The used Chevrolet Matiz is the motoring equivalent of supermarket branded value baked beans
The used Chevrolet Matiz is the motoring equivalent of supermarket branded value baked beans. This is because whereas both these products have their detractors, they are also temptingly cheap. Motoring.co.uk's used car database, for example, reveals the 2005 Matiz is available from only £3,000.The Chevrolet Matiz was introduced in 2005, although it is essentially a slightly reworked version of the 1998 Daewoo Matiz. It is a basic city car for those who want a low cost alternative to walking, but are disinterested in class-leading handling, refinement, and prestige. On these terms the Chevrolet Matiz is a reasonable little car. There are two petrol engines to choose from, the 0.8-litre 50bhp three-cylinder and the 1.0-litre 65bhp four-cylinder. The former takes 17.6 seconds to reach 60mph in manual form, and 21.2 seconds to hit the mark in automatic guise. The 1.0-litre is more flexible and reaches 60mph in a g-force busting 13.6 seconds. Both variants average over 50mpg and have low emissions, so road tax costs £30 for the 0.8-litre and £110 for the 1.0-litre. Around town the Matiz's driving characteristics satisfy most run-around motorists. The clutch is effortlessly light, the gear change positive, and the turning circle tighter than the Greek Government's Christmas party budget. However, life is not so cosy on fast twisty roads where the Matiz feels less secure than many of its rivals. It is not great on the motorway either as its lack of pace and refinement make driving hard work. So, let's sum up the Matiz. No, it is not the greatest car you will ever drive. No, it will not make the neighbours green with envy. But yes, it provides basic affordable transport that is reliable enough to ensure the breakdown recovery driver remains a stranger. If £3,000 for a used Chevrolet Matiz is too expensive, the less accomplished Daewoo version is listed in Motoring.co.uk's used car database from £1,000.