflection in your rear window?

    • CalamariForThought

      Headlights are not a problem so far. I have travelled on dark road trips… HMSL Doesn\’t reflect as much as my previous ford focus… :)

      There is a little bit of reflection, being mounted on the inside and not the outside of the rear windscreen, but nothing to distract or glare the driver. I never even noticed it during normal driving.

      You have to look at the rearview mirror while pressing the brakes to see it.

      Unless there is someone driving a totally black car without headlights on tailgating you in the dark with no street lamps, you won\’t miss any vehicles behind you due to the reflection.

    • Byron

      No Glare and lights are great, previous car was a captiva diesel headlights on that car were shocking.

      Cheers

    • Paulas

      Calamari and Byron, thanks for that. I shall have to stop reading some other ix35 web sites – the trolls may have taken them over.

  • MattP

    I need to ask a favour of all ix35 owners; please do not use the rear fog lights unless it is foggy! They blind the poor drivers following you. Please be considerate.

    *off soap box*

    • CalamariForThought

      that applies to all drivers.. I have seen many makes of cars where the drivers have rear fogs on.. BLINDING !!!!

  • Fan Boy

    Thanks for you feedback Jabba,
    I’ve been away for a few days, so it took me alittle while to respond.
    Actually the cost of the iX35 vs Tiguan 103TDI isn’t that much of an issue, as it all depends on how I structure the car allowance package. Obviously they have to be in the same ballpark, but the difference is nothing like the $15K you mentioned.
    I’m finding that my opinion of the styling of the iX35 exterior is changing. I’m less enthusiastic about it the more I see it. It is very curvy and swoopy and I’m thinking maybe it could have been a little more toned down. I’m fine with the interior, but it still isn’t in the same class of materials as the Volkswagen. The VW and the Sportage for that matter, have a much classier (IMO) styling, very clean and neat. The problem I have with the Sportage is that they use the same mechanicals and Kia have a very poor reputation for support with problems as shown with the ongoing issues with the Carnival.
    The VW will be bullet proof and the DSG works very well and now has 7 speeds for better performance and economy. The comments about the ride/steering/handling of the iX35 are probably not as bad as some make out and the update will be interesting to drive. There are no problems with the VW though, it drives beautifully.

    Interesting comment about the reversing sensors. I’ve always thought that the front sensors on cars are the useless one, I find looking out the windscreen to be sufficient! Not a fan of the auto reverse park system either on the VW. I’m not wrapt in the camera in the mirror on the iX35, it’s way too small compared to those in a dashboard screen and the contrast isn’t as good either.

    I suppose what it comes down to is whether I can live with the iX35′s styling and enjoy the performance and slightly larger interior. Or do I put up the extra coin, buy the VW and enjoy the quality, styling, proven reliabilty, resale, greater tow capacity, (2000gk max, though only 100kg on the towball) I’d have to consider the boot space but I’ve found that you always fill up the boot regardless of how large it is.

    Thanks also to the others who have provided answers. It reassuring that others have had a more positive experience. I’m a little less confident in some of the negatives I read elsewhere. I wonder if there are some trolls out there trying to wind up some of the fans. Maybe there is, you certainly can’t believe everything you read.

  • Jabba the Hutt

    No worries Fan Boy. For the record JD Powers rated the VW at 5/10 for reliability. When you google “Tiguan Reliability” it is an interesting read and shared by many groups. So if you buy the VW it would pay to get rid of it before the warranty expires which I believe is 3 years here in Oz.

    I priced the Tiguan and the options that were standard on the ix35 took it to just over $55 k. I got my Highlander for under $40 before I tinted it and added a cargo mat and headlight/bonnet protectors.

    I can safe pretty certainly that you will be going the way of the VW so enjoy your ride.

    • Fan Boy

      Jabba, don’t be so presumptious, I haven’t made up my mind yet!
      Really I can wait a few months before I get a new car as I have paid off the old one and can just bank my allowance and use it as a deposit.
      Re the VW price, I don’t know where you are, but in Sydney the stockof both iX35s and Tiguans aren’t too bad, so you can get a hungry dealer to sweeten the deal a bit. You just have to be a little flexible on choices of colours and options.
      I have never seen a methodology for the JD Power ratings. If they’re opt in opinions from owners, then only those who love them or hate them reply, so the results are skewed so much to be useless. But warranty is important and that’s another plus for the Hyundai. If I have a three year lease and sell it with 2 years warranty remaining, that is a selling point.
      What do you think of the reversing camera and the sound system performance?
      I’ll keep on searching and considering my options before I make a decision, but it’s pretty evenly balanced at the moment.

      • Lisa

        I havent had a reversing camera before and had trouble adjusting to the IX35 as my natural reflex was to look back…but being a bigger car and not always being able to see behind me I made myself use the camera. Now its second nature. For me its perfect. Its not small..it shows you all you need to see and a little extra. You dont need reversing sensors..the camera is sufficient, the green, yellow, red distance warning works well. As for the stereo…boom .boom..boom…I love it :)

      • Jabba the Hutt

        Someone posted that the reversing camera isn’t very clear. They must have spider poop on the lens. I have to reverse in a very dark yard at work that is full of vehicles when I knock off and I can pin point the car with the camera. The screen being in the mirror is intuitive and like Lisa said it takes a little getting used to it actually being there.

        Similarly, someone mentioned that they were disappointed in the sound system. Perhaps they haven’t found the volume button yet? I am more than satisfied with mine and a quick fiddle with the bass will reveal a pretty decent set up has been installed. The truth is that the difference between a good sound sytem and a great one in modern cars can be put down to the quality of the speakers and the cost for a top notch set now is around $400 if you don’t like the ones that came with the car. Regardless of vehicle make.

        I love my car so with the steering and suspension setup being improved in the my11 it must be a top ride.

  • Lisa

    I dont know if its just me…but has anyone worked out how to keep the radio on when you switch the car off??? If you have been driving and you stop and want to turn the car off you push the button once but the radio turns off too. So you have to press it again without your foot on the brake to turn radio on. So is this as good as it gets??? Car stops, push button (turning car off), pushing button AGAIN with foot off brake(radio on) then pushing again for car off again..its a little annoying.

    • Steve

      Hi Lisa I don’t drive an iX35 however i do have a new Sportage and I am fairly confident the electrical systems are all the same in regards to your music dilemma, its really quite simple, well at least in the Auto’s.
      When you stop and you want to keep the radio/stereo/aux going, just slip the Auto into Neutral and then hit the Stop button… hey presto the engine shuts down and the Radio stays on..! Don’t forget the handbrake tho.. and when your song is finished, don’t forget to wack it up into park!
      Let me know how this goes for you Auto Hyundai drivers, it should be the same i would think… Cheers.!

    • CalamariForThought

      lol.. what coincidence. I had to pick up a pizza today and was doing other stuff and pressed the stop button and the radio was still on..

      Yep.. It was in neutral…

      • Lisa

        yeah but to put in in park it wont work…I tried it today and in the end u have to turn the car on and off again just to move it from neutral to park…

        Would be nice if it worked like that in Park.

        • Steve

          hmmm cant please everyone, once you turn the car off in Neutral you can just slip it into Park, it should stay on – doesn’t it..??
          If not then you should have bought a sportage.. :P

        • CalamariForThought

          Hmm.. the sportage seems to work differently then.. :)
          Lisa, you don’t have to restart the engine to put it back to park. just press the button one more time with your foot OFF the brakes. All power will turn on, then you slip it into Park and press the button again to turn it off.

          Without the brakes, pressing the start button will toggle it from OFF -> ACC power -> All Electrical Power -> OFF.

          • Lisa

            thanks for that :)

          • Hung Low

            If you press it twice quickly to turn it off, does’nt it shut off and stay in ACC?

  • AJ

    Lisa, Ummm…I had this question about the accessories after you switched the engine off…and thru trial and error, I just took my foot off the break and pushed the start button and on came the stereo, pushed it again and off it went…so there you go, give it a go. PS I hated when you stopped and there was a good song playing, so I’m pretty happy I stumbled upon this fix. cheers

    AJ

    PS A bit jealous us early IX35 owners missed out ion free bluetooth and rear parking sensors but what the heck…did I hear that the suspension was going to be adjusted? Have to admit thats my only real grip hitting the speed humps of Sydney suburbs? Any way the 2010 models can get a slight adjustment, just a little one? AJ

    • Jabba the Hutt

      AJ, bluetooth can be fitted for $145 aftermarket and reverse parking sensors for arund $500 if you want them :)

  • Jabba the Hutt

    LoL. You people didn’t read the manual did you? It’s all in there :)

  • pule (VIC)

    Do the ships deliver the cars to each state or is there a central distribution point in AU?

  • Steve

    cow•ard (ko̵u′ərd)

    noun

    a person who lacks courage, esp. one who will not openly or publically confront an issue, due to fear of retribution or humiliation, and will most often hide behind various forms of anonymity in order to protect oneself.
    One who is shamefully unable to control fear and so shrinks from danger by hiding behind facades and for this reason, whose opinion is totally disregarded and mostly given no credibility whatsoever.
    Generally looked upon as a waste of oxygen.

    • Steve

      …let me say it one more time “….whose opinion is totally disregarded and mostly given no credibility whatsoever.Generally looked upon as a waste of oxygen..”

