The Hyundai Getz has been named the Best Budget Car of the Year 2003 by the UK’s most popular motoring title What Car? magazine.
Getz was shortlisted along with the Ford Ka, Seat Arosa and the Kia Rio. But it was Hyundai’s new supermini which successfully managed to knock the Ford Ka off the top spot following a six year reign, having beaten it in the value for money stakes.
The What Car? judging panel commended the Getz for its keen pricing, punchy, free revving engine, sharp styling and how it was great fun to drive. Furthermore, its outstanding use of space, excellent headroom and impressive fuel consumption tipped the scales in favour of the Getz. The magazine summed up their preference by saying: "Getz proves that it’s not just Hyundai’s unique five-year warranty that the big boys have to worry about."
David Walker, Managing Director for HCUK, was presented the award by What Car’s Editor Rob Aherne and TV/radio presenter Jonathan Ross at London’s exclusive Hilton Park Lane Hotel. David said: "Tonight’s award is recognition of just how much the Hyundai range has progressed over recent years. This prestigious award for Getz shows the extent to which Hyundai is increasingly serious competition amongst the mainstream manufacturers."
The Getz marks the company’s first entry into the ever-popular supermini segment and since its launch in October 2002 has been highly praised by the press. As with the whole model range it comes with a pioneering five year unlimited mileage warranty; therefore, making it the ideal choice for customers looking for a highly equipped car at an extremely affordable price.
On-the-road prices for the Getz start at £6,995 for the 1.1 GSI three door, rising to £7,495 for the 1.3 GSI 3 door and culminating with the luxurious 1.6 CDX five door and stylish 1.6 Sport both at £10,145.
All Getz feature the following as standard equipment:
- Power steering
- Driver & passenger airbags
- Central locking
- Electric front windows
- Engine immobiliser
- Stereo with CD player/RDS
- Three 3-point seat belts
- 60/40 split rear seats
- Tilt steering column
- Electronic Brake Force Distribution