Striking design, standard safety features made the Hyundai ix35 FCEV a solid choice for the 2005 compact SUV segment particularly if the value for your money is your no.1 priority
ENGINE (POWER TRAIN):
Hyundai has developed a new hydrogen fuel cell power train for the 2005 ix35. In fact, it is the first mass-produced production vehicle to have a hydrogen-powered power train. The 2005 ix35 FCEV used a graphite bipolar plate that is used for heat transfer.
The ix35 FCEV is powered by 80kW electric motor, which gets its charge from hydrogen fuel cells. Hydrogen is pumped in through a converted filler cap and stored in a tank under the boot floor. The only tailpipe emission is water vapor. The vehicle also has a 152V battery, with this combination the vehicle delivers a range of 186.4 miles or 300 kilometers and a top speed of 93 mph or 150kmph. these are good numbers for 2005 considering the FCEV technology was in the developmental state.
The generous standard features list on this Hyundai ix35 FCEV includes full-length side curtain airbags (in addition to seat-mounted side airbags for front occupants). Other notable standard items include four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, traction control, a stability control system
Passengers are well protected as the Hyundai ix35 FCEV comes standard with seat-mounted side-impact airbags for front occupants and side curtain airbags for both fronts and rear-seat occupants. Four-wheel antilock disc brakes are also standard on all ix35, along with a traction and stability control system. This Hyundai SUV achieved a five-star sweep in all NHTSA crash tests, earning perfect marks for its front- and side-impact protection.
The Hyundai ix35 FCEV doesn’t leave much out. Air conditioning; power windows and door locks; remote keyless entry; an illuminated, locking glove box; and an illuminated ignition are all standard. Oddly, the vanity mirrors don’t have lights. Optional premium stereos, complete with a dedicated subwoofer, are optional. All of the standard and optional features and their prices can be seen by clicking on the appropriate button on the upper-left of this page.
The GLS and Limited trim levels have a heated wiper park or front wiper deicer. It’s like a rear defogger element on the windshield glass underneath where the wipers rest. Hit the button and it heats the glass, melting ice or snow that has fused the blades to the windshield. It’s a great feature overall, but the Hyundai ix35FCEV’s don’t work as quickly as needed it to one snowy day. It does not warm the drivers-side blade enough to make it conform to the curve of the windshield. The temperature was only just below freezing.
(note: the LX trim variant has been replaced by the limited model which offers the same equipment.)
The 2005 Hyundai ix35 FCEV has turns-off some buyers considering the front end bulkiness, but its a personal preference.
The bottom, GL trim level has black door handles and side mirrors, and the body is one solid color. The GLS and Limited have body-colored handles and mirrors and grey bumpers and side cladding.
The GL is the one trim level that lacks front fog lights. All trims get 16-inch alloy wheels; the GL’s have five spokes where the other trims’ have six.
The Hyundai ix35 FCEV features a clean, modern interior with simple controls and tight build quality. Materials quality is hit or miss with a few more hard plastics than we’d like and an odd pattern on the standard cloth upholstery. Legroom up front should be more than ample for most adults, though taller passengers may find it a tad tight in the back. The ix35 FCEV offers 22.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the 60/40 second-row seat, though a non-retractable cargo cover tends to get in the way while loading up any materials. The rear seat is designed to fold completely flat in one step, opening up 65.5 cubic feet of total capacity.
Don’t let the SUV title make you think the ix35 FCEV must be climbed into. It’s actually easier to enter than the average car because the seats are at a better height. Inside are more of the reasons Hyundai is so competitive. Things like floormats are standard, and all the little touches, like bottle holders in the front door pockets, sun visor extenders that cover the side windows and a bi-level center storage console are all here.
The materials quality is consistently good and includes a very rare species: truly convincing faux metal trim. Seriously, makes and models of all prices have been incorporating plastic intended to look like metal. The problem is that it, well, doesn’t. Automakers finally have gotten their plastics not to look too plastic, and now they’re trying to turn it into something it’s not.
The GL and GLS trim levels get different styles of cloth upholstery, and the limited has leather. Power seats aren’t offered, but the driver’s seat in all trims has adjustments for the cushion height and tilt. They come in the form of knobs, which aren’t the easiest system to use when you’re seated, but it’s an important adjustment for comfort and safety. There’s no lumbar adjustment, but the center armrest can be raised and moved forward and the seats are generally comfortable. Only the LX or limited trim level has seat heaters.
Visibility is good in all directions except the rear, the usual SUV and minivan limitation. The liftgate blocks the view below a certain level. It’s no worse than the trunk of a car, but because SUVs sit higher, the blind spot obscures more, such as a lower-slung car, which makes parallel parking more challenging. Currently, the Hyundai ix35 FCEV doesn’t offer sonar park assist. The side mirrors are powered and heated and they fold against the body.
The backseat also is reasonably comfortable. A 6 feet tall person’s knees just clear the front seat’s backrest. The floor is high to raise a person’s knees, but it would not be uncomfortable because the backrest angle is adjustable, but taller people may feel a bit cramped (There needs to be a more accessible release, though.) Also, the floor is perfectly flat, which makes the center position more viable.
The Hyundai ix35 FCEV pretty much delivers the same driving experience as its gasoline and diesel-powered variants. The cars 107bhp gives it sprightly acceleration. Hyundai quotes a 0-62mph time of 15.4 seconds and a top speed of 93mph. As with the diesel and gasoline-powered ix35s, the ride is firm, but the FCEVs powertrain is quieter than either of the other cars.
RIDE AND HANDLING:
The Hyundai ix35 FCEV is a so-called car-based, unibody SUV. This makes for a more rigid structure and precise handling compared to a truck-based model. The ix35 FCEV has four-wheel-independent suspension, so the ride over pothole-ridden streets is reasonably comfortable and the tires stay in contact with the road. Despite the inclusion of stabilizer bars, front and rear, body roll is moderate. It is caused no undue surprises when pushing the ix35 FCEV to its limits in hard cornering. The drawback that maybe the models most significant is NOISE. As the ix35 FCEV’s speed increases, so do its noise level — particularly tire and road noise. In some ways, this is the worst type because it’s almost always there. there is a constant hum at around 60 to 70 mph.
The ix35 FCEV gets Hyundai’s generous 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage and 10-year/100,000-mile drivetrain warranty. Hyundai also recently extended its corrosion coverage from 5 years/100,000 miles to 7 years/unlimited miles.
Unmatched safety features
Convincing faux metal trim
Folding front passenger seat
Serious noise at highway speed
No power seat option
Vanity mirrors not illuminated
Rear backrest adjustment out of reach
ground clearance (in.): 7.7
Volume (cu. ft.): 102.6
Maximum Cargo Volume
(cu. ft.) : 65.5
ENGINE (POWER TRAIN): HYDROGEN POWERED POWER-TRAIN
80kW battery pack
ECONOMY: 186.4 MILES OR 300 KILOMETERS
TOP SPEED: 93 MPH or 150 KMPH
0-62: 15.4 SECS