      Need i say more..?? Thats enough of my time wasted on your pathetic rant..

      • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

        I am removing all offensive posts, any further personal attacks will result in bans

  • Jabba the Hutt

    The post above this one is not mine Alborz. Can you ban the impersonator please?

    • Hung Low

      I am surprised that you have not thrown my name into the accusation again Jabba!

    • Steve

      settle down Jabba the offensive posts that i responded to below were removed days ago. The posts were very critical of iX35 fans and generally all the postings in this thread, and reading your posts on here, its obvious that given the chance you would probably sleep in your iX35 you like it that much.. lol :) Cheers.!

      • Hung Low

        Must have been something big for all this reaction??

      • JabbaTheHutt

        …and the post order is messed up again.

        …and Hung Low I was advised by admin you were impersonating me last time and that you were warned about it, so you should take it up with them rather than trolling the thread for a bite when ever I post. Now if it’s ok with you I’d like to focus on the vehicles rather than the posters.

        I have made my peace with the people that own the site and wish to move forward. I suggest that anyone that wants to keep enjoying this site do the same and stop with the personal attacks.

        Steve , there are a hand full of trouble makers that will continually troll the Hyundai threads just to take the threads off track. It is ignorance that has them believing that the brand is somehow inferior to others. Let them carry on about it. I suspect the main offenders don’t even hold a license.

        I am also staggered at the disrespect shown to one or two of the writers in this website and moreso that it has gone unchecked . it is always by the same few people.

        At the end of the day ,we own two Korean cars and a very happy so far. My GF’s Rio has not missed a beat for 35.000k’s and I love my Highlander. So it doesn’t really matter what others think.

        • Hung Low

          Dear Jabba, you are a pretty emotional fella aren’t you! I suggest you do the same again with admin and see if my name/ip/whatever either shows up. I have no reason to disrespect these cars or the owners as my parents have one that I do tend to drive quite often, and overall, despite its shortcomings the IX35 does a fine job as a family hauler in its class.
          I too have had my handle used in the past for the wrong reasons..get over it and stop feeding the beast!
          Perhaps your past on here is the reason for the present? I think I have a vendetta against me from VW owners for things I have said in the past!!

          • JabbaTheHutt

            Not emotional and I have no vendetta and I already spoke to the site owner by phone which is where the comment came from that you posted under my name and were warned for it (months ago).

            I wish to clarify and apologise to Lisa in particular that one offensive post was made by my son who got a kick where he needed it (again months ago). Also some posts which were removed by CA staff were made by impersonators and after a lengthy discussion with Alborz and the CEO of CA it was all cleared up and now I wish to move forwards and discuss the cars which I have been doing for the past month.

            As for who impersonated me today I have no idea (and didn’t claim to) but I am sure CA will find out .I have noticed the post has already been taken down thoughSo I am assuming that individual won’t be back. I don’t see how your post about me suggesting it might be you is helpful though.

            I am prepared to offer an olive branch in the hope you and I can move forward. I’m as fed up with the trolling in here as are most people that simply want to discuss cars. I am personally appalled at those that keep attacking the very people that take the time to bring us this forum. I am pretty confident that it is all about to end though.

            Now let’s discuss cars Hung Low?

            Cheers.

          • JabbaTheHutt

            ..and I know what you mean re-VW owners. I have copped a bit too. However I only posted what I knew to be fact. I love the look of their vehicles and I have driven both the Jetta and Tiguan and was largely impressed. I have posted already though I don’t yet trust them with reliability issus being resolved.

            Someone posted in one of the threads last night that they had a horrid experience as a golf owner so my comments are justified I feel.

          • Hung Low

            Jabba, my last post was just advice to move on as I have been in the same situation…….it is only the cyber world after all, and I see you taking some posters actions to heart after all you have dished out (like myself) in the past!
            I just thought I would take a snipe (my bad) at you because of your previous accusations about me, and in a way wanted you to believe that it was myself as the impersonator as a stir…If I was personally responsible in the past and present, I would not bring up the past…think about it? If I am guilty they can ban me (as much as I would hate that)but I am 100% confident that they wont;)!

            Back to cars…..The fuel economy on my mums IX35 2.4 Elite has come down to around 11l/100, but on a longer metro drive it will get under 10l/100 which is much better than the high 12′s it was initially averaging.
            I do find the ride still a little annoying and the steering too light off centre and the factory drivers floor mat is a joke, way too small, you might as well lay a hanky at your feet and the fuel tank should have been another 10L larger!. Realistically there is not much else I can fault the car for as it feels like it will go for years and years and is well built all around.

            We have recently replaced our (family) Mazda 6 wagon with a new Nissan Murano after almost 6 months of looking/driving all the competition under/around $40- $45k. It is so refined, comfortable and smooth for its price that I could only just overlook its weird looking front end.
            Naturally the CX7 & CX9 were considered moving up from a Mazda, but looks aside they cannot compare to the Nissan for NVH and value!
            Personally, I myself do not enjoy driving SUV type cars and rather a sedan or wagon, but as a family car they are just so easy with strapping in the kids and loading the boot etc…..I can see the craze with the soccer mums has some actual validity but I hope people do not buy these with off road trips in mind! A moderate gravel track ok but no sand dunes with these types I am afraid!
            In the end, happy wife – happy life down this end for now!

          • JabbaTheHutt

            I didn’t get the factory mats. I went to auto pro and the set while not cheap ($130.00) fits very well and cover the footwells properly and have the anti-slip feature which is manditory nowadays.

            I didn’t like the Murano to be honest. Good power but even on the test drive it seemed to be thirsty and yeah I didn’t like the styling but that’s just me. There seem to be plenty that don’t like the styling of the ix35 but I quite like it. I was also bitten badly by my navara so that pretty much killed it for nissan.

            Average city driving will see 9.5 ltrs no probs at all and a mix of both has it around 8.0-8.5. It’s on the highway where the diesel comes into it’s own. If I smack the cruise dead on 100km/h 6.2-6.3 is a snap. I find the steering a little light but suspect it is more to do with the sharp rebound in the suspension rather than the actual steering. Either way I can certainly live with it and as Hyundai have just released a revision when it comes to trade in time it is a no brainer for me. I may or may not in the meantime get the suspension upgraded> I’m still tossing that around. I know that the setup in the my11 won’t fit but there are plenty of tuners that can sort any car’s ride.

            My brother has a cx7 and isn’t impressed with the economy but otherwise loves his car though as a passenger I noticed excess tyre noise despite standard rubber being fitted. I’m also very picky on build quality and the Hyundai’s fit and finish was at the top of the pile for my eye and whilst it uses hard plastics they line up perfectly. The Tiguan pipped it but I think that was more due to material “quality” than fit.

            The x-trail felt dated despite an update and the CRV is now well out of the race. The Rav was typical toyota and that shouldn’t be seen as a compliment. Bland is perhaps the best way to describe it both inside and out. I absolutely love the front styling of the new sportage but must have been looking at a different interior to the reviewers.

            I joked to my partner that if the Sportage had the Hyundai’s rear (better done to my eye) and interior then they’d both have the perfect car. I tested the Sportage here in Cairns (base model) and I took into the industrial area where the roads are reasonably poor and to be perfectly honest I didn’t find this massive difference they put between the two. I’d describe it as marginal.

            Ultimately we made the right choice for us and I suspect that other the next few years there will be more and more people converting to Korean cars unless something goes massively wrong. The “adventurous” styling doesn’t appeal to everyone but no-one can say they are simply playing it safe like their main Japanese rival.

          • Hung Low

            Jabba, the Murano is averaging 11.4 around town and on a hwy trip it will go down to 8.6. It is pretty much almost the same as my oldies 2.4 Elite so I am more than impressed with the economy! Obviously a heavy foot will probably throw it into the 14′s. A work collegue with a CX9 averages 16l/100 at best so the Murano is pretty efficient in my books and the rolling acceleration is as good as any 6 pot Falcadore.
            I was very tempted, impressed and could have considered the Sportage Platinum but dash and trims were nothing special or different from the base model, the dealers here in Syd will not negotiate much and in the end of the day to be honest I was not prepared to lay 40 big ones on a compact KIA suv just yet, perhaps that may change next time.
            The only other close consideration was the Outback but a gutless petrol engine, manual only Diesel and a step backward in perceived build quality and interior, Subaru needs a wake up call. The older generation was so much better!
            All in all the Murano just felt a step above the others and to be honest as refined and better handling than a friends 08 Lexus RX350 for under $45k. That was enough validity for me.

    • Jabba the Hutt

      Alborz I registered the name as was requested by your CEO. Yet they are still posting up the same name despite he saying they couldn’t?

  • Hung Low

    I saw a dealer rep promoting the IX 35 and I20 in our local shopping centre today with strangely only the base models on display for shoppers to have a look at ant sit in.
    Simple but brilliant marketing I think!

  • Kenny

    Hi there…
    Could you guys suggest a reliable/preferable dealer around Brisbane area? Would love to go for a test drive.

    Thanks!

  • Lisa

    I know we talked about servicing earlier.. I was just wondering what people are doing. Waiting for the 15000km or getting it checked at 7500km. The reason I ask is My dealer has sent me a letter telling me I must bring it in because although my vehicle is not due for a service it must be checked??? Whats with that.

