2 February 2004

Hyundai adds a turbodiesel to its Getz range this month. The oil-burning supermini brings near-60mpg average frugality and negligible carbon dioxide emissions to an already-popular package.

Priced at £8,695, the Getz CRDT GSI five-door slots between the 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre petrol variants. Standard kit includes airbags, ABS, power steering, electric front windows, split rear seats and an in-dash CD player.

The car’s 80bhp 1.5-litre common rail three-cylinder powerplant is handed down from the Accent and Matrix ranges. In the Getz, it returns a claimed 58.9mpg on the combined cycle, and up to 70.6mpg out of town.

Taking 16.5sec to wheeze to 62mph, it becomes the slowest option offered, but also the most economical. If Hyundai’s quoted cruising economy proves accurate, the Getz 45-litre tank should endow it with a range of up to 700miles.

Aftercare is also one of Getz’ strong suits. Hyundai’s vaunted five-year, unlimited mileage warranty comes as part of the deal, as well as three years free servicing on cars ordered before the end of March.

Our Verdict

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The Toyota Avensis is adequate but generally underwhelming family transport

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