Car Test   R0286
December 2002
  Hyundai Getz
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The Getz is Hyundaiís first attempt at a supermini- sized rival to the likes of Fiesta, Corsa and Polo. In fact, itís a bit shorter than some of the latest rival entrants, but it shares their tendency to be taller than was customary a few years ago. Hyundaisís even smaller Atoz/Amica citycar pursued this tactic, as well, and it certainly facilitates easy entrance and egress; with front cushions over 50cm off the ground, thereís a lot less stooping and heaving called for.
   When it comes to choice of seating, however, itís the front thatís definitely the place to be; the back seat lacks both the leg-stretching space of a Fabia and it offers poor location as well - despite having a useful seat back rake adjustment and a standard split/fold facility. In fairness, you also notice a non-intrusive centre floor tunnel and proper rear footwell warmth, piped under the front seats- just a bit more cosy support would do the trick.
   This seat does a double-flip to provide a flat, fully trimmed, extended load floor, abuts at both ends, the luggage buts on to sharp projections.
   We generally approved of the driving position and especially liked the twin (front and rear) cushion height adjustment on our CDX. This posher trim included both air-con and an electric sunroof, whereas the still well-endowed GSI version, mechanically identical, offers neither (even as an option.)
   With a price difference of £1640, this is a real poser. Yet thereís no denying that this CDX is excellent value, if you want all the features on offer. For instance, a Fiestaís cost would rise to nearly £11,000, if you add on the ABS, alloys, sunroof and airbags that come as standard on the Getz CDX- for £9650.
   Fine feathers donít necessarily make for fine manners, though, and the Getz doesnít quite make the front rank in terms of mechanical refinement, ride comfort, overtaking ability or fuel economy.
   Itís not really seriously flawed in any of these aspects, but when the statistics come together and one draws impartial comparisons, in terms of general road manners, the Getz doesnít go as well as it looks in the brochure.
   Not that it doesnít make a prudent buy for the private owner, using his or her own money. Both in terms of reliability and low risk, this latest Hyundai, backed with a 5 year, unlimited mileage warranty, looks like a shrewd investment.
   Thereís something pleasantly old-fashioned about the Hyundai mentality - for example, you get an alloy spare wheel under the load mat, the speedo is invariably well-nigh accurate, and the handbook contains copious information about how to check this and that; indeed, its strictures about what to check under-bonnet everyday before venturing forth, is enough to deter the faint-hearted!
  considering size, price and rivals
Overtaking Ability
Fuel Economy
  • twin seat height adjustment for driver
  • unusually accurate speedometer
  • variable intermittent front wipes on all versions
  • plastic bumper strips to avoid scuffing
  • full-size alloy spare provided
  • fifth belt and rear head restraint obtrude
  • left footrest too close for most drivers
  • miniscule buttons control radio/CD
  • sharp hooks on inner boot sill
  • rear wiper has no interval setting
The Getz if a fully featured, properly fettled supermini that, ten years ago, would have had the motor industry big boys rushing to their drawing boards. Yet though its science is right, the Getz's road manners lack artistry. However, the mediocrity comes with keen pricing and low-risk ownership for at least 5 years; now thatís artful!

engine 1341cc, 4-cylinder, petrol; 81bhp at 5500rpm, 86 lb ft at 3200rpm; belt-driven single overhead camshaft, 12 valves   transmission 5-speed manual, front-wheel drive; 20.9mph/1000rpm in 5th, 16.7 in 4th
suspension front: independent damper/struts, integral coil springs.
rear: torsion beam (dead) axle, coil springs
  steering hydraulic power assistance; 3.0 turns lock-to-lock; 10.35m diameter turning circle between kerbs (15.1m for one turn of the wheel)
brakes ventilated discs front, drums rear, with anti-lock and brake force distribution controls   wheels/tyres 5in alloy (steel on GSi) with 175/65R14T tyres, full-size alloy spare

size and type mid-priced, three- and five-door supermini   trim levels GSi, CDX, Sport
engines petrol: 4 cylinder/1.1 litre/62bhp, 4/1.35/81, 4/1.6/104
diesel: 3/1.5/81 (introduced mid-2003)
  drive 5-speed manual, front-wheel drive; optional 4-speed stepped automatic on 1.3 and 1.6 petrol versions

