The Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the Hyundai ix35
Even with a saturated market for small crossovers, the Hyundai ix35 still managed to emerge as a top contender. Its design is said to have rivalled those of the Skoda Yeti, Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai – containing the brand’s hallmark features of practical design as well as a significantly long and inclusive warranty. Available in both petrol and diesel engines, the vehicle is packed with the latest technology and assets.
The Hyundai ix35: a brief history
First arriving on the scene in 2010, the Hyundai ix35 has been one of Hyundai Motors’ most successful vehicle models. In 2014 alone, Australians registered nearly 18,000 models. Previously, the ix35 had been known as the Tucson, and in 2015, it reverted back to its original name.
The main idea behind the rebranding was to cause motorists to think differently about Hyundai vehicles, and this aim was arguably successful when one thinks of the popularity of the Hyundai Tucson. Today, the ix35 is no longer in production – yet remains the trusted vehicle for many motorists across the world.
The Hyundai ix35 at a glance
“Bold” is a great word to use when describing the design of the ix35. With its distinctive combination of curves, creases, a tall stance, and slab sides, it certainly attracts the eye. Every ix35 model features LED running lights that make it stand out from the crowd, as well as alloy wheels. Body-coloured bumpers and door mirrors further add to the aesthetic. Optional upgrades include:
– Bi-xenon headlamps
These are dual-beam bulbs – one bulb is for the high beam function and the other for the low. Utilising xenon headlights instead of LED has some noteworthy benefits – including the fact that xenon headlights are brighter and can last much longer than the typical LED lights.
– 18-inch alloys
All ix35 models feature raised suspension and space for 5 individuals in the vehicle. Upgrades on the standard models can see the vehicle kitted out with front and rear heated seats, parking sensors, touchscreen SAT-NAV systems as well as leather steering wheels. Further, premium models feature all of the above but with the additions of leather seat trim, keyless entry and in the case of the Premium Panorama model, a full-length glass roof for spectacular views.
The ix35 was manufactured in the following colours:
– Silky bronze
– Grey titanium
– Blue ice
– Sleek silver
– Vanilla white
– Phantom black
Under the hood of the Hyundai ix35
Refreshed in 2013, the reliable ix35 underwent an overhauled suspension set-up. Coupled with the adoption of side-load coil springs as well as new dampers, the vehicle began to deliver even sharper handling to get motorists down even the tightest and twisting roads. Drivers report that the Hyundai feels favourably composed over bumps yet on the down side, some are of the opinion that the vehicle exhibits slightly too much body roll through certain types of corners.
However, the excellent driving position provides fantastic visibility and confidence for drivers to enjoy during their journeys in the vehicle. A decent amount of refinement is also said to play a hand in making long journeys more bearable. The Hyundai ix35 was manufactured with a number of different engine options, and undoubtedly several of those are still available to purchase today second hand or through select dealerships.
The most costly option would certainly be the top-spec 134bhp 4×4 2.0 CRDi diesel engine – which offers effortless cruising and startling overtaking ability in reserve. On the other hand, the 1.6-litre petrol engine is likely the cheapest option, with a fuel tank capacity of 58 litres. This option reportedly feels rather underpowered but is still suitable for your basic driving needs. As a compromise, the 114bhp 1.7 CRDi engine is a good contender, since its engine delivers an acceptably mid-range acceleration.
Smoother still is the 2.0 CRDi auto, yet performance and efficiency is allegedly impacted for the worse. All models come with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. Besides the diesel and petrol models, Hyundai also offered a surprising alternative – the ix35 FCEV model – which relied on fuel cells running on hydrogen that can be filled in just 3 minutes from a small number of hydrogen filling stations. Although highly expensive and not particularly fast, the model was popular due to its complete silence and non-existent CO2 emissions.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to practicality, comfort and storage space in the Hyundai ix35
When considering the Hyundai ix35’s large exterior dimensions, it should come as no surprise that this vehicle is well-suited to family use. While its boot opening is not wider than similar models like the Mazda CX-5 or Honda CR-V, the floor of the boot is completely flat which provides a considerable 591 litres of space. Should the rear seats be folded down, this space ends up stretching to about 1,436 litres. However, unlike recent vehicle models, this process must be done by hand with no helpful remotes to make it easier.
Despite this drawback, one can find an extremely useful hidden compartment that sits under the false boot floor – as well as several bag hooks. In addition, the vehicle contains a 12V power supply and luggage net back there. Around the main cabin, there are plenty of storage spots for our endless odds and ends, including a deep cubby that can be found under the front centre armrest, a set of large door bins as well as an air conditioned glove box. The vehicle’s interior has a tough finish which makes it easy to clean and maintain.
