Getz Gets Even Better

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Getz Gets Even Better


Byline: By Chris Russon

Hyundai was cock-a-hoop when its latest supermini was voted Britain's Budget Car of the Year.

And just when everyone thought that was as good as it gets, the Getz has just got better. A three cylinder 1.5-litre diesel engine has made the Getz even more frugal.

Capable of averaging almost 60 miles to the gallon and with ultra low CO2 emissions, the latest Getz has bargain stamped all over it.

Okay, the engine may not meet the latest Euro 4 emission standard but that is not going to bother most private motorists.

At pounds 8,695 the Getz CRTD GSi - a bit of a mouthful - is one of the cheapest diesels on the market. Only Toyota, Peugeot and Citroen can beat that price and none can match Hyundai's five year, unlimited mileage, peace of mind warranty. Neither can Ford whose class leading Fiesta does not come with diesel power until you spend pounds 9,615 - and that's for a three door model, not a five door as is the Getz.

This is a remarkable achievement from the South Korean manufacturer and in an attempt at a knockout blow, the Getz diesel is available with three years free servicing for cars bought before the end of March - if you don't exceed 30,000 miles.

Despite being available only in basic trim, the Getz is well appointed. Electric front windows, twin airbags, a CD player and anti-skid brakes are standard.

The diesel may not be the quietest engine around but it does the job supremely well for a city car. It develops 80bhp and that gives the Getz a reported top speed of 106mph and a 0 to 60mph acceleration time of 16.5 seconds.

However, the gears are long legged and that sees most urban work achievable only in third. …

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