The least costly ix35, the Active, comes only in front-wheel drive form and with the 2.0-litre petrol engine. Wheels are 17-inchers in steel, with plastic wheel covers to make them look better.
The Elite too is available in front-wheel drive with that engine. But here you can also choose all-wheel drive, with either the 2.4 petrol engine or the turbo-diesel.
With any engine, the Elite rolls on lighter and more stylish aluminium alloy wheels. It has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, which carries answer and hang-up buttons for a phone (these are on the dash in Active models). There’s a reversing camera, satellite-navigation, and a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen (the 5.0-inch screen on the Active is monochrome).
Headlamps switch on automatically at night, while dual-zone air-conditioning allows different temperatures to be set for each side of the cabin. Seat trim adds some fake leather to the Active model’s cloth. Smart key entry allows you to leave the key in your pocket or handbag, and simply grab a front door handle to unlock the car.
The most expensive i30, the Highlander, is available only in all-wheel drive, with either the 2.4 petrol engine or the turbo-diesel. Wheels grow to 18 inches, fitted with tyres of a slightly lower profile, sharpening steering response on hard surfaces. In addition to the Elite’s features, there is a sunroof covering the front and rear occupants, full leather-look trim (some of it is fake leather), exterior mirrors that fold electrically when parked, heated front seats, and windows tinted to reduce sun penetration.