What I love about this car is the fact that it is compact, and still manages to look stylish without taking the boxy look that quite a few small cars do, it is very low in the insurance markers for me, a new driver, and has a low petrol and MOT cost as well. My car is about 10 years old and in very good condition, as a new driver it gives me confidence as it is very clearly marked and easy to use and I've had no problems with the car so far, the lack of boot space could be a problem for some people but I find it would fit my weekly shopping in easily, easy to change overall, looks a stylish car for being quite cheap and comes with hardly any problems. My car even has a CD player in now so its all set and ready to go. Would reccomend very highly to all new drivers.
This was my first car I purchased for when I passed my driving test at the age of 17. I live in London so the usual cost of insurance is quite high on most cars but with my Matiz, its excellent! The main thing I love about this car is the PETROL is consumes- I can fill my tank up with around £20-25 and make a 190 mile journey from London to Sheffield (in around 4 hours) and still have a quarter of a tank left. Its absolutely amazing with petrol, especially on long journeys which my Matiz has come quite familiar with. It takes long journeys well, considering, its not a 'powerful' car- it certainly knows its place when racing up the M1! Okay, it might not be the most stylish car, but when I first got this car, none of my friends could afford a car and I was the only one- but I could have only have done this if I had the Matiz, I couldnt afford any other car. Its amazing and a few months ago I considered selling but now, because of fuel prices and how well my Matiz copes with fuel, I dont want to let it go. I roughly do around 11,000 miles per year in this car and it holds up extremely well! Definately reccomend this car to ANYONE!
Needed a second car for school/club run around. Searched and searched. Started looking at other smaller cars in our price range. Then saw the Daewoo Matiz and for the same price we would pay for the other bog standard cars we realised we could get a lot more.
We went for the Matiz EZ+ which is the same as a SE+ but different name. Bought it second hand from a dealer, 2002 model, we got a car with the following. Power steering, air con flip out cd radio, power front windows, reversing sensor, twin air bags and on top of that a modern looking car instead of some of the box like cars on the road.
Although you do get alot of car for your money, you do get what you pay for. I refer to my car as a buget car but it does what we want it to and plus you get all the extras. The Car is not very powerful due to the engine size but it gets you from a to b but on a straight it goes fine . The gear stick is abit lose and can be notchey . The security of the car is not that great as you have no alarm. However you do get central locking, locking steering wheel and an imobliser There's not much more I can say in respect to it being a bad car.
On the good side, it still looks good, it still looks like it was designed yesterday. The interior is great with all the controls easy to get to and read. The flip out cd radio which is great also with four speakers. The space in the car is like the tardis from Dr Who. The car is a small car yet you get alot of dash board that makes you believe the car is bigger on in side. Our three kids sit perfectly in the back, all with seat belts. The seats are firm but comforable. The interior also has little holes and spaces to fit sunglasses etc. The air con is one of the best air con systems Ive ever used. The boot space is what you would expect from such a small car but we went food shopping intit without the kids and did just fine.
As yet we have not had any problems and have not had to take it to a garage but I will update as soon anything changes.
To sum up, if you're not bothered about the badge name and the power although they do make a 1000cc, but what all the extras for which you would pay alot more then give a the Matiz a go.
This review is of a Matzi EZ+ a limited edition version of the SE+ BACKGROUND I passed my test last month having learned in a Fiesta. As my husband has a Fiesta I had been using that a bit whilst we looked for a car for me to drive. I liked the idea of a Fiesta and a number of other cars. My shopping list was not a Ka(k), nor a Micra, preferably little and cute and I don't hink I want a red car either. Not helpful really!!! I did some digging on line and in magazines checking out reviews here and on other sites and checking out book values on the Parkers website. I still couldn't decide what to buy - well it is a big decision. I figured I was used to Fiesta's so I'd get one of those. Last day at work I finished early and hubby had found a good deal on a Fiesta and agreed to meet me at my cousins house over the road from work. I walked into the house and was greeted by my hubby and my cousins hubby pointing at a Matiz asking me what I thought. Cute and not a bad price but nowhere round here sells them was my response. I begin to feel a bit cornered as my cousins hubby (a mechanic, natch!) tells me how his dad has a Matiz and it was so good he has bought himself this silver number from an import place. To top that my cousin has recently had her car written off and they found a delaer locally who did her a good deal on a used Matiz. I got mpg, horepower, litres of space you name it all the facts and figures came spewing out. Not being mechanically minded my eyes glazed over and I went into nodding dog mode (hmm, yes, nod, nod, really, nod, nod). When we lft hubby informs me they had been for a spin round the block and he thinks I'd handle a Matiz well so we went off to the dealer and had a test drive. hubby on the town centre ring road. Me a new driver on the car park for the sake of my sanity!!! Sold to me a red (!) Daewoo Matiz. FEATURES Three weeks later I am the very h
