Review: Hyundai Getz (2002 – 2008)

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Bright, roomy cabin. Rear seat folds to create a flat load floor. Peppy performance. Good provision of convenience and safety kit. Decent ride. Goof (for its day) 4-Star NCAP safety rating.

Wallowy handling on non-Sport models. Wipers don't clear screen properly. Brakes can be noisy.

Hyundai Getz (2002 – 2008): At A Glance

The Hyundai Getz was successor to the Hyundai Pony and a much better car, though still a bit behind the contemporary Fiesta and Polo.

Conventional mostly 5-door front wheel drive hatchback with 1.1 and 1.4 petrol engines or a 1.5 diesel.

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Hyundai Getz (2002 – 2008): What's It Like Inside?

Length 3825 mm
Width 1665 mm
Height 1490 mm
Wheelbase 2455 mm

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The front is roomy. The seats adjust properly. The steering wheel goes up and down. Everything is within easy reach. You just have to get used to the South Korean positioning of the indicator switch to the right of the steering wheel.

Things are pretty good in the back seat, too. It's a 2 + 1 back seat rather than a 3, even though there are three proper three- point seatbelts. But legroom is okay. There's a handbag hook on the back of the passenger seat. And the rear backrests recline, making a huge difference to rear seat comfort on a long run.

Then we come to the trunk, which is so deep it looks like a lift-shaft. The floor is such a distance down you wonder what Hyundai has done for an emergency wheel. But lift the carpet and you find a full-sized one. The fuel tank is tucked safely away under the rear seats. And the seats themselves tumble-fold, leaving a flat floor for a small dog to romp around on (when the car isn't moving, of course).

All plus points so far. But this is the diesel version and as soon as you turn the key Bob the Builder and his mate start shaking buckets of nails under the bonnet. It's very, very noisy, so you try to turn the radio up to absorb the din and find it's a cheapo DIN fit single CD jobbie with difficult to decipher buttons and a removable front three times as big as the average mobile phone. So if it's removed it gets left in the car, which is pointless. Also, there's no air con or sunroof on the GSI.

And the interior stinks. I mean literally stinks. Must be the plastics, but the pong is awful. Not like something crawled in there and died. Just a really revolting smell that nobbles your nostrils whenever you enter the car.

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What's the Hyundai Getz (2002 – 2008) like to drive?

Get going and, like an advanced driver, you may not want to shift up out of 3rd in a 30 limit. The engine is okay for a mere 1.5 diesel, but doesn't have much to offer under 2000rpm. Don't worry about the slow 0-60 figure, though, because once you find where the power is you can get a move on.

Out on the open road you can trundle along reasonably rapidly at between 2000 and 3000 rpm, which gives you a speed range from around 55mph to around 85. And, since that's where it's happiest, you at least have a bit of grunt where you need it on the motorway.

Come to a corner and it's not all panic stations. The power steering is a sensible compromise between lightness and feel and, while the car is not set up to grip like a go kart, it handles and holds the road quite well. Certainly far beyond the expectations of the average pensioner.

And that's really where the car is at. Its appeal is to sensible, older people, long past the age when style is all important, who want nothing more than a sensibly priced, comfortable, practical, economical car that offers them all they need and won't go wrong.

Which is where Hyundai comes up with its clincher: not a three year warranty like everyone else's, but a full five year warranty. Making it a car that will probably outlast many of its owners.


Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.1 51 mpg 16.1 s 130 g/km
1.4 47 mpg 11.2 s 141 g/km
1.5 CRTD 63 mpg 11.1–12.1 s 118 g/km

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What's wrong with my Hyundai Getz?

I have a 2002 Hyundai Getz 1.1 petrol. Recently since filling up I’ve noticed some differences. Although I rate the fuel to the issue, it didn’t happen at roughly the same time. Recently the vehicle has started to make a sort of roaring noise on idle and when driving at low speeds it can be audible.
Reads like a cracked exhaust manifold. Quite serious because uncatalysed Carbon Monoxide fumes could leak into the cabin of the car.
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