2002 Hyundai Getz GL 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand
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.
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