Hyundai’s Getz was declared budget car champion on top motoring programme 5th Gear – beating off no less than eight rivals including the Ford Ka, Fiat Punto and Seat Arosa.
Presenters Adrian Simpson and Tiff Needell put the nine cars (Getz, Ka, Punto, Arosa, Daewoo Matiz, Daihatsu Charade, Kia Rio, Perodua Kelisa and the smart) through their paces; marking the cars on all aspects of their running and ownership.
Adrian Simpson said of the Getz: "Things are looking good! It’s very Euro friendly, it looks like a European car inside and out. It handles with some poise – it rides comfortably and that gearchange is lovely."
He continued: "Look at that interior; things are a lot more plush. It feels as though Hyundai are coming of age now."
Tiff Needell, who drove the cars round a specially prepared test track said: "It seems to ride the bumps very well, I’m impressed!"
He added: "It’s every bit as much fun as the Ford … and it’s got ABS."
The pair were also impressed by its looks, with Tiff saying: "The Hyundai is much easier on the eye – it’s much more 21st century on the outside and inside, where you get CD player and electric windows.
He continued: "Although it’s small there’s plenty of space for your mates and with the seats down it’s a convincing load carrier."
They concluded: "It’s a car you can be proud of on your front drive … the Hyundai Getz is our winner!"
The Getz has come away with an armful of trophies this year; in January it beat the Ford Ka again to become What Car? Budget Car of the Year, and in October it beat the Nissan Micra and Mazda2 to be crowned Scottish Small Car of the Year.
If that wasn’t enough, the Getz is the only supermini on the market with a five year unlimited mileage, fully transferable warranty – described by Tiff Needell as "amazing".
And until the end of the year all Hyundai Getz models come with three years free servicing. The three years free servicing offer is limited to a total mileage over the three year period of 30,000 miles.
Prices for the Getz start at £6,995 for the 1.1 GSI three-door. All Getz come with two front airbags, anti-lock brakes, central locking, electric front windows and CD player as standard.Published 10 November 2003