    • Paulas

      Lisa, I am no authority on this but I think the 7,500 Km service might be sensible if you had done a lot of dirty & dusty driving. However the warranty only requires a service at 15,000 km/or 12 months.

  • The Family Guy

    Hey guys,

    Picked up our Highlander two weeks ago and it has been an absolute pleasure to drive. The ride is fantastic and we are getting 9.1 around town (some open roads) and cant wait to take it out for a long trip. Plenty of power and the pick up is great – you can feel it when you hit the pedal which is always nice.

    No issues to report as yet. Had a little trouble adjusting to the reversing camera but second nature now. The radio not stopping when we turn the engine off also took a little while to work out but all good now.

    To be honest the extra accessories we got with the Highlander are just fantastic. Bluetooth, 2 x sun roof, keyless entry / start, folding mirrors, reverse camera / sensors / privacy glass etc. It was the reason we went with Hyundai given price comparisons with competitors and we are enjoying the benefits now it has arrived (after a 4 mth wait!!). The feel in the cabin is also roomy and refined.

    To the other IX35 owners congrats on your purchase and to those thinking about buying one I encourage you to take one for a test drive. It won’t disappoint.

    The Family Guy

  • Concerned Consumer

    What Are the servicing costs?

    • westy

      7,500 klm service $249
      15,000 klm service $305

      This is from Hyundai, obviously a non-genuine service will be slighty cheaper

  • wxthree

    @Jabba, your highway economy figures sound good, what I’d hoped for in fact.
    I just drove MY11 Highlander, everything was impressive except for the rear spring rates, I feel they have improved the front end handling and steering, but in the name of towing capacity made the backend a bit harsh. It has a higher tow ball weight capacity than some of it;’s competition. This won’t put me off getting one in march, but if the springs don’t settle down a bit I’ll look at changing them (or carrying around a couple of sandbags).
    As I say everything else was to my mind quite impressive, the steering reach adjustment and blue tooth were updates that made me glad I haven’t been able to get one yet, the reverse sensors are an added bonus too, all it needs now is the GPS option thats available in other countries and looks real good.
    Kloster Hyundai let me have a good long drive on my own, so I headed out of town and was greatly impressed with it’s ability to cruise along serenely at highway speed with the engine just ticking over.
    I’ll take the diesel anytime.

    • Jabba the Hutt

      … Remember that my car is still tight as a drum so economy may improve further over time.

      • Jabba the Hutt

        …and yes to me the diesel is the only option too. I have the range up to the tablelands to the west of me here in Cairns and the car barely knows there are hills there. It’s effortless.

  • Tameeka

    Hi all,
    I need help…im looking for an SUV as i am about to have ababy and need to upgrade from my two door car…i can’t decide between the Hyundai IX35 and the Honda CRV limited edition. Ive driven both! Any comments.

  • Fan Boy

    Hello everyone,
    I am in a quandary. I was tossing up between and iX35 and a Tiguan. I loved the VWs finish and refinement and road manners much superior to the iX35, but the ix35 has value and space and OK ride and handling.

    Since then, I’ve travelling for work and I rented a couple of Avis x-Trails and I was very impressed. The ride and handling was probably just as good as the VW and miles ahead of the Hyundai. It was more roomy than the VW, particularly for the luggage and the Ti model has all the bells and whistles you could wish for. I was particularly impresses with the large touch screen for the GPS, A/V system and the large, clear reversing camera screen. The camera was much better than the small and useless one on the iX35. No problems with resolution or reflections.

    The models I drove, a Ti in Victoria and a ST(?) in Tasmania were both petrol engines with the CVT and I thought the performance was quite OK, but I will now have to test drive a diesel with the 6 speed auto. They styling of the x trail is a bit butch and not as good as the VW, but it is much better than the swoopy Hyundai.

    Decision, decisions!! I’m sure you will all have some comments and I would like to read them. Fire away!

    • Lisa

      I think you have answered your own questions here. THis is a forum for people who like the hyundai SUV. Perhaps your question is more warranted in another forum???

      • Fan Boy

        “THis is a forum for people who like the hyundai SUV.”

        Not necessarily, I am asking for opinions on the X-Trail vs iX35 vs Tiguan. Are you saying that only positive comments are allowed? That is ridiculous. What is the point of having a forum if it is just going to be a group hug love-in? I don’t mind the iX35, but I am having second thoughts after driving other vehicles. Perhaps you should read my post again and have a rethink. You have me wondering if you are blonde.

      • Cranky Franky

        @Lisa
        When did you become an authoriy on cars?? 6 months ago you had no idea. Hyundai ownership must be incredible!!

        • Lisa

          Nooooo, definately not an expert on cars. But definately not one to have a go at peoples IQ levels and comments.

          You have mentioned a few aspects of the IX35 in your comments and each one of them is quite negative in comparison to other vehicles which are ” more superior and less swoopy using some of your words??” Thus as stated previously I think you have answered your own question and wont be going for the IX 35. In fact you would be silly to buy it if the IX35 is in your mind is not up to some standards of other vehicles you have mentioned. Therefore its quite obvious that the hyundai is not something you would go for and would probably be better off in other forums asking about the cars you do like..as the majority of people here are IX 35 owners so we actually like the car ..It makes sense….now dont throw a tanty!!! But feel free to stay and actually read the forum from the beginning and see what we do and dont like about the car.

          • JabbaTheHutt

            Ok I will. Single biggest gripe with my ix35 is the rebound in the suspension and it isn’t that big. I just wish it rode better that’s all. Superb motor/ auto and the interior is to my liking also. Fit and finish is top notch.

            I test drove the tiguan and also got the opportunity to have a bit of fun against one recently (I won :) but not that much in it. Excellent quality interior but when I started costing in the things the ix35 had standard in the highlander it got ridiculous and rear space behind the rear seats is pretty much useless. Then there is the warranty (3 years v’s 5).

            I also test drove the x-trail and it isn’t in the same ball park as the first two in my opinion so enough said on it already. Redbook on Tiguan isn’t that exciting and there is no reason to expect that that the highlander will depreciate faster (no redbook available yet).

            On top of that the my11 Highlander has reverse parking sensors, bluetooth, telescopic steering and has apparently had a suspension /steering upgrade to address my only gripe with the car. So for me personal it still comes down to only one car and even more convincingly than ever. But that’s just me.

            The prestige factor of the German badge doesn’t mean sqyat to me as I got over the “European” snobbery thing many years ago.

          • The Family Guy

            I’ll also add something. We’ve had our Highlander for a couple of months. Going very well. Having moved from XR6 ute I haven’t missed the power as the IX35 holds it’s own and the extra cash we save in petrol has been a nice bonus.

            Plenty of room for our new bub and all the extra’s that come with a new addition to the family. Yes the European badge means something to some people but I got past that and made my decision on value for money and I really don’t think you can get a complete package like the Highlander offers at a similiar price. Any company that offers a 5 year warranty must be confident in their product too.

            They appear to be selling very well and am now seeing a lot on the road following the delay in getting the MY11 models to our shores.

            Whoever is reading this…good luck with your search for a new car but take the time to test drive an IX35.

  • Robin Graves

    Call back after 90k when your CVT and/or transfer case poops itself in your Murano, see if you still love it so much.

  • Steven

    Hey guys i have been reading through the forums looking for some comparisons. I have a highlander and love it ive done 7000kms. Im getting around 450km a tank around town and it seems to be gettting less. Its the only thing in the car is dissapointing. Is this what other people are getting.

    • Lisa

      Yeah thats about right Steve and I agree with you on this one. For purely city stop start driving it doesnt feel like you get a lot from your tank. At a stretch I can get it over 500km…. I swear the tanks are only 45 to 50L and not the 55L tank they specify. I have driven the car to near empty and then only been able to put 48L in?????? However The benefits definately show when you do some longer trips and can get over 600km in ya tank 6-7L/100km

      • westy

        I also agree! Whilst i am happy with the vehicle i believe the stated figures for economy are a bit far fetched. Most of my driving is freeway so i am getting about 7.1 or 7.2 on average per 100klm (as per dash readout) which isnt too bad!
        For example though, say i add 50ltrs of deisel at a fill up. (i average around 7ltrs, so we will go by that)
        So 50ltrs divided by 7.0 per 100 klm = 7.1428…..
        Therefore can any one explain why i am not getting 714 klms per tank??????
        Either the dash readout is wrong or i cant add up!!!
        Best i am getting is max 600!

        • Lisa

          Hey Westy.
          I agree. Out of curiosity, I would be interested to know what is the most people have actually got into their tank at fill up time. Because I think 55L is BS.???

          • westy

            Yes, struggling to get 47-50ltrs in max!!

          • CalamariForThought

            Lol.. Drove from Sydney to Canberra and Back today. Started with full tank (Pumped till auto-stop and squeezed in about another 5L).

            Did 575KM and still had 2 bars left in the fuel tank.

            And I managed to squeezed it to the brim. (Have to be patient, squeezed the handle gently, let the foams settle down then keep on squeezing) and filled it to the brim. and I mean I can see the diesel right at the opening and it doesn’t flow in anymore.. Stayed there. Luckily I didn’t spill onto myself.

            That’s 54.3L. So with the indicator showing 2-bars I managed to fill it to the absolute top… I guess the size is more than 55L.

