Well, we can assure you that you won’t come across too many ownership reviews of the age-old Daewoo Matiz in 2022, but this one is as detailed as it gets.
A detailed and thorough ownership review of the Daewoo Matiz has surfaced on the Team BHP forum. Matiz was one of the first city hatches available in our market that went on sale alongside the likes of the iconic Maruti 800, Hyundai Santro and Maruti Zen (later on). A Matiz owner has shared his experience with the mini-hatch after 20 years (>93,000 km). Since there is a lot to talk about, let us get into the details.
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Daewoo Matiz Ownership Review
The owner had bought this 1999 model back in 2002 in the used car market in Kolkata with the odo reading some 13,000 km. The initial plan was to use it for 2-3 years and then upgrade to something else. However, as it turns out, it was a perfect city car with all the fundamentals covered and the owner never felt the need to buy anything else for as late as 2011, when he purchased a Honda City. He felt the performance to be more than adequate for daily city commute and decent for highway trips. Compared to its counterparts back then, it was quite stable at three-digit speeds, confirms the owner. The owner had lived in many cities and the Matiz has been with him all throughout.
Some of the highlights of this Matiz were strong mechanical components that didn’t fail and with regular service and maintenance according to the user manual, are working fine even till today. The parts have been regularly replaced and there has not been the issue of spare parts availability either. The 800-cc petrol engine with 52 hp and 72 Nm was peppy enough for a decent city performance. The fuel economy, driving dynamics, ride quality and handling are still great. The safety aspect is quite impressive considering the fact that it is a 1999 model that complied with the Euro 1998 legislation.
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A few not-so-great aspects are the notchy gearshift, especially from 1st to 2nd, performance on the highway, stalks configuration for wipers and turn indicators, and some mechanicals had to be changed quite a bit to ensure the working of the car. Do let us know what you think of the ownership review of the Daewoo Matiz.