Hyundai Getz Reviewed

Posted on: 01 April 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

50connect road test this tidy Korean supermini.

This five-seater may be slightly off your radar, but those who try it might like it. We discover that it's reliable, roomy and very affordable.

In The Driving Seat

Driving the Getz is rather like driving a glass box, which at least means there's a clear all round view. Stability while cornering is good, as the car is square and not high.

Pleasant to drive rather than exciting, the Getz offers a smooth ride and gear changing. Surprisingly nippy, the diesel accelerates reasonably well and is happy on the motorway.

It's easy to park, with a turning radius of 5 metres.

Each seat adjusts three ways at CDX grade and above, although the squab may not be generous enough for drivers with longer legs. There's a height adjustable steering column too.

The indicator stalk is on the right, which takes some getting used to and is likely to result in a few unnecessary windscreen wipes, but after only a week of driving like this it seemed strange going back to the more usual arrangement.

Hyundai GetzVital Statistics

Buyers of this hatchback can choose between 3 or 5 doors. It's not a flashy car but is neatly styled.

There's plenty of space in the Getz. With three seats in the back all with proper three-point belts, passengers have a fair amount of room. The 40/60 split-folding rear seat and reasonable boot space mean it's also good for transporting luggage or shopping.

The entry-level 1.1 GSI model comes equipped as standard with air-conditioning, ABS with EBD, central locking, electric front windows and RDS radio with CD player. Extras on higher grade models include remote central locking and alarm, electrically adjustable, heated door mirrors, trip computer, leather trim and sporty features.

Its Euro NCAP rating is 4 stars for occupant protection.

Length 3.83 m
Width 1.67 m
Height 1.49 m
Legroom (front/rear) 104.8/86.9 cm
Headroom (front/rear) 99.5/95.0 (with sunroof 96.8/95.2) cm
Shoulder room (front/rear) 134/133 cm


Under The Bonnet

Buyers can opt for 1.1 or 1.4 petrol engines or a 1.5 Common Rail Turbo Diesel engine.

The diesel 110 PS unit enables the Getz to cover the 0-60 dash in 11.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 112mph. It is available with the choice of two power outputs, 87 bhp and 109 bhp.

The entry level engine is a triple-valve four cylinder 1.1 litre petrol unit that produces 66 bhp.

A new 96 bhp 1.4 litre 16-valve four-cylinder petrol engine has replaced the previous 1.3 litre unit, which is available with five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

How Much?

The on the road price starts from a very affordable £7,595 going up to £10,300.

Road Tax & Petrol

Model Vehicle Excise Duty band Fuel Consumption (combined)
1.1 GSI, 3dr C 51.4 mpg
1.1 GSI, 5dr C 51.4 mpg
1.1 CDX, 5dr C 51.4 mpg
1.4 GSI, 3dr C 47.1 mpg
1.4 GSI, 5dr C 47.1 mpg
1.4 GSI, 5dr, auto D 47.1 mpg
1.4 CDX, 5dr C 47.1 mpg
1.4 CDX, 5dr, auto D 47.1 mpg
1.5 CRTD, CDX+ 3dr B 62.8 mpg
1.5 CRTD, GSI 5dr B 62.8 mpg


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