Hyundai's Supermini 'Getz' You More Than You Bargained For!

Hyundai Getz 1.6 sport

Hyundai Getz (2002)

Setting new standards for space, style and value – that’s the New Hyundai Getz, the company’s first entry into the supermini sector, which goes on sale on 9 October 2002.

The three and five door Getz was developed at Hyundai’s advanced Ulsan plant in Korea with Europe firmly in mind – around 80 per cent of production is expected to be sold in Europe.

It combines a stylish compact hatchback design with superb interior space, prices which are lower than its main opposition and amazingly high equipment levels for this class of car.

Prices for the Getz start at £6,995 for the 1.1 GSi three door, rising to £7,495 for the 1.3 GSi three door, and culminating with the luxurious 1.6 CDX five door and stylish 1.6 Sport both at £10,145. All prices are on-the-road.

The ‘wheel at each corner’ layout means the Getz is one of the roomiest cars in the supermini field; it is taller than most of its opposition. The Getz is 3810 mm long, 1665 mm wide and 1490 mm high.

The standard equipment list of the Getz brings in features rarely seen across the range on a supermini; all Getz have anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, power steering, AM/FM stereo/radio with CD player and RDS, electric front windows, three 3-point seat belts, central locking, driver and passenger airbags, engine immobiliser, 60/40 split rear seats, tilt steering column and height adjustable front seat belts as standard.

The CDX models have even more equipment as standard, such as air conditioning with air purification filter, electric mirrors, remote central locking, electric rear windows, front fog lights, side airbags, tilt and slide sunroof (1.3 and 1.6 versions) and trip computer (1.3 and 1.6 versions).

Power for the Getz comes from Hyundai’s existing range of 1.3 SOHC and 1.6 DOHC engines, plus a new 1.1 SOHC motor, which was derived from the company’s existing 1.0 engine.

The 1.1 develops 62bhp@5500rpm, has 94Nm/69.5lbs ft of torque at 3200rpm, a top speed of 93mph and does the 0-62mph dash in 16.1 seconds.

The 1.3 meanwhile has a power output of 81bhp@5500rpm, develops 116Nm/86lbs ft of torque at 3200rpm, reaches 62mph from standstill in 11.5 seconds and has a top speed of 102mph.

Finally the 1.6 models have 104bhp on tap at 5800rpm, have a torque figure of 143Nm/106lbs ft@3200rpm, perform the 0-62mph dash in 9.6 seconds and have a top speed of 109mph.

Economy is one of the most important aspects of owning a supermini; and here the Getz also delivers. The 1.1 delivers 56.5mpg on the extra urban run, 39.2mpg on the urban cycle and 48.7mpg combined.

The 1.3 models are also impressive; attaining 54.3mpg on the extra urban run, 35.3mpg on an urban run, and 45.6mpg combined. And the 1.6 engines return credible fuel economy for a larger engine; 52.3mpg on the extra urban run, 34mpg on the urban cycle and 43.5mpg combined.

A 1.5 common-rail turbo-diesel, currently available in the Accent and Matrix, will be available in the Getz from summer 2003. All these engines comply with Euro III emission standards.

The Getz is the product of three-and-a-half years of development and research. Hyundai Car (UK) Ltd expects to sell more than 2,000 Getz in 2002 and at least 12,000 models in 2003.

And don’t forget the Hyundai Getz joins the rest of the Hyundai range in being offered with the UK’s first five year, unlimited mileage, manufacturer-backed warranty across the range.

Published 28 September 2002 Melanie Carter
 

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