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THE Hyundai ix35 seemed to come from nowhere to suddenly be one of the best sellers in the compact SUV division.

A better petrol engine and a number of detail changes inside and out improve the latest car still further. It’s hard to see demand tailing off anytime soon.

There have been some key improvements in the powertrain department. One of the most significant upgrades for the model is the replacement of the 2.0-litre ‘Theta II’ petrol engine with a more-efficient ‘Nu’ 2.0-litre GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) unit. The improved powerplant, developed in-house, offers more power and torque, at 166PS and 205 Nm respectively, yet is fully Euro5-compliant. Hyundai has also developed a low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system, yielding significant efficiency gains across the range. There’s also Hyundai’s FLEX STEER system, available on this model for the first time. Three driving modes ˆ’ normal, comfort and sport ˆ’ allow the driver to vary the level of steering support and feedback to best suit the environment.

Otherwise it’s much as you were. Not all ix35 models are four-wheel-drive.

Of course, if you feel like a bit of a fraud driving a front-wheel-drive 4x4, the more expensive ix35 versions will deliver the goods.

The ix35 still looks a neat piece of design, so not a whole lot has needed doing to the styling but Hyundai has been unable to resist some minor tinkering. It’s offering optional Bi-Xenon headlamps for the first time on this model, as well as uprated LED with daytime running lights as standard.