I purchased a silver Hyundai Getz GLS 1.3 from Trident Hyundai in Bangalore in October, 2008. Before selecting this model, I test drove the Hyundai i-10 Sportz and checked out the Tata Indica Vista, Fiat Palio Stile 1.1 and Chevrolet Aveo U-va. Maruti Swift was not considered since it’s become too common for my liking.
Tata Indica was ruled out because it always reminds me of a taxi. I don’t want to feel like I’m driving a cab. Though the new Vista version has made some commendable changes, the rear still looks the same! Fiat Palio is a very good vehicle as such but there are a couple of issues, the most important being the quality of after-sales service in India. I’ve heard numerous horror stories on that front! Also, the front and rear exterior section has been redesigned but only for the diesel (Multijet) model. The petrol still has the old grille, headlights and tail lights. From the side, the car still has that old Fiat Uno-ish look. Also, the 1.1 engine is clearly not enough for this car, considering its size and weight.
As for the Aveo U-va, Chevrolet just has one showroom in Bangalore, and that too is far from my house! So I can imagine how much trouble I will have to undergo for servicing or repairs! Surprising, considering that Bangalore has the largest vehicular population in India.
Hyundai i-10 is an excellent car in every way, but just two things discouraged me from buying it. One is that it’s quite overpriced for its segment since it’s a new car and has dynamic looks. Another is the dashboard. It’s not flat but slanted, which means one can’t keep things on it. And its color is beige, which means that in bright sunlight, the reflection is seen on the windscreen and can be disconcerting.
So this meant that the only good choice was the Hyundai Getz! I first thought of going with the 1.1 litre version. But at the last minute, I decided to go with the 1.3 version since it had body colored ORVMs, door handles and also a rear wiper and defogger, apart from the more powerful engine, for about Rs. 35,000 extra.
Following is my review of the features of the car:
– Great looks! I just love the looks of this car. It’s a very well-designed exterior overall. I just wish they had a better choice of colors.
– Amazingly spacious interior. This is the thing that strikes you most about the Getz. Sitting in it, you don’t feel like you’re in a B segment car. The feel is more like that of a sedan! Even the Maruti Swift doesn’t have so much space inside, though it’s about the same size on the outside.
– Great boot space. This is a major benefit. Also, you can double bend the rear seat to get an amazing amount of luggage space at the back! We transported my wife’s computer together with the table to our house this way! With another car, we would have had to hire a tempo for this.
– 60:40 folding rear seats are also a useful addition.
– Good utilitarian dashboard. This car has a very practically designed dashboard, with a big glove compartment and another storage shelf under the steering wheel. Also, the surface of the dashboard is flat and smooth, which means there’s ample space to put all those keys, mobile phones, books, maps, tissue box, etc. on it while travelling.
– Useful storage compartments on side doors as well as between front seats. We can keep small and big water bottles as well as cola cans in the cup/bottle holders between the front seats.
– Magazine pouches behind front seats. The people sitting in the rear seat can keep magazines, newspapers, etc. here.
– Internally adjustable ORVMs are useful, though the new Hyundai i-20 has electrically operated ORVMs which are better.
– Decently powerful AC. Usually we don’t need to keep the blower setting higher than 2 as that is enough to provide good cooling. Never tried the heater yet!
– Engine is very smooth and silent. Sometimes one doesn’t even realise that it’s on! And the power is very good (83 BHP). I’m happy that I went for the 1.3 engine instead of the 1.1 one. That surely would have been a bit underpowered. This one too sometimes feels slightly underpowered when accelerating when the AC is on.
– Mileage is good, though not great. My Getz gives me a mileage of about 12.5-13 kmpl, which is decent for a 1.3 litre engine. I’m keen to see what mileage the i-20 gives.
– Glove compartment and boot are illuminated, which is extremely useful when driving at night.
– Gearbox is extremely smooth. Many of my friends driving other cars find this amazing! The Hyundai Getz and i-10 gearbox is very refined.
– Two-tone interior looks good, and the beige and grey shades contrast with each other very well. But the wooden finish of the centre console on the dashboard can be off-putting to some.
– Power steering is very balanced and responsive, and makes driving very relaxing.
– Power windows are standard in 1.3 litre models and the driver has a one-touch window down button.
– Great service network. From servicing point of view, Hyundai’s network is second-best only to Maruti. Also, they have a pick-and-drop facility, where they pick your car from your house in the morning and return it there after servicing for Rs. 100. I think that’s very handy.
That apart, Hyundai has a 24-hour anywhere road side assistance helpline (1800-102-4645) which you can call if you find yourself stranded anywhere in India.
Hope this helps!