Hyundai’s award-winning Getz supermini has had a major makeover comprising a progressive facelift and a range of new engines. The new look, European-styled Getz, which goes on sale from 1 October benefits from significant revisions both inside and out.

The clean good looks of the previous model have been retained, while Hyundai’s designers have succeeded in bringing the company’s best selling model even closer in line with European tastes and expectations through a series of subtle yet significant styling changes.

The front of the car has been transformed with clear, wraparound headlamps and black bumper inserts, which give the car a cleaner, more sporty appearance. New wheel trims and alloy wheels further emphasise the model’s poise and balance. As before, top spec models add integrated front fog lights for added flare.

New interior features include a dual tone improved texture fascia and redesigned instrument panel and centre console. For added comfort, the rear headrests in the five-seat supermini have also been redesigned for even better rearward vision.

In terms of technical specifications, in addition to increased safety features the new Getz now offers new and improved engine options, all of which meet Euro IV emissions standards:

  • Revised 1.1 petrol SOHC 4-cylinder 12 valve
  • New 1.4 petrol DOHC 4-cylinder 16 valve
  • All new 1.5 diesel DOHC 4-cylinder 16 valve with choice of 88 PS or 110 PS

Most significant is the all new four-cylinder DOHC 1.5 litre CRTD turbocharged diesel engine that is mated to a new five-speed manual transmission with revised shift. This new engine is available in two power options: 88 PS (87bhp) and 110 PS (109bhp), each of which is capable of returning more than 60 mpg on the official Combined Cycle.

The flexible 110PS engine, which boasts 173 lbs ft torque between 1,900-2,750 rpm, enables the Getz to cover the 0-60 mph sprint in a spirited 11.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 112 mph. Yet it is still capable of returning up to 50 mpg around town (Urban Cycle) and nearly 70 mpg on the open road (68.9 mpg Extra Urban Cycle).

Little wonder then that the new 110 PS diesel unit is found in the new range-topping 1.5 CRTD CDX+ model, a car that adds uncompromised sports style to the new Getz line-up. It has been styled to suit its dynamic ability with the addition of a rear spoiler with integral brake light, front and rear mudflaps, leather trim for the steering wheel and gearshift and a metal grain effect finish centre console.

The new four-cylinder diesel unit replaces the previous 1.5 litre three-cylinder unit. And by offering the two power variants, 88 PS and 110 PS, Hyundai has widened the choice for the increasing number of car buyers now opting for diesel.

In GSI trim with manual transmission, the five-door 88 PS diesel-powered Getz is capable of covering a fuel-sipping 63 mpg on the Combined Cycle. Both diesel variants are available with manual transmission only.

An additional benefit of the 88 PS diesel unit is lower road fund licence fees. At just 118 g/km it qualifies for Band B, which costs £85 for 12 months. The 110 PS variant, meanwhile, sits in Band C and costs £115 for 12 months.

A new 1.4 litre petrol engine, to replace the previous 1.3 unit, also marks a step forward in terms of technology, further improving environmental efficiency (all the new Getz engines comply with Euro IV regulations). The four valves per cylinder unit, complete with continuous variable valve timing (CVVT), delivers 97 PS (96bhp) and returns up to 47 mpg on the official Combined Cycle with five speed manual transmission.

With the 1.4 litre engine customers can opt for an advanced four-speed automatic transmission that has been developed specifically for the new Getz. High top gear ratios reduce fuel consumption when cruising, while the intelligent transmission constantly monitors engine speeds and driver demands and adapts itself to suit individual driving styles.

The new Getz is also still available with an entry level 1.1 litre 67 PS (66bhp) petrol unit, revised to meet Euro IV emissions standards. When powered by this four-cylinder DOHC unit mated to a five-speed manual transmission, the Getz is capable of covering more than 51 mpg on the Combined Cycle and will reach a top speed in excess of 90 mph.

The Getz makeover does not stop with great new looks and dynamic new engines, there are new colours to choose from as well. For an additional £295 customers can choose one of three new paint finishes, metallic Sky Blue and Space Silver and Midnight Grey mica. Standard solid colour choices are Hip-Hop Red and Ebony Black.

Designed with both driver and pedestrian protection in mind, Getz has integrated crumple zones within a basic rigid structure. More than 58 per cent of the total car’s weight is high tensile steel.

New Getz also benefits from strengthened dual height, high efficiency side impact bars. GSI models get driver and passenger airbags as standard, while CDX variants add front side airbags. All models have front seatbelt pretensioners.

Prices start at £7,495 for the 1.1 GSI three-door rising to £10,095 for the 1.4 CDX five-door auto.