It is the mid-range muscle of the 2.0-litre turbodiesel motor that will be of most appeal to ix35 drivers interested in the richer end of the model range. With the full 236lb ft of torque available from 1800rpm to 2500rpm, it’s easy to keep the engine comfortably in its powerband and make the most of the acceleration on offer. Otherwise, the outright pace is good for an SUV of this size and weight, with our test figures matching Hyundai’s claimed 0-62mph time of 10.2sec.
However, this is not the big seller in this range – that honour falls to the 114bhp 1.7 CRDi, which can only be had in two-wheel drive, as with the 133bhp 1.6 GDi petrol motor that forms the entry-level option. For all-wheel drive or an auto ‘box you have to opt for the bigger 2.0-litre diesel.
Most of the time the ix35’s 2.0 diesel motor is refined enough, but it’s gruff when cold and intrudes into the cabin through the bulkhead if you’re working the engine more than moderately. Engine noise is naturally less evident when cruising at higher speeds, although it could be quietened further with little effort. Because of its ample torque, the flagship diesel ix35 could use a longer sixth gear than its current top ratio, which leaves it spinning at about 2500rpm at 70mph. The 1.7-litre CRDI is quieter like-for-like, but the need to work it slightly harder than the 2.0-litre offsets that advantage slightly.