The 800cc three-cylinder engine is willing, despite having just 51bhp, and has a pleasing note when revved. It’s nippy within city limits, but out of town it gets wheezy and struggles on the motorway. The 63bhp 1.0-litre has more power and pull, so it’s always brisker and less strained on the motorway.
Daewoo Matiz Hatchback ride & handling
At any speed, the Matiz’s ride is well controlled, although the small wheels crash into, rather than over, potholes. Power steering is light, making parking a cinch, helped by a good turning circle. Town speeds do not challenge the handling, but faster roads will see the front end run wide.
Daewoo Matiz Hatchback refinement
The three-cylinder’s thrummy engine note isn’t unpleasant, but becomes tiring on fast roads. The four-cylinder engine is quieter at all times and, although harsh when extended, it’s not thrashy at motorway speed. Wind noise is a problem at speed, however, while the tyres kick up a steady din, even on smooth surfaces.