        • CalamariForThought

          Yes, I had refilled 21 times, varying amounts. The most I got was 50L (once) and 45L (twice), filling it to the brim slowly.

          Obviously I think the “Low” indicators will probably blink when you have 8 or 10L in the tank. Coupled that with the fear that I might run out, I guess I didn’t really drain the tank.

          Also, with each fill, I record my ODO and Qty of Fuel. On the average, I got 8.6L/100k. I do long trips some times, but city most times.

  • Steven

    Well im driving 800km tomorrow ill be interested to see what happens. I dont mind the economy i just thought iy had seemed to have got worse since i got it not better like everyone thinks it does.

  • Steven

    Also as for the trip computer when i got it and filled up it said around 530 till empty now it says 450. I realise it has a memory in it(my i30 did aswell. Have a memory that is). I makes me laugh a bit at the youtube video where they drove from Adelaide to Melbourne.

    • Lisa

      If your driving long distances Steven thats when the car is at its best. Im hoping you will see that on your 8ookm trip. At best I got 670km out of one tank of petrol and thats with a little left Im sure. Maybe the fact that you havent driven long distance before and just done city trips from what I understand…this mught just kick your engine into opening up a little for you??? Who knows…keep us informed

  • Steven

    Well Lisa back from my trip. Learnt a few things. The economy was ok averaged about 14km/litre which is pretty good sitting 120. Hyundia should of made the tank 20 litres bigger. The trip computer is preety much useless its just not accurate which is suprisng because yhe one in my i30 was spot on.

  • Babylonbouy

    My ix35 has done 6000k since sept 10 just taken back for a checkup the gearbox drops out of gear while driving in the last two months, had annoying body rattles in the back end since new, leaks from the front wheel area that has caused black stains on the rims that cannot be removed, apart from this I have been very happy with the car.

    What is the best paint protection & where is it sourced from

    • Sumpguard

      Your body rattle may be a poorly fitted or poorly tightened rear number plate. Mine was. No other issues so far. 6,500 k’s done.

      • Babylonbouy

        Hi Sumpgard

        Def not the number plate

        • Sumpguard

          Oh well. I have no noises in mine other than the roar of the diesel under my right foot. Get them to take the trins off and look for a line worker’s spanner in the doors or tail gate and check for clearance on the exhaust.

          • Babylonbouy

            Picked up the car today no more rattle the adjusted the rear seats adjusted rear door removed interior panels & I have no more rattles. They are also replacing all brake pads & rotors next week also had the paint & interior protection redone but they were not happy with the results so they are getting the Boss from Platinum to take a look at it next week also

  • http://caradvice.com.au Wayne

    I am very close to buying a ix35 auto Elite 2.4 petrol metalic paint.
    Has anyone purchased one lately in Brisbane? What was your best price and where?

  • rt

    Not far to become the very best. Put in a 7 speed dual-clutch, maybe drop a little weight, tune the suspension for local conditions and increase the towing to 2000+ kg and you will have it.

  • westy

    Just returned from a trip to qld (from nsw) and learnt a lot about the diesel!
    *Whilst using the navman In car, the economy is far better than the speedo reads. Whilst passing the klm signs on the freeways, the navman was insync with the klm updates. The vehicle readouts were inaccurate for distance to empty, however in a positive way. seems it continually updates.
    *5 klm speedo check was inaccurate. Checked it a few times (highlander 18″ wheels) 5klm speedo check came in at around 4.85 klm or 4850-4875 mtrs approx.
    * Has anyone had an issue with the vehicle smart key not being able to unlock or start ignition? Happened numerous times to me in last 5000klms. Lock vehicle, then few hrs later wont open or start car?? (sort of like car not reading signal) Have charged key in console but still wont start. RACV and NRMA been out and smart key fuse taken out (30 secs) then replaced and seems to rectify issue, for a few days??

  • CalamariForThought

    Yes, comparing speedo to my Garmin, my speedo was faster by almost 10% most of the time. ie. Speedo reads 70km/h, but Garmin says 62km/h.

    And yes, I guess distance would be off as well, it seems to read shorter than the actual distance. Same situation as yours.

    Strange that it is opposite of the faster speedo.

    Smart key problem happened to me initially. First time, the fuse below the driver seat (top middle one that clips over 2 fuse was for the interior lights and all, including the smart key receiver).

    Had to manually open the door and place the key into the key slot to start engine.

    I am pretty sure that does NOT charge the key, as the manual has instructions on how to replace the button cell (which is a regular battery, not rechargable).

    Then on a few occasions 3 mths ago, where the smart key “pressing the door handle button” doesn’t work. I have to press the unlock button on the car key remote to unlock the door.

    Couldn’t replicate the situation myself, and hasn’t happened since early October and has “charge” they key, thus I was sure putting the key into the console doesn’t do anything except allow the car to read the ID in the key.

  • Fan Boy

    Over the holidays I have had some more test drives of the iX35, Tiguan and the X Trail. The Tiguan has the best finish, ride, handling and steering of the lot, but the value equation is not as good and neither is the luggage space. I took an X Trail TL diesel automatic for an overnight loan from the dealer and did about 250km (with their permission) in a mix of open road, freeway and urban driving around Sydney. I must say I was very impressed with the performance and economy. The average fuel consumption, by my own records which coincided with the trip computer, was 7.5L/100km. That just about matched the ADR combined figure. The Bluetooth worked seamlessly with the iPhone and the large centre touch screen has an excellent reversing view as well as playing DVDs etc. There are Xenons, keyless entry, sat nav and all the other bells and whistles you would want. Unlike the iX35, they are available from stock. The performance, while theoretically is inferior to the Hyundai, feels just as keen. (I wonder if the R is a little overstated in its outputs or maybe Renault/Nissan are just conservative.) Anyway, it is more than adequate. If the Hyundai was available in the colour and options I wanted, it would probably be a little cheaper, but the Nissan certainly rides better, more steering feel and seems to have less road noise and generally corners very well too.
    Nissan are keen to sell and quoted me $41K drive away with tow bar, roof bars, tint, spats and mats.
    What do you reckon? (Except you Lisa, I know you only want to read the thought of true believers! LOL)

    • Sumpguard

      I think you’re in the wrong thread. Your article seems to be all about the nissan.

    • Hung Low

      Go for it! The X Trail is a very good and more versatile car, just do some research and see if they have eliminated some of the early issues they have had with the Renault diesel engine.
      Look at the positives and negatives of both and prioritise what is more important for your requirements!
      I would not consider a VW product soley based on track record and the known real cost of ownership!

  • Paul

    I am really surprised Hyundai has not fixed the speedo issue, I had a base model on fleet for a week when they were first released and we reported back to them that the speedo was way out of whack. We now have a mid range 2.4 litre on fleet and its speedo is out by 10 kilometres per hour when compared to the sat nav’s of two different brands and it does feel slower.

    I’ve parked the IX next to the Nissan XTrail and Dualis and the Nissans seem or appear to have a better finish, but the Hyundai like the Tiguan is definitely more solid.

    The Diesel in the Hyundai is a really ripper of an engine, I hope it has a very long life as it seems to be very well engineered.

  • Mario Mendoza

    Why would anyone buy this over the Sportage? Those that have I mean… I’m genuinely interested, as I’m about to go for the Sportage. It is a good choice, considering the Kia and Hyundai share motors?

    • Sumpguard

      I have the ix35 and after much scratching of my head it was an eventual winner over the sportage. I prefer the interiorof the ix35 and to me it does a better job of conveying a quality finish.

      As for the X-trail mentioned above I found it was dated compared to these Korean vehicles and I don’t agree on road noise. I tested several brands including the Tiguan and the ix35 was the winner. The Sportage had me for styling but not much else.

      • Bill Court

        How can you say, “not much else” when the two cars are passively so similar. Ie, price, performance, specs.

        • Sumpguard

          Exactly. You’ve answered your own question. I was looking for a reason to buy it above the ix35. It didn’t have much else over the ix35 one I got past the styling.I think it had blue tooth from memory but I don’t use my phone when driving anyway. Nothing’s ever that urgent. When I weighed them up the ix35 was the better package for me. I don’t really get much time to admire the styling . Most of my time is spent at the wheel. I also believe the Kia will depreciate faster but that is only anopinion and my be proven wrong.

          When at the wheel the ix35 is far more pleasant with the blue back lighting and better layout. I hope this helps. If the sportage had a similar interior to the new Optima I might change my view but its dark plastics and overall plain look inside didn’t do it for me.

          I drove the sportage and it is still firm around town. I tested the base 2.0ltr model with higher sidewalls so it should have had the softest ride in the range. I also tested the platinum and the steering is better done than the MY10 highlander (apparently the MY11 ix35 has tighter steering) but the ride was the same. It is choppy on bad roads.

  • Paulas

    I have a question about tyre pressure for my Highlander.

    I have Kumho Solus KL21 228/55R tyres fitted to 18 inch rims on the Highlander as supplied by the dealer.

    I went to check the trye pressures yesterday and found they were at 44psi as done by the dealer. However the User Manual (Page 8-3) tells me the pressure should be 33psi for both normal and heavy loads.

    Could other Highlander owners tell me what tyre pressure they are using please?

    • Lisa

      I always use the pressure stated in the manuals Paulas. Particularly the little plate inside the drivers door which indicates what it should be. At 44, I bet the ride is a little bumpy.

