I have now had the car for two years so this is an update. totally reliable and still looks good. Nothing has fallen off or started to rattle. It is comfortable and had lugged some decent loads. The only gripe is the fuel consumption. If you push it on the motorway you can see the fuel gauge go down. Driven in a more leisurely fashion it is better but realistically I am averaging mid 30's. Still if you are looking for a reliable practical car that doesn't cost a fortune then it is worth a look. I would certainly buy another Hyundai when this one finally has to go
I, unfortunately have the same problem as Mr Hodgson below - had car for a month then left at garage for 2 months whilst they messed around with gearbox due to not being able to get into 2nd gear. This done i then had problem with reverse as the plastic mounting broke! Since getting it back i now have the 2nd gear problem again and it actually hurts my hand to put the car in 1st or 2nd. Am now waiting for response from garage to see when they can get it in for a complete new gearbox. Would change it for an i30 if i could but the residual value of this model is appaulling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
'caveat emptor' buyer beware.bought maitrix as new in august 07.gearbox fault identified within a month. 2 months waiting for parts then 3 weeks off the road for repair..again waiting for parts. car still not right and returned with gearbox fault again. 3 weeks off the road again waiting for new gearbox.never arrived..gearbox taken out of new car on the 'forecourt'..still very unsatisfactory on selection of 1st and 2nd gear (likely to be returning it again).. in short this 'new' vehicle is on its 3rd gearbox since august...appalling..no wonder they give a 5 year warranty..its to cover for what in my experiences is a poor quality vehicle..never again!
This is my second matrix CRTD and I have covered over 80,000 miles between the pair of them. Used for business and domestic with two kids and all the usual stuff to carry around neither have ever missed a beat. Will cruise at 70 all day on the motorway, 80 in europe complete with top box without effort. Seems quicker off the mark to drive than the spec'n would suggest, certainly behaves like a larger engine hides under the bonnet. For size and weight the mpg is pretty good averaging over 42 all together. Luggage space again good, particularly with the sliding rear seats. Have frequently driven over 400 miles in a day and not suffered any aches or discomfort, more than can be said of a few dearer 'marques' I've covered the same journey in. Be careful when fitting new tyres, had one set that were deafening so 'low noise' variants are good to go for. Only disappointment is the cost of the 40k service but overall a small price for an otherwise great all rounder. Bottom line is would I buy another - quite simply yes! Though might go for a different colour this time.
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