appy owner driver of a Daewoo Matiz EZ+. It is a limited edition model only sold in 2002. It has similar features to the SE+ hence I slotted the review here. My car has electric front windows which glide smoothly and both windows can be controlled from the drivers side allowing you to get a through draft without leaning. It has a Sony CD radio with rear speakers which is a cracking set up. Shoul I wish to I can set the bass levels high crank the volume and drive around sounding like a boy racer!!! At lower volumes the sound quality is impeccable. The passenger side mirror is controlled by a little cursor on the driver door which makes it easier to adjust then all the leaning and checking buisiness in my husbands car. Alloy wheels are standard although they are dinky and you can't really tell they are alloys they look like tasteful hubcaps. The EZ+ also comes with parking sensors. These are shiny discs on the bumper which see how close you are to objects. When you put the car into reverse you get a sound signal they are working as you approach objects they emit a series of bleeps to tell you how close they are. I am grateful of these as our car park at work is tight and I haven't had much practice at reversing into car spaces. For a more experienced driver in such a small car they may not be needed. DRIVING/ECONOMY The drive in the car is incredibly smooth and quiet. Whilst it only has a 0.8 engine it is capable of pulling away with ease at junctions and deals well with whatever driving I need to do. To be honest it takes me 10 mins max to work and it's other uses are shopping trips and visitng family who all live fairly close. It's being used a city car which is what it is built for and it is doing the job well. The driving position in the Matiz is elevated almost reminicent of driving a van. As a shorty (I'm 5 foot tall) this is a great advantage as I get a greater view of the road in front of me which
makes driving so much easier. Fore test purposes my husband drove the car up the motorway to Manchester and it handled itself very well. It easily drove at 70 and a brief burst at 80 was fine, too before hubby was warned about speeding!!! Economical is not the word for the Matiz, it goes forever on a tank of petrol. The Walsall to Manchester journey used around £5 worth of fuel about 1/2 that of the Fiesta. I am very impressed at how little the running costs are. GEARS As with all cars the Matiz has it's little quirks. First gear is extremely short prompting a quick change into second. A couple of days driving and the adjustment is now automatic so easy is this car to drive. Changing down to second can only be done below 17 mph although I'm not sure why a little faster and it simply growls or springs out. The first couple of times I drove it felt like I was making a pigs breakfast of the whole affair and would never be able to drive. Now it is second nature. OVERALL I know it is natural to love you first car but I never thought I would be this happy. Would I buy another - hell yes and so would cousing and her hubby who are more than happy with theirs.
With the car now entering its fourth year, I thought it might be useful to outline how this delightful model has performed and servrd the family in the last 50 months. It was purchased prior to the spectacular demise of Daewoo (now reborn as GM Daewoo). The reason for purchasing was simply to have a town runabout that was easy to park, and avoid the wide-boy antics of car salesmanship usually found in the retail chain. (At that time Daewoo's sales team were salaried and did not get commission in forcing you to take models you didn't really want). In the end, we purchased the top of the range Mark 1 version of the Matiz (this has bumper mounted inticators, unlike the Mk 2 which has stand-alone circular indicators and modificatinos to the body styling). Additional options included ABS (a safety MUST) and for pleasure, air conditioning. In the last four years, only one minor problem was discovered. The passenger footwell was constantly wet - and this was eventually traced to the air conditioning evaporation drain tube not being connected. Once this was done, all was well. Servicing was provided free under the puchase contract for the first 3 years, and subsequently every 12 months. The 789cc engine is responsive and economc, returning on average 55mpg. The only time the car appears under powered is when it is filled with 4 adults, but even then, they still admire the comfort of the ride. The downside? Only one. After it was purchased Daewoo dropped the list prices by £1000 across the range to address market conditions, which instanlty affected the resale value of the vehicle. However anyone buying now will not be affected in this way. There have been press reports that there can be extensive delays in receiving spare parts from Daewoo, and this may have been related to the GM changeover - however I've never needed any, the bodywork is still pristine with no signs of rust. If you have any doubts, I can vouch for the ease of d
riving and versatility (the rear seats fold to give you almost the same space as a Volvo estate!). GM Daewoo indicate that a new Matiz is being prepared for June 2004 - until then, I like the reliability and economy, and the ability to park almost anywhere. It may not be a 'Smart' car, but at least it can carry 4 people!
