2003 Hyundai Getz XL 1.3 petrol

Summary:

Cheap and very underpowered

Faults:

Hard to shift in reverse, from the factory.

Electrical problem prevented starting once in a while.

General Comments:

This car is cheap and underpowered. Although it didn't break down on me, the 1.3L SOHC motor started to sound harsh and tired after a couple of years' use, mainly due to having to rev hard on every take off to keep up with traffic. Slow up hills.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th March, 2011

15th Feb 2013, 11:04

The reason it is cheap is because it's underpowered. These cars were very cheap brand new, just what are you expecting from these cars? Personally I wouldn't get the 1.3 as they aren't so much under powered, but the very wide gearing in the transmissions mean you'll get good fuel economy at the expense of any kind of performance. The 1.5L model suffered from the same thing, but that's what the car was built for. It was cheap when new with good fuel economy.

2009 Hyundai Getz S 1.4

Summary:

Nice looks, baaaaaaad engine

Faults:

Driver's seat made a clicking noise when going around a corner.

Driver seat (cloth) began to lift in the middle.

Lots of paint chips.

General Comments:

I bought this car, having downgraded from a 4x4 Toyota Kluger mainly due to the cost of petrol. I decided to buy it brand new, and opted for an S Automatic due to the fact it would be mainly city driving. Oh, well, that was my first mistake.

The 1.4 Auto is horrendously underpowered, to the point of being dangerous. I knew that I would have to sacrifice some power moving from a V6 to a 4 cyl, however I expected the Getz to at least be zippy around town. There were numerous times where I planted the accelerator pedal to the floor and it took 2-3 seconds for the car to register. Occasionally, mainly on hot days or when I had the A/C on, I would plant the foot and nothing would happen for 4-5 seconds, and when it did eventually shift down, it felt dangerously underpowered.

I found myself having to switch off the aircon numerous times, even on flat straight surfaces, in order for the car to build up speed. I found it difficult to keep up with other cars, and out of all the vehicles I have ever driven, this attracted the most road rage from other drivers. I think it was due to the fact that a) it's small and b) it's so slow that it annoyed so many drivers.

I also had major issues with vibration from the engine when cold -- it felt like a 1980s car, and made it feel very poorly built. I had it for a year and a half, and was so happy to see it drive away (to a P plater mind you).

Don't buy a 1.4 litre Getz!!

By the way, I missed the engine power so much I bought another Kluger. Happy to pay the higher price for fuel to feel safe and keep up with the traffic!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th February, 2011

1st Mar 2011, 02:15

I cannot say anything about the automatic shifter, but my friend has one, and he is quite happy with it.

On the other hand, if you had V6 before this one, it is no wonder that the car feels underpowered. But it should definitely not wait a couple of seconds to respond to your pedal. My 1.4 Getz is pretty quick with a manual shifter, but everything about car feels rough, from the shifting to the suspension. It lacks subtlety and sophistication. What bothers me is a constant noise and vibration while driving, regardless of what kind of road I ride on. It seems that chassis is not very well made/designed.

2nd May 2011, 02:07

Just an update - most of the rattles from the rear part of the car was from loosely attached licence plate. But still the car feels cheaply made in terms of materials used and noise dampening in the cabin.

3rd Jan 2013, 17:48

Auto transmissions are not suited to low-capacity engines, and 1.4 is one of the lowest! I have the same car in a manual and it is fine to drive. But yes, you do notice the drain the A/C puts on the engine. Cheap and cheerful, and all round a great value package!

15th Feb 2013, 11:09

Me thinks the review expects far too much from a cheapy econobox.

There is a reason behind the huge price difference of a V6 Kluger and a 1.4L Getz. As to underpowered, that is largely the fault of the automatic transmission; you never ever buy an automatic for an engine under at least 2.0 litres unless it's a CVT. Have to turn off the air conditioning to get it to move? Welcome to the world of small engined economy cars. You can have lots of power or good fuel economy, but you can't have both; an increase in one will decrease the other.