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She's no beauty but
the Getz is a goer
Getz going: Hyundai's Getz is always one of the top performers for reliability
and so makes an ideal first car.
The 2002 to 2009 Getz proves
to be a trusty performer in the
The Getz was probably Korea s
very first equal opportunity car,
anything else out there, and
offered a little more kit than the
Japanese cars around at its
launch time in 2002.
Over the years this engaging
wee Korean had a couple of
facelifts, with later models
having oval grills to the originals
simple slots. Not much else
changed, although there was
quite a selection of engines from
1.3, 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6-litre units and
even a rather overgeared three-
cylinder diesel -- manual only.
The petrol Getz models all had
automatic options, but even in
thirstiest form, the 1.6-auto, the
car would do 5.6L/100km.
Shorter gearing on smaller
engined models in the first two
years of availability made the
car seem busy at highways
speeds, but we liked the
flexibility and relative quiet of
later 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre units.
Earlier cars interior trim was a
bit brittle and clacky, but from
2004 on it tightened up nicely,
as did the fabric upholstery and
general fit and finish.
The Getz will cope with four
people quite easily and offers a
usefully shaped and capacious
boot for a hatch design.
On equipment levels you won t
find a Getz without air
conditioning, although some did
without power mirrors. Soft,
rather than sporty handling was
the Getz s chassis signature,
although it could absorb bumps
well enough and ride quality was
more than acceptable.
The later the Getz you try, the
more safety equipment it will
It s an easy car to drive and an
ideal student car or first vehicle.
You can buy something as cheap
as chips and get good wear out
of it, while a few thousand more
will net you a comfortable, low-
mileage car with a relatively high
spec and plenty of life left in it.
Hyundai is one of the top
performers in reliability surveys,
only beaten by one or two
rarely by Europeans.
Best to buy
All Getz models came with
power steering, air con, a CD
player, ABS and power front
windows. We d opt for a 1.4
manual and be more than happy.
If you prefer an automatic, you
might feel the extra power of the
1.6-litre will be needed.
You'll have to live with
People who ve never driven one
having a bigoted opinion. These
tough wee cars may not have
much charisma, but it s not
charisma that helps you clock up
trusty six-figure mileages.
Although the engines will take a
lot of punishment, which means
you should not be afraid of
considering six-figure mileages,
the manual gearboxes can
advertise impending repairs by
the way they can snick-graunch
on downshifts. It could be an ill-
adjusted clutch, but if that tell-
tale noise occurs on some shift
planes but not all, then walk
away, it could cost you.
What to pay
With 120,000km on the clock
you ll pay less than $5000, while
we spotted an Auckland 1.3 with
just 22kup for only $8500. We
picked our best buy as a 1.4-litre
manual 2009 with service
history and 35k for $12,000.
What they cost to run
The cars are no cheaper than
Japanese cars to service, but the
cheaper initial asking price will
balance that. Also, you might get
a car with enough left on its new
car warranty to keep you happy.
Don t rush into these cars.
They re very tough, but this
means they can be taken
advantage of and ignored by
Without a service history don t
bother as there are plenty out
there with neatly stamped up
service books -- the sign of a
good dealer network.
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