We’ve come up with a great comparison between the two South Korean SUVs – Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage.
Hyundai and Kia are sister companies, so both vehicles are fundamentally the same and developed under the same set of engines and transmissions. The main major difference is the vehicles appearance. There are a few styling and other detail tweaks are unique to each car.
DESIGN AND STYLING
Both cars look pretty similar, apart from a few design tweaks. The Sportage looks more stylish and sharp with its tiger nose grille and slim, long fog lights. Whilst the iX35 has a more refined look and features round fog lights.
Behind the wheel in both models, you will get similar feelings. Depending on the model they will have identical 7.0 inch touch screens. The combination of leather and fabric in the interior is very practical., and the space offered is pretty good.
EQUIPMENT AND SPECIFICATIONS
The Kia Sportage is available in 4 specification trim levels with the low level engines while the KX-1, KX-2, KX-3 and KX-4 trims comes with powerful 2.0 litre diesel engines. Both 1 and KX-1 trim models come with 16 inch alloy wheels, LED (light emitting diode) daytime running lights, tinted glass, front fog lights, rain sensing wipers, leather trimmed steering wheel and gear-knob, air conditioning, cruise control, anti lock braking assist (ABS), stability control, hill start assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, multiple airbags and metallic paint – all very generous.
The Hyundai ix35 is offered with a choice of five trims : S, SE, SE Nav, Premium and Premium Panorama. The entry level S model comes with 16 inch alloy wheels, driver seat adjustment, air conditioning, LED (light emitting diode) daytime running lights, follow-me-home headlight function, six speakers, trip computer, eco drive indicator, brake assist, hill start assist and electronic stability control.
The entry level 1.6 GDI petrol Hyundai ix35 costs £17,000 as a basic list price whilst the 1.6 GDI petrol Sportage costs £17,500 as a basic list price. Whilst there is a £500 difference and you will get a very well-equipped Sportage.
Both Sportage and ix35 models are available in one petrol and two diesel engines. The 1.6 litre petrol engine delivers 41.5mpg (miles per gallon) fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 158 g/km (grams per kilometre).
The 1.7 litre diesel engine offers 53-54 miles per gallon fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions of 135-139g/km (grams per kilometre). The powerful 2.0 litre diesel engine returns 49-55 miles per gallon fuel economy with CO2 emissions of 145-149 grams per kilometre.
There is not much difference between both models in terms of driving and handling, however Hyundai ix35 drives a little more pleasantly than the Sportage.
The Hyundai ix35 holds a better residual value in the industry than Kia. But, it is down to personal choice.
|Key specs||Hyundai ix35 1.7 CRDi S||Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi S|
|Engine Power||113 bhp (brake horsepower)||114 bhp (brake horsepower)|
|Fuel Consumption||53.3 mpg (miles per gallon)||54.3 mpg (miles per gallon)|
|CO2 emissions||139 g/km (grams per kilometre)||135 g/km (grams per kilometre)|
|0 to 60 mph||12.4 seconds||11.9 seconds|
|Top Speed||108 mpg (miles per gallon)||107 mpg (miles per gallon)|
|Max. Occupancy||5 seats||5 seats|
|Manufacturer’s warranty||999999 miles / 5 years||999999 miles / 7 years|
|Height||1665 mm||1640 mm|
|Length||4410 mm||4440 mm|
|Width||1820 mm||1855 mm|
|Wheelbase||2640 mm||2640 mm|
|Boot Space (with seats up)||591 litres||564 litres|
|Boot Space (with seats down)||1436 litres||1353 litres|
|Fuel tank capacity||58 litres||58 litres|