The Matiz is nippy and economical, whichever of the two engines you go for. It's keenly priced, too, and fixed-price servicing packages are available.
The cabin is narrow and cramped, even by city car standards, and the non-adjustable steering wheel makes it hard to get comfortable. There's lots of body roll in corners
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Choose from two petrol engines: an 800cc three-cylinder with automatic transmission or a 1.0-litre four-cylinder. The smaller unit serves up more than enough zest for nipping in and out of city traffic, but out of town it starts to feel wheezy. The 1.0 also needs to be worked to get up to higher speeds, but that extra power and pull mean it’s more at home on the motorway.
Ride & Handling
At any speed the ride is well controlled and the Matiz is good at absorbing surface lumps. Large potholes are the only problem, sending vibrations through the cabin. The power steering is light enough to make parking a doddle, and yet accurate on the open road.
The three-cylinder’s engine note isn’t unpleasant and isn’t as harsh as the four-cylinder unit when revved. However, the 1.0 does settle down when cruising, and it’s the less tiring car on fast roads. Wind- and road noise both intrude into the cabin at the national limit, but not excessively.