Used Hyundai Matrix MPV 2001 - 2010 review

Category: MPV

Section: Our recommendations

2001 - 2010 review
Hyundai Matrix MPV (01 - 10)
  • Hyundai Matrix MPV (01 - 10)
  • Hyundai Matrix MPV (01 - 10)
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Our recommendations

Which used Hyundai Matrix MPV should I buy?

The 121bhp 1.8-litre petrol is the most powerful engine in the range and copes well with motorway driving. The 101bhp 1.6-litre petrol and 81bhp 1.5-litre diesel are uninspiring in comparison. All three are a little grumbly, but the 1.8 is quieter on long trips because it doesn't have to work as hard as the others.

The three-cylinder diesel produces a distinctive thrum that is tiring on long trips. A new, more refined version of the 1.6 petrol and 1.5 diesel were introduced in 2008. The petrol engine produced the same power, yet was more economical, while the four-cylinder diesel was more efficient and more powerful, with 109bhp.

We recommend the five-speed manual gearbox, unless you really need an automatic, because it is jerky and takes a big bite out of the fuel economy.

All cars front- and side airbags, and GSi trim includes air-con, electric windows and a CD player, while CDX models add alloy wheels, leather upholstery and an electric sunroof. The line-up was altered in 2008, with the entry-level Classic coming without alloys or air-con, while the Comfort included air-con and rear electric windows.

In late 2009, the range was face-lifted with a new front grille, headlights, and a refreshed cabin.