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New super power for Getz

2006-09-04 07:29

Janine-Lee Gordon

The new Hyundai Getz, with more power.

Hyundai's recently refreshed Getz line-up gets a shot of serious power with the unveiling of a new flagship - a turbocharged, 1.5-litre, diesel-fuelled derivative.

With four models already previously introduced locally, the brand's new model wears a CRDi badge, and heads the line-up for power and torque output.

The state-of-the-art common rail direct injection engine features double overhead camshafts, 16 valves and a variable geometry turbocharger developed to ensure responsive performance, excellent fuel economy and, from an environmental point of view, low exhaust emissions.

Competitors in the Getz price range such as the Fiat Punto, Renault Clio and Nissan Micra now need to step up, as the new model comes with an awesome set of standard features.

Even it's direct competition, the VW Polo 1.9 TDi, produces only 74 kW of power.

The previous popular Getz kicked out 60 kW; now with an impressive 21 kW more power and a top speed of 181 km/h, the CRDi is the fastest Getz on the road.

With 81 kW on tap at 4 000 r/min and 235 Nm of torque available from 2 000 r/min, the diesel engine delivers forceful thrust off the line, capable of propelling the car to a 0-100 km/h time of just 11.1 seconds.

Quite a show-stopper

But it's not only at the top end that the new engine impresses.

Equally noteworthy is the unit's flexibility, with strong, smooth pick-up even from the bottom end of the rev range.

The engine's four-cylinder configuration incorporates an aluminium head and a cast iron block, the combustion process optimised through use of a refined, common rail direct injection intake system.


On the outside the new Getz is distinguished from other models in the recently face-lifted range with sporty-looking 15-inch alloy wheels and a high-mounted spoiler at the rear.

The interior is plush, well equipped for safety and comfort.

Equipment includes airbags, air-conditioning, an MP3 audio system with CD compatibility, a rev counter, cup-holders, electrically powered windows and outside mirrors, a transponder immobiliser system, reclining rear seats and quality-feel materials used in upholstery, fascia mouldings, control stalks and switches.

As a people mover, the Getz offers occupants impressive levels of space and headroom both in the front and back of the car for its passengers.


The car's already popular look has been freshened in favour of sleeker aerodynamics by the modern front grille, large headlights and swept back bonnet while, at the rear, the incorporation of a neat, wraparound bumper beneath new tail light clusters is intended to aid signal visibility as well as to mirror the car's contemporary sense of fashion.

The combination of a secure ride, lighter steering, a more powerful engine and efficient stopping power makes the CRDi easy to drive in traffic. With more torque and low revs, over-taking is a breeze.

Pricing of the model includes a three-year/100 000km factory warranty and a two-year/ 40 000km service plan, with service intervals at 10 000km.

The new Diesel Getz will retail at a suggested price of R139 900.


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