Hyundai Getz (2002 – 2008) Review

Hyundai Getz (2002 – 2008) At A Glance


+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.

On average it achieves 83% of the official MPG figure

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.

Road Test 2004 Hyundai Gets 1.5 diesel

Real MPG average for a Hyundai Getz (2002 – 2008)


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Average performance


Real MPG

30–60 mpg

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How much is a typical service for a Hyundai Getz?

"How much is a typical service for a Hyundai Getz? "
We can't give you a specific price because it varies depending on where you live, which garage you go to and whether it's a major or minor service. But we'd expect to pay anything between £100 or so for a minor one and anything up to £200 for a major service with additional work. This might help you find a reputable garage:
Answered by Lawrence Allan

What small car is most reliable?

"I've had a reliable Hyundai Getz for 10 years and loved the fact it never went wrong. I'm looking to buy another car now, and want it to be reliable but maybe a little faster than the Getz. Which is the best car for peace of mind - as well as good in the town and on the motorway, cheap to run and insure, long warranty? Looking for a 3 or 4 year old car with a budget up to £8000. I'm just going round in circles trying to choose."
Have you considered a Hyundai i20? Your budget will get a mid-spec 2017 model with the 1.2-litre petrol engine. Alternatively, we'd recommend a Ford Fiesta with the very reliable 1.25-litre petrol engine (rather than the EcoBoost unit).
Answered by Andrew Brady

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.
Answered by Honest John

Buying a used car with low mileage – are there any mechanical issues I should be aware of?

"I am thinking of buying a 2008 Hyundai Getz 1.4 petrol from a private seller. The car has very low mileage (5500 miles) and comes with a full service history. Is it a problem that it has been used so little in over the last five years?"
Yes, there will be condensation in the exhaust system, engine and transmission. The car will also have increased wear on the engine from almost only ever being run during the warm up cycle and will probably need a new battery if it has not already been fitted. Don't pay a premium price for the low miles.
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