Daewoo Matiz 1.0 SE+ (2003) | CARkeys

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Daewoo Matiz

1.0 SE+ review

In its 0.8-litre specification, the Daewoo is quite a charming little city car. No firecracker out on the road, but cute to look at, and to drive around in city and

Now there’s a one-litre version, at launch the new GM Daewoo UK company using the description mini-MPV. Is it one of those, and has the jump in capacity much difference to the performance?

the Matiz was never really as a mini-MPV, but its roof height give it a roomier passenger than you might suppose. it doesn’t feel as narrow as it from the outside.

It is, though, a very compact and the design certainly gives to passenger space over capacity.

We needed some on the back seat to take two luggage – well, a laptop computer in its own shoulder bag away for a few days, not particularly to make use of the split/fold rear arrangement. Of course, as is the case many small cars, a owner would almost have luggage available, if not tailored, to make the maximum use of the space inside the tailgate. the computer, and we might have well enough to keep the where it was intended.

In the SE+ test the interior layout and presentation neatly done, with an effective metal-effect finish to the console, and a digital clock forward in the centre of the fascia The entry-level SE has a decent enough for its price, while the SE+ adds like central locking, operation of the front windows, and two speakers in the rear cabin for the system.

It doesn’t give the impression of a down-to-the-budget job, and the overall is better than in some where we’d be content to it – among the city Outside, the SE+ has alloy wheels and a tailgate spoiler, although I like to guess just how that feature may be.

Out on the road, the engine certainly makes its muscle felt. Four instead of three, 995cc 796cc, 63bhp at 5400rpm with 50bhp at 6600rpm and most important of all – of torque at 4200rpm where the engine provides just at 4600rpm.

These changes make a big especially in the way the Matiz tackles where the smaller-capacity model struggles or, at least, appreciates a change, even on main One of the routes we used on a test of miles or so was the northbound section of the M6 Carnforth towards Shap. are several long uphill there which can sap the power of a engine, but two-up with the one-litre never hesitated, and on in fifth.

Daewoo Matiz

What the Matiz in specification doesn’t much is a crosswind. You only have to at the silhouette and general stance of the car to that. And it doesn’t matter if the is one of those annoying westerlies affect so many of the UK’s motorways, or the effect of going and out of the wind shadow of an articulated

When the wind blows, you to concentrate to defend the Matiz buffeting. Otherwise, it’s a and easy car to drive.

There’s a selection of extra-cost options. Our car had the £500 air-conditioning which is only on the SE+, a Sony CD at £175, and reverse park which we’re beginning to are a sensible idea on any size or of car, at £350.

Second opinion . The lack of is clear on twisty roads, the Matiz tends to start – perhaps more so the 0.8-litre version. For that I feel even more in this car than in the less ones. But there’s a surprising of passenger room (I didn’t the opportunity to try the luggage space, the test car was whisked away by parties) and this is still by way the best Daewoo. David .

Third opinion . I was a fan of the original three-cylinder clockwork Matiz, so was when Daewoo produced the job with its whopping 63bhp. scoff ye not, this is enough to drive everywhere (no lifting at all) and interesting to be sorted out on the throttle when you get Chuck it sideways, scrub off a bit of and you won’t need the brakes, keep the right foot to the floor.

If you do lift, even hesitate, is lost and it will take a to get back up to top speed. Honestly, I kid you this is as much fun as an original It might be a wee bit cramped and it might a few creature comforts, but if your aunt buys one and offers to let you it, just buy a wig and a moustache and go for it – if it’s raining! John .

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