Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

There's a good choice of engines available in the Getz range and it was originally launched with a 62bhp 1.1-litre engine, a 1.3-litre with 82bhp and a 1.6-litre 16v with 105bhp. The base model is only really ideal if you intend to stick to short journeys around town and takes a leisurely 15.7 seconds to get from 0-62mph. The 1.3-litre is the better choice and returns an impressive 46mpg, while the 1.6-litre feels the most accomplished on the motorway and has decent in-gear power.

In January 2004 the 1.5-litre CRTD was introduced - and with strong pulling power plus excellent fuel economy it's a good choice if you intend to cover high mileages -although most buyers will find the petrols frugal enough.

The Getz is agile and easy to drive - making it ideal for pottering town - but the light steering isn't especially responsive and at higher speeds the Getz lacks refinement. It's vague when pushed through quick corners and there's too much body roll. The ride is soft, which is ideal for motorway driving, but does become bouncy over undulating or bumpy roads.

On the plus side, parking is easy, as the power steering and neat ten-metre turning circle make light work of low-speed manoeuvres.