I was understandably, reticent when buying a Matiz. Everyone is. Those googly eyes and that prim little nose disconcert even the most hardened XR3 fanatic. I am a young driver, male, and therefore am liable to insurance persecution of the highest order. Thankfully Matiz's are group 1, which is great. What they aren't are speedy or attractive, but I will now demonstrate why this doesn't matter. Ignore everyone who says that the Matiz is stylish, and decide for yourself. It may have been styled by the same guy who designed the Mk1 Golf, but apart from it being distinctive, the Matiz is not beautiful in my opinion.But this isn't a priority when you're buying a new car for less than £7,000, and neither should it be. The front has that image of someone who've just had a banana shoved up their bottom, much like the Mercedes E-Class and the Volkswagen Lupo. The rear is generic but not ugly like many Eastern cars. The car is remarkably compact and even the worst parker can get it into most spaces. Visibility is great, with hardly any blind spots caused by big pillars or C-frames as you find in cars like the Lupo. You can get two adults in the back and three if one's petite and feminine :). The middle rear belt is only a lap belt, which could be improved in terms of safety with a three-point belt as is becoming standard in larger cars like the Renault Scenic. Interior space is quite airy because of the high-ish roof, but thankfully Daewoo haven't gone down the path of the Suzuki Wagon R with a stupidly inflated height. A 6-footer can sit comfortably in the Matiz as long as his front passenger keeps any coat pockets out of the way of the handbrake, which needs the driver to bend their arm back and down to get at. The driving position is good considering this is a very small car, and sitting higher up than in a more conventional supermini like a Fiesta has the benefits of visibility and more confidence in the car's abili
ties. Refinement within the Matiz is good - the finish of the dash and the door coverings is understandably plastic and predominantly grey, but the two tone effect of a black centre console and the slurpy, bubble like fittings give the Matiz a hint of the more expensive Ford Ka. The air vents are easy and simple to operate, and the air-conditioning cools the car's small cabin quickly and effectively, though going uphill is a struggle with the extra power a/c needs from the car's plucky engine. Electric front windows are nice, but to be honest one could reach over to unwind the passenger window (that's how narrow the Matiz is!). The control for the windows should be on the door pocket, but instead are tucked away between the gearstick and the handbrake, which is annoying. The stereo is also a little too low, which could mean you have to take your eyes from the road to operate it. Also, the air-con button is hidden by the wheel, which could be improved. Despite these niggling problems, the quality of the interior is good - the buttons press well, but the glovebox could do with a better locking system. Twin airbags are standard, as the sticker on the rear window proudly proclaims :). The doors feel a little flimsy and the 'clunk' when you close them is a little hollow, but overall you feel a lot safer in this than you do in an older small car like a Ford or a Vauxhall Nova. The trim on the seats and floor is okay and not too garish. On the subject of ability, the Matiz is, like many Eastern superminis, tall and thin and short, as opposed to the Toyota Yaris, which is tall and wide and short which gives it the edge in terms of stability. The Matiz corners well in a town environment and its power steering makes manoeuvres easy and painless on the shoulders. The car is light, which helps the tiny 800cc engine out hugely. This is not a fast car, but the engine is relatively refined, though noise becomes ragged the higher up th
e rev range one goes. The first gear is very short, making it necessary sometimes to change into second when it isn't appropriate. The gearbox, apart from clunky first to second, is good, and there is enough travel for an inexperienced driver to learn about gearchanges without ruining the box within 10,000 miles :). The top speed is something like 85mph which is more than enough for the kind of inner-city motoring the Matiz has been designed for. Third gear is responsive and will get you up most hills, but a good understanding of pacing the little engine up high inclines is essential if you don't want to end up doing 20mph :). The car begins life very gutless, but the necessity of revving it hard and pulling the engine into shape means that within a few months of use your Matiz will be very responsive, quick off the throttle and easier to drive than as new. The tiny alloy wheels seem a little overkill for such an affordable supermini, and the five doors makes the Matiz as practical as a Mercedes A-Class, and half the price. Controls are intuitively placed, and the driving experience is one that leaves you relaxed - Daewoo have managed to create a car that beats all the rest for practicality and price, and is the best choice for a second, runabout, car.
Wanting a small car for my daughter to learn to drive in I traded a larger Daewoo for the Matiz opting for Air-Con as I appreciate it in my other car. Interest free credit was a plus along with the service package and the hassle free purchase. Everything the advert says is true! I am delighted with the car it is lively despite its engine size, not too noisy even on motorways and surprisingly roomy and comfortable. The boot is miniscule so if you have a full complement of passengers don't try to do the supermarket shopping! Two months after purchase it was written off when parked but the impressive thing was that although both front and rear end were extensively damaged the passenger box was still intact. Any occupants would have been OK. I happily accepted a replacement car which was the newer version, better finish and trim with some slight improvements eg electic mirror on passenger side to allow easy adjustment from the drivers seat. Ihave had no problems with either the original or the replacement, I haven't had to go back to the garage with either. One negative the number of outlets has been slashed as Daewoo have moved out of most Halford outlets. This will now mean a 22mile round trip to the garage for me. May make me think twice before replacing it so check how close your nearest outlet is. They have a good website!