HOW THE GETZ 1.3 5DOOR COMPARES engine (cyl/cc/bhp) revs at 70mph (rpm) 30-70 through gears (sec) 30-70mph in 4th/5th gears (sec) fuel (mpg/CO2) brakes from 50mph (kg/m) maximum legroom - front (cm) typical leg/kneeroom - rear (cm) steering turns/circle (m) overall length (cm)
Hyundai Getz 1.3 4/1341/81 3180 13.8 23.5/34.1 39/150 10/27 104 94/72 3.0/10.35 381
Toyota Yaris 1.3 4/1299/85 3400 12.0 21.6/29.7 44/144 18/24.5 105 102/70~ 3.2/10.2 362
Fiat Punto 1.2 16v 4/1242/80 3210 11.7 20.2/29.7 41/142 12/27 108 96/67 2.8/10.8 384
Peugeot 206 1.4 4/1360/75 3330 12.7 20.2/30.3 43/157 13/25 108 94/66 3.3/10.1 384
Honda Jazz 1.4 4/1329/82 3400 12.7 20.3/27.1 45.5/134 14/27 107 95/74 3.6/10.1 383
VW Polo 1.4 4/1390/75 3280 15.0 22.8/35.1 42/156 18/26 108 96/71 2.9/10.2 390
  ~ seat fully rearwards

Clear, accurate dials and sensible stalks for wipers and lights; fiddly, miniscule radio buttons, however, and left footrest set too close. Lots of seat adjustment on CDX, but wheel at full stretch for taller drivers.
Steering not especially light, but quite precise on smooth roads, with good cornering attitude. Bumps disturb its handling precision, however, as well as jostling occupants.
Front seat support (but not rear) makes up for the restless suspension and at lower speeds, Getz deports itself well. Becomes rather rorty past 55mph though, despite quite high gearing. Heater won't stratify but otherwise effective, with or without A/C on.

Just that bit slower than counterparts, both in and through the gears. Very nice gearchange and light, smooth clutch help row it along, however. Quite a rorty exhaust note when revved yet very smooth and flexible when driven quietly - below 30mph in top no problem.
  acceleration in seconds through gears* 4th gear 5th gear
  20-40mph 4.1 11.3 16.1
  30-50mph 5.0 11.0 15.9
  40-60mph 6.5 11.0 16.7
  50-70mph 8.8 12.5 18.2
  30-70mph 13.8 23.5 34.1
  max speed in each gear (* using 6000rpm for best acceleration)
     gear      1st*      2nd*      3rd*      4th*      5th
     speed (mph)      28.5      53      80      100.5      103 (4925rpm)

Our carefully metered results well short of "official" figures - extra weight (for safety) is probably a contributor. Last 6 litres go in slowly, so best disregarded when filling - still a good range. Our car's trip computer was grossly pessimistic - over 16 per cent out.
  type of use (air conditioning off) AA test (mpg) 
    urban (17mph average/heavy traffic) 28
    suburban (27mph average/6.4 miles from cold start) 34
    motorway (70mph cruising) 36.5
    cross-country (brisk driving/20 miles from cold start) 40.5
    rural (gentle driving/20 miles from cold start) 46.5
    overall mpg 39
    realistic tank capacity/range 40/340
    official mpg (urban/extra urban/combined) 35.3/54.3/45.6
    CO2 emissions 150g/km
    car tax band B

Lots of airbags, head restraints and proper belts with pre-tensioners. Isofix mounts for child seats. Standard ABS, too, but brake servo-assistance too fierce - no fade, though. The load deck lashing eyes could damage luggage and rear head restraints obstruct view.
  from 50mph (with standard ABS)
This model has not yet been
tested by EURO NCAP
pedal load     stopping distance
unhurried 10kg     27m best stop
sudden 10kg     27m best stop
+ 4kg 14kg     27.5m
fade resistance/consistency    
Euro NCAP = European New Car Assessment Programme: independent crash safety tests evaluating protection for occupants and pedestrians in an offset frontal collision, side impacts and pedestrian strike conditions
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Good rear kneeroom, but overall not so generous as longer superminis and no sliding back seat, either. It feels a bit of a perch, infact - much better support up front. A reasonable load height, but fifth belt tag intrudes. Prominent load sill, but it's well protected.
  in centimetres (5-door hatchback)
  length 381
  width - including mirrors 192
    - mirrors folded 168
  height 149
  load sill height (inside/outside) 20/70
  turns lock-to-lock 3.0
  turning circle (metres) 10.35
  easy to park/garage?
  front - legroom 81-104
    - headroom 91-95ß
  rear - typical legroom 94
    - typical kneeroom 72
    - headroom 92ß
    - hiproom 124
  load area(all seats in use)
  load space
(litres/cu ft)
  load length 50-98#
  load length to facia 222
  load width 99-100
  load height (to shelf/top of aperture) 51 89
# rear seat folded  ß with sunroof

The CDX alarm is set off if you lock by handset, then open up later by key. Separate tailgate latch outside and driver can lock everything from his seat. Easy access to boot from interior, however. No NCSR results yet.
central locking  
remote control  
remote window closing  
alarm (perimeter + interior) for CDX   
self-locking (static)   
two-stage unlocking   
attack-resistant glass   
AA load area security rating
=standard    =option    =not available
NCSR - "theft of" not available
NCSR - "theft from" not available
NCSR = New Car Security Ratings: a 1 to 5 star system which rates anti-theft protection, both of the car itself and the theft of valuables from within the car
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