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2007 (57) Chevrolet Matiz1.0 SE 5dr

Birtley Motorstore

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Digital clockPAS
Remote boot releaseRemote fuel filler release
Tachometer 

Entertainment

2 front speakers2 rear speakers
RDS radio + single CD 

Exterior Features

Body colour boot handleBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesBody coloured door mirrors
Day/night rear view mirrorElectric front windows
Headlamp levellingHigh mounted stop lamp
Internally adjustable driver's mirrorPower passenger door mirror
Rear spoilerRear wash/wipe
Roof aerialTinted glass with shaded front windscreen
Variable intermittent front wash/wipe 

Interior Features

3 rear headrests3 spoke steering wheel
60/40 split fold rear seat backAssist grips
Card holderCentre console storage/coin space
Child seat anchorage pointsCigar lighter
Cloth trimCup Holder
Door pocketsDriver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + vanity mirrors
Drivers footrestFront ashtray
Front passenger seat undertrayFront room lamp
Front seatback pocketsGlovebox
HeaterHeight adjustable driver's seat
Height adjustable front headrestsLuggage area lamp
Luggage compartment side storageRear window demister
Shopping hook 

Safety

'Childproof' rear door locks3 point rear seatbelts x3
ABSCollapsible steering column
Dual front airbagsFront and rear door side impact beams
Front seatbelt pretensionersHeight adjustable front seatbelts

Security

Engine immobiliserKeyless entry system

Trim

Metallic paint trim on instrument panel 

Wheels

13" steel wheelsSpace saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO0.31CO2 (g/km)139
HC0.05Noise Level dB(A)70.9
NOx0.01Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftSOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC995Compression Ratio9.3:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)68.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)67.5
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears5 SPEEDNumber of Valves8
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)50.4EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)60.1EC Urban (mpg)39.2

General

Badge Engine CC1.0Badge Power65
Coin SeriesSEInsurance Group 12
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 078AInsurance Group 2A
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.2EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.2
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)14.1Engine Power - BHP65
Engine Power - KW49Engine Power - RPM5400
Engine Torque - LBS.FT67Engine Torque - MKG9.3
Engine Torque - NM91Engine Torque - RPM4200
Top Speed97 

Tyres

Space Saver?TrueTyre Size Front155/65 R13
Tyre Size Rear155/65 R13Tyre Size SpareSPACESAVER
Wheel Type13" STEEL 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1500Height (including roof rails)1518
Length3495Wheelbase2345
Width1495 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)35Gross Vehicle Weight1270
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)845Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)170
Max. Loading Weight475Max. Roof Load50
Max. Towing Weight - Braked600Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked400
Minimum Kerbweight795No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb9.2
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Chevrolet Matiz

BY STEVE WALKER

Introduction

When we think of Chevrolet, it's behemoth pick-ups, gas-guzzling muscle cars and extensive station wagons that are readily called to mind. At least, that was the case when the cute Chevrolet Matiz arrived to challenge our perceptions. The antithesis of the kind of vehicles that Chevrolet were known for selling across the pond on home soil, the Matiz took some getting used to with it's all-American badge. Get used to it people did, however, along with the other Europeanised Chevrolets that emerged at the same time. In a sense, this unassuming little citycar was a stepping stone that helped facilitate mighty Chevrolet's entry into the UK. Is it worth considering as a used buy? It'll certainly fare better on the school run than a pre-owned Corvette.

History

The Daewoo Matiz was launched in the UK in April 1998, and it was initially sold through Halfords superstores until a network of Daewoo dealers could be recruited. The car did reasonably well for itself and when Daewoo joined the choir invisible in 2004, it was rebadged as a Chevrolet. It joined the Kalos, Tacuma and Lacetti in an ex-Daewoo Chevrolet line-up that paved the way for the American marque's entry into the UK market. From January to April 2005, original Daewoo Matiz models were sold with Chevrolet badging from rebranded Chevrolet dealerships. This short run was ended by the arrival of an all-new Matiz which was in development when Daewoo bit the dust. Buyers of early Chevrolet Matiz models should make certain that they know what their getting. The rebadged old Matiz had circular headlamps while its replacement's are almost diamond in shape. Chris Waddle and Glen Hoddle would have approved and most buyers did too with the newer car taking on a more grown-up, westernised appearance than it's cutesy predecessor. The old Matiz was only offered in 62bhp 1.0-litre guise in SE, SE+ or LE trim. The more modern version offered entry-level 800cc power in S trim with SE, SE+ and SX derivatives getting a 65bhp 1.0-litre engine.

