Chevrolet Matiz Reviews

2006 Chevrolet Matiz SE 1.0 litre petrol 4 cylinder from UK and Ireland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.0 litre petrol 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance61856 miles
Previous carFiat Punto


Underrated little gem


Just consumables - tyres, rear section of exhaust just replaced recently. Brake pads, 2x rear wheel bearings - the legacy of two awful winters when the Matiz was the only 2wd car round here to get traction and get around in, and front ball joints recently - speedbumps eh!!?? Grrr.

Winter also put paid to a fuel filter that got damaged and leaked due to traversing deep rutted frozen snow.

Must get the cam belt changed soon!!!

General Comments:

Sounds a lot, but this is a hard driven, abused 2nd car that takes kids to school and college - stuff to the tip - seldom washed, serviced or cleaned inside, and it never lets us down. Cost £4k with C/L, A/C (needs a re-gas we have found in recent hot weather) and electric front windows - seats 5 with 5 full seat belts. Had a couple of nudges, so she wears her battle scars, and the rear washer gave up a wee while back, but hey y'know...

All in all, it's a cracking little motor, bought to do a job which it does admirably - and more!! Never complains, and I think we could quite easily keep it up to 100k miles with cheap maintenance costs. The only 2 drags are:

1. Old engine technology has meant a stupidly high road fund tax bracket, hence lowish cost marks for a car of its type.

2. Chevy are being withdrawn from the UK, hence I put no to buying another.

I may pick up a decent 2nd hander when we replace this car - one of the last ones maybe - and would certainly get one for my lad when he passes his test - a great 1st car. All these small Korean city cars (Matiz, Atoz, i10, Spark, Agila, Wagon R and so on) are excellent robust little cars, that are often wrongly overlooked by buyers they would serve well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th July, 2014

2009 Chevrolet Matiz 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired11 miles
Most recent distance7200 miles
Previous carCitroen C4 Picasso


Under 5k with air con and electric windows; can't go wrong


7000 miles of trouble free motoring. I wish I could say that about my previous cars,

General Comments:

For such a cheap priced car, it's an excellent A2B car.

I am 6ft tall, and find the front seats very sturdy, and even on the motorway, I don't get backache. OK, it's not fast, but it gets there and back, and I can trust it for its reliability 100 per cent. The gearbox, steering, in fact everything about the car is just what I need, a to and from no fuss car.

Our other car, a XTR Berlingo, whilst it's a bigger car, and only 2 months old, is no better than my little Matiz. I would have had another Matiz next year, but they have stopped making them, but I will keep to Chevrolet and just hope the reliability continues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2011

2000 Chevrolet Matiz from UK and Ireland

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.0 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carSkoda Octavia


A good small car so far


I had noticed that the coolant is going down after driving the car for some time. I had done quite a lot of checking to see where it was leaking from, and I could not determine exactly where the problem was, then I decide to do a check on the Web and found this site.

I had just got off the phone with the Garage where I had bought the car, and they said they would need to have the car in, and based on my description of the problem, it could cost me from €500 to €900, and the car is hardly worth that much to sell.

I now know that the problem may be able to be solved by a new water cap, as a cheap option, and then move on to the next possible step, and this is because of this site.

The car is driving very well, and if I am not able to cure the problem without a huge cost, I will drive the car until it sits down on me, and scrap it for good.

General Comments:

The car ticked all the boxes in a small car, and has given good service so far.

I don't know if I would buy the same type of car again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th May, 2010

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 8 reviews