2009 Hyundai Getz SX 1.6 Five-Door Review

12 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2009 Hyundai Getz SX 1.6 Five-Door Review
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2009 Hyundai Getz SX Road Test Review

the smallest Hyundai in the Aussie first hit showrooms in 2002, it a significant change in the Korean approach to the western market.

previous models had been with Europe, the US and Australia in they were the products of a perspective on the rest of the world and Korean design tastes.

The then, is more than a Hyundai ‘supermini’ – it was the first designed in a European studio. to take on more highly-regarded and beat them at their own the Getz signalled Hyundai’s to escape attempts to pigeonhole the

It was the precursor to the next evolution of models – the ones we now see on Aussie in the form of the i30 and the Santa Fe .

Overseas, the Genesis Sedan and Genesis are sending shockwaves through the of the old establishment, as is the Hyundai i20 – the new hatch premiered in Australia at the 2009 Motor Show and should the local family later year.

Mentioning the i20 brings us circle back to the Getz, the new i30-inspired hatch due to replace the in the near future.

But before we wave Hyundai’s hatch goodbye, let’s one last look.

Styling… on, but still with it

Styling-wise, the has not changed since it copped a in 2006. That freshen up was to the little hatch’s appeal and it the legs to push through the arrival of it successor later year.

The changes then minor: a more curved, pair of headlights replaced of the first series and a wider grille occupied the space them. At the rear, a light saw restyled lens covers and layout.

We tested the five-door and while its roofline is more than its slicker-looking three-door – a fate shared by most models with a three-door – the Getz’s profile flows nonetheless.

All-in-all, the Getz has exceptionally well for a nearly model, a testament to the strength and of its original lines.

Interior… basement, up to the task

The design of the spacey interior has remained untouched over the model’s the most obvious updates in the form of a new steering wheel – and audio controls – along a transmission surround that up to join an oh-so-lightly updated stack.

The instrument cluster carries a few updates, with the remainder minor changes to the door and trims.

While the driver and passenger seats are anything but – sporty seating (or at least pretensions) being a trend in even the most mundane of – they are comfortable if lacking a bolstering. For the simple A-to-B the Getz is most likely to and even for a long day shuttling the ‘burbs, they do the job well

The bench-like rear pews more-or-less untouched, with only minor fabric to separate them from forebears.

You’ll seat two comfortably in the rear, or three of the smaller variety. Rear room is excellent thanks to long straight roof, and leg is livable.

Floor coverings are a bit with only a thin carpet between feet and

Proper floor mats can be but really ought to have standard.

The Getz’ audio is, as you’d expect for its price-point, to email home about. As most if not all modern car stereos, playback and Mini-USB/AUX connectivity is in the slot-in headset, while mobile phone connectivity out as a pleasing addition to the feature

In what must be fast a minimum acceptable number, six – including tweeters – feature in the though the sound quality going to set any hearts on fire. though, the speakers are at the very adequate and every bit up to the standard at this price.

How does it go?

On the the Getz offers a roller-skate to the asphalt that, these seems to be increasingly engineered in almost all cars, large or

It’s likely that is a product of its entry-level positioning it is a very inexpensive car – sure, it can be a little unrefined on surfaces. But while the passionless consider that a … in the column, those who enjoy a part of the process and don’t feeling what is happening at the will enjoy it.

It’s not but it’s not bad either. With quite direct steering, a breeze around town, a to slip in and out of tight parking nippy when you need it and easy to live with.

For trim and engine options, the can be had in a couple of configurations.

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The 1.4 litre S is the model and while it gets of the mod-cons – all-round power air conditioning, power steering and a few – it misses out on Electronic Stability (ESP), Traction Control (TCS) and Anti-skid Braking (ABS) with Electronic Distribution (EBD).

The 1.6 litre SX those, and that’s the model we with five-speed manual.

We the Getz to a largely sedate of ferrying our arses to and from the and while that’s about the of the hard yakka most will see, we can report it goes about things plenty of heart.

With a punch from the little 1.6 litre engine, the Getz is a little so-and-so and with a ‘live’ feel to the five-speed While lacking some of the of bigger (and more cars, you can use the ‘box to really eek the out of that engine – it willingly spin to 6000rpm if

On the highway, especially at the …-ahead, the steering feels a little It’s better though cornering and sticks surprisingly If anything demonstrated the car’s life as a city-dweller though, was it.

The Getz is not for long highway

Returning a fuel economy of 6.2 l/100km, the Getz is one of the more of fuel-sippers, but not class-leading. It should be that when this car hit the scene, the market wasn’t as driven by the litres per 100km as it is There are newer, more cars offering better but they’ll set you back quite a bit at the dealer’s desk, too.

The five-door offers huge space, thanks largely to its straight roof line and ‘square’ C-pillar. With the seats fixed in position, find a decent 430 litres of space.

Fold down the split rear seats their first position and space almost triples to litres, while the double-folded increases space to its maximum litres.

Roof racks can be into the deal, but unless planning an interstate trip three or four passengers, hardly have reason to

So where does it fit in the scheme of The Getz is not as involving a drive as the or Mazda2, and lacks some of the refinement of the Yaris.

But, with prices at $13,990 for the 1.4 3-door, it holds a price advantage over its obvious competition. You may be able to that price advantage more. Coming near the end of its life and with Hyundai like hell on market buyers may find some negotiating ‘space’ in the showroom.

It is, as it was (and why it has been so awarded its release), good buying in a thought-out package.

The Final

The Getz leans more to the than the ‘super’ – you’re not to start thinking about up at three in the morning for a blat the nearest hill. But, said, it is a ripper of a car, and of its extremely competitive price and the you get for your dollar, it’s a car comfortably recommend to my wee little when she turns 18 next

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