  • Byron

    Hi Guys,

    I have now done 27000klms in my highlander, still love it as much as the day I collected it. No problems to report smart key etc, all good if there is a problem with the speedo thank god for that. I have been past so many mobile speed cameras of late, that if I am under what the speedo says, that can only be a good thing. Has anyone done a 30000klm service and what did you pay.

    Cheers

  • Babylonbouy

    My ix35 is back in for service again the gear is still dropping out did it the other day pulling away from traffic light car behind nearly ran into the rear cause I lost acceleration I must have got the lemon

    • Lisa

      ahh thats no good. I guess it does happen. I hope hyundai service have been good fixing the problem.

    • wxthree

      @Babylonbouy. Spoke to my Hyundai dealers service guy the other day about reliability of the ix35, he said the only one that he knew of that had had any major faults so far was the one he had bought. He also had auto transmission problems, but said that it was bound to happen to one or two based on human error and that Hyundai had replaced it promptly without fuss or bother.
      Hope you get treated well by your dealer. Our dealer has done right by us in the past, so I am happy to go again.
      This hasn’t put me off the idea of getting a Highlander myself, I hope to be able to order late march or early april, still not totally impressed with the ride, having driven both MY10 and MY11. Everything else adds up so well and the ride can be fixed if it comes to that.

  • Babylonbouy

    @ wxthree I am not getting any assistance from Hyundai have requested calls from Managers never get a return call only ever get to speak with some kid in the contact centre, Parramatta Hyundai are also useless, they dont seem to think that the gearbox is an issue as it has not happened to anyone else. I dropped it off at 7.30 this morning and by 5.55pm they hadnt even looked at it. I am fed up spending my time trying to get this fixed & nothing gets done who is your service done through.

    • wxthree

      Kloster Hyundai in Newcastle. Give them a call, I’ll tell them you will tomorrow sometime after lunch.

      • Lisa

        You mentioned fixing the ride in a previous comment. What can be done and how?
        Just curious.

        • wxthree

          Hi Lisa, um yes suspension fixes, well usually a short time after a car is in production a few companies will offer replacement shocks and other parts, some are found to be better than the standard item and usually become the replacement part of choice. ie; Bilstien shocks or Bendix brake pads to name just a few.

          • Babylonbouy

            I have new pads & rotors on order apparently the ones installed are causing problems on some models ie rotors wearing down prematurely,after first being advised it would be a week to arrive 7 wks later they still have no ETA. As I am moving to Brisbane in 2wks I will most likely have them replaced in Qld

  • http://citroen Byron

    Hey Babylonbouy,

    I would try Hyundai HO, and bypass the dealer, i have found from past experience that if you go direct to HO it is much better.

    Cheers

    • Babylonbouy

      Hi Already done that no help, The car is going in again Wednesday 16th for another fix

  • Roger Ramjet

    They are having issues with this 6 speed box globally! Google it!

    • Babylonbouy

      Couldn’t find any ix gearbox issues

  • Dez

    I would like some really honest opinions from those who have the Highlander Petrol.

    Pros and Cons based on your experience rather then what you have heard.

    If you can tell me which year model you have, how many Kms and you honest take on the Highlander petrol version i’d really appreciate it.

    Also, if you can tell me what the drive is like in the long run. i have heard a lot of negative regarding the steering feeling very light?…

    Thanks.

    • Babylonbouy

      The Highlander is in Diesel only

      • wxthree

        Um, actually there is a 2.4 Petrol option now, although God knows why, very few who drive the petrol think the economy is something to rave about. The diesel has the torque to move the small but heavy little vehicle along and still give reasonable economy. Cheers

        • Sumpguard

          I suspect it is has been done to get more vehicles out the door due to production constraints on the diesel. Also (especially) here in Australia there is still a large percentage of the population that won’t buy diesel cars. Given the highlander is highly profitable as is the case with any up spec model it was a smart move to add the petrol. By the time the Sportage arrived the waiting list was already massive for that particular engine.

          I can’t comment on the performance of the 2.4 as it is the only one I haven’t driven.

          Meanwhile my highlander has been faultless so far.

          • Hung Low

            The 2.4 gets along fine and is sufficient around town. For real action though it needs a dose of revs so nowhere near as effortless as the diesel.

  • Lisa

    Hey guys
    Just thought you should know I have had a tiny problem with the highlander badge falling off. The smaller letters which make up the highlander name are extremely loose and at the moment im driving a h ghl nd :)

    So give them a little wiggle and if they are coming off. Notify your service centre and they will get a new badge for ya which can be done at the next service
    Cheers

    • Sumpguard

      Interestingly my vehicle doesn’t have a highlander badge. Infact I asked about it when I picked up my car at the dealer. Your’s may have been very early build as they are labelled CDXi now. Only the SanteFe has a Higlander badge.

  • Byron

    Hi Guy,
    Just had my 30k service highlander diesel, a heads up to start saving now if you are getting close it is a $650 service just stumped up Hyundai dealer service.
    Car is running fantastic no issues up to 30k badge still in tact.

    Cheers

    Byron

  • Lisa

    wow. Your doing some kms there Byron. Hows the economy fuel wise out of interest. Whats the best you have done per L?

    • http://citroen Byron

      Lisa,

      The sweet diesel gets better as you rack up the KLM’S I have been down to high 5′s to early 6′s on freeway driving, my around metro figure is always now 8.5 ltrs. I just love this car.

      Cheers

  • Steven

    Hey Lisa my letters have fallen off too. No other problems so far. Does any body actually charge theie keys. If not have any gone flat yet?

    • Lisa

      Never have charged my key. Still working fine. Mind you I dont use it. I just press the door and open.

      Sorry to hear about the letters falling off..its a bit of a pain. But also glad im not the only one as the guy in the service centre looked at me like I was a nutter and responsible for taking them off. But they fixed it anyway :)

  • Babylonbouy

    Can anyone recommend a Service centre in Brisbane & what is the cost of 15K service/

    • http://citroen Byron

      Hi my 15k service was $340 dollars in Sydney, love to know what you pay in qld.

      Cheers

      • Babylonbouy

        Paid $316 for 15k service yesterday

  • Paulas

    I infrequently need roof bars on my Highlander to carry a ladder or a piece of timber. I don’t want to pay $412 for the approved Hyundai Whisper bars.

    Has anyone found other roof bars suitable for the Highlander?

    • Westy

      Hi Paulas,
      Purchased RBXL sports Rola roof racks for my highlander just prior to xmas (while they were on special) for $225.
      They simply bolt onto the roof rails (mounting blocks are included) and i must say they are very good! Take about 15mins to install.
      Weight limit is 50kgs maximum for the roof rails anyway.
      Purchased online at rola roof racks.

      • Paulas

        Westy, Thanks for that. Cheers, Paulas.

  • Lisa

    Just wondering if anyone is getting their car serviced outside hyundai? Did we sign an agreement as part of the warranty for hyundai service only??? The reason I ask is I have a brilliant, honest and cheap local mechanic with all the equipment needed to service my car according to the book. Id rather go there, its half the cost but I reckon hyundai might void the warranty then, even though they are doing what the service book says??? Any thoughts?

    • The Deve

      We are under the impression that H dont mind where you take your car for a service. As long as you maintain the log book recommendations, your warranty will be honored. This was something we were told by the dealer when we purchased our IX35 last July.

    • http://citroen Byron

      Hi Lisa,

      As i sell my vehicle every 2 yrs with around 80000klms, I prefer to have a full dealer service, I know you pay less at local mechanics, however I personally have always found that come trade in time, a full dealer service history does get you a better trade. Often when you see the dealers selling cars they state that as a sell feature full hyundai dealer servicing.

      Just my feedback, no car manufacturer can make you service your car at their dealership, however if something does happen they can question the servicing if it has been elsewhere when warranty is involved.

      Cheers

      P.S I recently read that Hyundai may soon be including a few services on new sales, or a fixed price option as Toyota does.

      Cheers

  • Ben

    Hello Lisa,

    Looking at buying a Highlander and were informed by the dealer (South Australia) that we can get our preferred mechanic to service the car. That said, Byron makes a good point.

    • Lisa

      Hey Ben…if your in SA as I am..let me know if I can recommend a dealer. He treated me and my family so well and still continues to look after me months after I bought my highlander. He also gave me the best price.

      Lisa

  • RJV

    has any one had and problems with a continual beeping when auto put in reverse. It does not do it all the time but seems consistant when cold or wet. I dont think it is the reverse sensors, as I can come up on each sensor and it will over ride the beeping.
    Have taken into dealer, but at the tiome it would not do it.
    It is a elite 2011 diesel, so far very happy with it.Have done 6000klms.

    • Westy

      Had same trouble with my highlander, the handbrake needed slight adjustment (i was not taking it completly off because it needed tensioning after a few 1000ks) when trying to reverse.
      Could be same issue?

    • Babylonbouy

      My sensors were beeping when in reverse for no reason found the issue was the holes in the bumper were too small so when the bumper expanded or contracted they went off

  • RJV

    Thanks for that Westy. Having 7500 service done next week so I will get them to check it. I have had a look but decided to leave it to them. My wife drives the car most of the time, and she is able to put up with the beeping noise better than me. Thanks again.

