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Still Getz the nod; There are many good reasons why this supermini remains the best-selling model in the Hyundai range, writes RUSSELL BRAY.

Byline: RUSSELL BRAY

Roadtest: Hyundai Getz

HYUNDAI'S Getz is approaching its fifth birthday, yet it's still the Korean company's best-selling car in the UK - which shows if you get something right first time, it stays a winner.

Last year the supermini was given a very minor facelift with alterations to the front and rear bumpers, a repositioned rear foglight, a reprofiled bonnet and, err, that's it.

The design has always looked neat and European and, if you are looking for an affordable small car to buy and run, you can't go wrong with the Getz.

The Hyundai is a tall car, which means there is plenty of space for four adults thanks to good rear leg and headroom.

Alternatively, you could fit three children in the back.

Three-door models start at just pounds 7505 for the 66bhp 1.1-litre GSI, but if you frequently carry passengers it's worth paying pounds 500 extra for a pair of rear doors.

Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, a CD player, electric front windows, central locking, anti-lock brakes and two airbags at the front.

Move up to a 1.4-litre GSI three-door at pounds 8105 and you'll get significantly peppier performance, while fuel consumption only drops from 51mpg to 47mpg.

Naturally, the fuel economy champion is the 87bhp diesel CRTD, priced from pounds 9195, which has the same 106mph top speed as the 1.4 petrol and returns 62mpg overall.

The 1.5-litre unit is much more refined than the very noisy engine it replaced and, with maximum push from only 1900rpm, it makes town driving a breeze. It's lively, too, delivering brisk acceleration when gaps show in traffic.

Forme, though, the 1.4-litre petrol is the best pick. It's fun around town and reasonable handling and predictable steering make it okay across country, too.

The Getz's wide-opening doors and boot make it easy to get in and out, load packages and adjust baby seats.

The cabin is quite light and airy with some cheerful multi-colour seat upholstery.

Parking is easy, thanks to power-assisted steering and a mere 10-metre turning circle.

The car is agile at low speeds, the steering light and the ride soft, so it isn't meant for fast cornering, but it is stable and comfortable on the motorway.

The five-speed manual gearbox and light clutch won't give you any headaches either.

Insurance groups range from three to six, and for extra confidence the Getz comes with a full five-year warranty and three years' RAC cover.

Factfile

Model: Hyundai Getz Engine: 1.1 or 1.4-litre petrol; 1.5-litre diesel Power: 66 to 109bhp Economy: 42.2 to 62.8mpg Warranty: Five years/unlimited miles Price: pounds 7505 to pounds 10,210 On sale: Now
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Date:Apr 27, 2007
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