Safety and reliability in the Hyundai ix35
Hyundai has a good reputation for durability and reliability, which has only been reinforced over the last few years. Interestingly, the ix35 has been one of the manufacturer’s top performers in the field of safety. This is backed up by the vehicle’s 5-year, unlimited mileage warrantee. The vehicle has a great safety record that is bolstered by a 5-star Euro NCAP rating.
The European New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) is a voluntary car safety and reliability performance assessment programme that was founded in 1996. Based in Belgium, it is one of the most well-recognised programs that test car safety. Receiving a 5-star rating is an impressive feat, which means that the Hyundai ix35 sits high atop the Wrong Fuel Rescue list of safe vehicles.
Every ix35 has 6 airbags and seats equipped with active head restraints and stability control. The vehicle also features hill-start assist as well as pre-tensing seatbelts. The structure of the vehicle means that the cabin is protected to prevent injury in the event of a collision from the rear, front and sides of the vehicle. Because the ix35 was phased out of manufacturing in 2015, it lacks some of the more modern safety features such as lane keep assist, collision avoidance kit as well as blind spot monitoring.
Need a wrong fuel rescue in your Hyundai ix35?
Although the ix35 is no longer in production, the vehicle is still a popular one on the roads and is frequently seen. We at Wrong Fuel Rescue have come to the aid of many ix35s after they have encountered a wrong fuel mishap. In this light, it is important for drivers of this vehicle to understand how a wrong fuel mishap can occur, and what to do when you need a wrong fuel rescue.
Filling up at a station can be a stressful affair and mistakes can happen faster than the mind has time to catch them. Lapses in concentration or general lack of knowledge can result in a driver or partner filling up the ix35 with the wrong type of fuel. If you are fortunate enough to catch the mistake before driving off, it is essential that you call us immediately without so much as putting your key in the ignition. This is because as soon as the vehicle turns on and begins to move, the incorrect fuel begins to circulate the system and causing damage.
For diesel Hyundai ix35s, the engines have been designed with the knowledge that diesel engines are significantly more efficient and utilise about 15-20% less fuel than their petrol counterparts. These diesel engines often feature a higher low-end torque that makes long journeys and cruising a dream come true – but all this can come to an abrupt end if you fill up with petrol accidentally. Should you fill up your diesel-taking Hyundai ix35 with petrol and begin to drive, you may notice the following signs that signal that you need a wrong fuel rescue:
– An illuminated engine warning light
– Excessive smoke billowing from the exhaust
– Lacklustre acceleration and lacking performance
– A noticeable “knocking” noise that may occur either while driving or while idling
– The engine failing completely
– The car failing to start
One or more of these signs likely indicate that you need a wrong fuel rescue. If you notice them, pull over immediately and stop the engine. We at Wrong Fuel Rescue are experts in the field and will be at your side as soon as we can.
Should you accidentally fill up your petrol Hyundai ix35 with diesel, the following signs will alert you of the fact that you require a wrong fuel rescue:
– A feeling of jerkiness while driving (this is the result of the engine misfiring due to the foreign fuel)
– The vehicle failing to start at all
– Excessive smoke coming from the exhaust
– The engine repeatedly cutting out
Keeping safe on the road side while you wait for Wrong Fuel Rescue
The road is a dangerous place, whether driving or parked on the side of it waiting for roadside assistance. It is always important to practice the following safety tips waiting for your Wrong Fuel Rescue team or other roadside assistant:
• It’s in the details
It is of the utmost importance to provide as much detail as possible when it comes to giving Wrong Fuel Rescue your location. Should you feel as if you are in the middle of nowhere and cannot access GPS or map applications, make note of surrounding landmarks and vegetation.
• Make yourself visible
Whether you put on your vehicle’s hazards, place a red triangle behind your vehicle or physically hold out a flag or a piece of bright cloth – it is crucial that you and your vehicle are visible. This will prevent other drivers from colliding with you if you have been forced to park on a narrow road or highway while you wait for assistance.
• Stay alert
Be incredibly wary of your surroundings. Before you jump out of your vehicle, ensure that you check for oncoming traffic. Preferably, remain in your vehicle and refrain from accepting unsolicited lifts or assistance if those offering are not who you called. In a perfect world, every offer of help would be genuine and free of dubious intention, however this is not always the reality of today.
If possible, leave the assistance up to the professionals and do not allow yourself to be taken advantage of by random towing companies that may come your way. We at Wrong Fuel Rescue always arrive in a well-branded vehicle that is unmistakably us, leaving you no room for doubt.
• Stay off of your phone and other devices
It may be tempting to scroll through Instagram on your phone or get some work done while you wait for roadside assistance. However, this may be a recipe for disaster if something holds up an assistance team or if you encounter another issue only for your phone battery to be depleted. Further, being absorbed in a screen also prevents you from being aware of your surroundings and picking out potential threats.