    • Babylonbouy

      My sensors were beeping when in reverse for no reason found the issue was the holes in the bumper were too small so when the bumper expanded or contracted they went off dealer got the wholes redrilled problem fixed

  • Paulas

    To avoid the probability of filling up the diesel tank with ULP, I have just bought and fitted a “Caparo Rightfuel” cap. Installation took one minute. I got it from the local RACQ office for $60. Sounds expensive, but better than making a mistake one day and filling up with petrol. Google it for photo etc.

  • Westy

    Just got quote for $600 to service the Highlander for 30,000ks. Anyone else getting it done shortly or done recently that can confirm the dealer service price? It is a ‘major’ service with a few parts to replace, but thought that was a bit rich!

    • Lisa

      Wow Westy…you have been doing a few kms. Everyone still happy with the car? I got my 15000km service coming up. I think that will be the last with hyundai…while the car is all good will take it to my local mechanics that have always done my cars…and always did a good job.

      • Westy

        Ok, i drive mine around allday for work. The ride has softened down for me somewhat. The tyres are half worn now and probably a little softer. The suspension will always be on the harder side but it has got a ‘little’ better, but still not perfect!
        I can live with the ride, i am used to it now.

    • Babylonbouy

      Just had my 15k service done at Zupps Aspley Qld paid $316.00 and was quoted $430 for the 30K service also if any one is having noisy brake issues there is a recall under dealer bulletin SE 06310 to replace front rotors & pads. The dealers have been told to only perform if the customer complains.

    • http://citroen Byron

      Hi Westy,

      Yes that is right, I had my 30k servive done it was $620, It does seem a lot, as my company pays it is not an issue, however I feel they do charge a lot for services. I have done almost 39k now so I will let you know what a 45k service is worth.

      Cheers

  • Sumpguard

    I sold mine a couple of weeks ago. I got tired of the ride. I now have a Sportage platinim. Everything else in the car was excellent but on the bad roads here I couldn’t handle the ride any longer and there was no fix as the car was too new and suspension firms hadn’t done anything with it yet.

    I very nearly bought an my11 but the dealer I purchased off last time was relluctant to come to the party and the KIA dealer up the road sealed the deal. I was also extremely lucky to buy a car out of the showroom as there is a 6 month wait. Ulitmately it was rain sensing wipers and cooled driver seat that split the two. Oh and it was cheaper as a bonus.

    I still have a soft spot for hyundai’s vehicle but that ride was too much for someone with a neck injury in the end. They need to spend more R&D money on cars they ship here.

    • Lisa

      Hey Sumpguard…Did they resolve the bumpy ride issue with the latest release IX35s?. I wonder if we can take the older version in and have the suspension altered a bit. I understand what you mean, lucky for me I ride on smooth roads here in Adelaide. Its unfortunate they couldnt fix it for you. Whats the sportage like..apparently they are similar to the IX35. Whats the ride like in comparison???

      • Sumpguard

        The MY11 has had a suspension upgrade but it isn’t interchangable Lisa. Sportage is far better than the ix35 in the ride department. At least that is it is better than the MY10. The steering is much better too. I just got home from work and there is a section of road that was quite comfortable in the Sportage but was very rough in the ix35.

        It was a costly excercise but could have been a lot worse. Due to demand for the highlander I got a good price privately. All up I lost around $6000 but after nearly a year that is actually a good resale price.

        Your best bet is to wait for an aftermarket suspension setup to become available Lisa and combine that with some better tyres when the ones on it are worn. A reputable tyre dealer will help you soften it down but be prepared to pay a few hundred for each tyre as they are low profile afterall. When I replaced a blow out on my SV6 Commodore ute they were $300 a pop so expect similar but a good tyre will make some difference to the ride on its own.

  • Babylonbouy

    If any one is having noisy brake issues there is a recall under dealer bulletin SE 06310 to replace front rotors & pads. The dealers have been told to only perform if the customer complains.

  • Lisa

    Is anyone really annoyed by the innacurate speedo?? Its ten percent slower than what your really doing and this was confirmed by hyundai. Dont know about you but I hate having to make allowances for this…If I wanna do 60 I wanna do 60.

    • Sumpguard

      Mine was 2 kilometres over at 100 km/h Lisa. My Sportage appears to be the same. Given it is the same running gear I’m not surprised. I went through a speed check yesterday on the highway up here. Over a 5 kilometres distance it was over by 100 metres or 2 percent.

      Personally I prefer my speedo to be that way rather than 10 percent under like my navara and commodore were. For brands that have a distance warranty i.e 100,000 kilometres if the speedo is ten percent out and youve really only done 90,000 k’s you’ve effectively been short changed on your servicing intervals and your warranty when the kilometre reading lapses. Hope that makes sense.

      Meanwhile I am pretty sure you can pay a small fee and get the thing checked on rollers. Then you’ll know exactly what speed you are doing at each interval (60,80,100 etc)

      • CalamariForThought

        Mine is MY10 Highlander Diesel with factory 18-inch Rims. Based on 2 Different GPS that I have on board, my speedo is faster by almost 10%. That is – Speed says I am at 100km/h, actual speed is 92km/h.

        However, during DISTANCE test on those highway, my distance is LONGER. That means, by the time I reach the 5KM sign, my ODO tells me I am only about 4.8 or 4.9KM.

        So I am sure with modern day ECUs, speedo and distances can be separate, unlike old cars of analogue meters.

        Reported to dealer, they said it is to conform to some Australian standards, which say speedo can be up to 10% faster than actual speed.

        I guess that is to prevent any manufacturers from being sued for speeding fine – “Oh, my speedo says I am within the speed limit ! I got a fine ?? Sue Hyundai !”

    • Paulas

      I think mine is under by about 2 km at 100 KPH. In other words it is is really only doing 98 KPH. My GPS is telling me this and as I have had it in several cars and I believe the GPS.

      • Sumpguard

        Depending on the price of your GPS it may be out by quite some distance .Even EPIRBS which rely on the same tech can be out by 40 or more metres but when your’re bobbing up and down in an ocean 50 miles off the coast near enough is certainly good enough.

        I checked my Navara with two GPS devices and they both gave different readings at the same time. The speed checks (usually 5 kilometres) on the highways around the country are the best way to check. Some places even have a radar and screen such as the pacific highway.

      • Westy

        for sure paulas, mine out by 5km per hr, so when reading 105km on speedo, im actually doing 100km pr hr!
        Hyundai are aware of issue.
        If you have Highlander factory wheels out by 4-5km @100km
        If you have elite 3-4 km hr @100km
        If you have base model 2-3 @100km
        This is due to wheel sizes. Hyundai did not allow for increase of wheel/tyre size??????

        • Lisa

          Had my 15000km service today. Cost 400$. Had a wheel alignment cause it keeps wanting to swerve to the left and asked for the speedo to be fixed because it is way out!!! When it says 100km, im actually doing 88km. Quite significant compensation needed and I rekon I will get a fine one day with over compensating. I really want this fixed, just want the speedo to represent what Im doing. Anyway, car came back…speedo not fixed (they said they cant do it) and car still veering to the left. Ahhhh!!!

  • Hung Low

    Welcome back Jabba/Sumpguard, $6000 is not that bad of a loss for a trade at all. Do you prefer the IX35′s interior?

    • Sumpguard

      Yeah I do or did but then I personally think the ix35′s interior is best in class but then everyone’s taste is different.

      When I first looked at the sportage it had a few sharp edges in the early build cars that they have fixed and now it is well finished. A dash mat took car of the vast area of plastic atop the dashboard that plagues many modern cars including your murano and it looks quie good with the mat in place. I would have loved the ix35 dash in the sportage but I am still happy with it. Infact my affection grows each time I use the car which has now done its first 1000k’s.

      Although I no longer own an ix35 I think the styling has held up very well and it still looks modern and fresh. There are plenty of them around now too which goes against the claims in these threads upon its release that it wouldnt sell due to its price. I got an excellent resale on mine which was something else that people said wouldn’t happen.

      My single biggest issue with both the sportage and the ix35 is the towing limitations of the auto. They have so much power but only a 1600kg tow limit yet the manual has a 2000kg in the base 2wd 2.0 petrol. This says to me they need a manual in the top spec diesels. 2000kg would allow better access to towing caravans.

      Now for some clarification re-Jabba. My son was using that name until he was banned from my PC after trolling the thread. After he was removed someone else took over the name and used it to ridicule the korean cars. It wasn’t me and this was passed on to CA who addressed it accoringly I believe! So you need to move on. I keep getting welcomed back but haven’t been anywhere.

      • The Oracle

        Hey Clueless Aussie/Blabber, Fancy blaming your son, what a load of rubbish! (That is of course if you have a son)You just made that up to try and deny that it is you who has been the abusive and childish troll.

        Anyway, if that’s what make you happy. I can’t believe that you sold the iX35 you reckon you bought. You claimed for months in countless posts how fantastic it was and now you claim to have sold it and now have the better looking sister car and it is the fantastic car, not the other one. Your whole story has never sounded true and this latest chapter is just another fantasy.

