Korean car maker Hyundai has been a dominant force in the competitive small car market, with the popular Excel one of the company’s best-remembered offerings.
In a class often seen as the entry point for new car ownership, pricing and affordability are key attributes. In this the Getz has excelled, with many budget buyers finding it their Seoul-mate.
What you get
Hyundai launched the Getz in September 2002, with its less conservative styling and cheap and cheerful pricing intended to stimulate sales.
Buyers could pick from the GL in three or five-door hatch versions or the more upmarket three-door FX. The FX was dropped in late 2003, then briefly reappeared through 2005.
Equipment was limited, but included a driver’s airbag, front seatbelt pretensioners, CD player, power steering and immobiliser on GL Getz. Manual mirrors and windows, and no passenger airbag or standard anti-lock brakes (ABS) were negatives.
ABS and passenger airbag formed an option pack, and an upgrade in late 2003 addressed the other deficiencies. Remote locking arrived in October 2004. As airconditioning wasn’t a standard offering on some GLs, it’s worth checking to see if it’s fitted.
Getz models with the 1.5-litre engine substantially outsold their 1.3-litre siblings.
How it drives
The Getz’s 1.5-litre, double overhead cam (DOHC), 16-valve engine, similar to the Accent’s, delivers claimed outputs of 74 kW of power and 133 Nm of torque.
Performance is satisfactory, with enough pep for the car’s primary function of urban transport. The additional cost of the four-speed auto meant most new buyers opted for the five-speed manual. It’s the better one from a performance point of view.
Dynamically, the Getz is competitive with most rivals, proving predictable and benign.
The light steering and compact dimensions make for easy parking. And despite its small size, interior space isn’t bad by class standards. Child restraint points at the rear of the boot will, when in use, eat into the limited load area.
A lack of steering reach adjustment and seats that are rather flat and offer only fair support are a blot on user-friendliness.
Decent build quality, a good record for reliability, and fiscal finesse at the fuel bowser and service department complement its commuter car credentials.
Under the pump
Getz will use between 6.0 litres and 8.5 litres of fuel every 100 km, depending on model and driving conditions.
What will it cost?
For an indication of what you would pay for this vehicle please go to RACQ's online car price guide or contact our Motoring Advice Service on 07 3666 9148 or 1800 623 456 outside the Brisbane area.
RACQ can help with car finance (call 1300 361 316), vehicle inspections (call 13 1905) and insurance (call 13 1905). Further details also available from racq.com.au
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