The style of the new Chevrolet Matiz evolves an established icon in this sector of the market. It has a unique charm and character and its cheeky looks remain, but with contemporary touches like the new head and tail lights and centrally mounted speedometer with coloured graphics, the car has adopted a modern, fresh look. But the most important features of Matiz are its supreme everyday practicality with no concessions, its great manoeuvrability and its low running costs - and as a further bonus - it’s a Chevrolet.
Let’s take practicality first. Whether it be on the weekly shopping run, the sprint to work or the school dash, Matiz is always at home in an urban environment. Its four wide opening doors and low sills mean easy access even in the tightest of car parks and once inside there’s plenty of room for four adults or it can easily manage three teenage children across the back seat, each safely strapped into three-point seatbelts. There’s even a simple plug in device for a child seat thanks to two sets of ISOFIX fittings.
Instantly noticeable are the multitude of stowage amenities - drinks holders, glovebox, trays for maps, CDs, and all the everyday ephemera that seems to accumulate in our cars in our daily motoring lives. There’s a passenger seat undertray, two capacious door bins and a seat back pocket in SE and SX models and there’s even a bespoke holder for your sunglasses neatly positioned above the driver on the SX.
The next priority in the urban jungle is parking. Matiz has the answer with a tight turning circle and accurate steering; it’s one of the most agile cars in the market. Agility is helped too by great visibility from the high driving position, low waistline and slim pillars for those tight reversing moments. Matiz will turn through a full circle within the length of a double-decker bus.
Matiz looks after the health of your wallet or handbag
Practicality is important but equally so in this sector are running costs. The new Chevrolet Matiz is a lot quieter resulting from lots of work on the engines and suspension. But it’s inside the engines where the big improvements come. Talk of the detailed changes comes later but the results are quite staggering - 15% improvement in fuel economy. The nippy 800cc version does over 54mpg and the 1000cc car is not far behind, it too achieves over 50mpg. And with both models costing only £105 per year to tax thanks to nice clean exhausts, cost of ownership of a new Chevrolet Matiz is top of the charts. Add this to a car where servicing costs are free for three years and insurance groups are in the 3-4 bracket and the result is far less trips to the cash machine.
Even with such low running costs and excellent fuel economy, the 0.8 litre version is really nippy around town; it’s responsive and has a very light gearchange. For those that like to take the sporadic foray onto the motorway, it’s best to go for the 1.0 litre engine which adds more power for a more relaxing drive at sustained higher speeds on open roads or those occasional longer journeys.