Used Chevrolet Matiz 2005 - 2010 review

Category: Small car

The Matiz is better under Chevrolet than Daewoo, but it's still outdone by rivals

Chevrolet Matiz (05 - 10)
  • Chevrolet Matiz (05 - 10)
  • Chevrolet Matiz (05 - 10)
Used Chevrolet Matiz 2005 - 2010 review
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What's the used Chevrolet Matiz hatchback like?

When General Motors rebranded its Daewoo products as Chevrolets, it injected some new appeal and some funky styling into its cars. The Matiz is no exception - it looks great from the outside, and in a class where many cars look top-heavy and awkward, that's a big plus.

The Matiz isn't bad to drive, either. The ride is well controlled at any speed, and the car takes most bumps in its stride. It does lean a bit around corners, but the steering is accurate enough to make for reasonable handling. Refinement isn't great, though, with breathless engines and plenty of mechanical noise.


The Matiz is better under Chevrolet than Daewoo, but it's still outdone by rivals

  • Nippy and compact, the Matiz is an economical runabout - and charismatic
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  • The cabin is narrow, and it's short on quality
  • Too much engine noise intrudes, too

Inside, the cabin is narrow, so it's really only suitable for four, and rear legroom is tight, even for a city car. The boot is small, too, but the real problem lies in the quality of the cabin. The plastics are cheap, shiny and not very appealing.

Ownership cost

What used Chevrolet Matiz hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Chevrolet Matiz hatchback?

The Matiz was sold as a cheap and cheerful city car, and weak residuals mean that even if the car you pick up is still fairly new, it'll have lost a good chunk of its value, making it cheaper still.

However, compare it with cars of the same age and type, such as a Kia Picanto, and you might not be so impressed. Prices are quite similar, but the Picanto gives you more for your money.

Running costs, though, are fantastic. The 0.8 gives 54.3mpg, although with the automatic gearbox, this falls to 49.6 mpg. The 1.0 also breaks the 50mpg mark. You'll pay a pittance to insure it, too. The 0.8 is in lowly group 1, and the 1.0 is almost as cheap, in group 2.

Where the Matiz does have the Picanto over a barrel is on servicing costs. Both are cheap, but you'll pay ever so slightly less for the Matiz.

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Which used Chevrolet Matiz hatchback should I buy?

There are two engines. The first is an 800cc three-cylinder that gives 50bhp. This is fine for zipping around town, where it feels quite perky, but get it on the open road and it begins to struggle.

The 1.0-litre four-cylinder is much better. It produces another 14bhp, making 64 in total, and this, combined with more pulling power, means it's far more comfortable on the motorway.

S trim is only available with the 0.8 engine, and provides very little other than remote central locking and a CD player. You can also get the 0.8 in SE Auto spec, which means an automatic gearbox, electric front windows and seat height adjustment. SE trim on the 1.0 car is the same, minus the auto 'box, and SE+ models add air-con. SX trim provides as much kit as the Matiz has to offer, with alloy wheels, electric rear windows and side airbags.


What alternatives should I consider to a used Chevrolet Matiz hatchback?