Used Hyundai Amica Hatchback 2000 - 2003 review

Category: Small car

Decent, and reliable, city car for very little cash

Hyundai Amica Hatchback (00 - 03)
  • Hyundai Amica Hatchback (00 - 03)
  • Hyundai Amica Hatchback (00 - 03)
Used Hyundai Amica Hatchback 2000 - 2003 review
Star rating

What's the used Hyundai Amica hatchback like?

If you're in the market for a cheap city car with low running costs, the Amica won't disappoint.

This is a car that will never demand too much of your cash. It's extremely inexpensive considering all the equipment you get (provided you choose the right model) and running costs are minimal.


Decent, and reliable, city car for very little cash

  • Inexpensive runabout, lots of kit (on the right model)
  • Engine struggles, poor drive
  • little passenger space

Granted, it's not great to drive, but it's reasonable. The soft suspension soaks up the majority of bumps well, but bigger ones can be felt crashing into the cabin. The body does lean a lot in corners, but there's enough grip to keep you safely on the black stuff, although the small but frugal engine means it performs best in town.

The cabin is bland and uses cheap materials, but it's certainly durable, and a clean version shouldn't be hard to find. There's space enough for four adults, and it's easy for passengers to get in and out.

Ownership cost

What used Hyundai Amica hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Hyundai Amica hatchback?

In a word, no: running costs are low. Even late cars in range-topping GSi trim can be had for peanuts, and most will have low-mileages.

Running costs are very competitive, if not brilliant. You'll get 44.8mpg from the 1.0-litre engine, and insurance groupings stand at 3 for the Si and 4 for the GSi.

If you're considering the 2006 car, you'll pay a lot more for it by virtue of the fact that it will be a lot newer. However, you'll get better running costs, thanks to the more efficient 1.1-litre engine, which returns an average of 52.3mpg. Insurance groupings, again, are 3 or 4.

Like most Hyundais, though, the Amica doesn't seem particularly cheap to service. Even this little city car will cost you more to maintain than the average supermini - surprising when you consider that this is the budget car from a budget brand.

Our recommendations

Which used Hyundai Amica hatchback should I buy?

The Amica is from the like-it-or-lump-it school when it comes to engines, because there's only one. The 1.0-litre petrol unit has just 55bhp and isn't quick, but it's adequate around town. On motorways, there's just about enough power to keep up with traffic, but the noise levels let you know how hard it's working.

There's a choice of Si or GSi trim. Si gives you electric front windows and a driver's airbag, but not a lot else, so GSi is a much better bet. It comes with air-con, alloy wheels, central locking and power steering. Naturally, it's a tiny bit more expensive, but still perfectly affordable.

This version of the Amica was discontinued in the UK in 2003, but it was resurrected in 2006 with a new engine and a new look. The 1.1-litre engine gives a handier 62bhp, and the specifications remained similar, but the GSi is now the entry-level model, with the range topper being the CDX.


What alternatives should I consider to a used Hyundai Amica hatchback?