  • Byron

    Hey Guys,

    You would not believe this one, the other day when I filled up with fuel, I noticed a lot was leaking out from under the car. As I am a rep out of Sydney, I was in Wagga so took car to Hyundai there, they took the back seat out and found that a mouse or Rat had been chewing on the inlet hose and elbow and had eaten it all the way through, go figure I had never heard this before. Turns out whole fuel tank needs replacing as elbow is all part of tank. Will cost about $1800 to fix, thank god my insurance is going to cover, turns out just one fuel tank available in whole country. I am waiting in Wagga until fixed. Otherwise my Highlander is going strong, have had no issues, as described above, up to 39000klms, the issue with the speedo effects all cars and brands, as the test from base models, once a cars wheels are altered speedo is always effected.

    Cheers

    • Westy

      Thats really badluck byron!Just done my 30000k service only 2 minor issues to report, rear spolier came loose and was rattling (couldnt locate it for about 1 month) sounded like it was somewhere near rear seat, and blower fan is a little squeaky and will need to replace bearing or fan sometime shortly, otherwise going great

    • Lisa

      Sorry to hear about this experience Byron. All I can say is you must have some almighty sized rats out that way? What is the material made of for them to chew through it so easy.

      Gee who would have thought. Im glad there is a fuel tank ready for you but I hope that Hyundai can get some more in just in case. Glad to hear the car is otherwise running fine. Enjoy Wagga..how long til you ahve to wait?

      • Byron

        Hi Lisa,

        All good picked up car today, $600 access lighter, however beter than the $1700 bill to NRMA. i LIVE SYD METRO so a mystery as to where this happened. The car is fine fingers crossed lets hope that is the end of my fuel problems. Otherwise car is going fine all parts were made of plastic.

  • NickM

    Hi other owners!
    We picked up our Highlander Diesel 3 weeks ago. I read this site before we bought to get some genuine owners opinions and we are very happy with the car so far although only about 400km on the clock, 1st service in a couple of weeks. Can the forum help me with 2 small issues;
    1) when we pull up somewhere and exit the car we cannot open the rear doors from inside OR outside unless we cycle through the central locking on drivers door. Dealer hadn’t heard of this but will look at it on service, they think may need an reset of the locking system.
    2) brakes are noisy with a grinding type sound when coming to a slow speed stop (eg at a stop sign) or when brakes are slowly released from stationary (eg parking with minor adjustments). I’m guessing this is normal and will settle down but again the dealer will look at it.
    I would appreciate any advice.
    Biggest problem with the car is I don’t get to drive it! It’s my wife’s car and I still have my older vehicle. She appreciates the seat warmers on the drive to work, -2 degrees in Albury this morning I think. I was surprised by the glass roof, it makes the car seem more spacious inside but I’m not sure it will be so good in summer. Performance is fantastic, obviously don’t know about fuel economy yet.
    Car looks great in black, not first choice but wait was only weeks instead of 5 months, just means more washing!
    Thanks for the information from the forum, keep up the good work!

    • Westy

      Hey Nickm,
      Ialso have the Highlander in Black and just had my 30000k service.
      * Fuel economy will settle to around high 6s or 7ltrs per hundred ks (depending on how the wife drives of course)
      * I did read in this forum (refer to recent posts) that the my11 had a brake rotor issue and a memo had been sent to all dealers advising to replace only if customer complains.
      * Speedo appears a little out of whack possibly up to 5%. Do a speedo check. Most users have found that when the speedo reads 100 you are actually only doing mid 90′s kmhr.
      * Also scroll through the user comments and check out the paint protection from coloursheild. its absolutely fantastic and easy to apply, costs about $80 delivered from memory but keeps the black so shiny.
      * We too have had issue with opening the rear doors from the inside (same as childlock) However we have found that if the kids try to open the door before we press engine shutdown button or touch the handles during the journey they will not open and we have to open from out side. It took us a while to work out but we have it downpat. Our kids are 10+ but if you have ‘littlies’ this may be harder to control. get dealer to check at service in any case.

      Keep reporting anything that may be of interest to others!
      Cheers and enjoy!

      • Sumpguard

        Hey Nick,

        On even the slightest incline the hill holder will hold the brakes on for 2 seconds and any movement against them will cause a noise. Rear doors were similar in my ix35 (sold a few weeks back) but as soon as it went into park they disengaged, My speedo actually read the other way as my platinum sportage does now (100 indicated is around 102 actual).

        I applied paint protection to mine but this time around I have gone for turtle wax as a good polish is sufficient and you don’t have to worry about using neutral PH shampoos which is a must with the paint protection kit. I personally wouldn’t bother with it again and now agree with Hung Low re car polishes. Just don’t tell him ;) . Using a car polish every six months has the added benefit of removing small impurities stuck to your paint also.

        • Hung Low

          Glad you saw the light re: polishes!

          The best bang for your buck is Autoglym Super Resin Polish (apply after a paint cleaner), and then top off with Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection to seal the polish.

          This should be sufficient for 6 – 12 months depending on circumstances, but as always no matter what bird shit needs to be removed ASAP! No wax, polish, sealer or paint protection will withstand long sitting bird shit, any wild claims of such I would question the integrity of the manufacturer!

    • Babylonbouy

      Speak to your service centre Dealer Bulletin SE 06310 to replace front rotors & pads. The dealers have been told to only perform if the customer complains.

  • NickM

    Thanks very much Westy and Sumpguard.

    I think we will get a handle on the door locks (no pun!) and make sure everything happens in the correct order.

    I don’t think the hill holder will turn out to be the problem as it happens in level car parks etc, especially with only part brake pressure as you ‘creep’ but it could be a rotor that the dealer can fix for me.

    I have next weekend off so if the weather is good looks like a session of car loving with the wash and wax!

    Was ‘allowed’ to take the car to work at Rutherglen on the weekend and really enjoyed the trips. The power of the diesel turbo catches me out sometimes. If you are smooth with the throttle and not getting on it and off it all the time the acceleration is awesome, even from low speed. Very happy so far!

    Cheers all!

  • Sumpguard

    Get ready for a recall notice. Hyundai/Kia are about to recall for the brake isssue some have mentioned. I’m not sure if all those released are affected or if it is MY10-11. We’ll know soon enough. Sportage is getting recalled also. It may also be only diesel models which I am asuming have a different rotor size.

    • Westy

      Hey sumpy,
      if anyone has further evidence of this or has found something we can google on it post it here!!!

    • Lisa

      See it pays to keep an eye on this forum :) Having said that Sumpy I find Hyundai tend to keep quiet on recalls unless you approach them with a problem. How would we know if the vehicle has been recalled. Will they individually contact us?

      • Westy

        Lisa, the car manufacturer must contact all registered owners of the vehicle to be recalled by mail to their last known address!
        This is law in australia and mandatory to do so, when the vehicle is ‘officially recalled’
        Some issue (brakes,seat belts etc) may also have a time frame they have to be done eg 30 days from the notice.
        Hope something is sorted soon!

        • Sumpguard

          Sorry for the delayed reply. A woman here in Cairns with a silver MY10 platinum diesel Sportage is my source and she is having brake issues. Some noise and vibration and when she went to KIA they told her that the brakes fault is about to become an official recall. She claims Hyundai are recalling also.

          Then soon after talking to her I saw an actual recall number quoted for Hyundai IX35 Diesels in one of these forums but for the life of me after much searching I cannot find it. Sorry I can’t be more help. Apparently currently if you complain they will fix it but that is supposed to be about to change.

  • BLUEY

    Ordered my hyundai ix35 elite diesel today… cant wait to get it.. they reckon 3-4 months anyone think i will get it before then or should i jsut keep hasselling my dealer

    • Westy

      Hey bluey,
      Have you considered changing colours, as that may be the only way you would get one quicker! I waited 10 weeks for my highlander at end of 2010! Since these things have come out, they are selling quiker than Hyuandai can get them here!
      you will be happy with the performance and economy of the diesel, which will settle down after about 20,000ks.

  • BLUEY

    Hey westy, I was offered two other colours but refused .. The first new car I bought I wanted blue got red (Mazda) the second new car I bought I wanted blue I ended up with black (golf gti) I’m not giving in on my ocean blue at all they offered me the light blue but just not as keen on it as the dark blue… Not sacrificing my decision this time as it’s a lease car and will have for 5 years

  • Byron

    Hey Guys,
    I am up to 41k, car going really well, I hav’nt had any brake issues, however would great to have a recall now as I am probably due some next service. I have kept car in great nic and will be trading in next March as that will be 2 yrs ownership, unsure what to get next Sportage even had a look at the KORANDO SPR pretty nice vehicle, a little cheaper to. My highlander has been a great vehicle can not fault it.

    Cheers

    • Paulas

      Byron,
      Given your 41k km experience, how have your original tyres performed?

      • Westy

        Paulas, will just throw my 2cents in!!
        I am fast approaching 40k. I cannot see my tyres making it to 50,000ks. I really expected them to last a little longer i must say!

    • Lisa

      Gee Byron, already talking two years with the highlander…time flies doesnt it?

  • Byron

    Hi Guys,

    I am thinking I will make 50k these tyres,that is pretty good, you don’t often get more than that. Although not looking forward to buying a new set.

    • Lisa

      Hey Byron.

      Let me know what happens with your wheels. I just got a flat tyre and cant find a similar wheel to get for the car. Hyundai dont do the wheels anymore that we got with the car…grrrrr. I even rang the people that make the wheels and they have stopped too :(

  • Belynda Pope

    My 12 week wait just became a 3 and a bot week wait :) get my car next week apparently

    • mick

      So Belynda was it worth the wait ???? and what is the best thing about your new set of wheels.