What You Get

The post April 2005 Matiz is a better car than the ex-Daewoo model in a number of key areas but we'll start at the beginning with the original Matiz. Buyers get space for four adults, yet exterior dimensions that enable you to almost park sideways in the garage should you so wish. This was a car you could place on your driveway without too much embarrassment: something you could remove the badges from and place in a much more prestigious showroom. It's also a car that could genuinely challenge the class-leading European opposition, though sadly it could not do so on equal terms. Daewoo and then Chevrolet, campaigned at the lower end of the market majoring on low prices and good specification levels. It's a simple vehicle, but reliable and although the interior does feel as if it's built down to a price, there's nothing particularly offensive in there and it should age fairly well. The main selling point other than the price tag was the styling. Buyers either loved the wide-eyed, disarming look of the front end that was so obviously far-eastern in origin, or they hated it. The split tended to be made largely between the two sexes with the sweet little Matiz finding favour amongst females while simultaneously repulsing men. The next Matiz followed along broadly similar lines to its predecessor but it also represented an improvement across the board. The styling is more universally appealing on this version, although it's still a strongly effeminate vehicle that's unlikely to register too many sales among the lumberjack and nightclub bouncer communities. Inside, the feel is much more modern and the materials are superior but don't expect levels of build quality that you'd get from mainstream citycars of the same era. There's an airy feel inside the car with plenty of light through the large glass area. Rear seat accommodation is better than you have any right to expect in a vehicle this size, while the boot is large and conveniently shaped. Extra practicality is added by the 60/40 split rear bench. The S trim level offers power steering, dual front airbags, three point belts for all five seats, ABS, remote central locking and a CD stereo. Upgrade to the SE models and there's body colouring for the door handles, electric front windows and height adjustment for the driver's seat. Finally, the SX chips in with air-conditioning, alloy wheels, front fog lamps and side airbags amongst other things. The wing mirrors can not be adjusted from inside the car on the S, which can be a bit of a pain.

What to Look For

Neither of the Chevrolet Matiz models have developed any significant faults during their existence. The car will, in all likelihood, have transported children, so check the cabin for rips, stains and other damage wreaked by small hands. The luggage bays should also be examined for evidence of wear and tear. These models should have been exposed to a fair amount of city driving, so check the exterior for knocks and scrapes, and check under the bonnet for accident damage or paint overspray. Otherwise, the usual reminder to obtain a service history applies. The Chevrolet aftersales package is excellent with special free servicing deals offered on their cars from time to time, and a used Matiz may well be better serviced than many of its rivals. Avoid high-mileage cars if possible.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2005 Matiz SE) Matiz spares aren't anything to panic about. Air filters cost £7, whilst fuel filters will only relieve you of £11, and spark plugs are less than £3 for a full set. A cam belt will only be £30 to replace. Easy.

On the Road

The Matiz looks as if a spell behind the wheel would be about as much fun as eating flour. Fortunately it isn't. All right, so rest to sixty takes an age on the way to just 89mph and even slight motorway inclines leave the noisy three-cylinder engine gasping for breath. Around town, however, it's quite nippy enough, with sharp, direct steering and excellent all-round visibility. If the notchy gearbox leads you to enquire about an automatic one was available from November 2005. The diamond headlamped Matiz was a similar proposition from a driving perspective. The suspension absorbs potholes very well but wallows around a lot in corners. Fuel economy was improved significantly, however, with the later 1.0-litre cars being 15% more fuel efficient with a combined figure of 54mpg despite a 3bhp power increase over the old 1.0-litre engine. The 0.8-litre option is perky off the line but really only suitable for urban use. 0-60mph takes a mind-numbing 18.2s compared to 14.1s in the larger-engined car. Neither of the powerplants sound particularly comfortable at higher speeds. Still, the Matiz makes a reasonable case for itself dynamically and excels financially. As an inexpensive second car for your family, a used Matiz could be just the ticket.

Overall

If you're an undemanding driver who is after something cheap and cheerful, the Chevrolet Matiz is one of the best bets around. For light shopping and A to B city jaunts, its compact dimensions and zingy engine work very well. Out on the open road, it becomes a bit engulfed and other rivals with larger engines acquit themselves far more comfortably. As a second car, a used Matiz is almost too cheap to turn down. It's reliable, modern looking, and a nearly new example will confer the peace-of-mind that made it such an attractive new buy. Recommended.

Performance
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Handling
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Comfort
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Space
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Styling
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Build
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Value
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Equipment
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Economy
70%
Depreciation
50%
Insurance
80%

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