Review: Hyundai Matrix (2001 – 2011)


Easy-to-park mini-MPV with five seats. Durable mechanicals. Now at low prices.

You can buy more versatile five-seaters that drive better for similar cash.

Recently Added To This Review

25 September 2003

Price of 1.6 GSI cut by £1000 to £9995. Read more

11 September 2002

All Matrix models are covered by Hyundai's five year unlimited warranty. Read more

22 March 2001

Smart, Pininfarina designed (and badged) five-seater MPV based on the Elantra platform went on sale in the UK. At overall length of 4025mm Hyundai reckoned that Matrix was shortest mini MPV on the market.... Read more

Hyundai Matrix (2001 – 2011): At A Glance

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Real MPG average for a Hyundai Matrix (2001 – 2011)

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28–50 mpg

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What is your opinion on the Dacia Duster?

We currently own a Hyundai Matrix automatic which is two and a half years old with 19,000 miles. Since we both appreciate relatively high seating we thought this was an appropriate vehicle for us. Unfortunately we find it rather uncomfortable and it appears to be heavy on fuel, averaging 30mpg. I read with interest about the Dacia Duster and I wonder what your views are on this vehicle? The price is appealing since we are both pensioners, but what are the drawbacks? Is it chain or belt cam, what is its expected MPG, and is it reliable? Plus, of course, is it comfortable?
The petrol engine is chain cam. The diesel engine is belt cam. There is no automatic version and none planned. I can't have a view on it because I've not driven it. The £8995 version is very basic with no radio, no electric windows, no aircon and no spare wheel, but it's still a lot of metal for the money. Details here:
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