Review: Chevrolet Matiz (2005 – 2010)

Rating:

Cute looking and improved over original Daewoo Matiz. Packs four people into a tiny car.

800cc engine still not up to extended motorway travel.

Recently Added To This Review

9 August 2013

Alternators do not seem to last much longer than 3 years. Read more

28 August 2012

R/2012/090: ABS may fail because incorrect brake fluid was used when the car was built causing corrosion. Recall to check the ABS and replace the brake fluid. Read more

8 April 2008

New Matiz 0.8S with 119g/km CO2 emissions. Low rate road tax of just £35 a year, saving £80. 100 per cent discount on Congestion Charge from 27th October 2008. From £6,245 On-the-road.... Read more

Chevrolet Matiz (2005 – 2010): At A Glance

Sponsor of Celebrity Love Island and Chevrolet's smallest car, the Matiz puts its gloves on against the Panda, the Picanto, the Charade and the newly born Czech triplets C1, 107 and Aygo. To have a fighting chance it has to offer things the others don't.

Headroom is one of them. There's plenty of it, back and front, even for people of 6' 6". There are three lap and diagonal seatbelts in the back and while three across is a squash for adults, it isn't for kids, which makes the Matiz excellent transport for the school run. There are four doors, of course, each with wind-down windows (electric in the front).

Brief Test 2005 Chevrolet Matiz

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Chevrolet Matiz (2005 – 2010): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 3495 mm
Width 1495 mm
Height 1500 mm
Wheelbase 2345 mm

Full specifications

The back seats fold down fully, if a bit untidily, without removing the neat headrests. And you have a choice of folding both squab and backrest 60 or 40, so could carry four with enough luggage for four. Though the hatchback only key-locks from outside, there's a release lever on the driver's floor.

The dash is quite neat with a big central speedometer and rev counter in line of sight rather than tucked behind the steering wheel rim. (Though this doesn't seem to free the wheel itself for up and down adjustment.) The seats are comfortable enough with squab tilt as well as backrest adjustment.

 

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What's the Chevrolet Matiz (2005 – 2010) like to drive?

The clutch is feather-light. You soon get used to the slightly rubbery gearshift. There's enough power (from the 1.0 four cylinder version, at least). And the handling is neat and tidy at the sort of speeds you'd ever want to drive a car like this.

Compared to the C1/107/Aygo the Matiz is a surprising four inches longer, but five inches narrower, which gives it quite a lot more bootspace and makes it easier to park. Disadvantage are not as sporty to drive, Group 2 rather than Group 1 insurance for the 1.0 litre and £30 more a year VED. However, where it scores is by providing a lot more head and legroom, especially in the back.

So as a second car to be used for shopping, as a runabout and for the school run it's excellent. As a one and only car for an elderly couple, the light controls, small size and easy access make it very good too. It's cute, as well. And though it doesn't have the character of the FIAT Panda Active, it does have features the Panda doesn't, like fully folding rear seats. So if you're looking for a £6,500 runabout with bags of space and minimal environmental impact, it's well worth taking a test drive.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
0.8 57 mpg 17.2 s 119 g/km
0.8 Automatic 50 mpg 20.9 s 132 g/km
1.0 50 mpg 13.1–14.1 s 137–139 g/km

Real MPG average for a Chevrolet Matiz (2005 – 2010)

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Average performance

90%

Real MPG

36–58 mpg

MPGs submitted

47

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Thanks to Chevrolet for a goodwill intervention relating to a failed alternator on our Matiz.

I experienced alternator failures on two Chevrolet Matiz. The first was replaced under warranty. The second cost £211.51 to replace, the work done at a Green Flag Breakdown-appointed repair facility. That car was two months out of warranty so I wrote to Chevrolet asking if they would consider some goodwill. Today I received a cheque from them for the full amount. I also recently asked you for advice on the best small car to fulfil certain requirements and you suggested a Hyundai i10 Blue. We couldn't find one but did see a an i10 1.2 Classic in white on special offer at £1000 off list price, but the dealer could not guarantee that the offer would still be on if we bought one for registration on September 1.
Good of Chevrolet, in line with the company now offering a 5-year warranty. A new i10 has now been announced, which is more expensive, so if you want a cheap one, grab the one you have seen
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