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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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58 reader reviews for Hyundai Getz Hatchback.
  • 1.3 CDX 5dr

    David Thomas , Berkshire . Date: 19/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The car I drove was the 1.3 CDX auto. The biggest let-down with this car was the engine and the gearbox. The engine is slow, coarse and also really let down by the gearbox, which changes gear very slowly and, with only four gears to choose from, really struggles in all situations.

    However the car rides reasonably well and clings on around bends, with safe enough steering on the motorway. The ride and handling are much better than some other cars in this class. Wind and road noise seem reasonably well supressed, but the engine as was noisy and very unrefined.

    The car returned poor fuel economy, which I'd put down to the auto gearbox. Otherwise the car is cheap and reasonably good value with adequate equipment levels.

    The driving position is poor for drivers with long legs, I had bad backache after less than an hour. The steering wheel only adjusts for height which doesn't help. The rest of the cabin is spacious and reasonably comfortable. The dash is cheap - there's no denying it - but you get what you pay for. It seems reasonably well screwed together.

    In summary, it's an adequate car let down in this case by a poor engine and gearbox.

  • 1.1 cdx 5dr

    Simon Ekins , Lincolnshire . Date: 14/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my Getz 1.1 CDX five-door from new for three years now, and have covered 58,000 which is a good test for any car.

    I was attracted by the price and by the five-year warranty. The car has performed well and is economical on petrol.

    However, it developed an engine fault at about 40,000 miles - the engine warning light came on intermittently. The dealer checked this out and I was told that there was an electrical fault so they had it in to the garage and said they had fixed it.

    I collected the car the same day to drive just two miles down the road and the light came on again. I went back to the dealer who said they would check it out again. Two days later the light came back on again! Once again, I went back to the dealer who said they would keep the car for a day or so and sort the problem.

    It had a major top-end gasket problem!

    After three years and 58,000 miles would I buy one again? Yes, I would, but I decided I would like something different. The Hyundai dealer only offered me £2750 in part exchange for a new 1.4 CDX which was the best they could do. The car is still immaculate so do watch out for massive depreciation and low residuals - it cost £8495 new.

    I have been able to get a better deal elsewhere and am about to take delivery of a new Suzuki Swift 1.5 GLX five-door on March 1.

  • 1.4 CDX 5dr

    Mark Erickson-Rohrer , Merseyside . Date: 28/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have just driven the 1.4 CDX auto 5 door, and was quite impressed. The car is generously equipped, and spacious enough for two adults and three children. The combination of air-con AND an electric sunroof is quite unusual, and added a nice airey feeling to the cabin. The controls were reasonably placed, and easy to use.

    One thing Ihad to check with the dealer; the trip computer suggested that the fuel mpg was only around 30 mpg - less than I would have expected. On questioning the dealer, it appears that the mpg reading on the computer is geared for the US market, and as their gallons are about a fifth smaller than the UK gallon, you have to do some head maths to convert to a British scale. At my reckoning, 30 US mpg would roughly equate to about 37.5 UK mpg (US-UK x 1.25). Assuming I am right (I might have got that the wrong way round), that put our fuel consumption reading about 37-38 mpg - a much more realistic and acceptable (for an auto) figure.

    Add the front and rear electric windows, electric and heated mirrors, cd player,front fog lights and remote central locking with alarm, and you have a decet car, a pleasant enough drive (for its size and wheelbase), with fairly brisk acceleration. The engine does develop a sort of formula one style roar when you try to pick up speed quickly, but I put that down to the 4 speed auto box and gear change lag.. only mildy irritating unless you think you're a potential rally driver!

  • 1.4 CDX 5dr

    John Mills , Northants . Date: 23/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I test drove a Getz while looking for a first car for my daughter. I bought a 1.3-litre GSI three-door for myself on April 1 2005. I got a fantastic deal (£6500), and did not need a loan, but seeing as they offered one at lower rates of interest than I can get on my savings accounts, why not? It is a very roomy car for normal single occupant. I am 6ft 2in and weigh 19 stone.

    I had travelled 17,800 miles in it by January 23 this year without incident, except that recently I have noticed a noise on braking.

    Fuel consumption is higher than expected (41mpg overall); I got 39mpg from my previous 1.8 Suzuki Baleno and over 40mpg from 1.5- and 1.6-litre cars before that.

    The noise on braking was identified as worn-out front brake pads - £92 to correct it. No fault was found, but I typically get 70,000 miles from a set of pads, so I will be keeping a close eye on it. I'll also be keeping an eye on fuel consumption until the next 20,000-mile service, and if it improves, as I expect it will, I will be expecting reimbursement.

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