Hyundai ix35 Review

Hyundai ix35 is actually the second official name of the second generation Tucson, the ix35 is the name commonly used in Asia and the Tucson everywhere else around the world. The second-generation Hyundai Tucson was sold for 6 years from 2009 to 2015 with unprecedented success. The 2015 Tucson or the ix35 was an exceptional vehicle that held absolute leadership in a lot of different categories in the US, Europe, Asia, etc. In 2015 this particular Tucson was rated either number one or at least amongst the first three in the majority of professional and expert evaluation lists. Among many others, ix35 was the absolute winner of the Americas “Affordable Compact SUVs”, the “2-row SUV”, the “Affordable Crossover SUVs”, and it was named the “Best Family Car 2015” by a top technology review website in the UK. It’ll take too much time to name all of the awards, accolades, and prizes awarded to the ix35, so let’s see what all the fuss was about.

The Pros

  • Truly a compact crossover
  • Expressive sleek design
  • Smooth ride
  • Extremely affordable
  • Impressive equipment package
  • Great value for money
  • Comfy seats
  • Outstanding warranty 

The Cons

  • Subpar cargo-hauling capacity
  • Cargo space isn’t impressive
  • Base the engine offers unimpressive acceleration

Hyundai ix35 (Tucson 2015) Overview

Hyundai ix35

The 2015 Tucson was generously praised and rightfully so. Mind you, Tucson is still going strong: now Hyundai is well into its third generation and a new cutting-edge advanced 2020 model has already been introduced. The 2015 version is very stylish; its impressive exterior design is actually one of the best things about the SUV, making it one of the best-looking cars in its class. 

Overall, the 2015 Tucson is a perfect blend of beautiful eye-catching design, great in-the city maneuverability that can only be provided by a compact car, the interior and seating are superb. Last, but definitely not least – the ix35 is very fun to drive, the driving experience is very pleasant, feels smooth, confident, safe and secure. The 2015 Tucson is undeniably comfortable, it is technologically advanced, and reliable, not to mention Hyundai has always offered unmatched warranty deals.   

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson came out in three trim levels, the base GLS, mid-level SE and the upscale Limited. 


The 2015 Hyundai Tucson looks stylish. There are no overbearing or overpowering details, the two-tier grille looks perfectly sized for the vehicle, with the Hyundai logo placed right in the middle. The headlights look sleek and beautifully outline the hood. Tucson 2015 is not a boxy vehicle, and it was actually the last year for the compact: in 2016 Hyundai has completely overhauled the model and produced much bigger crossover. Sleek sloping roofline with a rear spoiler also adds to the sporty aerodynamic design. All of the trims above the base have the silver roof rails that add a lot to the design and are, of course, used to haul extra cargo. 17 or 18-inch wheels are available depending on the trim. 


Interior of the Hyundai ix35

The Tucson is designed in a way to make it very easy for passengers to get in and out of the vehicle. The cabin has a pleasant appealing design; furthermore, the 2015 interior design was kept in large parts in the future Tucson models. There are a lot of hard plastics used throughout and they don’t look cheap or take away from the overall pleasant atmosphere. The seats are supportive and comfortable, there is just enough room in the front for both passengers and in the back, the roof is a bit too low, thus headroom is lacking. All of the knobs and buttons are strategically positioned; steering wheel offers a great range of adjustment. The tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel became standard in 2015. 


Interior of Hyundai ix35

Even with just three available trims, you’ll have a choice of engines.  There’s the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder capable of generating 164 hp that is available on the base model. The two other trims get a power boost in a form of the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that can reach 182 hp. Engines on all of the trims offer advanced fuel-injection technology that significantly improves hp and fuel economy. All of the models come standard with 6-speed automation.  


The 2015 Hyundai Tucson comes with an admirable lineup of standard tech. First, there are the staples like Bluetooth, USB, Cruise Control, Remote Keyless Entry, and a touch-screen display. Then there’s the impressive entertainment tech lineup which also doesn’t disappoint includes CD player, Satellite and Premium radio, Bluetooth Streaming Audio, MP3 player and even an iPod Connector.   


Great value for the money vehicle, especially when compared to the competition. These days the average price for the used crossover starts at around 13,5 K. 


The HG is a five-seater. The front seats are well-crafted, shaped well and are accommodating to any body shape or form. There is also more than enough room for the passengers in the front. The back seat is a different story, the comfort dwindles a tad and the back seat feels cramped. Seats are standard with quality pleasant cloth upholstery and can be boosted to leather; the heated option is also available. 

Interior of the Hyundai ix35 2019

Climate control

Air conditioning is standard and dual-zone automatic climate control is available on the upper trims. 

Infotainment System

The 2015 infotainment is OK, with a  4.3-inch touch screen and a bigger 7-inch touch display optional. Unfortunately, 2015 was not the year of connectivity for Hyundai and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration was introduced a few years later, in 2017. 

Storage and Space

Hyundai Tucson has 25.7 cubic feet of space available for your cargo behind the second row of seats. When folded the space bumps to 55.8 and two upper levels have the roof cargo option available for you. 


Overall the 2015 Tucson checks a lot of boxes comfort-wise. Tucson offers a quiet stable drive, with an abundance of helpful driver assistance and safety tech, it is spacious and pleasant to drive. Overall, this particular Tucson will, in fact, provide the comfort of a much larger crossover without feeling as large.

Seat comfort

Two front seats feel supportive and comfortable, but the comfort level and the available space are both subpar when it comes to the seats in the back. 

Ride comfort

The Tucson offers a smooth ride and a very enjoyable driving experience, this actually is mentioned among the Pros list in every single expert review. 


Ride feels easy and refined, it is quiet even on the highway. The vehicle stays composed and the driver feels in control. 

Safety & Reliability

The NHTSA gave the 2015 Tucson 4 out of 5 on all of the crash tests. 

Should I Buy the Hyundai Tucson?

It is pretty easy to recommend this purchase, so, yes, 2015 Tucson or the ix 35, depending on where you live, is a great compact SUV and you should buy it. 

How Much Does it cost?

The average price for the used car is 13 699 USD – 18 225 USD