      • Lisa

        She is gone..hahah…packed her bags and keeps driving. Must be enjoying it :)

  • NickM

    Just reporting back on the noisy brake issue with our Highlander MY11 and thoughts so far, 2 500km.
    Dealer didn’t know what the problem was at 1st service, thought perhaps the pads. They were going to check with Hyundai but haven’t heard from them but they don’t think it’s a safety issue. It does appear to be getting slightly better with use but I will follow up.
    Had our first trip down the Hume to Melbourne last week and it was very pleasant, couldn’t fault the car at all. In city traffic it doesn’t feel big either and was very nippy and easy to handle.
    This forum has made comment about the fuel tank capacity and accuracy of the trip computer etc. Having had a cruise at highway speed I can say the trip computer distance to empty is well up the creek! Allowing for say 50l in the tank when full at 7l/100 km on the highway the DTE should show at least 700km. Nuh, no way did it show that, not even close! Further, at one stage on the way back the odometer went up by 185km and the DTE only went down by 100km! The instantaneous readout was around 7l/100km which sounds about right.At least the error is on the conservative side.
    Overall we are loving the car and very happy with our choice.

  • Jase

    I have ix35 Elite 2L turbo diesel and built feb with 10k and I’m just starting to suffer some issues with reverse sensers staying on ( beeping like crazy ) only happening in mornings and seems to fix it’s self buy the time I get to work aprox 15km run. I have gone to dealer and they cannot find anything – it has tow bar fitted( genuine )by this dealer . have read manual from front to back & it only states extrem conditions like snow can set off. I’m in port Macquarie and car is in garage so cancels out weather , has anyone else had same issues – or does Hyundai have an answer?

  • Richard

    Just took ownership of 2.0L petrol model 2 days ago, drove from Taupo to Wellington with it (5 hours approx) following my wife in our 2011 2.2 L Diesel Santa Fe Elite.

    Comparisons:
    -ix35 very Revvy, like having a motorbike.
    -you notice the missing torque when used to driving a diesel, takes a few seconds to pick up it’s skirts and go (but then it REALLY goes) when you accelerate
    -fabric seats – really nice, almost bucket like and comfortable for long haul.
    -suspension – quite stiff, you feel the road a lot more.
    -front leg-room – I’m 6’5″ and felt very comfortable and not at all squashed
    -Good stereo
    -Controls all where they need to be, little switches for cruise control best I’ve used yet
    -Appearance – getting a lot of looks
    OVERALL – would have gone diesel again but for the price that said, it’s a great car and a lot of fun to drive and it likes to BE driven (whereas the Santa Fe likes to mosey on).

  • Driver

    hello, I have had my 2010 Elite Diesel for 15 months and done 32k’s, overall very pleased with the whole deal, diesel engine was the influencing factor in buying this car and also the amount of kit you get for the money, a little bit concerned at the pricey 30k service charge ($670) tyres are wearing well and would expect another 20k out of them, plenty of legroom as i am 6’3, no major rattles or anything falling off, tow a camper trailer with it but did fit some polyair red series air bags to the rear.
    Overall a good buy

  • Worried

    I keep reading more reports about problems with R series diesels, using excessive oil and fuel consumption and this leading to oil supply problems with the turbo. Many readers on lot’s of forums around the world have reported this, including some have had their turbo’s replaced, still in warranty. It is a concern, when warranty expires and knowing Hyundai and Kia’s poor record on fixing engine problems after warranty (Kia Carnival engines)
    Google for these forums, I believe the administrators don’t like peoples putting links in these posts. (If you know Korean language or French or German, you will find much more posts than in English. And I read that South American users have many problems, but I don’t know enough Spanish or Portugues to understand them)

    Has any of the readers/owners here have these problems? If so, how bad are they and were they fixed OK?

    • Lisa

      Thats an interesting topic Worried. I have been a member of this forum since the beginning and cant say there has been a complaint as such in Australia that I know of and not in here. I have just brought up 30000km on my highlander and no problem at all. Fuel consumption is spot on now..7L for every 100kms. SO its right on track there. Maybe it is OS vehicles..?? Who knows. I still have 4 years on my warranty.. All good so far

  • Matt

    I have had my ix35 Highlander Diesel since Nov 2010 and have done 24,000 kms. No major problems although cruise control steering wheel controls are playing up a little, AM radio reception is poor and the clock gains about a minute per week. I do a lot of freeway driving and average about 7.1 or 7.2, I thought it may have been a bit better.
    Overall – so far so good.

  • Westy

    Guys,
    Just had 45,000 service at dealer. ($425) They said i needed front pads and possibly rears done before next service.
    Was quoted $299 to do front pads? wtf! and nearly $200 for rears!
    If you are in sydney (possibly around country) HYSPARES carry genuine parts for hyundai. (found out off a mechanic) Front pads were $99 rears $89 + fitting from mechanic shouldnt be any more than $50, or take 30 mins.
    Thought i would let you guys know as i know a lot of you may need this info in the coming months.

    Hyundai better fix this massive gap in their pricing. Stop taking your so called valued customers for a ride!

    • Lisa

      thanks for that westy

    • Byron

      Hi Westy,

      I have done 68k now and have been told front rotors will need replacing as well as pads front and back. Did you get your parts and brakes fixed how much did it cost.

       Cheers THANKS  

  • RJV

    Jase
    Same problem with ours. Feb 11 with 16000 ks. Have had one sensor replaced at about 10000 ks, but am now having intermittent problems with them beeping. Last service advised that the sensors may be dirty/dusty ??? as apparently the Hyundai sensors are very sensitive, more so than other makes.

  • RJV

    Just been advised of recall on our 2011 diesel elite for radiator problems. Something to do with fluid leaking where it shouldnt be leaking. Wife received phone call from dealer, but not exactly sure the problem. Anybody else heard anything?

  • Byron

    Hi Guys,
    I have just had 45k service $515, this included wheel rotation fronts to back, I will get my original tyres to 60k, i feel with Hyundai, a lot of the recall work is done at service time at dealers, so most of us dont know it has been done. I suppose this is why dealer servicing is important, My pads must be ok as I was not advised to replace them this service. As my services are paid for by my company I really don’t take into account the cost, however they do seem a little high they are always around the 5-600 dollar mark.
    Cheers

  • toni

    i just cant take a hyuandai serious due to the past cars they have made. u can dolly them up and make them look european but in the end its only a hyuandai

    • Sumpguard

      I can’t take you seriously with that grammar! I’d take the reliability of Hy-un-dai “enny dai” over some of the Europeans.

      Befaw ewe can offishollyy becum a badge snob ewe kneed two brushh upp onn yaw spellinn!

      • Lisa

        haha…ive missed this forum

  • Westy

    onya sumpy!!

  • Westy

    Hi all,
    tyres lasted 55,000k, probably get another 5k then replace!

  • Byron

    Hi Westy,

    I am the same will get to about 60k, I am selling mine early new year, so will try and get a low cost tyre option just for sale, I have seen on the sangyong korando the same 18″ tyre from Nexen I am sure they are cheap but look good. Thanks cheers my only problem is what to get next a cx5 another Hyundai a sportage or a freelander 2. Decisions decisions

  • Hyundai Lover

    Hey guys.

    I love my Highlander! What a great vehicle. Just got up to 13456 kms! One small problem, I’ve found that the car looks pretty gross and out of proportion. I didn’t realize this when I bought it because I had a cataract in my eye. Other than that, SO GOOD!

  • Lisa

    Anyone ever have any problems with the car not starting when u push the button.  Its happening a few times now intermittantly..but will then start up after a while?

    • Zipzip

      mee!!!!! hi lisa i did post this some months ago, but basically foot on brake pedal and nothing, no response from car at all. happened a few times over a couple of weeks, replaced the fuse (10 amp i think) going great now for about 9mths!

    • Sotongkia

       Had that just recently. Nothing. Opened the driver door, stepped out. Closed it. Come back into the driver seat and it works… Just that once.. Weird… But you know electronics…

    • Byron

      Hi Lisa,
       
      Just about to have my 75000 service, tyres are really hard to get for this model, just put falken tyres on really great expensivie though. I have had a few niggles electrical but nothing serious all good car still powering on.

      Cheers

  • Byron

    Hi guys,

    Up to 63000klms now, $626 last service, have managed to keep my original tyres may even get to 70k, was told that front rotors will need replacing shortly, along with pads front and back, as with all cars as the klms increase so do the maintenance bills. Overall though the car is going well. 

  • Rebecca_bevan

    I bought one and will never buy a Hyundai again. – within 1 year of buying it I have had nothing but issues. Hyundai have been extremely poor to deal with and no help at all. Slowly every part of my car has broken and most recently a random puncture in my brake fluid which could have been fatal if I didn’t look further into it !!!

  • Michael T. Lemen

    Good car, but be prepared for a barrage of JUNK MAIL requesting you to sell your “Old” Hyundai and buy a New Hyundai. They will continue whether you like it or not. I politely asked them to no longer send me junk mail and I was assured that they would see to it. Didn’t happen, considering how much I spent I would think my request was small obviously not !