What should I look for in a used Hyundai Matrix MPV?
Hyundai has a decent reliability record, but the Matrix doesn't perform as well as other models. Hyundai's five-year warranty (introduced in September 2002) provides peace of mind for used owners - and they might need it.
The gearbox appears to be the main weakness, with dealers forced to rebuild or replace troublesome units. A reluctance to select either first or second gear is a sure sign of trouble. Even when repaired, the gearbox can still cause problems.
The electrics are also a concern, with multiple failures and faults reported. You can expect quite a few creaks and rattles, too.
Pre-2008 models come with older, less-efficient engines. The three-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel is one to steer clear of, so we'd recommend a 1.8 GSi. The face-lift in 2009 made the Matrix slightly less dowdy, but couldn't hide the fact that the car had been surpassed by most rivals.