2002 Hyundai Getz Review

2002 Hyundai Getz GL 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance17000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Integra


Hyundai's best model to date


Only very trivial things:

1) Aerial worked its way loose and rattled over speed humps (which I am prone to taking too quickly).

2) Seat belt warning light illuminated sometimes when I was wearing my seatbelt (speed humps again). Dealer fixed both problems without any dramas.

3) In very hot weather parked on a slope with premium unleaded petrol in the tank, the car sometimes won't start first time when it's been left unused for a week.

General Comments:

I bought my Getz new after the head gasket blew in my Integra. My Getz doesn't have any electric niceties and I don't miss them at all.

The Getz serves its purpose well. It's a cheap reliable car. And it's actually quite fun to drive. In fact, it drives as well as a VW Golf which costs twice as much.

I drove the Getz through the desert from from Sydney to Perth (4000Km) in 4 days and it didn't miss a beat. It's been known to cruise happily at 150 Km/h.

The cabin is roomy and cheerful with colourful flecks.

A short bonnet makes parking a breeze - even dreaded parallel parking in congested inner city Sydney.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2005

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review