Not long ago, any mention that you were a Hyundai driver killed conversation faster than producing your holiday snaps from Mexico. Today the South Korean brand can hold its own at dinner-party discussions with some of Europe’s best-known names. And in the case of the Getz supermini, it can even get the better of many of them.
Now out of production, the Getz was launched in 2002 and made a name for itself as a cost-efficient, safe (four stars for adult and child occupancy in the Euro NCAP test) run-around. The company also offered a decent range of petrol engines (joined by a diesel in 2004), the three- and five-door body styles and a five-year unlimited mileage warranty.
A makeover in October 2005 saw the Getz receive new headlamps, a black front grille and improved standard equipment, including a CD player and central locking. There were also upgrades to the engines. Today, prices for this later Getz start from about £3,500 — which is fantastic value when you consider you’re getting five doors, air-conditioning and the peace of mind of a manufacturer’s warranty.
This later Getz offers buyers the choice of three petrol engines: a slightly feeble 1.1-litre producing 66bhp, which is best away from motorways; a 1.4-litre with 95bhp; and a 1.6-litre with 104bhp.
Although there is only a 1.5-litre diesel, it offers two power outputs: 87bhp in the GSI and 109bhp in the higher spec, three-door CDX+. There’s little to separate the pair when it comes to fuel economy — more than 50mpg in daily driving — but the additional power in the CDX+ warrants the extra outlay.
Inside, the cabin space is pretty good. The inclusion of a 60/40 split folding rear seat and base makes for a flat load area, and a rear-seat sliding mechanism liberates extra boot space.
The Getz delivers a supple ride and easy-going driving experience. The light power steering and 33ft turning circle make town driving a breeze, as does the availability of a four-speed auto box on the 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrol models.
With most owners keen to retain the benefit of the warranty, there is a good chance of used examples having a full service history. Check the logbook and paperwork and if in doubt call a Hyundai dealer for confirmation.
If you want a second-hand supermini that offers good value, practical living space and low running costs — all with the benefit of a residual warranty — the face lifted Getz is worth hunting down.
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Fuel Filler Cap Some owners report problems operating the remote-release fuel filler cap, so check it works smoothly
Interior Not the funkiest place to sit but switchgear is easy to use and durable
Safety Euro NCAP four-star rating for adult and child safety is good
Steering wheel Adjustable for height but not reach
Suspension Some owners report rattles from rear suspension, which can mean new dampers are required
Upholstery Check for stains and tears on school-run cars
Wheels Alloys standard on GSI models and above