Hyundai Getz used car review
Hyundai Getz used car review

 

Vital Statistics

Model

Hyundai Getz 1.1 CDX

Engine

1086cc, four cylinders

Power

66 bhp @ 5500rpm

Transmission

Five-speed Manual

Fuel consumption

48.7mpg (combined)
 

Acceleration

0-62mph: 16.1 sec
 

Top Speed93 mph
Road Tax BandF (£125 a year)
 

CO2 Emissions

138g/km

Cost New (2007)£7,934
 

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.
 

Check the following:-

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


 

The one to buy
  • A five-door 2007 07 Hyundai Getz 1.4 GSI with 20,000 miles on the clock. Pay £5,195 at a dealer or £4,500 privately

     

Alternative

Or for similar money

2004 04 Toyota Yaris 1.3 VVT-i T3
2005 05 Seat Ibiza 1.4 SE
2006 55 Renault Modus 1.4 Expression
2006 06 Vauxhall Agila 1.4 SE
2008 57 Kia Rio 1.4 S


Jason Dawe's Used Car Reviews

Figures based on CAP May 2009 edition

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