Engine Hyundai-Kia G4EE

The company produced the 1.4-liter 16-valve Hyundai G4EE engine from 2005 to 2012 and installed it on such popular models as the Getz, Accent or similar Kia Rio.

In 2005, the Alpha line of gasoline powertrains was replenished with a 1.4-liter engine, which was essentially a smaller copy of the 1.6-liter G4ED. The design of this engine is typical for its time: distributed fuel injection, an in-line cast-iron cylinder block, an aluminum 16-valve head with hydraulic lifters and a combined timing drive, consisting of a belt and a small chain between the camshafts.

In addition to the standard modification of this engine with a capacity of 97 hp and 125 Nm of torque, a version derated to 75 hp with the same torque of 125 Nm was offered in a number of markets.

The Alpha series includes: G4EA, G4EH, G4EE, G4EB, G4EC, G4ER, G4EK, G4ED.

The engine was installed on:

  • Hyundai Accent 3 (MC) in 2005 – 2012;
  • Hyundai Getz 1 (TB) in 2005 – 2011;
  • Kia Rio 2 (JB) in 2005 – 2011.


Production years 2005-2012
Displacement, cc 1399
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 75 / 97
Torque output, Nm 125
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 75.5
Piston stroke, mm 78.1
Compression ratio 10.0
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain & belt
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30, 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.8
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Kia Rio 2007)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000
Weight, kg 116

Disadvantages of the Hyundai G4EE engine

  • This is a simple and reliable unit, and the owners complain only about trifles: mainly about unstable engine operation due to contamination of the throttle, idle speed controller or injectors. Also often the cause is cracked ignition coils or high-voltage wires.
  • The official manual prescribes updating the timing belt every 90,000 km, but it does not always go so much, and with its breakage, in most cases, the valves bend. The short chain between the camshafts usually stretches by the second belt change.
  • After 150,000 km, oil consumption often appears, and when it reaches a liter per 1000 km, it is recommended to replace the valve stem seals in the cylinder head, most often this helps. Sometimes stuck oil scraper rings are to blame, but they usually have enough decoking.
  • There are a lot of complaints on specialized forums about regular grease leaks through oil seals, short-lived engine mounts and hydraulic lifters, which often knock even up to 100,000 km. Also, the engine may not start well due to a clogged fuel filter or fuel pump.

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